The Blackstar HT Stage 100 tube amp head uses a quartet of selected EL34 power tubes to deliver 100W of British dynamics with 3 channels, delivering 6 modes for amazing tonal versatility. The 'boutiq... Read More
The Blackstar HT Stage 100 tube amp head uses a quartet of selected EL34 power tubes to deliver 100W of British dynamics with 3 channels, delivering 6 modes for amazing tonal versatility. The 'boutique' style clean channel has 2 modes: 'British Class A' and 'dynamic US'. Each of the amp head's 2 ISF (Infinite Shape Feature)-equipped overdrive channels accesses a further 2 modes.
The Clean Channel 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 amp head's 'modern' setting.
The Overdrive Channel on the Blackstar guitar amp head 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 Blackstar Venue HT-100H amp head's ISF control is unique to Blackstar Amplification and represents a major step forward in tone shaping flexibility.
The 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 Blackstar Venue tube amp head has an infinite number of alternative tone choices in between the 2 extremes that would be otherwise unavailable.
The Blackstar HT-100H amp head also features a completely natural sounding digital reverb, which is outstandingly musical on both clean and crunch tones and raises the benchmark for guitar amplifier specific reverb design. A Dark/Bright switch allows the overall reverb characteristics to be modified to suit different tastes and playing styles.
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Reviewed by 12 customers
I confess that I don't own this amp anymore. I upgraded to a Marshall JVM410HJS. This Blackstar head and a Carvin V3 were sold to help finance that purchase. I owned the HT Stage 100 for about 2 years and gigged and rehearsed with it many times. It never gave me any problems and seemed to be well built. Now for the tones - Clean - It was a decent clean, nothing special about it. I didn't like there being no mid control though. OD1 & OD2 - Most of the tones were good, some really good, especially at high volume. I think I may have kept the amp as a backup to the JVM (I have a Jet City JCA50H for this purpose) or possibly even as my main rig if each overdrive channel had separate equalization and ISF knobs. ISF - I really like what this control does. It does much more than any contour or frequency knob. It has quite a few "sweet spots". One for each channel would be great. Now for what I didn't like - The loop didn't sound very good and wasn't by-passable with a footswitch. The sub-par digital reverb and lack of 2nd overdrive channel EQ makes it less versatile. After the Blackstar "experiment" I am back where I started ten or twelve tube amps ago... Marshall.
Picked up the guitar back up after 14 yrs, and I felt a bit like Rip Van Winkle, waking up and looking around at all the new brands, tech,etc. My old band had reformed, and I was in need of a decent tube head that had some serious balls as I primarily play extreme Metal, w/ a bit of melody and some solo work. I looked at Engl, EVH, 5150/6505,Mesa, etc. Then I had a salesman at a little music store point me towards taking a look at Blackstar. He plays Metal too, and owns the 60wt. combo and kept raving about it. Swearing tha I wouldn't need a Metal Zone or Tube Screamer for it. I was skeptical. Had to leave the store before I could try it that day. A few weeks later, I came across a used one in near mint condition at my local GC store. Figured I could take it home, try it out for 30 days and see if I like it or not. Well, to cut to the chase, WOW! It's like a Marshall (and I mean the GOOD Marshalls from like 20+ yrs ago, not the lower quality stuff they're producing these days) bred w/a Mesa Boogie! The ISF feature is nice, making it able to shape or scoop the sound anywhere from a pure old school Brit EL34 (Maiden/Priest), to modern American Metal (6L6) whoomp, and everything in between. Plenty of gain stock. Maybe a slight bias mod may give you a lil' more room for the sound. Mine had it already done to it by previous owner. The clean channel is great, very clear and warm sounding. Not a Fender, but a lot better than most other hi-gain monsters. The digital re-verb sounds great as well. Also, very nice quality on the build and inside electronics. Very sturdy feel to it! OK, they're Korean made, but I would have never guessed. The QC must be pretty good at their factories. And all this for less than HALF the price of a comparable Marshall, Mesa, or EVH! Jim Marshall, you're a FOOL for not listening to your former employees, who wanted to invigorate Marshall with new ideas and innovation. Your loss is our (hi)gain! I am now a Blackstar fan.
I owned a Peavey 5150 for a few years and absolutely loved it. Once I was ready to upgrade, I needed to find a head that was good for metal and affordable. I chose the HT STAGE 100 because the OD2 channel has great gain. Not only is it awesome running through my marshall 1960 cab, it has an emulated output which is great for recording. I plug directly into the line in on my laptop using an adapter. It's not studio quality obviously but it is way better than a lot of other options out there.
