Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The HT-DISTX tone has been benchmarked against the best high-gain tube amps in the world and will transform your mild mannered classic into a fire breathing monster. The patent-applied-for ISF control... Read More

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Overview

The HT-DISTX tone has been benchmarked against the best high-gain tube amps in the world and will transform your mild mannered classic into a fire breathing monster. The patent-applied-for ISF control takes you from 'Classic British' to 'Modern American' and anywhere in between and the no compromise speaker emulated output lets you get it all down to tape or disk.

The HT Range of tube overdrive pedals features true high voltage (300V) circuitry and are packed with innovations and tone. The revolutionary, patent-applied-for tone-shaping ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) will redefine the tonal expectations of guitarists.

Add to this the no compromise speaker emulated output and you have the most cost effective way of getting real tube tones direct to disk or tape.

So whether you're playing live or recording, with the HT Range of pedals you can finally get the sound in your head.

PURE TUBE DISTORTION

High voltage tube design for true tube dynamics and feel. Two cascaded ECC83 triode stages for gain from warm boost to screaming lead. Enhanced tone network for massive tonal flexibility with traditional passive network musicality. Patent-Applied-For ISF control allows access to infinite new sounds. Emulated output is a new benchmark design for pro direct recording sounds. High integrity bypass for silent switching and driving long cables.

Features
  • Genuine tube design
  • Operates at 300V HT
  • Cascaded tube gain stages
  • Responds like a tube amp
  • Unique enhanced tone controls
  • Extreme gain and tone
  • Exclusive Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Fully equipped for stage or studio
  • Speaker emulated output
  • High integrity buffered bypass
  • Power supply included
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BlackstarHT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
3.8

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quality sound, but no versatility

I got my DISTX about a month ago and I love it. It has all the power and feel of a genuine high gain tube head like Randall or Marshall. It is limited in...Read complete review

I got my DISTX about a month ago and I love it. It has all the power and feel of a genuine high gain tube head like Randall or Marshall. It is limited in its tonal options though. The gain once past 2 on the dial sounds the same. the 3-band EQ works well and the ISF does give a change in the overall sound, but the distortion tone is always the same. On its own its a great sounding pedal. Light years ahead of any non tube distortion unit. But, you throw an MXR 10 band EQ in front of it and you can get any leval of crazy gain you want. You can even nail a Mesa Dual Rec sound perfectly. I have had several quility high end amps, so I know what heavy gain should sound like. This has that heavy saturated distortion thats thick and powerful, and not thin and raspy like a lot of "metal" pedals. So again, on its own, its a Randall in a box. With a good EQ pedal, its any kind of monster you want it to be. Try it out.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

average and over priced

I bought this pedal thinking it could replace my Sansamp GT2 and my Damage Control Solid Metal pedal. The reality was it could not replace either pedal. I use the sansamp to go direct...Read complete review

I bought this pedal thinking it could replace my Sansamp GT2 and my Damage Control Solid Metal pedal. The reality was it could not replace either pedal. I use the sansamp to go direct to a boom box when i play at night and i use the DCSM pedal in front of a clean amp for some serious high gain tones. The Distx has a nice creamy tube like tone but it certainly isn't the "filth" machine that is used in the marketing by Blackstar. The gain control on this pedal has a limited range similar to the tone controls and past 2 'o clock the gain just bottoms out and the pedal just gets noisier. The ISF feature is also a huge disappointment as there isn't a very dramatic difference from the opposite ends of the dial. For the same price you could get the DCSM pedal, add an inexpensive DI box and you would have a combo that has much better tones than the Distx.

Reviewed by 14 customers

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5.0

I Like It

By zippertrout

from Kansas City

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • None so far

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I Like it because it does what I want it to do, it sounds good, it's built like a tank, and it makes my Bugera V5 into a new Amp. I wouldn't have bought it at full price not saying that it isn't worth it but I'm just cheap. I was looking at it on an earlier date but didn't want to throw out that kind of scratch for it but seen it on GC's Deal of the day for a price that I couldn't pass up and I am glad that I did.

