“You might not be fooled into thinking it’s a tube amp, but it’s close enough for silent practice”: Blackstar amPlug 2 FLY review

An affordable silent practice tool with three channels and three effects that covers ground for all guitarists

Blackstar amPlug 2 FLY review
(Image: © Richard Blenkinsop)

Guitar World Verdict

This is a great-sounding headphone amp that covers a massive range of tones, making it the perfect silent practice tool. With three channels and three effects, you can cover pretty much any playing style.


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    Good range of tones

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    Dynamic and touch responsive

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    Perfect for late night, silent practice

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    Well priced

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    Moving jack plug works well

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    Decent effects section


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    Feels a little plastic-y (because it is)

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    We experienced some background noise

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The Blackstar amPlug 2 FLY is a portable, battery-powered headphone amp for guitar. Designed primarily for use with headphones, it provides a range of different tones, alongside three types of effects. 

The Vox amPlugs have been around for years, and now Blackstar is sharing this technology to bring their trademark versatility and scope for crafting huge guitar tones to a massive range of players. From bright sparkly cleans, through on-the-edge-of-breakup tones, all the way to tight, chunky high gain sounds, this pocket-sized amp really can do a lot.

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Richard Blenkinsop

After spending a decade in music retail, I’m now a freelance writer for Guitar World, MusicRadar, Guitar Player and Reverb, specialising in electric and acoustic guitars, bass, and almost anything else you can make a tune with. When my head’s not buried in the best of modern and vintage gear, I run a small company helping musicians with songwriting, production and performance, and I play bass in an alt-rock band.