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A tube-driven metal machine built for home and studio.
The Blackstar HT5MR 5W combo is a tube-driven metal monster that lets you produce high-gain madness at home without drawing the wrath of your neighbors. It can handle tones from classic British heavy metal to modern U.S. scooped high gain, and all sonic places in between.
It features two foot-switchable channels: Clean and Overdrive, and presents shared controls for Reverb, Treble, Mids, Bass and ISP — Blackstar’s patented Infinite Shape Feature that gives infinite adjustment over your tone characteristics. The Overdrive channel has independent Volume and Gain controls; and the Clean channel has independent Tone and Volume knobs.
The MT5MR also features rugged construction, true tube power through one ECC83 and one 12BH7, included footswitch, stereo digital reverb, speaker emulated output with 1x12” and 4x12” voicings and an FX loop with level switch. It’s a fully equipped shred machine that you can play without incurring public-nuisance charges.
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Comments about Blackstar HT Metal Series HT5MR 5W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo w/Reverb:
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The amp was solidly built, lightweight, and the knobs were easy to see and use.
OK, I am reviewing this amp using the settings for American scooped metal provided by Blackstar. I am using a Schecter guitar (hardtail) with a Seymour Duncan Custom bridge pickup and a DiMarzio Transition neck pickup. No tone knob. First, the clean channel. I played barre chords, single note leads, power chords, two-handed taps. The sound was punchy and warm. Each note was pronounced. Moving the volume past 6 and the sound was breaking a bit. Pushed it further and it sounded like overdrive. The tone knob darkens or brightens the sound. At 2, the sound was warm When moved towards 6 or even 8, the sound became, to my ears, too bright. Using the bridge pickup, the overdrive channel was in your face. Power chords were tight, no muddy sounds. Leads were clean and loud. Using the suggested settings, some may notice, much like I did, that there was too much bass. Dialing it back a bit weaken the sound as did dialing up the treble. What I ended up doing was, using the suggested settings, I tweaked the ISF knob towards the UK side. Instead of having the ISF at 2 I moved it to a 5 and it lessen the bass. With this adjusted setting, I still had the crunch that I was looking for. There was thoughts about the speaker in that I was thinking about replacing the stock speaker with a Celestion. But having played this amp for a couple of hours...nope, I not changing anything.
Can this amp be used with a band? While loud, I doubt it especially if you have a Gonzo drummer. This amp was designed, built for the home or studio. All in all, this is a great little practice/home/studio amp for the heavy metal guitarist.
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