Blackstar Amplification HT Club 40

HT Club 40, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Blackstar Amplification in the HT-Venue series.

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  • 04/24/10Blackstar Amplification HT Club 40 Review

    Blackstar Amplification HT Club 40 Review - Closer to the (Black) Stars

    British amp and stompbox manufacturer Blackstar is known among guitar players for its Artisan Series of hand-wired amps that crunch, and its One Series, a line of hi-gain models for metal freaks. The brand is back this year with a new range of tube amps called HT Venue which ought to be less expensive but still versatile. We focus on the 40 watt combo.

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iamqman's review"BLack star goodness"

Blackstar Amplification HT Club 40
Blackstar has made a huge splash on the amp world in recent years. They have made great sounding fantastically priced amps for the masses. The price is what is so amazing to me. The amp sounds so very good and to keep their prices for a multi-channel combo like this under $1000 is remarkable. Blackstar has effectively used a great design as well as superb marketing which has enabled them to produce a great quality and sounding amplifiers. Many touring and professional artists all over the globe are now turning towards Blackstar for their guitar amplifier needs. The have successfully taking a huge niche in the market over the last few years.

This is one of their more famous amps as the price is consistent with lower competitive priced amps and their tone is just remarkable. The cleans are nice and sparkly and the distortion flavor has a fantastic gain y quality that makes it a joy to spend time with.


40 Watt valve combo
2x ECC83, 2x EL34 tubes
Two footswitchable channels
12” Celestion speaker
Enhanced tone controls
Patent-applied-for Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
Clean voice switch
Overdrive voice switch
Master volume
Digital reverb with dark/bright switch
Speaker emulated output
Effects loop
2-way footswitch included
Cool vintage styling


The clean is chimey and vintage feeling in the note separation. If you switch over to the overdrive channel it has a definite British feel and tone characteristics. The overdrive tone is a good tone to fall in love with. It has a nice fantastic feel, grind, and drive to it that makes you want to keep playing. It has the right amount of British sizzle in the voicing and the right amount of saturation too. This isn't a metal players amp by any means but a cover music or country, rock, and pop, players combo amp.

It sound great with a Fender Stratocaster or Telecaster. It also sound great with a Gibson Les Paul. Any guitar that already has a decent tone is going to match well with this amp. This is one of Blackstar's most popular amps and there is a reason for that: is sound awesome and works well under most circumstances.


At new these amps come in at around $700, which isn't bad for a solid combo 2 channel amp. Blackstar are also know for having great amps for recording. I recommend this amp to anyone who need a great sounding 2 channel amp that is not that expensive to own and at this price it is hard to pass up.

iamqman's review"Solid tone!"

Blackstar Amplification HT Club 40
Blackstar has really stepped into the ring with this amp. Having two foot switchable channels that equally sound good and getting it well under $1000 in impressive.

The basic look of this combo amp is just an impressive. It has a clean sleek look that doesn't get to confusing as many other multi channel amps can. It has an easy enough operation with the footswitch and gets better and better the more you crank the tone.


Blackstar HT Club 40 Tube Combo Amplifier Features:

* 40 watts
* 2 x ECC83, 2 x EL34
* 2 footswitchable channels
* 12" Celestion speaker
* Enhanced tone controls
* Patent-applied-for Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
* Clean voice switch
* Overdrive voice switch
* Master volume
* Digital reverb with dark/bright switch
* Speaker emulated output
* Weight: 53-4/5 lb.
* Dimensions: 24-2/5" x 22-1/3" x 11-7/10"
* Footswitch: FS-5 supplied


I am not sure how they keep their prices so low, but if I were to guess than I would believe they are made in China. If this is true it will be a bit of a let down. But let me keep with the tone of this amp. The clean is chimey and vintage feeling in the note separation. It sound great with a Fender Stratocaster or Telecaster. If you switch over to the overdrive channel it has a definite British feel and tone characteristics. The overdrive tone is a good ton to fall in love with. It has a nice grind and drive to it that makes you want to keep playing. When ever an amp does that you know you have a winner.


At new these amps come in at around $700, which isn't bad for a solid combo 2 channel amp. Blackstar are also know for having great amps for recording. They sound good going into a sound booth through a mic and sound excellent on stage as well.

