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The ID:CORE Stereo 10 is a 2x5W ultimate entry-level guitar amplifier. Incredible tone and flexibility is accessed by a simple and intuitive control set and delivered in super wide stereo to give an i... Read More

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The ID:CORE Stereo 10 is a 2x5W ultimate entry-level guitar amplifier. Incredible tone and flexibility is accessed by a simple and intuitive control set and delivered in super wide stereo to give an immersive playing experience that will have you hooked on playing guitar.

ID:CORE represents the culmination of more than seven years' technical Research and Development. These amps have an intuitive control set like a traditional amp, but have the versatility of programmability. The unique controls allow you, the guitarist, to custom design your own sound. The Voice control has six different settings - Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, OD 2. When used together with Blackstar's patented ISF control you can get the exact tone you're thinking of. The effects section delivers studio quality modulation, delay and reverb effects simultaneously that you can store with your sound.

Deep editing and storing of patches is simple using the Blackstar INSIDER software. Patches can be shared, uploaded and downloaded via the online community. The USB connector also allows you to record from your amp directly to your computer. An emulated output and MP3/line input complete the package. By using the unique Voice control and the patented ISF, ID:CORE Series amplifiers allow unparalleled flexibility and ease of use, enabling you to design the sound in your head and deliver it at home, in the studio or in rehearsal.

ID:CORE are small in size, but deliver huge tone - the perfect amps for budding guitarists who want to play better, faster.

Features
  • Voice control: Six different channels - Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, OD 2 which, when used together with Blackstar's patented ISF control, give you the exact tone you're thinking of
  • Super Wide Stereo: Gives you an immersive sound experience that'll have you playing along to your MP3 backing tracks for hours
  • 12 Effects: Vintage-style, studio-quality effects, including 3x modulation, 3x delay and 3x reverb effects, specially voiced for electric guitar and delivered in massive super wide stereo
  • EQ with ISF: Full interactive, patented ISF control gives you access to infinite new sound possibilities from the USA to the UK and everywhere in-between by allowing you to infinitely adjust the response of the tone control network between any of the traditional voicings
  • Stereo MP3/Line In: For great sounding jamming or listening to music in super wide stereo
  • USB Connectivity: USB audio for pro recording capability - easily get great tone recorded
  • Speaker Emulated Line Out: For silent practice or recording
  • INSIDER GUI: INSIDER software gives you more - deep editing of your amp, exchanging sounds with the Blackstar Online Community and downloading artist patches - all for free
  • Share Patches: Store your CORE ID sounds - 6 internally or more via free INSIDER software and download or share patches online using the INSIDER community pages
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BlackstarID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp
 
3.6

(based on 7 reviews)

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  • Easy to use (3)
  • Portable (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

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5.0

Awesome

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from Nashua

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

      Sounds amazing and has tons of sound options. Amazing value for the price

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      3.0

      love hate relationship

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      from Louisville Ky

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

      Modeling amps have gone a long way. Unfortunately like all modeling amps this one does not take pedals very well. Let me specify. Any pedal with a cab/amp simulation will sound very very terrible on this amp. Now lets say you have a raw analog amp then it will sound amazing. Ex. digitech grunge which sounds recorded metallica on the warm clean setting. The stereo function is not all what it is blown up to be either. I can not tell a difference in stereo and single amplifiers besides a little better clarity in sounds. With delays and reverbs engaged it doesnt feel surreal as to why I bought it in the first place by word of mouth of other users. Also these amps... ALL of these amp models have a hiss when anything is plugged up. If you have just a cable in or headphones in then this amp produces a white noise. There is nothing that can be done about it. One last bad side is that to even though you have some tone control you must have a PC to access the your bass middle and treble options. which sucks for people like me who only own a chromebook.

      The good is this amp does produce a great tones that you can get to. the ISF knob bends the amp from american to British all with their own EQ settings. It's not a bad thing you don't have all the freedom but they give you the best sounds of a bad situation. The distortions used are really well executed. They sound like really top notch amps. However the less gain you use the more quiet your amp will get until it is silent so this is a double jeopardy as it acts as a volume knob. The special effects are all well but i wish it had more control with them. For example the chorus seems to lack power but the flanger seems to decay much harsher. This again can be due to the fact i do not have access to the software.

      I do not know if I plan on keeping this amp yet. When it comes to other modeling amp in the same price range I would test it out before a purchas.

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      4.0

      Great little practice amp

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      from Chattanooga, TN

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Size

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Bedroomhotel Practice
        • Travel

        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

        I always wanted to learn to play the guitar in which caused my wife to give me a beginner Les Paul type guitar for Christmas. I used the guitar for a quite awhile with out an amp and later purchased an iRig, which was cool but a pain with all the cords.
        After countless blogs, YouTube videos, and reviews, I went to Guitar Center to actually try some. Going into the store and actually plugging in a guitar is very intimidating when you know like 2 cords. Nevertheless, I first asked for assistance and like usual the staff always brings you to the modeling amps. (I.e. Mustang I, Vypyr, and Spyder) I understand there is a lot of bang for the buck but that's not what I wanted. Modeling amps like those I just mentioned are still a large size amp for traveling when living out of a suitcase. Also I feel there is just too much stuff on those and I just don't need that at my skill level.
        I was looking for a Marshall MG15CFX, Orange 20RT, and the Fender Champion 20 to check out. The MG wasn't carried in stock, the Orange I liked a lot but was bigger then I expected, and while the Fender was one of the choices, I didn't like the open back cabinet with traveling. I found the Blackstar just above the Orange and thought I would try that since it's small. I tried it for about 5 minutes, the controls are simple, and it sounded great for the size it is.
        After I brought it home and begun using it, to me the reverb seems a bit week. There could be factors like low volume and how close I am to the amp. Otherwise, I love the amp for practice, the price, and the sound.

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        (3 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Horrible Tone

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        from Lexington, Kentucky

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        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

        traded in my Marshall Valvestate 12AX7 because I can't play it loud enough to saturate the tubes to take full advantage of them without my wife divorcing me and I always like to have a backup amp. My main amp is an Acoustic Lead Series G20. I bought the Blackstar on name recognition alone. Bad move. Now I didn't download any patches for it, but out of the six pre-installed settings, it's awful. Can not get a warm tone out of any of them. Very nasal sounding and just a very processed and weak tone. I took it back to GC and got an Acoustic Lead Series G10 and a used Dunlop Cry Baby. The Acoustic's don't have all the bells and whistles, but a much warmer and fuller sounding tone. The G20 even sounded better than my Marshall and you can play small gigs with the G20. Save yourself some money and get either the Acoustic Lead Series G20 or G10. The G20 is an awesome practice amp that you could record or play small gigs with and the G10 is a solid and great sounding practice amp.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Bang for the buck

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        from Albany,NY

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        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

        Hands down this is a perfect practice amp with a ton of great effects and features. I had initially thought to buy a Vox headphone amp. For $50 more I got this great multi-purpose amp which serves as a headphone amp and so much more.

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        (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Nice sound, but...

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        from Palm Springs, ca

        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

        Nice sound, but...the amp would cut / drop sound after a few seconds on the OD channel and then cut back on the other channels worked fine. The sound is very nice but I could not live with the defect be it software or with the physical amp it self. I even updated the firm ware to no avail.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice small and great sounding 2x5 amp .

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        from Palm Spings, Ca

        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

        I just got mine tonite at G.C. in Palm Desert and played it for a while and thought this is a nice small and great sounding 2x5 amp. I have louder gear but I wanted something that I could play a low level and if needed crank it up for a small get together and it sure seems to fit the bill. Rock on!!!

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