 
5.0

Nice pedal, good service

By Stratboy

from Cols. Ohio

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    It's exactly what I wanted. The transaction and customer service with Guitar Center was flawless.

     
    1.0

    good sound but WAY too noisy - this one is going back

    By Clive

    from DFW Tx

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Has a great tube sound for sure, great sustain and smooth tone. But the amount of hiss and other extraneous noise makes it unusable. This is even with a noise gate turned to Max after it.

     
    4.0

    Nice amp for adding some tube tone to your solid-state amp.

    By fazool

    from buffalo, ny

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent build quality
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Requires separate 22V power supply
    • Very large

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This won't replace a tube-amp but it is a significant step up from an inline distortion or overdrive pedal. It has a lot of control over the sound. I haven't yet been able to get that heavily distorted single note lead sound but there are a lot of tweaking possibilities and I am still experimenting, so I am sure its in there somewhere.

    The sound quality is very good with no degradation, at all.

    The unit is HUGE, however. and it requires a separate power supply (not a standard 18V either) so you need to make room for this.

    It's also got a full rubber bottom so there is no real great way to connect velcro for a pedalboard.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Disappointed

    By Steeler

    from South Carolina

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • None

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Door stop

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Bought this based on the reviews and the Blackstar marketing ads. I really thought with technology being what it is today that I could hopefully get a decent metal sound out of this pedal. Well, the sound that came out definitely wasn't the one in MY head. It was just "blah."
    I will say that it did produce the nice, warm sustain that is indicative of a tube amp, but it just did not get anywhere near what I would expect from a self proclaimed "filth machine." I kept waiting and playing thinking maybe it had to warm up before the heavy gain would kick in, but like Nikko below stated, it just never got any better.
    Playing a Jackson Dinky with EMG 81/85s, I ran this into a Danelectro Fish and Chips EQ pedal, then into a Line 6 Spider IV 150 clean and just did not get anything close to the "screaming leads" detailed here.
    I then swapped the Line 6 for a SS Marshall G80RCD and while it sounded clearer with the dry effect and reverb it still wasn't impressive at all. I even ran it through my PA and still nada.
    I may order a new tube for it and see if that helps. If not, this thing is going back. Shame, but the Zoom G1Xon I ordered at the same time kicks this things butt all over the place and at 1/3 of the price to boot. If I would have had to guess prior to using both of these products I would have sworn it would be the other way around.

     
    5.0

    Excellent pedal the best High Gain I ever had

    By Daniel Lopez Velarde

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I have the pedal next to my wha wha and before a Joyo Noise Gate, it's noisy but not too much, the tone that I get from this pedal it's great for soloist songs like John Petrucci and Joe Satriani songs. I strongly recommend this pedal.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Pedal suck no mid scoop

    By Ya ya

    from Ny

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Blows Blackstar

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice option to add to your arsenal

    By Taz The Guitarman

    from San Jose

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I plugged this into a solid state amp and used the clean channel and achieved a warmer tone with the 12AX7 built into the pedal. I like the ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) knob, it completely changes the feel. Great pedal for drop D, drop C tuning.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Organic Overdrive And Distortion

      By Curlybird

      from Kelseyville, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I just added the HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal to my pedal board and I like it's versatility in going from a nice, punchy overdriven sound to high gain crunch and everything in between. It does take of some extra real estate, but in my opinion, that's worth the space. The 12AX7 tube that drives the unit gives it a nice organic type of drive to it.

        Having the ability to shape the tone is another real plus on the unit. You can dial in just the right amount of highs and lows to get that sound that is just right for your ears. I'll continue experimenting with it as I really like what I have heard so far. Good job,HT...

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Killer pedal

        By Harley Brassfield

        from Eugene, Oregon

        Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I love this thing. I'm poor as dirt so I'm using it as a preamp to a solid state amplifier and it works great. Gives you a good tube sound. I would suggest replacing the tube. I put an Electro Harmonix 12ax7 in it and it sounds WAY better than the original tube. I recommend this pedal 100%.

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