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Blackstar HT Soloist 60W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

The power and tube tone to satisfy the needs of larger venues, housed in a 1x12 combo.

The Blackstar HT Soloist HT-60S is an ideal compact gigging amp for players who want the power to handle larger venues but in a 1x12 combo format. The HT-60S Soloist from the Blackstar Venue series has 2 channels and 4 modes that are augmented by an additional footswitchable solo boost. The solo boost will add up to 10dB of level boost and can be used in conjunction with the Body switch for fat, singing leads.

The Blackstar combo amplifier's Clean Channel 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 on the Blackstar Venue tube amp 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-60S 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 Blackstar amp's overdrive channel remains natural sounding. The ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) 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 amplifier has an infinite number of alternative tone choices in between the 2 extremes that would be otherwise unavailable.

The Blackstar HT Soloist 60 tube 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 valve combo amp
  • 2xECC83, 2xEL34
  • 2 footswitchable channels
  • 12" Celestion speaker
  • Enhanced tone controls
  • Patent-Applied for Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Clean voice switch
  • Overdrive voice switch
  • Footswitchable solo boost with body switch
  • Presence
  • 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

Get the undeniable tube sound of Blackstar amps.

SPECIFICATIONS

HT Soloist 60W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

  • Power (RMS): 60 watts
    Valves: 2 x ECC83, 2 x EL34
    Weight: 54 lb.
    Dimensions: 24-2/10"H x 22-1/3"W x 11-3/4"D
    Footswitch: FS-6 supplied
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BlackstarHT Soloist 60W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (11)
  • Good power output (11)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Warm / comfy (10)
  • Portable (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Professional recording (9)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (6), Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love this rig!

I was looking for a combo as opposed to my Marshall JCM900 halfstack. I tried several top choices and really thought I knew what I wanted but kept coming back to the Blackstar...Read complete review

I was looking for a combo as opposed to my Marshall JCM900 halfstack. I tried several top choices and really thought I knew what I wanted but kept coming back to the Blackstar HT-40 for sound. It just didn't have enough features. The soloist 60 fills all that and more but mostly this tone is thick and gorgeous. Its not a high gain amp per say, it won't get you to recto rage but it will snarl and scream for sure with sweet SWEET clean tones, warm and luscious. Complimnets both my Strat and Les Paul equally with respect to their distinct differences. I have a custom Tele with TV Jones and its Juicy. My PRS Tremonti sounds tremendous. My Schecter Black Max 7 string would prefer a vintage 30 but hey, I don't play that to much any way. I have the extension cab but I took it to a gig by itself with live drums and had no issues with volume. I keep the clean channel volume around 8 and the lead channel about 5.5. The master is smoking loud on 2. Both channels have "color" switches and the master section has another body switch to further customize your sound. It might be difficult to find one to demo but it will be worth the time. Blackstar, started by a team of professionals from Marshall. I like it! I think I will order the 5 watt METAL head.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Had issues after 12-13 gigs and 10-12 rehearsals.

I've owned LOTS of quality amps dating back to the late 1960's: Fender, Sunn, Marshall, Music Man, Mesa Boogie, PRS and Budda. Bought the Blackstar + matching 1x12 cab from...Read complete review

I've owned LOTS of quality amps dating back to the late 1960's: Fender, Sunn, Marshall, Music Man, Mesa Boogie, PRS and Budda. Bought the Blackstar + matching 1x12 cab from MF. Loved the initial sound and versatility (My guitars: PRS DGT, and 2 Tom Anderson Classics). The clean channel was a nice surprise and the lead channel offered a variety of sounds. The reverb is decent, considering the price. After listening to a live video recording, the stock Celestion speakers (70/80's) had to go. The amp sounded okay on stage, but from about 40-50 feet I noticed: harsh highs, flabby low-end, poor projection, and overall mediocre tone. Replaced both speakers with Eminence Texas Heat 12's from MF - problem solved: much tighter, more focused overall sound with better projection. However, on about the 12th gig the amp failed during the second set. Took it to an amp tech for repairs - multiple bad solders in the circuitboard and a bad tube socket. I always transported the amp in my SUV with padded covers on & securely placed with my other gear, so the issues were not from rough handling, jostling, etc. Considering the relatively low hours on the amp, I didn't feel it was reliable enough to gig without a backup. I recommend the amp with reservations; quality control may be a bit lacking.

