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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
 
4.7

(based on 22 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (22)
  • Portable (20)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Good power output (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (15)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Practice (8)
  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Once You Understand It - It's Great!

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...Read complete review

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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OD Channel Problems - Disappointed

Worked great at first. However, now on both OD channels, the sound cuts out. Started happening after a couple months of use. Very disappointed.

Worked great at first. However, now on both OD channels, the sound cuts out. Started happening after a couple months of use. Very disappointed.

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1.0

OD Channel Problems - Disappointed

By Hewey

from Boise

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

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

    Worked great at first. However, now on both OD channels, the sound cuts out. Started happening after a couple months of use. Very disappointed.

     
    5.0

    Great amp great sound in stereo!

    By Salmon

    from San Diego/Playas De Rosarito Baja CA

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

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

      I had read some bad reviews about this amp. Mine worked great outta the box. Both speakers are equal in volume, and there is no hissing noise. I'm just getting back into playing and this amp is perfect for that. Plenty of tonal variation and effects to satisfy. The modulation, delay, and reverb are of high quality. You get a fantastic amount of options with it.

       
      5.0

      Outstanding practice amp

      By Ronbo

      from Tucson, AZ

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • practice

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

        I use state of the art equipment. Marshall with Gibson Les Paul and dozens of other brands. I've owned them all. This is a cool amp for beginner to pro. Only for practice but it is absolutely great for that.

         
        4.0

        Nice little practice amp!

        By Jammer

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Limited power

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Practice

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

        This is well worth the expenditure, it's great for small room practice and very light so it's easily portable. It has a variety of sounds and features. I use this for teaching student and often loan it out for home practice.
        I would have preferred it had a hard hand size handle instead of a slip on strap.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great little amp!

        By Mud Flap

        from TEXAS!

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          35 years of playing - I've owned a lot of gear.

          I bought this to use mainly as a light and portable travel amp. I also bought the tone link bluetooth dongle for streaming audio. Works like a charm and sounds great. Tried the Marshall Code 25 and was not all that impressed - this little amp sounds great for what it is and is very versatile. Very jangly Fender tones or searing distortion for heavier styles of playing - covers both well. Very responsive to pick attack. I might have to look at the higher wattage model for the house if my VOX Valvetronix ever dies - nice to have a SS modeling amp around when you don't want to fire up the big rig.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

            (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.

               
              5.0

              big sound little amp

              By shark 81

              from S.jersey

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              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.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Portable Guitar Amp with quality stereo sound.

                By ScottoNYC

                from New York, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                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.

                 
                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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