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Packs all the great tone and innovative features of the award-winning HT-5 tube amp into a 1W format.

The innovative HT-1R guitar combo amp offers unbelievable tube sound in a compact format. The patent-applied-for ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) circuit gives you infinite adjustment over the characteristics of the tone control network and takes you from the USA to the UK, and everywhere in between Add a fully specified speaker-emulated output, MP3/line input, plus an 8-ohm speaker out and you have everything you need for recording or practicing.

FEATURES
  • Innovative 1W tube combo
  • 1 ECC83 and 1 ECC82
  • Unique push-pull power amp design
  • Based on award-winning HT-5
  • Two channels
  • 8" speaker
  • Reverb
  • Patent-Applied-For Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Perfect for studio or practice
  • Speaker-emulated output
  • Stereo MP3/;ine input

This rippin' little tube combo is perfect for the studio or the bedroom. Get yours now!

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BlackstarHT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 27 reviews)

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (18)
  • Portable (18)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • Warm / comfy (15)
  • Good power output (10)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Home studio (13)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Professional recording (6)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Great Little Practice Amp!

I've been using this amp for the better part of a year now, and I'm very pleased with it. I had always used a ~15 watt amp for practice at a very low...Read complete review

I've been using this amp for the better part of a year now, and I'm very pleased with it. I had always used a ~15 watt amp for practice at a very low volume with all manner of pedals (Fulltone, Lovepedal, Visual Sound, others) to give a little "grit" to the sound. But from a tone perspective, using a pedal just isn't the same as pushing a tube amp, and you can't push a 15 watt, or even a 5 watt, tube amp to overdrive at a volume that is reasonable for bedroom practice.

So, enter the Blackstar, which as far as I can tell is one of the only 1-watt options out there that also has reverb (plus other useful options like the direct line out), and is by far the most reasonably priced. So I took a chance, and I'm glad I did. Using the "clean" channel, I can push the gain to get a bit of grit when I dig in, but it doesn't saturate like an overdrive pedal tends to. Perfect. I can then use my EP Booster or my Open Road Pedal, or both, to add additional drive when needed. I use a 57 Strat reissue and one of the 1961 Epiphone Casino reissues, and both sound fantastic with this setting, and I can play along with a sequence or recording and sound good without being at an ear-splitting volume level.

Were I to suggest improvements, I'd say the reverb is only OK. It works and is sufficient, but I miss a real spring reverb (this one is digital). I'd also prefer a 10" speaker and an open back (or the option to have an open back) as the sound is a little "boxy." Also, 1 watt is still surprisingly loud, maybe 1/10th to 1/2 watt would be sufficient, or an attenuator to select this output if desired?

But realistically, all these changes would increase the price, and while they might be nice to have, they don't diminish the quality or functionality of this amp as is. I'm honestly surprised there aren't more options in this area as guitarists spend a huge amount of time playing at home and this really sounds better than any practice rig I've ever had. So kudos to Blackstar on the HT-1R. I definitely recommend it to any guitarist interested in having a great home/practice tone.

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Great little amp

This is a very cool little amp. It has great OD features, good Reverb. MP3 in, Headphones. Line out. Make this a great practice, recording amp. Let's face it, it's...Read complete review

This is a very cool little amp. It has great OD features, good Reverb. MP3 in, Headphones. Line out. Make this a great practice, recording amp. Let's face it, it's not a Tweed Champ. But when you plug this little 1 watter into a full size 1x12, 2x12 Cab, it sounds great. Big crunch at low levels. It's made well, looks quality, sounds great. You need one!

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Little Practice Amp!

By Sputnik1138

from Quincy, MA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Practice

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I've been using this amp for the better part of a year now, and I'm very pleased with it. I had always used a ~15 watt amp for practice at a very low volume with all manner of pedals (Fulltone, Lovepedal, Visual Sound, others) to give a little "grit" to the sound. But from a tone perspective, using a pedal just isn't the same as pushing a tube amp, and you can't push a 15 watt, or even a 5 watt, tube amp to overdrive at a volume that is reasonable for bedroom practice.

    So, enter the Blackstar, which as far as I can tell is one of the only 1-watt options out there that also has reverb (plus other useful options like the direct line out), and is by far the most reasonably priced. So I took a chance, and I'm glad I did. Using the "clean" channel, I can push the gain to get a bit of grit when I dig in, but it doesn't saturate like an overdrive pedal tends to. Perfect. I can then use my EP Booster or my Open Road Pedal, or both, to add additional drive when needed. I use a 57 Strat reissue and one of the 1961 Epiphone Casino reissues, and both sound fantastic with this setting, and I can play along with a sequence or recording and sound good without being at an ear-splitting volume level.

