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Blackstar HT Soloist 60W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Condition 3 - Scratch and Dent Black 888365614946

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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
  • Cool vintage styling

Get the undeniable tube sound of Blackstar amps.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 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)

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100%

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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.

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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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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Blackstar HT-60S Rocks

By SouthernRockSteady

from Orlando, Florida

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

I am impressed with the entire venue series from Blackstar. Each one shares some similar tonal characteristics, but each one of them is it's own thing. If you are interested in the venue series amps, I suggest you try as many models as you can. They are that different. Buy the one with the features that you are not willing to live without and don't worry about wattage. 20 watts through a 12" speaker for guitar should be more than enough. Your amp will be mic'ed in larger venues. If it is not, don't play there. The soloist 60 I have does everything from a powerful crystal-clean jazz through tweedy sizzling clean, on to electric blues / early rock, all the way to metal (pre-mesa Metallica). I couldn't ask for a whole lot more from a combo amp, and if I did no one could build it.
This combo amp has two channels with two voices per channel and a solo boost! I like to think of it as four single channel tube amps in one 1x12" combo. It has an effects loop and on-board reverb. Every feature on the venue series amps has at least two optional modes; -10dbv/+4dbv effects loop, bright/dark reverb voice, 2 voices on low-gain channel, 2 voices on high-gain channel. The HT-60S adds a foot-switchable boost with gain control and optional mid-shift. Even the foot-switch can be run in 2 modes on this amp! This combo amp has the required features to be the center of a versatile yet simple live rig.
I have only had this HT-60S combo for a few weeks so it is difficult to judge the mechanical quality or longevity of the amp. That said, I have moved it around a lot since it arrived and have had no issues. I bought this amp "used" from musiciansfriend and it appears new with only a small blemish on the back. I have no idea why anyone would have returned this great amplifier. Some people may think less of this combo because it is not made of solid wood or plywood. It is not MDF. It is High Density Fiberboard. It is way too heavy to be MDF, and it sounds good and feels sturdy so who cares. ***I disagree with the reviewer that said the foot-switch is connected with VGA! The connector is a serial connector. I know this is a little old for some younglings to recognise, but it was used in computers for a long time and is still found in industrial equipment. The point being, if this were to break on the road you could find the part as a "serial extension cable" at radio shack or a computer store or an industrial parts supplier. I love that this is an existing cable and I am not forced to order it from Blackstar or go without!
The HT-60S is not the least expensive 1x12" combo amp you can buy. It is one the least expensive combo amps you can find with a feature set, versatility, and most importantly quality of tone that make an amp worth your money. I have tweaked the controls in numerous ways and have yet to get a "bad" tone! This amp covers a huge amount of tonal ground, but it sounds great at the core of it's tone no matter what you do to try and stop it.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blackstar HT Soloist 60

By scott schenker

from NJ, USA

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

Overall - Again this is an amazing amp. listen, i own a Marshall JVM410h, TSL100, JCM800, JMP-1, EL34 50/50, 3-JCM900 cabs and a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Roadster Combo and this beast covers all of those sounds for me. I needed a smaller lighter amp that didn't sound like crap and i've finally found it!! You can see what I was using and this amp can handle those sounds for me. I play in a working high energy rock cover band and need a lot of different sounds and this amp delivers!!! The guys in my band love the sound also !!!
Absolutely love this little buggar..... it's a friggin tone machine in a smaller package!!!! OK the features, no to heavy, very simple and easy to use front and rear panels !! ISP feature opens up a new world of tone from a small tube amp !!! ok, the one thing i don't like is the VGA cable used for the foot pedal. if it breaks on the road i'm screwed. Marshall uses a standard guitar cable for their JVM series, and I think it would be a better fit for this amp, other than that I LOVE THIS AMP..... The lead boost sounds amazing thats why I bought this model over the HT 40...
So far no problems, built very solid, already did 2 gigs with this amp and not a ding. I did order a road case to keep it safe!!
Rating 10++ versitile, light wight, tone machine!!!! LOVE IT Sounds like a $2000 amp!!!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Most BANG for your BUCK

By A Virtuoso

from Chicago

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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.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BEST COMBO AMP FOR THE PRICE ON EARTH

    By Charlie 'O'

    from Lynchburg, Va

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    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

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      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!

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Get this amp

        By Dewman

        from Detroit Mich

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        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.

          (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Blown away....

