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Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black

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The Blackstar HT Stage 60's selected duet of EL34s deliver 60W of glorious tube power through 2 high-quality Celestion speakers, making for a combo that will deliver every night, even in the most test... Read More

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Overview

The Blackstar HT Stage 60's selected duet of EL34s deliver 60W of glorious tube power through 2 high-quality Celestion speakers, making for a combo that will deliver every night, even in the most testing live environment. The Blackstar amp's 'boutique' style clean channel is extremely versatile with 2 modes: 'British Class-A' and 'dynamic US'. Each of the amplifier's 2 ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) equipped overdrive channels allows a further 2 modes.

The Clean Channel on the Blackstar HT-60 combo 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 the Blackstar HT-60 guitar amp's 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 on the Blackstar Venue HT-60 amplifier remains natural sounding. The 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 tube amp provides an infinite number of alternative tone choices in between the 2 extremes that would be otherwise unavailable.

The Blackstar HT-60 guitar amp 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
  • 60-watt tube combo
  • 2xECC83, 1xECC82, 2xEL34
  • 3 footswitchable channels
  • 2x12" Celestion speakers
  • 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
  • HT Stage 60
  • Power (RMS): 60 watts
  • Tubes: 2 x EL34, 2 x ECC83, 1 x ECC82
  • Weight: 67lb.
  • Dimensions: 28-1/4"H x 23"W x 11"D
  • Footswitch: FS-7 included, optional FS-4 for Overdrive 2 Voice
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4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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Great gigging amp

I searched for a gigging amp after I found my Tiny Terror lacking in headroom. The clean channel is pristine at loud levels. I'm in an indie/post-hardcore band, and I play clean...Read complete review

I searched for a gigging amp after I found my Tiny Terror lacking in headroom. The clean channel is pristine at loud levels. I'm in an indie/post-hardcore band, and I play clean lines over distorted guitar, bass, loud drums and vocals, and it cuts through without being too muddy, or getting lost in the mix. There are no problems or lags with channel switching, and reverb can be dialed in anywhere from really thick or just a touch to liven up solos and chords. The amps versatile with its tone switches, and channels. I can get a spanky, bright Fender sound from my Ibanez, and can play anything from John Mayer, Hendrix, and SRV to playing ACDC, Guns N Roses, to As I Lay Dying, Death, and metal etc. This amp basically covers the gamut of decades of rock. The biggest complaint is that the ISF feature seems less interactive than it did on the HT-5, which had seen a bigger change in tone with even the slightest turn of the knob. And plus, its more suited for modern tones, than classic rock, even though it does those sounds fairly well. Try it out in store to get a better idea. I recently let a friend in a local deathcore band play it, and it easily competed with the Crate tube head and 4x12 cab, and sounded ten times better and louder. My friend's leads cut through with warm, buttery tube saturation even with the massive amounts of gain on the third channel. The chug sound was great, and it never sounded too harsh or noisy when being played. If you have money, and need a metal amp, go with this amp over a 6505 plus, or a Peavey, as the Peavey has too much of a harsh, shrill distortion character that sounds like old T.V. static. For classic rock and blues, it still does a great job of doing just about everything.

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I got a chance to play this amp a while back, but kept forgetting to write a review. I had high hopes for this combo, as I'm quite fond of Blackstar amps, but...Read complete review

I got a chance to play this amp a while back, but kept forgetting to write a review. I had high hopes for this combo, as I'm quite fond of Blackstar amps, but this amp fell a bit short for me. I tried it with two different guitars, one with passive pickups and one with actives. With the passive guitar, the clean channel sounded fantastic. Nice and bell-like, and very smooth. The built in reverb sounds great on the clean channel. My disappointment came when I flipped over to the OD channels. To me, they sounded very sterile with both the passive and active guitars. Now, if I remember correctly, the amp comes stock with some "lower end" Celestions, so I'm willing to bet a swap to some Vintage 30's would have this amp singing a whole different tune, but the fact that the amp is already a lot, then add another ~$150 for a speaker swap out, not to mention even more if you're not capable of swamping the speakers on your own (which I am, but it's the principle I'm going for here), we're in a whole other price bracket all of a sudden. Good amp, and could be great with a few upgrades, but not stock, in my opinion.

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3.0

Good but not great

By Scott Jimenez

from Boston Ma

I play metal. This is not a metal amp. I got the ht60 and the backstair distx distortion pedal. The pedal I may keep but the amp is going back here's why? 1. No bass on od1channel or od2channel. 2. the foot pedal is extremely noisy when switching between channels. 3. poor reverb. 4. very heavy. If you want a tube amp I think there are cheaper amps out there to choose from. TRY them out in a store 1st.

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5.0

Amazing

By Sylwester Grega

from Detriot

I absolutely love this amp! The channels, and the settings give me everything i need. If you're looking for a good amp, under a grand, this definitely worth looking at!

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5.0

YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!!

By Jorge Perez

from Hollywood, CA

This thing is a monster! It just rocks beyond comprehension. At the price that it's sold, I almost feel like I stole it! Looking for the ultimate warm, yet very pristine tone? Looking for gorgeous vintage British-style distortion? Looking for that heart-attacking all-American crunch for your metal? It's all here in this amp. It gets loud really fast yet never compromises any of it's awesome tone! Forget about a Marshall, Orange or Mesa-Boogie... these guys got it right!