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5.0

Exellent live amp

By J.Frost

from Hollywood,California

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful
  • Solo boost!
  • Very sturdy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Blackstar HT Soloist 60W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Excellent variety and "feel" of clean channels. Really goes from that harder uncompressed Fender clean to a not as dynamic smoother creamier clean. Each clean channel is very different and is what made me buy the amp. It is hard to please me with clean sounds. Most combos I have owned always have had good or great overdrive channels but unfriendly clean channels. Not this amp. Clean channels are great.
    Overdrive channels are easy to play and have plenty of gain for finger squeals and harmonics but doesn't have that super high "pedal" type gain. Doesn't feedback real easy.It feels like a vintage amp that can go to modern but not crazy driven. Usually those sounds end up becoming thin anyway. Boost channel is a must for my combo amps. When either in practice or live I don't want to have my rhythm channel cranking so I can hear leads and hate it when leads are buried in the mix. This lets me have rhythm in one volume and lead in another. At first it seemed like the boost control amount was too slight, but when used with the band it had way more than I would ever use. Adding the "mid boost" seems to add a little gain and is great on a strat/tele but my only complaint would be on a les paul this makes it a bit honky mid wise. When I switch to a fat sounding Gibson or something I will turn the mid boost off on lead boost and although it seems it doesn't provide a gain boost that way,less is needed because of the humbuckers. I have brought a few gain pedals out with me worried I may need them because of this but I never ended up touching them. The lead boost worked great on its own.
    That being said,although the clean channels are great, you can get a killer Sultans of swing or Sweet home Alabama type punchy quack using a clean boost pedal, (turning into basically 3 clean choices!) but going between the mid boost gain vs pedal gain in the overdrive channel the amp always sounded better without a pedal.

     
    3.0

    Had issues after 12-13 gigs and 10-12 rehearsals.

    By Jonny X

    from Central California

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Circuitboard/tube socket

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Blackstar HT Soloist 60W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I've owned LOTS of quality amps dating back to the late 1960's: Fender, Sunn, Marshall, Music Man, Mesa Boogie, PRS and Budda. Bought the Blackstar + matching 1x12 cab from MF. Loved the initial sound and versatility (My guitars: PRS DGT, and 2 Tom Anderson Classics). The clean channel was a nice surprise and the lead channel offered a variety of sounds. The reverb is decent, considering the price. After listening to a live video recording, the stock Celestion speakers (70/80's) had to go. The amp sounded okay on stage, but from about 40-50 feet I noticed: harsh highs, flabby low-end, poor projection, and overall mediocre tone. Replaced both speakers with Eminence Texas Heat 12's from MF - problem solved: much tighter, more focused overall sound with better projection. However, on about the 12th gig the amp failed during the second set. Took it to an amp tech for repairs - multiple bad solders in the circuitboard and a bad tube socket. I always transported the amp in my SUV with padded covers on & securely placed with my other gear, so the issues were not from rough handling, jostling, etc. Considering the relatively low hours on the amp, I didn't feel it was reliable enough to gig without a backup. I recommend the amp with reservations; quality control may be a bit lacking.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great amp but...

    By Dewman

    from Detroit Mich

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Blackstar HT Soloist 60W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      This is a really great amp with any tone you can imagine. Had mine for 3 years and did a lot of shows and rehearsals with it. Well it stopped working on the od channel and after having it gone thru sorry to say I have to be happy with just the clean channel. The cost of repair is not practical. Better to get a new amp. Guess it's a good thing I have my Boogie 5:50 for a backup

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this rig!

