50W all-tube amp, preamp and 2 2 amplification.
2 Channels: Clean and Overdrive
Each channel has an EQ (Voice) activated by a small knob.
For the clean channel: We think in class A / B (more compressed) or A blow with the whole dynamic of lamps
For the saturated channel: a stage further gain is added, so it has a creamy or more garish depending on the choice equalization.
A general master and two independent volume knobs for each channel
A dear to Blackstar only boosted channel ISF knob: For sound more British (Marshall) or U.S. (Mesa)
Egualisation Bass / Mid / Treb for the overdrive channel, one knob "Tone" for the Clean channel.
Reverb (switchable via footswitch FS-2 included) with a "Dark" option for even more depth and dimmable.
3 outputs HP: 1x8 ohm or 1x16 Ohms 2x8Ohms
Output "Emulated Output" to plug directly into a console
Configuration very simple. At first put all the knobs at noon test "voice" of each channel and then turn equa to refine what we found.
The manual is adequate, the best is yet his own ear.
We get a good sound immediately! The lamps heat quickly and 15 seconds the amplifier is ready to send the sauce.
I was looking for a versatile amp and I turned on the grain Blackstar. I was already the proud owner of a HT Dist-X and I was fully satisfied, so I turned to the head of the same brand.
I play it with a Telecaster Custom and a Les Paul Traditionnal. I plugged in the early 1960a 4x12 cab but I've never really been a fan. Today I plug in a marshall 2x12 cabJVMC212 (a V30 and G12H30) and there is other thing. I actually get all the sounds I'm looking for the clean clear to heavy distortion. If the clean does not replace HotRod and if Disto does not replace a good JCM800 pushed, it still manages to results very convincing!
I use it for a few months. I have not tried many styles and I hesitated a long time with a marshall JVM205. But the versatility of Blackstar, ease of use and price (2x cheaper!) Have finally convinced me.
This is an excellent value that will satisfy 90% of cases report! I do not play in stadiums, buying a useless 100W apartment was prohibited. This 50W really appears to me as the perfect companion and cheaply. In addition it has a beautiful face! Be careful to choose the cab that will honor him.
You know jack? The electric guitar? The pick? Humanoid hands with opposable thumbs?
So that's enough!
For short and coarse:
A clean to Clapton, the Dire Straits or Andy Summers, a good british rock overdrive to Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs, a vintage overdrive to ACDC or a good distortion to Maiden or Megadeth, everything is good in the Blackstar!
More care than Marshall finishes, clean crunch that the vox, a beautiful clean the fender, a very convincing overdrive and headroom that allows you to type in the metal ...
What more? Ah yes, a very progressive master and a tempting price!
Versatile and convincing, it's all good!
Lamps: 2 x EL34 and 2 x ECC83
Power: 50 Watt (8 Ohm, 16 Ohm)
ISF tone control
Enhanced Tone Control
Clean Voice switch
Overdrive Voice switch
Digital reverb switch with Dark / Bright
Speaker emulated output
The configuration could not be easier!
This gives a very good sound easily thanks to the different voices, the equalization and button ISF is doing its job!
This amp can suit any style of music, from blues to heavy metal nag!
This is the overdrive channel that stuck me the most because I do not expect a quality unparalleled in an amp of this price, for me it competes with amps that cost hundreds of dollars more! It is just huge! With the ISF can go from a sound American and British voices, one can only find happiness! Just watch the few videos you can find on youtube about this amp to get an idea, the sound is huge! The model ht club 40 combo is already very good, added to it a 4x12 cabinet and it is paradise!
Contrary to what you may read what is typed as big and its not clean, it is totally wrong for several reasons. Already, voices can have a clean shop may wish to cruncher or a clean modern remains neutral and "smooth". Add to that the EQ and tone knob more effective, what you find a good clean, and I would even say that suits you!
The reverb is not bad either, with the possibility of two types of reverb with a small button behind the amp!
I recently started using because I just acquired, but I tried combo model for months, it is my plan to buy long!
My tried tons of amps before, Marshall, Orange, Bugera, H & K, and frankly .. it is the only one who caught my attention in this price range, it is on that by 1000 or 2000 euros more, you can always find better!
What I like most is its versatility, this amp was with a huge range of possibilities, it is almost impossible to not find something (if you have a guitar that follows obviously). This is really the kind of sound that I've always wanted!
It is too early to say whether I will ever experience with this choice, but I bought it knowingly, it was not impulsive (as ever for that matter) so I think well before the buy. I'll let you know in a few months!