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Blackstar ID:Core 40W Guitar Amp Head 

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Amazing tone and features delivered in Super-Wide stereo.

The ID:Core 40W head from Blackstar features the company's amazing Super-Wide Stereo sound delivery in a versatile power you can use with your favorite cabs. It comes with six voicings (clean warm to OD 2), Blackstar's patented Infinite Shape Feature to dial in your midrange anywhere from U.S. to U.K., 12 digital FX, USB connectivity and much more.

And, despite sounding great at any volume, it features an aux. input and emulated line out for silent practice while you jam along to your favorite tunes.

FEATURES
  • Power: 40W (2x20W stereo; solid state)
  • Single input
  • Six voices
  • 12 built-in effects
  • ISF control
  • Store up to six patches
  • USB connectivity
  • Full Blackstar Insider compatibility
  • Aux. input
  • Emulated line out

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BlackstarID:Core 40W Guitar Amp Head
 
4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Portable (9)
  • Good power output (7)
  • Warm / comfy (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Solid State Head with effects

This is a solid state 40 watt head with stero output to speakers, reverb, delay, and effects. I like the ease of use and the sound of this amp. I play it...Read complete review

This is a solid state 40 watt head with stero output to speakers, reverb, delay, and effects. I like the ease of use and the sound of this amp. I play it through a pair of Laney 1x12 speakers, and it sounds very good. Can not comment on the editing program because I have not used it.

I also have the ID core 10 watt combo. That combo comes with small speakers which lacks bass. I like it the 40 watt head because you can connect it to the speaker of your choice, and get adequate bass from it.

One downside of this amp is the fact it does not have a true equilzer. The ISF control does not change the sound significantly. The other thing I do not like is the fact the power supply transformer is outside the amp. The power supply cords are not heavy duty, and can get damaged easily.

The amp has adequate power for practice at home, studio use, or small to medium gigs.

The head did not come with a foot switch.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not sure it's what I want, but fun amp to play with.

Fun amp, wanted a light solid-state modeling amp to use at home and at small gigs and I have a speaker cab to use with it. Innovative controls and ability to tweak via computer...Read complete review

Fun amp, wanted a light solid-state modeling amp to use at home and at small gigs and I have a speaker cab to use with it. Innovative controls and ability to tweak via computer is good. Effects seem pretty good. Sounds is pretty good, especially the dirtier rock sounds and chimey cleans. However, there are issues that mean that I will probably return it. BTW, I have several tube amps and have been playing electric guitar for many years.

Issues: Headphone output not working. Case materials seem cheap. Many reviews outside Musician's Friend seem to indicate that quality is not good... various failures experienced. Lack of EQ is a problem... makes it impossible from knob to dial down treble for jazzy tones. I wanted an amp that will give me the rock sounds but also decent jazz and blues sounds without spending a fortune. Seems to me it should be possible, but nearly all these modeling amps seem to totally ignore jazzy tones and only cover rock sounds. Overall somewhat harsh tone; I don't find it to be very warm at all.

Caveat: I have not tried to tweak via software, maybe possible to get jazz tone that way, but considering the headphone output not working, just that alone is a problem. Also am not using stereo, so that might help.

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4.0

Good Solid State Head with effects

By Guitar Critic

from Los Angeles, CA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Guitar Amp Head:

      This is a solid state 40 watt head with stero output to speakers, reverb, delay, and effects. I like the ease of use and the sound of this amp. I play it through a pair of Laney 1x12 speakers, and it sounds very good. Can not comment on the editing program because I have not used it.

      I also have the ID core 10 watt combo. That combo comes with small speakers which lacks bass. I like it the 40 watt head because you can connect it to the speaker of your choice, and get adequate bass from it.

      One downside of this amp is the fact it does not have a true equilzer. The ISF control does not change the sound significantly. The other thing I do not like is the fact the power supply transformer is outside the amp. The power supply cords are not heavy duty, and can get damaged easily.