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5.0

Great amp

By Matt Wilson

from Salt Lake City, UT

Awesome amp for the price. Everything you need and a few things you don't but hey more is better.

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3.0

Close...

By Alex Grubb

from Suburbs of Chicago

I got a chance to play this amp a while back, but kept forgetting to write a review. I had high hopes for this combo, as I'm quite fond of Blackstar amps, but this amp fell a bit short for me. I tried it with two different guitars, one with passive pickups and one with actives. With the passive guitar, the clean channel sounded fantastic. Nice and bell-like, and very smooth. The built in reverb sounds great on the clean channel. My disappointment came when I flipped over to the OD channels. To me, they sounded very sterile with both the passive and active guitars. Now, if I remember correctly, the amp comes stock with some "lower end" Celestions, so I'm willing to bet a swap to some Vintage 30's would have this amp singing a whole different tune, but the fact that the amp is already a lot, then add another ~$150 for a speaker swap out, not to mention even more if you're not capable of swamping the speakers on your own (which I am, but it's the principle I'm going for here), we're in a whole other price bracket all of a sudden. Good amp, and could be great with a few upgrades, but not stock, in my opinion.

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5.0

Great Sound Options

By Thomas Benardo

from Bradenton, FL

I already had a Blackstar HT-5 which I use for church... but I leave it there at church and I wanted something for other gigs, rather than transporting it. All other things being equal, I probably would have grabbed a smaller wattage, say 20W... But for me, it is all about the number of sound possibilities that can actively be chosen via footswitch. I looked at Mesa, and I believe they are great... but in addition to the higher price of the Mesa, most of the sound choices and configurations have to be dialed in... I just don't want to have to mess around with dials and knobs very much, especially mid-song. I have always like the Blackstar clean tones (to me that is one of their strengths) and the crunch is nice, but I had forgotten how much I love the saturated overdrive sound. This amp does that well. If I could just switch between clean voicings (boutique vs true clean) this amp would be perfection. Oh yeah, and it is EXTREMELY heavy, but hey, what can you do, the sound comes first. Lastly, although this is high wattage, it does sound great at a low volume also.

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5.0

Great

By Alex Barcic

from Pittsburgh

I was looking for a tube amplifier that was very versatile, because I play a variety of music. This amp is awesome. The clean sounds amazing with lots of headroom. The overdrive sounds unique compared to other amps in this range. I was trying the marshall dsl40c and this sounded a lot better. I think it might have something to do with the ECC-82 preamp tube, because it just sounds better. The overdrive is awesome too with the ISF control. Let me tell you, it actually works. At 9 o' clock it sounds like a mesa boogie, then at 3 it sounds like a marshall. There is also a voice switch on each channel to change the sound from a vintage to modern sound. With all of these features, it is the most versatile tube guitar amp out there. On the back, there is so many speaker outputs so you can crank it if you needed to, but you won't this thing is LOUD. I was shaking my walls 1/4 volume. Overall, a great amplifier that you won't regret buying.

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5.0

BlackStar HT-60 Stage

By Ryan Goode

from Fort Myers, Florida

I've always been a fan of tube amps but finding a quality one at a reasonable price is very difficult. In walks the Blackstar line...You just can't beat this amp for the price. This is about as well rounded as you can get. Nice cleans that come close to the fender line ups and excellent overdrive channels that could easily throw down with Marshalls. I've never taken mine past 4 or 5 o-clock power wise. This amp screams that loud! I would consider a inline booster for the tubes to take advantage of the tube amps potential. Enough of all the pro's. There are two cons with this amp. 1.) It is HEAVY (around 60lbs). I've lugged it around to several gigs before buying a dolly to roll it. Save yourself the back ache and purchase a moving dolly or a road case for it ($200-$500). 2.) The threads built into the bottom for casters from the factory are USELESS. The threads are a European thread that is not available from your basic Lowe's, Home Depot, etc. Hence the dolly that I purchased since I wasted $40 on nice casters that wouldn't work. I highly recommend the amp to anyone though. Transportation is the only drawback that I've run into.

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4.0

blackstar stage 60

By paul canale

from Bethel, CT

The delivery was excellent because I bought it online. Everything was well packed and there was no damage to the amp. I had no problems setting the amp up. The 3 channels are very versital. Clean channel has tons of headroom, crystal clear, and very musical. OD 1 and OD 2 have great distortion. Each one can be diled into your taste, pretty much in any style of music from ACDC to Metallica. The 2 12 inch speakersd sound excellent with this combo. The digital Reverb sounds excellent, especially on clean channel. Sounds great both with humbuckers and single coil. The effects loop works great with time based effects.

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5.0

Loud! Clear! Crunch! Metal!

By Travis Weathers

from Hope Mills, NC

Just picked up the HT-60 a few weeks ago. All I can say is wow! The clarity and warmth in the clean is beautiful. With the 2 OD channels and the ISF feature you can play anything from blues to modern metal. It seems to be of solid construction though I don't plan on knocking it around to find out. With the EL34's pushing 60 watts this thing can scream over any garage band. Overall I'm very pleased with the Blackstar HT-60 and I look forward to adding the 2x12 extension cab to this amazing tube combo amp.

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