Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head Black 889406607736

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

Features
  • 100-watt valve amp head
  • 2xECC83, 1xECC82, 4xEL34
  • 3 footswitchable channels
  • Enhanced tone controls
  • Patent-Applied for Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Clean voice switch
  • Overdrive 1 voice switch
  • Overdrive 2 voice switch
  • Presence
  • Resonance
  • Master volume
  • Digital reverb with dark/bright switch
  • Speaker emulated output with 1x12/4x12 voicing
  • Effects loop with effects level switch
  • 4-way footswitch included
Specifications
  • Power (RMS): 100 watts
    Tubes: 4 x EL34, 2 x ECC83, 1 x ECC82
    Weight: 67lb.
    Dimensions: 26-1/2"H x 12-1/3"W x 10-1/2"D
    Footswitch: FS-7 included, optional FS-4 for Overdrive 2 Voice
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BlackstarVenue Series HT Stage HT-100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.9

(based on 12 reviews)

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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow

By Jeff

from Chicago IL

Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

^ 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!

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versital

By Mike Stults

from Des Moines, Iowa

Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Extremely versital amp with excellent tone options at an incredible price. I used to own a huge pro pedal board with many very high end dist. & OD pedals (Radial Tonebones, MXR, Boss, Tubescreamers, etc.) feeding a quality 100 watt tube head and Marshall 1960 cab. My sound was great, but I was tired of hauling around a flight deck and not having room on-stage. So I traded it all in for this head - no dissapointments here! This amp gives me 6 distinct quality voices that are much more natural and usable than any pedal system I have ever used (I have had the best). I run a delay, a 6-band eq and a chorus through the effects loop and for added flexibility and it offers every style with pristine tone. While everyone will praise the INF control and huge range of fat distortion tones, its the clean channel Class A "botique" option that really sets this amp apart. This is THE sound for country lead and rolling stones territory. As far as overdrives, it is a breeze to dial up Eric Johnson, The Who, Bonomassa, Clapton, Satriani, ZZ Top, Tesla, Vai and Dream Theater tones. Add an 6-band e.q. for infinite control. The specs say this is a 3-channel amp with 2 modes per channel. However, it is more like a 3-channel amp with 8 modes (the INF adds 2 character options for each of the distortion channels). Live: I love having the speaker emulated out. The footswitch is high quality. The Reverb, Resonance and Presence controls allow me to find the perfect mix per venue style. BRAVO!

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This thing smokes!

By Paul

from Merrimack, NH

Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Got this amp in the mail yesterday and i'm crazy about it! Plenty of gain for shredding and the clean channel is no joke either! The three channels and the ISF knob is a HUGE plus for this amp! It's built rock solid too!

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

see you later mesa

By kevin

from connecticut

Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

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.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic

By dan

from thornton,co

Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

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!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME CRUSHING TONE

By matt sinner

from groton,ct

Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

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!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best on a budget

By Larry Harper

from Galesburg MI

Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good tone for the ca$h

By chris

from Plymouth, MA

Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a miracle

By Austin

from west virginia

Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Head, especially for the price.

By Matthew G Smochko

from Middle, Earth

Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

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.

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