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Blackstar Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black

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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 cu... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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
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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BlackstarVenue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.4

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Warm / comfy (8)
  • Portable (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Big and Powerful

This amp is brilliant amp for any kind of genre. It has a beautiful clean sound and distortion sound with a voice switch for each channel which changes the tone of the amp from...Read complete review

This amp is brilliant amp for any kind of genre. It has a beautiful clean sound and distortion sound with a voice switch for each channel which changes the tone of the amp from a classic style to a modern style, and out of all the amps that i've tried, this is probably the best amp for distortion and getting the sound you want. From left to right, on the front panel, you have the input, clean volume, clean voice and the clean tone. Then you have the overdrive indicator and overdrive selector. Then you have your three overdrive knobs, gain,voice and volume. Then the three normal knobs bass middle and treble. You also have a very unusual knob called the ISF, it changes the type of tone you want out of the amp. When it is fully counter clockwise, it sounds more aggressive (USA), and fully clockwise has a less aggressive sound (UK). After you ISF, you have your reverb control which controls the overall level of your reverb effect. Then at the back panel, you have a reverb Dark/Light button. In the out position the digital reverb is voiced to have a warm dark quality. When the Light position is selected the reverb has a brighter quality with more zing on the reverb tail. Overall, i think this is a very good amp and when you look at it, it really warms your heart, and if you are looking for a great sound that is stuck inside your head, this is the amp to get. This high gain amp is all you need for median sized gigs.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great whan it works. Sucks when it doesn't

Bought one in August 2012. Returned in Sept. 2012 due to a loud hum. Went through GC who accepted even though it was a few days past their allowable in-store return policy. That...Read complete review

Bought one in August 2012. Returned in Sept. 2012 due to a loud hum. Went through GC who accepted even though it was a few days past their allowable in-store return policy. That was much appreciated. New one arrived a few days later and has been fine until a couple weeks ago when it started completely cutting out. Probably the cheap plastic lined input jack. It is now 3 to 4 months past the one-year warranty. The amps have both extremely well cared for and gently handled. The first one never left my home and the replacement went to our air-conditioned practice location and has been brought to two gigs. To me, this level of quality or lack thereof is ridiculous. Forget trying to contact them through the US Contact tab on their website as it redirects to Korg USA and their contact link is a dead link. No excuse for any of this. Now I will have to pay out of pocket at one of their US approved service locations. At least that link worked. Would rate Zero Stars if that were an option........

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5.0

Blackstar That Shines Brighter!

By Joe Mama

from Las Vegas, Nevada

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Emulated Output
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Great On-Board Distortion
  • Great Reverb
  • Master Volume Control
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

  • HEAVY
  • No 3 band EQ for the Clean Channel

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Bedroom Rock God
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

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

The Blackstar HT Club 40 is by FAR the best amp in this class that I have ever used. I also own a Marshall DSL40c and, in my opinion, I feel the Blackstar sounds much better. The versatility of the different voicings makes it a very good amp for ANY genre you play. The OD channel is one of the smoothest sound on-board distortions I have heard from an amp in this class; as is the reverb. One thing that makes it a great amp for something in this class and power range, is it has a master volume control: you can saturate, set it for whatever breakup you please, and then adjust the master volume for how loud you want it--great for a bedroom amp, believe it or now. Now, the negative, is it's HEAVY; this is NOT an amp you are going to move from place-to-place and enjoy it. Also, there is no 3-band EQ for the clean channel (only a tone knob), which limits it's capabilities as-is, in this regard. I use a multi-effects pedal with an EQ, so it's not a big deal for my application. And, the amp sounds amazing on the clean channel with only the tone knob, anyway. If you want to blow away the competition--in this price, class, and power range, the Blackstar HT Club 40 IS the amp you want. Into a 4x12, there isn't too many venues you cannot play; into the stock speaker, it's good for anything from your bedroom, to a church setting, or even a small club.

 
5.0

As advertised!!

By Klussier

from Springfield,ma

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

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

    Absolutely awesome is all I can say about this amp. Plenty of power and tonal adjustment to get sounds from creamy blues tone, to classic rock, right up to modern gain. Amp handles pedals well. This is my first tube amp with an effects loop and it's the only way to run delay and modulation style pedals.

     
    5.0

    Versatile amp

    By Brazos Pirate

    from Texas

    About Me Novice

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I just bought the amp and so far so good. I like all the different tone shaping options it has available. It really gives you a wide range of options when trying to dial in sounds from different genres of music. I have yet to try out the extra speaker extensions or the output it has for recording.

         
        5.0

        Best amp for the $$$

        By SLK DRAGON

        from Dallas, Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          I bought this as my first tube amp. I've got friends that have Mesa and other high end amps but for the $$ this will have their head spinning. Hit the overdrive on the foot switch that's included and have your ears ringing with joy! And trust me, this 40w gets plenty loud too.

           
          4.0

          Wonderful

          By Jonan

          from Alabama

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances

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

          I use this for lessons and gigs. It's wonderful and can cut through a band.

           
          5.0

          Great amp -versatile.

          By Ed VR

          from augusta

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

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

            Home use. Occasional neighborhood gigs.

             
            5.0

            I am impressed

            By Jesse77777

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              I did a lot of research on tube amps in this power range. I wanted something that I could play at low volumes at home and in a club and it sound good at both places and this does it well. Between the voicing switch and the ISF knob you can truly dial in any tone you can imagine. The cleans are clean which was important for me as I wanted to use pedals for distortion/fuzz. The reverb is great as well. Build quality is there, you can feel it. Can't go wrong with the price either. I strongly recommend this amp for the gigging musician, recording or jamming at home.

               
              5.0

              This amp is everything I could ask for....

              By Doug

              from DeKalb, Il

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

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

                This amp does everything I need it to do... Matched up with the Blackstar hvt 112 turns it into a sound monster...

                 
                5.0

                Best of both worlds!

                By Rob

                from Oklahoma city, OK

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  This is a great all purpose amp... blues and heavy rock. Best amp I have ever had.

                   
                  2.0

                  Ehh

                  By david

                  from undisclosed

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Warmth
                  • Looks Great
                  • Sounds good

                  Cons

                  • Expensive
                  • Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Home use

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

                  had some kind of wierd growl in the clean settitng. Had to return it.

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