    Were I to suggest improvements, I'd say the reverb is only OK. It works and is sufficient, but I miss a real spring reverb (this one is digital). I'd also prefer a 10" speaker and an open back (or the option to have an open back) as the sound is a little "boxy." Also, 1 watt is still surprisingly loud, maybe 1/10th to 1/2 watt would be sufficient, or an attenuator to select this output if desired?

    But realistically, all these changes would increase the price, and while they might be nice to have, they don't diminish the quality or functionality of this amp as is. I'm honestly surprised there aren't more options in this area as guitarists spend a huge amount of time playing at home and this really sounds better than any practice rig I've ever had. So kudos to Blackstar on the HT-1R. I definitely recommend it to any guitarist interested in having a great home/practice tone.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Amp with Excellent Tone

    By Spike

    from Baltimore, MD

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      What surprised me most about this amp was its crystal clean sound. While most demo videos focus on this amp's ability to generate good crunch and metal sounds, I found that the clean sounds were in fact better than those found in Fender tube amps. This is very surprising and an incredible plus. This feature is only realized, however, when the amp is connected to an external cabinet preferably with a 12" speaker. The internal 8" speaker sounds best when playing only crunch or metal sounds. The amp has surprising power when hooked to an exteranl cabinet. The Blackstar is a must for home recording musicians.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Practice Amp with Tone!

      By Steve C

      from Florida

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      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I waited a long time to get a practice amp. Money is tight, and I wanted an amp with high build quality and tube tone. I was not looking for a bunch of bells and whistles. This amp fits the bill perfectly! I have 2 small children and a small house...not a good combination for practice, but I can use this without headphones, get the gain I want at a volume low enough to keep the kids asleep. It is loud when needed, I was surprised at how loud 1 watt can be. The headphone jack works great and uses a 1/4" plug. The EQ knob really does allow me to get a whole array of different tones as advertised. The most impressive aspect to me is the quality. The fit and finish and the hardware used are fantastic. Overall my HT-1R is a small, simple, great sounding amp.
      Just the basics and a reverb. For a small practice amp, it was all I wanted/needed. The headphone jack and mp3 input work great. No effects loop, but the sound is awesome as is.
      Fantastic build quality. Really nice knobs and toggle switch hardware. The front grille has real nice piping. The mp3 and headphone jacks are 1/4", so I needed an adapter for my mp3. Just overall great build quality.
      I shopped around and looked at other amps, tube and solid state. The only other serious contender was the Marshall Class 5 for me. I decided to save the $ and go for the smaller Blackstar. The reverb is also an added plus compared to the Marshall. If I was going to play out with this amp, the Marshall would probably be a better choice, but that is not what I was looking for. I just wish it was made in the UK or USA!

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Follow up...

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      OK, a follow up to my earlier review is in order. After discussing the situation with the kind custormer service reps, I had them send me a replacement HT-1. I was very nervous about getting another after the bitter disapointment of the first one kiling itself, but i couldn't get over how much i enjoyed it before it died.

      So glad i did, it's my new favorie toy. The tone control is a awfully limited, but that's about the only complaint I have with it. From country twang to heavy Alice in Chains riffing, I love what this amp can do. The ISF knob is dead simple, but very effective for voicing the amp where you want it. Reverb is pretty good. Not real spring reverb good, but darned good for digital. The gain control is extremely effective and subtle. I've been meaning to see how well it sounds with my favorite overdrive pedals, but haven't gotten around to it. It really just sounds good pugged straight in.

      A warning to those wanting this for band situations: Don't, it simply isn't loud enough.

      If, however, you are looking for a good simple around the house and/or recording amp, you really can't go wrong with one.

      Just make sure you buy a new one to avoid random failures haha.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Affordable quality low watt tube amp

      By Saturn

      from Lexington, Ky

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      Pros

      • Affordable
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        This amp is exactly what it says it is. Excellent tube tones at manageable volumes. You can achieve any hard rock or metal tone you desire. The clean channel is useful, but let's face it, that's not what this thing is designed for.

        The amp accepts pedals very well allowing for a lot of experimentation.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Little Amp

        By Spoonbender

        from Charlotte NC

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            The designers of this Amp show pure genius and "get it". I'm amazed at the power of this amp. Try plugging it into a 12" speaker-wow. You can get a lot of different sounds from this amp. It sounds warmer than some of my other tube amps that have more tubes than this little baby!! All in all, one of the best purchases I've ever made and Musicians Friend made it super easy and affordable. I know, it sounds like I work for Musicians Friend but I don't. If you want cool tube sounds and headphone jack/recording speaker emulation, reverb, great clean and gain tones buy it!