I recommend this amp to anyone who need a great sounding 2 channel amp that won't break the bank too much. You can find them on the used market fro around $450. So if you need a good amp that will serve you in multiple purposes ten this is a good one.

dwarfnebula's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Versatile character"

Blackstar Amplification HT Club 40
Well, everything is already said, right? Bah, 4 lamps (see my comment ds "overall opinion on this)
It lacks a true equalization for clear sound: There is a knob for "tone"
The best would be to have 2 voicing (light and overdrive) pedal but I ask a lot.
Reverb (digital) is nice. There is a choice with a knob on the rear panel between dark and light, and it makes a real difference. The reverb is on the footswitch (nice)
The ISF is really effective.
Connectivity: great to select the level of the effects loop (+4 dBV or -10). At least we are sure that it works with all the pedals (at least with all the ones I've tried)
Power: bah is 40W lamps. What to say? enough to repeat and the small stage on stage knowing that we are always taken on the sound, so the power we do not care a bit. I would say that the power is usually a handicap as to have a balanced amp, front and back in a not too big room sound, the guitars play 15w max lamps and therefore are not at their optimum. Moreover, this amp works quite well, even (quite) low volume.


Very easy to use but how could it be complicated?
Manual: Not Read
Quickly found the sound that comes closest to that we seek.
Nothing special to report


Style of music group song and French jazzifiante rockisante.
Home rather jazz and rock.
I use a Les Paul Studio, a half body Ibanez (AS80) and a Fender Strat.
Group: live, micro Qtron and OS2; loop in a Boss PH3 Phase shifter, chorus / flanger Ibanez CF7 and a little alligator volume
At home, a Korg AX3000 processor and a JamMan.
I play in clean, crunch and disto.Je not going to metal
I use OS2 (and even an Ibanez MS10) for several types of distortion to reach the feet but the overdrive of this amp is still something!
I start with the best, and overdrives available. Absolutely perfect and very versatile. ISF allows a rather britt or its U.S. and it is very effective. By a switch on the voicing and effective equalization. Really nothing to complain about.
In his clear, it is more questionable. As I said above, it lacks a real equalizer. The voicing switch is very effective. The clean sound is still not the strong point of this amp, although it is very acceptable. Only problem (which may not be one for certain): Can not cruncher, same general volume min (preamp volume and therefore stronger). It is true that for pure jazz, I prefer my Laney LC15R, but much less versatile ...


I use it for 6 months. I also have a Laney LC15R and I have tried many other amps (Vox AC15, AC30, Engel, Marshall ...). Each has its specificity and it is impossible to see dishonest to compare. To play jazz, I prefer the Laney or Engel (yes, the ENGEL) but I find the HT Club 40 unique overdrive and very good clean sound (although I prefer to play without crunch).
Just a small note for the HT Club 20 (whose power is sufficient). Well, the difference in the grain of the sound (especially the bass) is huge, I think it is mainly due to the size of the fund that has an importance which we do not talk enough.
Otherwise, I must point out a problem I had: I had to change the power tubes. Surprising for an amp that has less than 2 years and was treated well! According to the electronics that made the distri (I did not know where was the problem) a very important and unusual amperage arrives on lamps and makes them fragile. According to him, I can expect to change often.
What I like most: versatility while keeping the character (especially overdrive)
What I like least: the frequent lamp replacement and then its weight ...
Otherwise, to summarize: excellent quality / price ratio, and I would do this choice.

ayabow46's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"outchhhhhhhhh the slap"

Blackstar Amplification HT Club 40
Amp lamp, and 2xECC83 2xEL34.

Unless it is noted that the power level of 40W lamps and ben is standard, it rivals and surpasses a Marshall MG 100 DFX for example.

For the rest everything is dj said.

I just AIM to change the voicing of the foot footswich my taste the only complaint. (I Remde this because I wanted a troisime channel, well I bought one at Marshall BB2 pedals and everything is super nickel)


Configuration is very simple, and it is for her that I bought this amp, I have effects pedals and I always looking small bte ... The branch you, you RULES as you wish and in 2 minutes you have your sound. It's not like some amps and I have over 25 buttons (frankly it's anything ...). APRS all these tastes, but we return to the vintage and the vintage is in rglage very easy.

The manual is clear trs, trs enough, I just read a good time to give me the level of consciousness or heating lamps. (I see a specialist in prfr of Toulouse who said, "when you know, an amp you do lamp heat two minutes, no less, no more and you pr servera your lamps. "Beware of the stand-by is not the book but not let no more than 15 minutes so can damage the lamps.

I invite you to visit her site

This gives a good sound very easy, on the other hand if you want a clean sound that crunch in the bin goes up and voicing mode mounts the volume, you will see what it's like the lights. APRS prfre I use for blues is my BB2 is clean in the voicing and retracted to three quarts (although round, warm, he bounced back well with my PRS).

Despite the lights when it rings pretty even in "I'm not too noisy", on the other hand up the volume and you'll fall in love.

For channel saturated say anything we go from crunch to mtal so large choice.

Ps the ISF is doing its job and is quite fun to use, so he is three quarts for me all the time, closer to what the british ct.

