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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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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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BlackstarVenue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.8

(based on 25 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Good but not great

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?...Read complete review

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

Multi amp

By Mikey

from Rockford il

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I can say this the best amp very clean over drive is A+

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    5.0

    love amp works great

    By chuck

    from perryville mo

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      great amp does what i need but when reading dimensions on factory specs they are wrong had a cover made for it it says 28-1/4 h--23-w--and 11-d it is not lol it is 23 h--28-1/4 wide -and 11 deep thanks they just cost me money lol got to have them make it all over lol but as far as amp goes great really like it.

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      5.0

      Blackstar HT STAGE 60

      By Jim

      from oakdale,mn

      About Me Professional Musician

      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 Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        So far i am VERY satisfied with the amp. Been searching for some versitle guitar sounds for a long time and I'm finally pretty happy.

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        5.0

        I would by this product again

        By Greg B.

        from Basking Ridge NJ

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I love this amp. Easy to get a good tone for almost any style of music. Their slogan is right-on as far as I am concerned. "The Sound in Your Head."

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          DREAM AMP BROUGHT TO LIFE

          By david

          from Oyster Bay, NY

          Site Member

          Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Just getting back into playing guitar after 20 years away because of grad school and career adventures. I like a wide palette of styles and tones and was looking for an amp that could give me a mix of classic fender, marshall, vox tones along with more modern mesa boogie. I knew I had struck gold when I plugged into this amp and spent an evening with it at the store. It's now been a few months since I bought it and continue to be delighted after spending dozens of evenings experimenting with combinations of settings and pairings with a dozen or so of the best overdrive pedals on the market. I also put the amp through its paces with my favorite drummer who hits hard and this beast had no problem keeping up with the volume knob dialed to about noon to one o'clock. The clean channel with two voicings delivers nice "modern" fender-type clean ala John Mayer as well as "boutique" Vox AC-30 type sounds (classic Class A chime at lower volumes and sweet breakup ala Rolling Stones when the volume is cranked. Think early Beatles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, U2's The Edge, Radiohead, and modern country like Rascal Flats and Keith Urban. The 2 OD channels are also very flexible ranging from classic Plexi tones like AC/DC crunch and Van Halen's "brown sound" to modern metal with the addition of a voicing on the 2nd OD channel that emphasizes mids and highs to help your leads cut through. Bottom line: This amp has absolutely exceeded my wildest expectations and delivers monster tone like far more expensive classic and boutique brands for a fraction of the price. Could not be happier with my purchase and I would easily pay twice as much for an amp with this much versatility and quality but am thankful I don't have to. The value is unbeatable and Blackstar has earned a very loyal customer here. Next is an ID:Core practice amp with Super Wide Stereo for the bedroom. Sounds amazing!

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          5.0

          DREAM AMP BROUGHT TO LIFE

          By david

          from Oyster Bay, NY

          Site Member

          Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Just getting back into playing guitar after 20 years away because of grad school and career adventures. I like a wide palette of styles and tones and was looking for an amp that could give me a mix of classic fender, marshall, vox tones along with more modern mesa boogie. I knew I had struck gold when I plugged into this amp and spent an evening with it at the store. It's now been a few months since I bought it and continue to be delighted after spending dozens of evenings experimenting with combinations of settings and pairings with a dozen or so of the best overdrive pedals on the market. I also put the amp through its paces with my favorite drummer who hits hard and this beast had no problem keeping up with the volume knob dialed to about noon to one o'clock. The clean channel with two voicings delivers nice ""modern"" fender-type clean ala John Mayer as well as ""boutique"" Vox AC-30 type sounds (classic Class A chime at lower volumes and sweet breakup ala Rolling Stones when the volume is cranked. Think early Beatles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, U2's The Edge, Radiohead, and modern country like Rascal Flats and Keith Urban. The 2 OD channels are also very flexible ranging from classic Plexi tones like AC/DC crunch and Van Halen's ""brown sound"" to modern metal with the addition of a voicing on the 2nd OD channel that emphasizes mids and highs to help your leads cut through. Bottom line: This amp has absolutely exceeded my wildest expectations and delivers monster tone like far more expensive classic and boutique brands for a fraction of the price. Could not be happier with my purchase and I would easily pay twice as much for an amp with this much versatility and quality but am thankful I don't have to. The value is unbeatable and Blackstar has earned a very loyal customer here. Next is an ID:Core practice amp with Super Wide Stereo for the bedroom. Sounds amazing!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good but not great

          By Scott Jimenez

          from Boston Ma

          Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          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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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing

          By Sylwester Grega

          from Detriot

          Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          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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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!!

          By Jorge Perez

          from Hollywood, CA

          Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          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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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great amp

          By Matt Wilson

          from Salt Lake City, UT

          Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

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

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