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Blackstar HT Series HT-5R Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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The HT-5R guitar combo amp takes the tone and features of the HT-5C and adds the same stereo reverb used in the acclaimed HT Venue Series. Boasting two channels, an ECC83 preamp tube, a 12BH7 power tu... Read More

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The HT-5R guitar combo amp takes the tone and features of the HT-5C and adds the same stereo reverb used in the acclaimed HT Venue Series. Boasting two channels, an ECC83 preamp tube, a 12BH7 power tube, and the award-winning preamp from the HT Pedal series, the HT-5R is perfect for any situation requiring raw tube tone.

The HT-5R guitar amp features dedicated tone control on the clean channel, a custom designed 12" speaker, and stereo reverb, making it the perfect guitar amp for the studio or home use.

  • Innovative 5 watt tube combo
  • 1xECC83 and 1x12BH7 tubes
  • Unique push-pull power amp design
  • Award-winning HT Pedal preamp
  • Two footswitchable channels
  • 12" Blackbird 50 custom-designed speaker
  • 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
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Exceeded my expectations

By deberah

from jacksonville florida

Was worried at first on the sound, but after a few days I dialed it in....like it better than any amp I have owned....talking 10+ amps ....very versatile, simple and pedal friendly.. Enjoy.

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Outstanding Amp

By Brian Wattenbarger

from Tulsa, OK

I?ve been solicited to make reviews from GC on about everything I?ve ever bought here but I?ve never been compelled enough to do one until now? I bought this amp as a backup to my Marshall JVM 50W Half stack, mainly for size/weight convenience carrying to practices. My biggest concern was if it was going to be loud enough to hang with our drummer. I?ve read enough reviews and heard enough demos to know that the tone of this thing is excellent so I wasn?t concerned about that. Check out Rob Chapman?s review on You Tube. Well I'm happy to say that this amp gets LOUD, certainly loud enough to me that I'm plugging my ears with the volume at 8 and is hangs with our drummer with ease. There's even enough headroom that I can kick a line booster in the effects loop (has to be post pre-amp) and get a nice additional volume boost for leads. It has killer tone. I just love it. What I am most impressed with though is the speaker emulated output. This is the best emulated output I have ever had, better than the emulation on my JVM. I find myself practicing at home running the emulated output through a small powered PA mixer and recording and leaving it in standby. That sound is huge. I?ll never have to mike this one up at a gig. The tone going direct to the board is just superb. The 12? speaker sounds great, and the amp is especially impressive running into my 1960A 4x12. The amp is also VERY well built. Not cheap at all, it?s sturdy as a bulldog. I am totally happy with this thing. Two thumbs up for sure.

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Little amp, BIG sound!

By Jacob Parks _

from KY.

This amp is the best "Little" amp I have ever used. Now I can sit in my practice room/studio and have the Big tube amp sound, without pissing off the people next door. In my opinion, the HT-5R sounds like a high watt Marshall without all the volume. Don't get me wrong, this little amp can be loud. It reacts to string attack like any good tube amp should. Clean channel is better then I expected. I have a Dimarzio X2N in the bridge position on my Ibanez, so when using the overdrive channel I can go from country rock to 80's style rock by just rolling on the pickup volume. You can also adjust the amp to get a british rock sound. Great amp for the money. I can't wait to get another 12" speaker cab for it.

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Like their ad says "the sound in your head"