            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Just what I needed

            By JoeB

            from New York

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            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            You will get anything you are looking for through this amp via a full rich sound (FULL VOLUME) I have a Gibson Custom Les paul Custom and I love this amp for playing at home close the door you'll still be heard with the door closed but at a tolerable level for your family but sit in front of it and you'll be satisfied again I can not emphasize enough the sound and TONE it's perfect

            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GREAT PRO AMP....GREAT BLUE COLLAR PRICE

            By EROCK-.hyfh

            from Tyrone, Pennsylvania

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            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            FORGET MARSHALL, VOX, FENDER AND ANY OF THE 'ESTABLISHED' BRANDS.....BUY THIS AMP!!!!!!!!! BUY BLACKSTAR!!!!!
            This amp does it all. The cleans are nice..very botique and although this amp has the ability to change voicing from US to UK and anywhere inbetween (quite a feat) I feel the cleans lean to a british inspired sound over all. That said, you can create a texas blues powerhouse tone to a modern UK thrash metal sound. Its INSANE....there are no real tone knobs, but the ISF know alows great tone control and ANYONE will be satisfied with the tone it provides...Sounds great turned all the way up....it seems to increase the treble end of the spectrum.
            Appears to be a better build then my VOX or Marshall amps.
            It's a pro recording/practice amp...says so on the packaging and it backs up the claim.....with lots left over....believe it!

            (5 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Sounded fantastic, till it died.

            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Finally pulled the trigger on one of these Blackstar HT-1R combos in part because of the rave reviews out there, partly because it had all the features I've been wanting for years.

            I'll tell you what, I was just as pleased as heck with this thing....for all of 5 minutes before something went pop and it died. Probably just a bad tube, but you have to pull the whole back panel off to get at them (I think, I don't even know if they ARE accesible). Not going to take a screwdriver to an amp I JUST bought and risk voiding the warranty.

            It's going back tomorrow. Can't tell you how disapointing this is.

            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            BUY THIS RIGHT AWAY

            By Jammer321

            from Toronto

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Bedroom practice
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              I bought this amp after i found out that its what Gus G used on OZZYS SCREAM album (he used more powerfull stacks).It just ripped my head off,ive never been more impressed with an amp sound,i had to get one right away.When i got it home i was in love with it right away,it sounds great with the four guitars ive tryed it with,an American strat c/w a Tone Zone S in the bridge position,Ibannez RG550 c/w active EMG 85,81,Gibson SG faded cherry that came with stock P90s,and my 1996 Gibson Les Paul standard cherry s/b. with PAFs.Ive been playing for about 35yrs and currently own a Marshall JCM800 50W H/C,JCM900 100W daul rev,Marshall HG40w combo,Fender 40w Hot Rod,(Orange 20w Tiny Terror c/mating cab dont buy).And have owned many other guitar and amps, but i truley wish they had Blackstar amps back in the day,if your a skeptic get your yourself to a store that carrys em.It also has a dedicated ipod unput for jamming with your fav songs on ipod.I thought at first that it was not going to be that good but i was pleasently surprised to hear how great the feature was.The music sounds like it has its own speaker,and there is beautiful seperation between your guitar and the ipod.Even thought it has a small speaker i was shocked at the characterists i was and still hear everyday,Now im not saying it sounds like a largs cab,but it mimics almost what a much larger speaker cab sounds like,very hard to explain but very real in my ears when i play.And it is built to be able to run other cabinets,it has a 4-16 ohm output.I plugged it in to my Marshall 1960A cab,it rocked out.And it is very well built,with big steel knobs and easy layout.One thing i found different is that it only has 1 on/off switch.There is no STANDBY switch,just on and just off,it makes abit of a thud when turning off,but i spoke to a couple ppl and they say its allright(maybe cause of low wattage?).The dirty channel is the best ive ever herd,there will be no need for a distortion pedal,it reacts like a high powered tube amp cranked on 11 with that beautiful warmth we all crave,it more like overdrive than distortion but at the same time it has lots of dirt.Listen too (OZZYS,SCREAM CD)...(The clean channel is also very warm and clear (way better than any Marshall clean channel ive ever tryed,thats why i own the Fender Hodrod if you read me)But after all this great news,one must remeber its a 1W amp,its great for practice and recording(also has a headphone/direct record out).So dont show up to band practice with it.If i ever lost it i would buy a couple of them.Its the best amp ive ever played through.The only drawback is that they seem to be a little under represented in Canada were i live(Toronto).But im sure they will grow and you can order online and listen on utube.But its a tube amp (with a 6L6/12ax7 I think ).Its a great price for what you get,Spend your money on equipment that does one thing and one thing well.Then you wont have to buy the same thing again twice.Buy it!