So, I had never heard of this company before, and in my search for an all tube 100w amp to keep up with my other guitarists Marshall JCM 2000 TSL, I found this online here and it didnt have a ton of reviews but seemed very highly recommended. After some research i found that basically the company is the entire engineering and design/R+D team from marshall who got sick of the corporate ways so they decided to do it on their own That was a wise decision.... This amp can do everything you want. Nice crisp cleans, nice cruch, brooootal heavy distortion for metal. The control lay out is very easy to use, separate volume and gain controls for OD1/2 and clean. 4 way footswitch for clean od 1/2 and reverb. a nice clean simple to use layout makes it easy to find what you want in this amp. had my tone dialed in in about 20 minutes from unbox to powered up Then there is the build. It's just gorgeous. There is no part of this amp that looks or feels cheap, it appears to be leather wrapped? and it is built like a tank! I got this thing for 750 out the door brand new during the used gear trade in deal, and I couldnt be happier. Every bit as good if not better than the JCM series, and a big ol wag of the middle finger to Marshall right here. They can do it, for half your cost. I would definitely buy another, and will probably end up with the matching cab. A job well done to the boys at Blackstar!!
I play in a band that plays AC/DC to brooks and dunn. I have been playing for 35 years which makes it obvious I am OLD. I have been playing Van Halen and Bad company since they were new bands. I just sold my Marshall TSL 60 head and replaced it with this. I have always loved Marshall but I really feel they have fallen way behind the pack. They have not made a significant improvement in their amps for 20 years. That being said this amp has the Marshall sound that I love but also get very close to the EVH 5150 high gain sound that I had to use a pedal to achieve in front of my marshall and that made it sound very tiny! this is very natural. So this sounds like my Marshall and sounds like an EVH 5150 and all for $700 new. Well what makes this amp a steal is the clean sound. It has one! My marshall clean sound was terrible at alomost all volume levels and had no warmth at all. This is not going to replace a Fender twin for that beautiful clean warm sound but this amp with a very subtle chorus and it sounds really nice at a significant volume level and if you are buying a 100 watt tube head I assume you are playing at some significant volumes. So if you have the money for a MESA triple rectifier head you should buy it cuz this ain't that! And if you want a Fender clean sound for the majority of you work you should buy a fender and put a pedal in front of it. Bur I really believe this amp is better than a JCM marshall by a long shot and is honestly better than and EVH 5150III because of the clean sounds you can't get with them. And the new Marshall JVM is a total joke. I owned one for 3 weeks and sold it. You don't want to read what I think of that amp. Now I have owned this amp for 3 weeks so I can't say durable but so far I am so very pleased with its sound. I also want to note that I play this through a Marshall 1960 lead cabinet so I am not reviewing the Blackstar cabinet.
GC, why do you only allow 5 stars? insulting! you wont believe it, sense has finally came to the market. for somthing someone other than a billionare can afford, yes i mean a working class citizen: heaven has arrived! this amp pisses on any amp. yes im talking marshall, HIWATT, vox, try to name any others. its pretty much every single marshall amp available, from the plexi, to the legendary JCM800. it IS the marshall amp. when blackstar walked on the field, jim marshall had somthing coming. with more gain youll ever need, WAY more VOLUME you will EVER need,the sound is such quality its umbearable. the EQ is great, reverb, presence,ISF, all so useful.my tone is great, and my passion for green day has truely shined. if youre a fan of greenday and want the Dookie era sound, i nailed it within minutes with my gibson and strat. if your a gilmour fan, beck,satriani fan, be prepared to conquer the sound! the EL34's are great tubes which conquer the british warmth,and handle the american crunch as well (ISF choices). dont even think the pricetag is too good to be true, i didm and was very well in denial, until i heard the 60w combo and tried kicking myself almost constantly.screw the marshall pricetag, and thier one tone, and to **** with HIWATTs pricetag. a JCM800 is 2299$, this baby is 849$ and owns it. being in the buisness i was able to get a much lower dealer price so thats much more awesome. :D dont think twice. take the plunge. please!
this amp is a monster!!! beautiful clean tone and crushing overdrive!! I couldnt believe my ears when I turned this on..very versitile and well constructed..my bandmates in BREWZER were amazed!! amps dont come any better!! easily the best amp Ive ever heard or had..youll be amazed!!!
I was going to grab a marshall jcm but I ran into this Blackstar and I was blown away. The overdrive 1 has awesome marshall crunch and and overdrive 2 is very good as well. The clean is beautiful and versatile. The build is amazing. Get this amp and never look back!
You want an amp that sounds like a weapon? Im sure you do. I was on a quest for months to finally buy my high end amp. I tried mesa trip rec, fenders, peavey, and marshall, but when I played for the first time this amp I could not believe how awesome it sounds. The OD is heavy and clean not messy at all. And the cleans and slight OD is god like. The ISF is a cool thing to have to further shape your perfect sound. Over all spend the money its not to expensive you wont regret it.
^ only word that describes this amp. First time i plugged it in i was blown away. Normally i use mesa boogie amplifiers, but this thing blew those out of the water. it had crystal clear cleans, very super light distortion (for when you just want a tad of gain to the cleans) and it had extreme distortion for death metal. i cant believe how versatile the amp was, i played nearly everything on it and i could not get a bad tone out of it. from what i've heard, this was created by a few guys who we were working for marshall, but left to start their own amp company because jim marshall wouldn't let them add this stuff to it. Glad they left, cause this is an amazing amp. if you want good tones, would definitely check this out!
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