from St Louis MO

I love this amp I purchased it a couple months ago after reading many reviews on several amps, listening to reviews on you tube and visiting shops and jamming on different gear. Having read reviews, I did swap out the speaker with a Warehouse Guitar Speaker(made in the USA) Veteran 30, their version of Celestion's Vintage 30, I had bought and used in my old amp(a Peavey VK112). I did check out the stock speaker before I swapped, just to hear out of the box. Sounded nice, but after the swap it was great. I later swapped out the stock EH 12AX7 for a Mullard 12AX7 and it went from great to AMAZING. I like to play blues, classic rock, 80's hair band, and every now and then like to thrash it up. This thing can do it all. The picking attack response is great on the gain channel. When I play the blues I like to set the gain at about 10 o'clock and use the volume on the guitar to easily control the distortion level along with picking attack. The distortion has depth to it that is easily controllable, thick, and aggressive yet articulated at the same time, even when pushed to max gain. I am saving my pennies for a NOS Mullard 12AT7 to try and coax a more creamy, bluesy tone from it. I play a BC Rich Mockingbird with Rockfield Mafia humbuckers(set up with coil splits) and a VERY nice Les Paul clone for the more bluesy stuff. The amp allows the true tonal differences in the guitars come out. I can't wait to get to borrow my uncle's semi hollow body Epiphone and my mother in law's Gibson Melody Maker with P90's. I HIGHLY recommend this amp. I have read reviews that did say once the stock speaker has some hours on it the tone gets MUCH better, I had this one and I knew it did wonders for the harsh Peavey I had for a minute. Maybe I will find a cheap empty 1X12 cab, stick the stock speaker in it and plug it in to break it in. Until then I will stick with my current upgrade. I will give another review when I finally get the Mullard NOS 12AT7. BUY the amp before they raise the price, this amp is a definite future classic. Rate before the minor upgrades 4, with the upgrades I would push for 6 or 7 stars....IT IS THAT AMAZING.

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Big things in small packages

By Casey Lockwood

from West Jordan, UT

I bought this amp for bedroom practice, and I chose this one because it was the only one in it's class that had gain capable of metal stuff. That said, the gain channel is quite awesome, if not a little dark. There is loads of distortion, and one of the things I love most about this amp is that it cleans up SO nicely rolling off on the volume knob of the guitar. The clean channel is no Fender or Vox, but actually sounded much better than most people were saying. The tube dynamics were definately there. There is only one tone knob on the clean channel though, no bass, mid, treb. This amp is not loud enough to compete with drums. You could play small venues, like a small bar with a backing track perhaps, but for gigging, this is not your amp. HOWEVER, one nice thing is you can run the emulated output while having the speaker on at the same time. This means you could run the signal out to a PA system, then just use the amp as a monitor. Thats pretty sweet. Anyway, the amp has some awesome tones, huge range of versatility, and lots of useful features. I hear a speaker swap makes these things sound even better, but I am satisfied as it is. Perhaps in a year or so. Awesome amp. (8.5/10)

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Blown Away!!!

By michael gatti

from Irvine, CA

What a great AMP. After a few years without playing I just started getting back into it and I wanted an AMP to play at home (quietly) and as soon as I wear off the years of rust to start jamming with some friends. My ax is a Vintage Kramer Pacer and I play blues to hard rock to metal and the tones that I get out of this box are great. I tested a couple of AMPS but without a doubt this is the biggest BANG for the buck.

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i wish I could do 4 and a half

By Zane Smothermon

from WA

I rated it a five because I it is closer to 5 than 4 stars but I believe it earns a respectable 4 and a half. I will start out by saying it is hard to find a low watt tube amp so I was naturaly drawn to this amp. I needed a good practice amp and I hate emulation amps like the line 6 spider. So on to the specifics it has a great gain channel that for its size it can reach big heights. I have never played a amp that does rock and old school metal any better for its price and size. However if you want a more modern metal sound or thrash tone you will most likely need a tube screamer not for the gain but to tighten up the low end for heavy palm muting. The clean channel is great for me but it is pretty limited the tone is very crisp and you won't have lack of clarity however if the natural clean of this amp is not in your style the lack of ability to change clean tone would frusterating. Its reverb is much better than most amp reverb and is actually able to be turned on be useful. As a practice and recording amp I love the lead tone and with a the ability to achieve many tones is exactly what I want in a practice amp. If you play stricly new styles of metal you want to look else where unless you plan on using a tube screamer (like I do) or have a guitar with active pickups. But overall great amp, great price and don't hesitate because im sure as blackstar gets bigger the prices will sky rocket because they are really onto something BIG.

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