              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              fantastic practice amp

              By Scott Tompkins

              from colorado

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              Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              this amp, a guitar and a bedroom. the answer to 'what is the best time you can have at home alone?".

              you don't even need a pedal. this thing has enough built in drive to get to a good hard crunch without any help. the reverb is fantastic and goes from "hey, I'm in my bathroom" to "holy cathedral!". it's fantastic. just turn everything to 10 and play. no hearing loss. no neighbors freaking out, just pure, unadulterated tone.

              this really is a GREAT amp. it sounds just the smae in headphones as it does trhough the speaker. you can play your ipod through it, it's perfect. it looks and feels like quality. it's exactly what you want a practice amp to be. no phasers or flangers or (and maybe unfortunately) tuner, just pure tube tone. glorious, wonderful tube tone.

              go play one.

              (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Great little amp

              By Tele52

              from Los Angeles, CA

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              Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              This is a very cool little amp. It has great OD features, good Reverb. MP3 in, Headphones. Line out. Make this a great practice, recording amp. Let's face it, it's not a Tweed Champ. But when you plug this little 1 watter into a full size 1x12, 2x12 Cab, it sounds great. Big crunch at low levels. It's made well, looks quality, sounds great. You need one!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Deceivingly Potent

              By DShaw77

              from Fort Lauderdale

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                I've had this amp for about a year, and still can't believe how great it sounds. I have many large (and significantly more expensive) amps, but this one is untouchable for playing while the kids are asleep. I have never liked playing with headphones, because other amps/effects processors sound so, well, solid-state and cold. Because you can get a great tube tone through the headphone jack, I'm not unhappy about playing while using it anymore. It's surprisingly loud in its standard operating mode, and sounds very warm overall.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sweet little Amp!

                By Wild Bill

                from Fort Walton Beach, FL

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                Pros

                • Compact Size
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Great Cosmetics
                • Great Tones Clean And Od
                • Portable
                • Powerful
                • Simple Controls

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Bought this little jewel to accompany my new American Special Strat HSS. I work away from home and stay in hotels alot so dragging around my Kustom Coupe '72 is out of the question. My ears are however spoiled by the beautiful, rich tones that emmanate from the Kustom. Read reviews and tech reports about dozens of small, low output amps before deciding on the Blackstar. I really wasn't expecting a whole lot from a 1 watt amp with an eight inch speaker so I got very pleasantly surprised when my amp was delivered and I plugged in. At first I was dissappointed with the clean tone until I got the gain and volume tweaked just right, now...creamy sweet! Overdrive on this little rascal kicks --- with that Strat. At first the speaker sounded a little rough but after about 20 playing hours everything is now rich, smooth and creamy. Will probably purchase the 5w head with reverb next. This little 1w amp has made me a firm believer in Blackstar amps. Get one!!! Also, I purchased from MF a set of Sennheiser 380 pro headphones to run off of this amp when I'm playing late at night...Tonal Bliss!!!

                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  updated review - one year later

                  By stompk

                  from colorado

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                  • 8

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I've had this amp for a while now, maybe a year . . and it's a great little practice amp. that's how I look at it. a bedroom practice amp. it does terrific emulated output for recording, and I've done that too, but again, bedroom performances. On a whim a few months ago I plugged it into a 412 cabinet and you know, I was surprised at how loud it was, but it brings me back to the first checkbox on here that I didn't check. "warmth". it's not a warm amp, but it sounds fantastic and hey, it's an 8" speaker and one watt.

                  I'm not here for that though. I'm here for this. today I plugged it into the on-board speaker in my Fender VM combo amp's 12" semi-enclosed speaker.
                  WOW! now THAT's what I am looking for. it was SURPRISINGLY loud. like in "crud, the neighbors!" loud. for one freaking watt? wow. and there was the warmth I was missing. TONS of bass response. it's night and day. if you demo one of these thinking about buying it, plug in a 112 cab before you decide. in a pinch, it really opens up a lot of options. I considered trading it for an HT-1 head, but you know, the combo is handy to carry and portable and convenient. and I like the idea of saving the 112 cab for "special" occasions. now I have options. who would think that a 1w combo amp would be so versatile ?

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  I Found My Studio Amp!

