Call & Save Coupon: Limited Time Offer

MF MD HG Backstage Pass Free Shipping 02-23-17
Blackstar Logo
Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal   (Open Box)
Ships Internationally
  • Write a Review
Product# 152009
OVERVIEW

A no compromise, ultra high gain, filth machine.

The HT-DISTX tone has been benchmarked against the best high-gain tube amps in the world and will transform your mild mannered classic into a fire breathing monster. The patent-applied-for ISF control takes you from 'Classic British' to 'Modern American' and anywhere in between and the no compromise speaker emulated output lets you get it all down to tape or disk.

The HT Range of tube overdrive pedals features true high voltage (300V) circuitry and are packed with innovations and tone. The revolutionary, patent-applied-for tone-shaping ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) will redefine the tonal expectations of guitarists.

Add to this the no compromise speaker emulated output and you have the most cost effective way of getting real tube tones direct to disk or tape.

So whether you're playing live or recording, with the HT Range of pedals you can finally get the sound in your head.

PURE TUBE DISTORTION

High voltage tube design for true tube dynamics and feel. Two cascaded ECC83 triode stages for gain from warm boost to screaming lead. Enhanced tone network for massive tonal flexibility with traditional passive network musicality. Patent-Applied-For ISF control allows access to infinite new sounds. Emulated output is a new benchmark design for pro direct recording sounds. High integrity bypass for silent switching and driving long cables.

FEATURES
  • Genuine tube design
  • Operates at 300V HT
  • Cascaded tube gain stages
  • Responds like a tube amp
  • Unique enhanced tone controls
  • Extreme gain and tone
  • Exclusive Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Fully equipped for stage or studio
  • Speaker emulated output
  • High integrity buffered bypass
  • Power supply included

Get the tube sound you've been after. Call us or click today and we'll get it right out to you.

Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
BlackstarHT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (12)
  • Responsive (8)
  • Compact (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Performances (8)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Really Evil Tone

This thing sounds good on so many different settings, mostly for low, heart-piercing rhythmic tones. I had always wondered how to sound like Nile, and this will give you a similar tone at...Read complete review

This thing sounds good on so many different settings, mostly for low, heart-piercing rhythmic tones. I had always wondered how to sound like Nile, and this will give you a similar tone at the right settings. The deep gain sounds so natural.

On top of all of that it has so many great combinations of settings, if you were thinking about this pedal vs the drive, that one only has 3 knobs and you wouldn't be able to get the crazy amount of different sounds out of it.

One downside is that the pedal needs to go into the beginning of your signal path and the emulated output doesnt do the gain stage justice. But since this pedal is really all you need, it wont be a problem. This thing has no middle ground either, its always full-on deep gain (as it should be).

If you want to find that deep sound used by At the Gates, Sleep, or Belphegor, I would highly recommend this.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Its not

Its funny that everyone I know who praises this pedal has a really nice amp. I think most of the people that think this pedal is great are getting most of their distortion from...Read complete review

Its funny that everyone I know who praises this pedal has a really nice amp. I think most of the people that think this pedal is great are getting most of their distortion from their amp and using the pedal more as an eq. The distortion does not add distortion after three o'clock it stays the same in terms of gain and just adds more compression, not cool. The ISF isn't really infinite either, the american and british settings do sound different but anything in between is really not noticeable. I recorded 8 different clips changing only the ISF knob and no one who listened to them could tell teh difference.You knows its big when you get it, but after having it it becomes kind of annoying how big and heavy it is and that it uses a 16v adapter so if you are running a pedalboard of 9v pedals you are going to have to truck around a second adapter. Things I did like were the emulated speaker out, that sounded pretty good for direct recording. Other than that I see it only as tube preamp for solid state amps. It is not a good high gain distortion, it doesn't live up to its name of "pure valve filth". Unless you already have a good high gain tube head look elsewhere, even an EHX Metal Muff sounds better than this.