      By Rowdyhawg

      from Dallas TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Blackstar HT Soloist 60W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I was looking for a combo as opposed to my Marshall JCM900 halfstack. I tried several top choices and really thought I knew what I wanted but kept coming back to the Blackstar HT-40 for sound. It just didn't have enough features. The soloist 60 fills all that and more but mostly this tone is thick and gorgeous. Its not a high gain amp per say, it won't get you to recto rage but it will snarl and scream for sure with sweet SWEET clean tones, warm and luscious. Complimnets both my Strat and Les Paul equally with respect to their distinct differences. I have a custom Tele with TV Jones and its Juicy. My PRS Tremonti sounds tremendous. My Schecter Black Max 7 string would prefer a vintage 30 but hey, I don't play that to much any way. I have the extension cab but I took it to a gig by itself with live drums and had no issues with volume. I keep the clean channel volume around 8 and the lead channel about 5.5. The master is smoking loud on 2. Both channels have "color" switches and the master section has another body switch to further customize your sound. It might be difficult to find one to demo but it will be worth the time. Blackstar, started by a team of professionals from Marshall. I like it! I think I will order the 5 watt METAL head.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        BEST COMBO AMP FOR THE PRICE ON EARTH

        By Charlie 'O'

        from Lynchburg, Va

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Blackstar HT Soloist 60W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I have been playing guitar for over 40 years, and have owned over 30 combo amps in every price range.The Blackstar HT 60 Soloist is as good as any combo amp I have ever owned. It has excellent tone in both the clean and overdrive channels. The reverb and effects loop are first class. If you want a world class combo amp at a price that can't be beat, then this is the one.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Unbelievable

          By Mike5515

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Blackstar HT Soloist 60W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I have been playing music for a living for 40 years. This is one of the most awesome amps I have ever used. Although I primarily bought it for the boost feature, both the clean and overdrive channels sound excellent and the tweakability of the overall sound is unbelievable for an amp in this price range. You've gotta get this!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very versital

            By dirtydee101

            from youngsville,La.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Great Boutique Sound

            Cons

            • Weak

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Blackstar HT Soloist 60W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Ok it's very sweet on the cleans,great on the blues reminds me of a tamed fender hot rod Deville 2/12.when you try the drive on overdrive its a little under driven,great for southern rock to zz top but no heavier even some old gnr, is hard to meet output maybe I got a bad one but the last one I tried sounded the same.has a great boutique clean sound and also boost Channel on foot pedal and function button sounds like it just doubles decibels no real change there. I use it so far very sturdy but nothing in manuals as far as changing tubes and blackstar doesn't give any info. ether you have to know your business if you intend on changing your own tubes and a little ohms law...hope you got a better understanding of this u k amp.great deal at musician friend and they always back up what they sell.

            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Most BANG for your BUCK

            By A Virtuoso

            from Chicago

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Blackstar HT Soloist 60W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              Until this, I've used NOTHING but Mesa Boogie's. But one day I sent both my live rigs and my studio rig ahead between the 2 cities I live in. Forgetting I had a rescheduled lesson I had to give. I quickly ran to a local popular store, that also carries Boogie's by the way, and came across this.

              I didn't even have time to try one out, I simply remember reading about them because they just came out. I bought one and had 5 minutes to play with it before my student showed up. Based on the ratio of what I was expecting to get and what I actually got, I was more impressed than with a Boogie.

              These are so inexpensive for what you get in tone, features, and the effectiveness of the switch that comes with it. Done deal. When I got back from my trip, I ordered another through MF so I have one at both homes as an impressive backup.

              Try one out... before you have to start paying for the Blackstar name more than the product itself. You get so much for such an inexpensive tube amp. Great product, can't say enough about it. Love it.

              P.S. - I've put all my pedals and pods through this guy and hooked it up to my Hughes & Kettner cab, it puts out.

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Get this amp

              By Dewman

              from Detroit Mich

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Blackstar HT Soloist 60W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                This amp has all the power you need. Plenty of head room. The tone is exceptional. The boost on the footswitch is originally one of the reasons I bought the amp, and it works great. But this amp really shines with the tones. If you can hear it in your head, you can dial it in with this amp. It's a tone monster. I don't even use my 5:50 Boogie anymore or my Marshalls. This is all I need. Get this amp. It's worth every penny. I added casters because it's a little beefy and I'm getting old.

                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Incredibly Versatile Combo!

                By MadMatt

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Weak Footswitch Connector

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Blackstar HT Soloist 60W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                I've been playing for 29 years and normally use a Soldano SLO, so I definitely know how a good tube amp should sound and react. This being said, the Blackstar HT-60S is an incredible versatile little combo with excellent tone and feel! Has plenty of gain for anything from blues to metal. Clean channel is fantastic and has a great deal of headroom. Amp takes pedals well, and is a serious bargain. Can't lose with this one....

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