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Blackstar Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp
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The Blackstar HT Club 40's highly flexible 2-channel design features a comprehensive control set, yet it is simple and intuitive to use.

Equipped with 2 channels and 4 modes the Blackstar HT Club 40 is an ideal gigging tube amp for club-sized venues. The 40W EL34-driven power amplifier has amazing punch and dynamics that will easily cut through in a full band situation. Switching to the amazing overdrive channel-equipped with ISF (Infinite Shape Feature)-accesses 2 more modes: 'classic crunch' and 'super saturated lead.'

The Clean Channel on the Blackstar Venue tube amp has 2 modes, 'boutique' and 'modern' and its own Tone control provides a wide range of clean tones. The Voice switch reconfigures both the preamplifier voicing and gain structure, and the power amplifier damping, to reproduce either ringing Class A Performance in the 'boutique' mode, or very clean and tight Class AB tones in the 'modern' setting.

The Overdrive Channel has its own EQ section and a Voice switch that allows the character of the channel to be changed, providing a wide variety of overdriven tones.

The channel is characterized by a tone that's high in gain, but lacks any of the detached top-end 'fizz' often found in similar designs. This is a result of unique preamplifier and power amplifier shaping techniques, which cleans up the overdrive beautifully as the guitar volume is reduced. Even at the most extreme settings, the overdrive channel remains natural sounding. The ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) control is unique to Blackstar Amplification and represents a major step forward in tone shaping flexibility. The Blackstar amplifier's ISF control shifts the response of the 3-control tone stack between a US-type response at one end, and at the other a UK-type response. The tube amp provides an infinite number of alternative tone choices in between the 2 extremes that would be otherwise unavailable.

The Blackstar HT Club 40 tube amp also features a completely natural sounding digital reverb, which is outstandingly musical on both clean and crunch tones. A Dark/Bright switch allows the overall reverb characteristics to be modified to suit different tastes and playing styles.

Blackstar Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp Features:

  • 40-watt tube combo amp
    2xECC83, 2xEL34
    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
    Effects loop
    2-way footswitch included
    Cool vintage styling

Blackstar Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

  • Power (RMS): 40 watts
    Tubes: 2 x ECC83, 2 x EL34
    Weight: 53-4/5 lb.
    Dimensions: 24-2/5" x 22-1/3" x 11-7/10"
    Footswitch: FS-5 supplied

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  • Great amp for the price.

    As reviewed by Widget on 1/3/2011

    I had been looking for an affordable tube amp on a tight budget. I looked at Egnaters, used Mesas, and a few others before learning about Blackstar. I decided on this one because of its sound and features, and it was well within my budget! Initially I was a little concerned about having only a single tone knob for the clean channel, but between the voice feature and the excellent tone quality of the clean channel my concerns were quickly dispelled. I love the clean channel. The OD channel is also excellent. You can easily dial in anything from slight crunch to paint peeling distortion, and the voice and ISF features are very fine. The digital reverb is much nicer than I expected. The amp takes pedals very well in front or in the effects loop, but I enjoy the unadorned sonic capabilities of the amp so much that I've been playing my Strat Plus and G&L ASAT without pedals or the amp's reverb. It sounds great all by itself. It's very quiet and is highly responsive to finger pressure and attack, chiming or whoofing on demand. The build quality appears to be very good, and I received a reponse from Blackstar w/in twenty four hours to a concern I had that turned out to be unrelated to the amp. I am highly pleased with this amp and enjoy plugging in. I recommend it!

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  • One of the best i've ever played!

    As reviewed by Koby K. on 6/7/2011

    I now own this amp and, WOW!!!! This thing is the greatest ever under 1000 and can easily keep up with some high end Mesas and Marshalls. This amp is only second in amps i've played to the Marshall JVM series IMO. But man it gets SOOOO close to that kind of tone that its not even funny. This, even though the clean doesn't have all the EQ knobs that the overdriven channel has, still has versatile sparkling cleans. The overdriven channel is amazing in every way. The Original overdrive is hot and ccrunchy perfect for everything from RHCP to ACDC. When you kick in that voicing switch it gives off some high output heaven. I'm not usually one of those reviewers that talks about the product being perfect, but man this one is freaking close. Another thing about this amp is it is LOUD, verhy loud for fourty watts. Amazing, just amazing.

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  • Great Sound A Little Worried About Quality

    As reviewed by DAVID THORNELL on 10/23/2012

    I got mine about a month ago. When I pulled it out of the box, I heard a rattle in the cab. I pull the back off found a loose screw. After a little inspection I found out it was one of the screws holding the transformer in place. I screwed it in and also had to tighten up two of the three remaining screws that hold the tranformer in place as they were loose. I can't believe that this could be missed by some kind of qaulity control check if there was one done. With that being said I really love the sound of this amp. Both clean channel are very good and the overdrive sounds are outstanding. I just hope that it holds up over time.

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