Reviewed by 28 customers

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to top

Previous | Next »

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Its not

By Carnstein

from Washington DC

See all my reviews

Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

Its funny that everyone I know who praises this pedal has a really nice amp. I think most of the people that think this pedal is great are getting most of their distortion from their amp and using the pedal more as an eq. The distortion does not add distortion after three o'clock it stays the same in terms of gain and just adds more compression, not cool. The ISF isn't really infinite either, the american and british settings do sound different but anything in between is really not noticeable. I recorded 8 different clips changing only the ISF knob and no one who listened to them could tell teh difference.You knows its big when you get it, but after having it it becomes kind of annoying how big and heavy it is and that it uses a 16v adapter so if you are running a pedalboard of 9v pedals you are going to have to truck around a second adapter. Things I did like were the emulated speaker out, that sounded pretty good for direct recording. Other than that I see it only as tube preamp for solid state amps. It is not a good high gain distortion, it doesn't live up to its name of "pure valve filth". Unless you already have a good high gain tube head look elsewhere, even an EHX Metal Muff sounds better than this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blackstar really hit the target

By Dan

from Oregon

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    A sales person at M F convinced me this was the best distortion pedal for the money. After reading and thinking and reading some more I decided to purchase knowing if I was not happy M F would help me.
    Wow what a great pedal. It has so much more tone and range than anything else I have. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a full sounding effect. None of that thin lead sounds we all get used to.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Almost Perfect

    By frank batchelder

    from Bangor, PA

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Ok Soi got this thing about a week ago and dropped it on my foot taking it out of the box needless to say it holds up better than my foot. its built like a Tank. The Sounds coming out of this thin g are amazing its very versatile. The one problem i had and im glad i looked at youtube videos is that if your running it through a SS Amp you will need an EQ Pedal to tame the High end fuzz. I recomend the MXR 10 Band EQ or the KFK 10 band if you want a splitter

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great pedal

    By Strumgroove

    from Las Vegas

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Play through Egnater Renegade 212, wanted more gain, bought this pedal and never looked back. I use it on my clean and it sounds great. Once I dialed in the clean I was looking for then tweeked the pedal I found a great tone. Now I use the Egnater dirt for overdriven and slight gain and the Distx for melting faces.

     
    5.0

    Downright Dirty with Adjustable Drive

    By Don57

    from Longwood, Fl.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Somewhat large and heavy for a pedal

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I have been trying to find a good tube screamer for use with my Fender Twin Reverb. This unit is top choice if you want a good sound range with adjustments. Comes with it's own DC power supply so no annoying ground hummmm. I have to say for the price, this one is well worth it. Somewhat large and heavy for a pedal, however the internals surely make the difference and this one surely delivers plenty of punch.

     
    4.0

    Simply the best high gain tone around

    By LKNJ

    from NJ

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Ask me a question

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

    • 22v Power supply required
    • large

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is simply the best sounding high gain distortion pedal I have ever used. Unbelievably organic and full. The pedal seems to be well made, and switch is completely noiseless.

    There a couple of things that make this pedal a pain to operate: It's very large and tall. So, it presents a bit of a problem for pedal boards - it towers over other pedals, so if you place it in the first row, stepping on second row peals is tricky. Also, the bigger issue for me is that it requires a proprietary 22v power supply. I have not been able to find any pedal board PS which can provide 22v's. As a result, if you're using this on a board, it must be plugged into its own outlet. Other than those two things, absolutely amazing pedal.

     
    5.0

    High High Gain

    By chorddog

    from New Jersey

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I play mostly Blues, Blues/Rock. Bought my first guitar in 1969. I play a strat with AlNiCo 2's through a Bugera 50 watt head w/2xEL34 tubes. I always play this through the clean channel. The pedal is heavy. I'm not sure why it's so heavy. It's a tube and circuit board and what? Lead plates? Anyway, it won't slide around on me, that's for sure. Note: this gain control on this pedal starts out at very high gain, which is intentional.
      The controls are very useful. I set everything below noon. This is a great tube saturation pre-amp drive. I don't get crunchy grit from this. It's a very pick-sensitive sustain machine. But it's also very responsive. Great pedal.

       
      5.0

      Awesome

      By budman

      from laplacela

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Stage & studio

         
        5.0

        Excellent pedal at great price

        By Dino Velvet

        from East coast

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Well made great sounds even better when it's on sale.

           
          4.0

          Pretty Awesome Pedal

          By Dave

          from Hayward CA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Sounds better than I was expecting. Quite a full sounding tone compared to my other distortion pedal which is a metal zone. I can get good crunch out of this pedal and it sounds really deep. It does seem to have quite a bit of background noise which I havent quite figured out yet. Overall I am happy with the purchase.

              Displaying reviews 1-10

              Back to top

              Previous | Next »

              Ship To: US Flag
              You are changing the Ship-To country.

              Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.