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Blackstar ID:Core 20W 2x10 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp   

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The ID:CORE Stereo 20 is a 2x10W ultimate entry-level guitar amplifier. Incredible tone and flexibility is accessed by a simple and intuitive control...Read More

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A smarter starter guitar amp for helping shape your tone.

The ID:CORE Stereo 20 is a 2x10W ultimate entry-level guitar amplifier. Incredible tone and flexibility is accessed by a simple and intuitive control set and delivered in super wide stereo to give an immersive playing experience that will have you hooked on playing guitar.

ID:CORE represents the culmination of more than seven years' technical Research and Development. These amps have an intuitive control set like a traditional amp, but have the versatility of programmability. The unique controls allow you, the guitarist, to custom design your own sound. The Voice control has six different settings - Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, OD 2. When used together with Blackstar's patented ISF control you can get the exact tone you're thinking of. The effects section delivers studio quality modulation, delay and reverb effects simultaneously that you can store with your sound.

Deep editing and storing of patches is simple using the Blackstar INSIDER software. Patches can be shared, uploaded and downloaded via the online community. The USB connector also allows you to record from your amp directly to your computer. An emulated output and MP3/line input complete the package. By using the unique Voice control and the patented ISF, ID:CORE Series amplifiers allow unparalleled flexibility and ease of use, enabling you to design the sound in your head and deliver it at home, in the studio or in rehearsal.

ID:CORE are small in size, but deliver huge tone - the perfect amps for budding guitarists who want to play better, faster.

FEATURES
  • Voice control: Six different channels - Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, OD 2 which, when used together with Blackstar's patented ISF control, give you the exact tone you're thinking of
  • Super Wide Stereo: Gives you an immersive sound experience that'll have you playing along to your MP3 backing tracks for hours
  • 12 Effects: Vintage-style, studio-quality effects, including 3x modulation, 3x delay and 3x reverb effects, specially voiced for electric guitar and delivered in massive super wide stereo
  • EQ with ISF: Full interactive, patented ISF control gives you access to infinite new sound possibilities from the USA to the UK and everywhere in-between by allowing you to infinitely adjust the response of the tone control network between any of the traditional voicings
  • Stereo MP3/Line In: For great sounding jamming or listening to music in super wide stereo
  • USB Connectivity: USB audio for pro recording capability - easily get great tone recorded
  • Speaker Emulated Line Out: For silent practice or recording
  • INSIDER GUI: INSIDER software gives you more - deep editing of your amp, exchanging sounds with the Blackstar Online Community and downloading artist patches - all for free
  • Share Patches: Store your CORE ID sounds - 6 internally or more via free INSIDER software and download or share patches online using the INSIDER community pages

Expect big things from this small package. Order today!

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BlackstarID:Core 20W 2x10 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.9

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (16)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (17)
  • Portable (16)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Warm / comfy (10)
  • Good power output (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (11)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Practice (6)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13)

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5.0

Seems to be great

By JimiThing

from Winston-Salem, NC

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 20W 2x10 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

    I'm new to this game. Just learning to play guitar. I was looking for a modeling amp that would help the process and keep up with me as I learn and progress. After much research, mainly reviews from various websites, I choose this amp and it has been great so far. Quality of sound is excellent and consistent all the way through from low to high levels. I haven't scratched the surface of the all the features and options but look forward to growing into them, though it seems extremely versatile. The "stereo" effect from the 2 smaller speakers is nice and I was able to hear the difference when I tried it out against the other similarly priced & powered modeling amps. It's plenty loud enough for my living room.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Amp

    By Skippy

    from Bay City, MI

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Practice

      Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 20W 2x10 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

      Great little amp that I love to practice to. Great sounding too.

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      5.0

      big sound little amp

      By shark 81

      from S.jersey

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 20W 2x10 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

        like it a lot I wanted a small that I could carry and just plug in and play. I tried several other small amps and they sounded small ,this sounds like a much bigger and can do so many things. my intention is to use it as a personal monitor and mike it through a PA was exactly what I was looking for.