          By Scotty W.

          from Lawrence, KS

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

          To be brief, this is one amazing amp. I have been a Fender tube amp guy for years and years but will never go back after playing this monster! Does it all from Fender to Vox-ish tones to full out Marshall goodness. The boost feature is awesome and the flexibility of this design is very well thought out. Thanks Blackstar!!!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Simple proves to be better yet again.

          By docjms3787

          from Chazy, NY

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

          I have been playing a little over 11 years now. I have been able to try a large array of amps and have yet to play any that I enjoyed as much as this. For a while I wanted to try and be cool and play the amps that have a lot effects built in, and can save a million preset channels and have big names stamped on the screen. I have found that the best is still in a simple 2 channel amplifier. The cleans are about as clean as your ever gonna find in an eight hundred dollar amp, and the gain will rival any death metal pedal on the planet. The ISF feature that lets you fade between british sounding rock to American grunge is probably the neatest thing you could find. I was told I would not be disapointed and so far that holds true. I do find that I get a bit of a buzz, however that could be my guitars and all the electronics that are in my house. If your looking for an awesome combo in this price range this is it, if your looking for an awesome combo in a higher price range... save your money and buy one of these.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Incredibly Versatile Combo!

          By MadMatt

          from Houston, TX

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          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....

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great amp

          By Tyler

          from Myrtle beach, sc

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Great Overdrive
          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • Very quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Jamming at home
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            I was looking for a new amp and a friend told me about this amp. I was kinda skeptical because I had never really heard of the name Blackstar. But I was surprised. I've played through many amps and this one could keep up with any of them. You can get many sounds through the overdrive channel and the clean channel as well with the voicing control. About a week after I got this amp I had a weird humming noise coming from the amp, but it wasn't coming out the speaker. I sent it back to the music store and Blackstar replaced it and the other one has been great for over a year now. I use this amp in church at home and can play out anywhere I want because it has plenty of power. I hardly ever turn the master past one quarter

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Finally a Killer Amp

            By Dr Git

            from Valrico FL

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

            I've been playing Marshall and Mesa Amps the last 38 years. Don't get me wrong, i still love em. But, this Blackstar is just too cool to ignore. I recently bought it without even trying it out. No disappointed in the least. This amp RULES and has so much going for it. The Cleans are awesome. The Light and Medium OD is awesome, and High gain. Oh yeah its there, though i don't get to much into the higher gain stuff. Amp is quiet, feels well made and looks awesome. Weighs about 55 lbs which is a drag, but everything else just shines. Can be used as a 2 channel amp with boost, or you can use it as a 3 channel amp with no boost. Even the amp sim for recording, can be either 1x12 or 4x12 sounding...I'm sorry, but this amp gets me so excited. It has Balls to Spare, and i love it..

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This Amp Is Fantastic !!!!

            By HT-nSLEi

            from Upstate NY

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

            I have been a guitarist for over 30 years (on the road and in the studio), and I have never heard an amp in this price range with so much power and soul. Sweet tube tones, lot's of variety possible, and you don't have to crank it up to get a great sound. However, if you need that extra kick, this amp has more than enough punch. Built like a tank, sounds great, great price, .... what more does one need to say.Don't buy a new amp without checking out the Blackstar line. These guys really know how to put out a quality product.

            (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.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Very versital

              By dirtydee101

              from youngsville,La.

              About Me Professional Musician

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              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.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Total Package

              By A Virtuoso

              from Chicago

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                You will not find a better tube amp for under $1000

                Until recently, I've used only Mesa Boogie's since the late 90's. I've felt EVERY other brand to be inferior, and I've tried them all, literally.

                This is the FIRST time I've found anything other than my Boogie's that are worth my attention, and for under a grand.

                It's a smooth, rich, powerful amp with plenty of headroom. If you like the old school sounds like from Marshall's you can get it, and all new school sounds with a bit harder US sounding grit.

                It's definitely not a Boogie, but it's not intended to be or marketed to be.

                If you're on a budget or just want to add something to your collection or to tote around with you everyday, this is it. Pedals and POD's sound EXCELLENT through it as well.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Huge bang for your buck(s)

                By Pat-1LqQA

                from Traverse City, MI

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

                I've been playing for 30+ years and have had everything from solid state to tubes and Blackstar is incredible! This amp is going to give Fender a hard time for sure. If your shopping around you MUST try one.

                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great amp but...

                By Dewman

                from Detroit Mich

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                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

                   
                  5.0

                  Exellent live amp

                  By J.Frost

                  from Hollywood,California

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                  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.

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