At the Tone and ISF, I not use for about 5 hours it starts to work well and hear the difference. I admit that some beginners j'tais dgmme if the seller had warned me


On the Reverb, two mode, dark and light, I prfre the dark for its depth (it should have a fine ear means not much the diff)

Then at the voices for the clean channel when it is switched on a modern sound, low on serious and mdium, a sound round and warm with a PRS ben trs is good. When it is switched-ds (output) sound typical class A, bright and slightly slamming that crunch by mounting the volume

Distortion channel dj I given the opportunity to crunch the mtal, the voicing is to play on the sustain, I feel like notes almost endless with more solo gain as well, almost anything a boost.

I play a lot of arpge in clean and acoustic guitar accompaniment always clean. Some people have criticized this channel as clean without me, well, let that go and buy the amp and bumpkins Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (which I almost vomited in saturation. APRS I play blues and rock , well it suits me perfectly. It took me a while to find my type of sound, now it's perfect for me.

My kind of sound is of course hot (thanks to the lamp must then mount the volume a bit), round and rpond when asked. And Ben is perfect for me. I do not like the sound lens and snapping, but it is largely possible to do with this amp.

I use a PRS HS Customs (change of microphones), I also plug my Fender amus tlcoustic deluxe, I t I have to say, trs surprised in the sense positive.


I use it for 3 months and intensively on the weekend (or style 5h 6h).

I tried several other amps, here is the list (long):

- Marshall Haze 40: I do not have AIM ct: its bland, not my thing
- Fender Hot Rod Deluxe: I have not but then not at all AIM and more drive channel DIVR (too crystalline, screaming my taste) the clean channel is not evil against it, but this amp does not marry with my guitar.
- Vox AC30C2: good amp, however its VERY BRITISH (I love) but not versatile trs (that's the only shot I did not take).
- Marshall MH50C and H: saturated channel prcis ass not too rough and clean like
- Marshall JVM410C: rgler too long, 36 buttons, I go my way and double the price of Blackstar
- Orange Tiny Teror: wow what bte, but not versatile enough.
- Blackstar HT 60: TOO POWERFUL
- Blackstar Artisan 15 and 30: slap that I took ... but unfortunately no footswich else has them that I bought.

So the 40 silent ben a good compromise between the 20 (not standby) and 60 (too strong). I looked for about a year an amp that suited me, I find russi.

What I like most, its ease of use, its clean modern and versatility. The fact that it goes well with my guitars for the type of sound I was looking for.

What I like least arfff difficult, surely not the voicings footswitch. I found the default else beginners, but over time has become virtually qualities.

I consider the report good quality price trs I think the price for the other amps I tried it remains the one I prfr far. Of course there is always better, but much, much more expensive and less versatile. It would for example have a fender INTERESTED tween reverb in its clean and a marshall jcm 800 in saturated (but everyone's budget ...).

I do it again so it hsiter choices, the more I use, plus aging lamps and I'm happy. Against it by those around me as it is seen less power ...

ElJulo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Blackstar Amplification HT Club 40
Tube amp 40 watts Everything has been said.


Well simply put we light you turn the knobs and voila! Very easy to use. The manual is very clear.
Yes we get easily a good sound.
Attention it sounds hard! But you can use at home at low power it will sound too anyway without disturbing the neighbors. It is not too good for that but it happens.


The sounds are great. The sound is clear in my opinion a little cheesy, it lacks a little personality, but hey, it is still enjoyable.
I use a gibson les paul studio and believe me when I tell you that I enjoy!
The strength of this amp is undoubtedly its distortion. You distos pedals? Forget if you buy this amp. IT'S HUGE! Fat is hot and powerful! (A BIG .. 40 watts) that can go from simple blues metal sound good (I can not imagine with EMG ..) Here it is the strength of the Blackstar = DISTO dude!
Connect the Cry Baby and you will take to Kirk Hammet.


I use it for about 3 months. I had a Line 6 spider, a Marshall mg30fx until I discovered the magic lamp.
As you know the real sound is the tube amps .. transistor 5 minutes but it's going good .. If you like Rock is fucking need a real amp and with lamps ehehhh please sir ...
I bought about 700 euros, which is expensive but not overpriced for an amp of this quality there. Certainly there's more ... but much more expensive.
It's good try before you buy, but believe me it's good.

vodevil's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Blackstar Amplification HT Club 40
All tube combo amp 40w.

Main features:

HP-1 * 12 Celestion.
-2 Channels switchable to splayfooted.
Switchable reverb-foot well.
-Loop effect.
-Switches to "voicing" on each channel.
Knob-ISF (Infinite Sahpe Feature) acting as an equalizer, it scans the frequencies mediums primarily to move from its very British (lump in the upper mids, bass very "airy") to sound more American, more Modern with a grain tighter bass and plump.

The overall quality of the amp is more than satisfactory, everything is finished, the footswitch is very solid, nothing to say. I would have liked a boost treble or volume on the overdrive channel, so be it'll have to add a pedal.