                  By Strat7

                  from Ormond By The Sea

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                  Pros

                  • Dial In Eq
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful
                  • Reverb

                  Cons

                  • Mediocre Crunch Tone

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I needed a small tube amp that I could put in my small 1 room home studio. I have a Blues Junior and while it's a sweet amp I don't have the luxury of putting it in a separate room for mic recording. It's just too noisy to record with otherwise. The first thing I did with this little guy when I got it was put it through it's paces cranked up with my Strat plugged directly into it. It sounded very good at the clean EQ setting, warm and clear at the neck and middle pickup positions and sparkling at the bridge. The other settings however (American Crunch, British Crunch and Overdrive) were just OK. Next I plugged in through my extensive pedal board setup. The results were much better at the crunch and overdrive settings, Blues Junior flavors to Marshall heaviness. My favorite setting is definitely the British crunch spot. Yum! Next, I tried micing for recording. Too noisy even with just the 1 watt. Now the true test, direct recording from the speaker emulation output. It works! Fabulous clean and driven tones. Devastating crunch. And all of it quiet for recording. Just what I was after. Let me emphasize however that without an effects setup before it the overdrive and crunch tones on this amp are rather ordinary.

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Rockstar

                  By pigracer

                  from western mass

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                  Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I love the tone control, more of a shape knob. and the overdrive button really affects the tone and adds versatility .
                  I'm so impressed with this little amp! HT-1R from Blackstar.
                  I have owned many many amps in my life and very rarely does one impress me. Its by no means a Marshall stack but it can sound like a 1w mini version. you get everything from sharp clean to dirty Brit overdrive. you can get saturated lead or warm mellow fuzz. just a great sit with a friend and jam amp. you can play with great tone and not wake the neighbors. I've always been disappointed with small practice amps in the past, not this one ! go buy one and you will love it.
                  Well packaged for shipment. great quality materials. clean professional looks.
                  A little pricey for such a small amp but worth the price.

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  All you really need for practice is this amp.

                  By STEVEN CHAN

                  from Undisclosed

                  Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  This let's you see what sounds your guitar can dish out on it's own. I play a Gibson LP Classic Custom and this amp pairs up with it like it was made for it. The music that comes through sound just like you expect and want from your instrument from this amp.
                  MOst combo practice amps these days come with effects and modeling which is great, but do you really need that for practice? Probably not. All this thing has is gain, volume, ISF(their technology in place of normal treble, mid, and bass tones) and reverb for dialing in your tone. And it produces a wide range of tones from clean to crunch without having to paly with a dozen settings to get it right.
                  Solid. Great build and materials used.
                  For an all tube amp it's fairly priced, especially if you use any promo codes. Plus you'll likely keep this thing for years since you can connect it to a cab to get bigger sound.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The perfect

                  By iceman0124

                  from Chattanooga TN

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Reverb Is A Little Weak

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Every semi serious guitar player needs one of these. Seasoned pro to motivated beginner. We all want that big pushed tube tone but most of us are ever really in a position to obtain it even for 15 to 20 waters (even 5 watts, to really push the power section it has to be LOUDD!!)...till now.

                  I love this amp, and really surprised by the clean tones this amp can produce. The 2 best settings are gain mid way and volume max, verb max and ISF a notch or three to the left with my Grestsch 6117T, sweet and clean, earthy and organic loud enough to really fill the room and tons of controlled feedback if you get up on the thing. Or, reverse the volume and gain , move the isf a bit towards right of center and plug in my Gibson P-90 gold top...sweet and mean based on pick attack alone...

                  I'm not a high gain guy anymore, but this amp does it better than most, and you can easily get real power tube saturation without attenuation or other ticks,

                  My only real gripe is the reverb is very limited, I like the option to go nutso surf if I want to, on max its nowhere close.

                  IMO this a perfect starter amp that could NEVER be outgrown, sure needs will call for larger amps and such down the road, but they wont "replace" this little gem. They are also very fairly priced, especially on sales, I got mine here at MF as a SDOTD with a free Digitech RP70 (probably wont ever use it) for a steal....man I wish I had a setup like that 30 years ago...

                  Bottom line, I LOVE it!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best lil practice amp ever

                  By LB

                  from illinois

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-1R 1W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    This amp has me sold on blackstar amazing lil amp love it. It's perfect for home practice. I opened it up to put some high quality tubes in because I figured being made in china it would have cheep china made tubes but I was wrong it has a electro harmonix 12au7 in the power section and a tung sol 12ax7 in preamp and the internal board seems to be of high quality I am very impressed. The only thing that could have made this amp better is a footswitch to change between channels.

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