This amp is a 5 watt amp that has a push pull power amp section, two switchable channels, and great sounding 12 inch speaker. This amp for being a small little guy has a wallop of tone and drive. This little amp while being one of the best sounding amps you can buy as has a great clean channel to along with its famous distortion tone. This amp and speaker package gets you the tone of the amp and the correctly voiced speaker stack to go with it. It looks like a huge mega amp stack but with just 1 speaker per cabinet it fits much small in spaces. The speakers are not ones that I have heard of. Perhaps it is their own brand of speakers. They match well with the amp though.
This amp is such a work of art that it is receiving many people to come to Blackstar as a whole and check out their entire line of amps. They seem to be signing new artists to their endorsement list on a daily basis. The have such a great set of amps that this one first on very nicely on the low watt all tube amp combos.
* Innovative 5 Watt valve head
* 1xECC83 and 1x12BH7 valves
* Unique push pull power amp design
* Award winning HT Pedal preamp
* Two footswitchable channels
* Two 1x12" speaker cabinets loaded with custom designed Blackbird 50 speakers
* Enhanced tone controls
* Patent-Applied-For Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
* Digital Stereo Reverb
* Fully equipped for studio or practice
* Speaker emulated output with 1x12 or 4x12 voicing
* Effects loop with effects level switch
* Footswitch included
* Cool vintage styling
This little amp has a fantastic clean tone that chimy and sparkles all the way up the guitar's volume pot. You can roll off the by gain and distortion rolling down you volume and get a nice sparkling clean that rivals any Fender amp that I have ever heard. The clean is a must hear channel but this thing lives in the distortion channel. You get a creamy lush gain that is British in flavor but its ow wonderful color of overdrive.
The tone between the speakers and amp are perfectly matched together. You get the tone from the speakers that the amp was voiced with. So essentially this is the optimum setup for this amp in a small setup. If you need to use this amp in a larger set up you can always use the speaker simulated out put going direct int the house PA system of recording session.
At new these amps come in right at around $599, which is a steal of a price. You can't get a whole lot for that money but you can get a nice sounding all tube amplifier combo from Blackstar. This is a two channel dream amp for someone wanting to step into the tube amp world. I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs a good practice amp that sounds huge at low volumes. You combine that with the two 12 inch speaker cabinets then you have a recipe for greatness.
Simple and effective 3bandes EQ, a volume for the clean channel, gain and volume for the overdrive and a "isf" well thought which changes the sound envelope to give her a stamp from us (fender) to the british (marshall) through any intermediaries. The head also has a headphone output, which is used to record the amp by connecting directly to the computer. Ignition is by two push the beautiful vintage style. An effects loop is present on the back of the beast.
Beware the power is very strong for 5 watts, it can be used in concert if the drummer does not play like a madman.
Easy to use and perfect at the same time to find its own user sought, the beauty is in this paradox!
Versatile without being shit in each area, it has a dynamic sound quality upscale. The crunch is at will, turning the knob one discovers a saturation worthy of respect, but fat without overflow, there is the flo but still net. Do not play hard I can not tell you if your gain when it is at max. The EQ is significant: to palpate accurately.
I have it for 2 years, for having almost new 300 euro value for money is enjoyable.