Configuration rather easy as long as you have the habit of tube amps. The clean channel lacks a bit of volume compared to the overdrive channel, we must know how to play the master and volume (thankfully separate).
It's still very plug and play if we leave the settings at noon, the rest is qu'affinage.

The ISF, but not revolutionary, truly acting on its type british (knob far left) seems more pronounced than the American type, probably because it is much more easily recognizable.

I advise all the same to put an equalizer in the loop, to enrich the sound but that I would speak a little later.


The sound of the HT Balckstar Club 40 is generally quite low in charge and mediums. The sound is very rock'n'roll afuté. Without EQ added, the clean is a bit flat, dry, is also a general characteristic of the amplifier. The grain is very fair, very musical but I found something was missing. That said, I think it comes largely from the fact that it's a combo 1 * 12, the sound can be the size of a 2 * 12 or 4 * 12.

Once added egualisation pedal in the loop (MXR 10-band here) the sound becomes richer and more nuanced. The amp retains its grain so charming, his enthusiasm and musicality but expresses it in a much freer, as if they had "unbridled" the beast. The approach really the best we can play almost everything and the ISF is here, its usefulness and its subtleties. Even the clean, rather average at the origin now becomes nasty and full of harmonics on my Tele and round the edge of the crunch on my LP. The overdrive allows the greatest variety from big crunch pumped type quay Orange at disto-type metal Pantera, Metallica .. I'd so plugging in a 4 * 12 one of these four to take me a good slap more.


I use it as a group for 7 or 8 months. I had a lot of combo lamps before it (Vox AC30, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, Marshall JCM2000, JTM45 ..) is clearly the most versatile amp I had. Once egualisation pedal, the amp is really loose, the possibility of sounds are huge and all very believable in their registry. The personality of the guitar is respected. The value for money, unbeatable? Few amplifiers offering such diversity of sound and such quality for this price. The only competition might come from Bogner Alchemy but I have not had a chance to test it.

cedced89's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Blackstar Amplification HT Club 40
amp 40 watt lamps has


I tested at the Lidl MUSIKIA music (you know who you are c tried a VOX bulldog with a headphone on a modeling amp)
I was looking for a small tube amp not too expensive.
I went with the idea bugera V22 (found in France) or HT5, then the vendor says "but look where the HT20 is also ..."
Then I plug a type demicaisse IBANEZ Jazz / Blues (I have c for that) and yes it does!
its super hot clear and unambiguous.
Its well defined and not CRUCH Draft.
Very versatile Overdrive channel.
I thought I had found what I was looking for but do not pack.
I'm going to buy a strat Pigale and yes I went also to buy a Start "
And I come back late in the day was not without musikia tested other amps (Vox AC15: Okay, HAZE 40: DAWN OF LARGE)
I then retest with the stratum and well yes not too bad here but was a civil side view 30 and well I prefer the sound of Peavey.


In fact I think the advantage of HT20 or 40 is its ultra versatility but also his handicap.
Too banal
And then just a Knob TONE on the Clean channel: FRO FRO FRO ...
While on the channel distortion tones 3.
It is still a fact ampi to play exclusively in disto.


If you are a beginner or you play exclusively in distal because it hides the false notes: jump on it.
If you are looking for something less versatile and a little more clear in its setting (ba yes it seems especially important on any lights) as playing a clean sound does not scare you'll see the Blues Junior (value great price) or the Hot Rod.
In fact I think a tube amp it is evaluated mainly because the clean channel for overdrive or distortion pedal is a billion that will make their job well.
So the sudden I'm left with the Classic 30 under arm.

STEPHTRUC's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Great"

Blackstar Amplification HT Club 40
tube amp 40 watts, reverb two possible long and short ", effects loop, simulation output amp, a knob to choose a sound rather British, or rather American.


super simple, you plug it sounds


I was at her amazed, it sounds terrible. I play several musical syle "rockabilly, punk, reggae ..." frankly it's the only amp I know that is versatile as it works all at once. Clear and beautiful sound much better than the fender hotrod, a small button to have a well hot then its well funky plus type fender. In disto is again brilliant, the settings are super simple I found the distortion of marshall, orange or larger 5150 or rectify its type. I play on gretsch power jet, Brian Setzer, and two vintage Fender duo sonic. I prefer the sounds "bah all" there is nothing to throw.


I bought it yesterday but it is already part of the family. I compared it to hotrod, JMC 900, Rockerverb orange, 5150, peavey classic 30 .... What I like most bah always sound that is beautiful, but also the size of the beast "less boring than two bodies," what I like least is the weight "is not very light "good who cares a bit but the handles on the sides it was cool and it would motivate a buddy to lend a hand to get the gear from the truck. Great value for money "the sound of the amp to 3000 euros for 670. I would do this choice with your eyes closed and ears open