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        5.0

        Great Portable Guitar Amp with quality stereo sound.

        By Scottonyc

        from New York

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good stereo sound amp
        • Portable

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 20W 2x10 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

        This was a replacement amp for the light weight portable VOX VX2 that stop working. I chose the Blackstar, my first, because the stereo sound was impressive, and I liked the effects and the control settings. I was surprised at the sound quality and volume this amp puts outs. The effects are good and you can get some great tones. As a composer, this amp allows me to discover new sounds and compose guitar riffs and songs with easy. I love the way you can get interesting sounds, with a great stereo effect, that has depth and warmth, or an edge of distortion to rock. The stereo output is key to this amp for the sound quality.

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        5.0

        Great Amp

        By Matt

        from Sylvania, OH

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 20W 2x10 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

            I am getting back into playing after a long absence and you get a lot of sound out of this amp. I got the 20 because you can use a foot pedal with it. Great sound and very versitle.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Once You Understand It - It's Great!

            By Greg Lawrence

            from Appalachia America

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 20W 2x10 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

                Once You Understand It - It's Great!
                I have never had so much fun playing through a solid state amp in my life!
                It really has the authentic feel and rich tonality of playing through a tube amp. I'm impressed.
                It reacts like a tube amp when using the volume knob on your guitar.

                First: This is not a loud amp by ANY means!
                20 watts in a solid state (transistorized) amp is not loud enough to play with even a quiet drummer.
                This is the perfect bedroom, apartment or quiet/headphone amp.

                Second: To get the most out of this amp you need to install the software to access all the features and settings.
                The software is free and available on their website for Mac & Windows.
                This can be tricky. To help avoid any problems do the following:
                1. Make sure your firewall is not blocking the Blackstar Insider Application.
                2. Make sure you have the latest Adobe Flash & Microsoft Silverlight installed BEFORE installing Blackstar Software
                3. Make sure you have Microsoft NET Framework version 4.5 installed (or it will not work.)
                4. Restart your computer and then install the Blackstar Insider Software.
                5. Hook up USB cable, connect amp to computer, start Blackstar app and UPDATE THE FIRMWARE.
                The App will not work properly unless you have the latest version firmware. This is done through the Blackstar app.
                Make sure you do not turn off or interrupt the firmware update.

                Once I got it all working & tweaked it turned out to be a keeper!

                PLACE AMP ON THE FLOOR FOR THE BEST SOUND!
                I have read some comments about placing the amp elevated or on a desk. I disagree!
                Check it out for yourself. It sounds fuller and wider on my carpet in any room!

                This amp has a great feel and notes ring out easily with full tone, attack and dynamics.
                I doubt the 40 watt version will be much louder, a bit perhaps, but the speakers are 6.5", which is about 1.5" larger than the 5" speakers that are in the 20-watt amplifier and it may hold the bottom a little better.

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                5.0

                Affordable Amp

                By Time Master

                from Happy, Texas

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Portable

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Practice

                Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 20W 2x10 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

                Great distortion on a little amplifier . Best for practice and home recording projects .

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                5.0

                Sounds way bigger than its size!

                By K.P.

                from Wisconsin

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming with mp3 player
                  • Practice Amp

                  Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 20W 2x10 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Picked this amp up recently and am very impressed with the sound quality. I love being able to jam along with recorded music from my mp3/I pod. The stereo on this amp will have you wondering......... How that much sound and depth can come from such a small amp? The effects that are built in are a plus and they all sound really great. If you are looking for a stereo amp at an affordable price. This is the one!

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                  5.0

                  Blew my expectations out of the water

                  By Ernie

                  from kentucky

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 20W 2x10 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

                      totally satisfied

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                      5.0

                      Awesome amp!

                      By Groovemachine45

                      from Florida

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Portable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Practice

                        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 20W 2x10 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

                        Very impressive tone for such a small amp! The effects are fantastic. This is a great amp for practice. The size and weight is perfect for ease of transport. Controls are laid out logically and are easy to use. Love the stereo sound.

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