      The amp has adequate power for practice at home, studio use, or small to medium gigs.

      The head did not come with a foot switch.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar amp head

      By Mike the shredder

      from Utica,Ny

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Great for bedrooms

        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Guitar Amp Head:

        This blackstar amp head is fantastic for bedrooms or small areas don't let the size fool you this amp sound amazing and has all the bells and whistle's of the bigger amp heads

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not sure it's what I want, but fun amp to play with.

        By Vic

        from South Florida

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Effects are pretty good
        • Good chime
        • Good rock sounds
        • Interesting and fairly intuitive controls
        • Portable
        • Versatile with easily accessible sounds

        Cons

        • Build quality questionable
        • Documentation limited
        • Lack of normal Eq is limiting
        • No good jazz sounds, blues tones only fair
        • Overall a bit harsh, not very warm

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Practice use
        • Rock music

        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Guitar Amp Head:

        Fun amp, wanted a light solid-state modeling amp to use at home and at small gigs and I have a speaker cab to use with it. Innovative controls and ability to tweak via computer is good. Effects seem pretty good. Sounds is pretty good, especially the dirtier rock sounds and chimey cleans. However, there are issues that mean that I will probably return it. BTW, I have several tube amps and have been playing electric guitar for many years.

        Issues: Headphone output not working. Case materials seem cheap. Many reviews outside Musician's Friend seem to indicate that quality is not good... various failures experienced. Lack of EQ is a problem... makes it impossible from knob to dial down treble for jazzy tones. I wanted an amp that will give me the rock sounds but also decent jazz and blues sounds without spending a fortune. Seems to me it should be possible, but nearly all these modeling amps seem to totally ignore jazzy tones and only cover rock sounds. Overall somewhat harsh tone; I don't find it to be very warm at all.

        Caveat: I have not tried to tweak via software, maybe possible to get jazz tone that way, but considering the headphone output not working, just that alone is a problem. Also am not using stereo, so that might help.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        You can't go wrong with this, GREAT VALUE when on sale.

        By Joe mama

        from South Dakota

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Guitar Amp Head:

            Nothing bad about this. Great for jamin in the bed room or anywhere. I own a Bugera 333, Peavy Viper 100 watt, Vox Valvetronix 50 watt I luv all my amps but this is what I use.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This is a powerful little head and the effects are great

            By Huckster

            from Longview

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Guitar Amp Head:

              This amp head is so powerful it runs my 4-100 watt speakers with ease and I love the effects,I also love the headphones jack,and I run my IPod: through it and play along with it,love the sound and has lots of bass

              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice little Compact amp!

              By Wildmann

              from Cocoa Beach, Florida!

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use
              • No Cons!!

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Guitar Amp Head:

              This little Giant , is powerful enough for Normal Gigs!! Normal club gigs do not require hundreds of watts of Power! I played "the Road" for over 10 yrs. and 30+ yrs local! I was not in a LOUD Band/Group! Classic Rock, Top 40, and Country. whichever the gig demanded! However, If the 'Bar Flies' can't talk to each other W/O raising their voices, at all, they Gripe to the Manager! We had the 'Big Stuff' Equipment Wise, but almost never go to turn it up past '4'. The Clubs wouldn't allow it! Save yer Back and don't haul the Big Guns you can't turn up anyway! This Blackstar 40 watt amp is plenty big enough for Home, Jams, small Lounge gigs! Remember, Almost all the 50's early 60's tunes were played and recorded on 'Fender' . Bandmaster, Bassman, Concert, [40 watts] and Super Reverb amps.[60watts] Only the Beatles and a few others had the Big Vox Super Beatle ,and Fender Dual Showman Amps! Most of us 'Small Fry' groups had small Fender, Gibson, [the Lucky/Rich Kids] and we Peons had Supro, Danelectro, Silvertone, Airline, Univox etc. amps! So, if you aren't gonna Play Stadiums, the Blackstar 40 watt Head, or Combo ROCKS!

               
              4.0

              Great Sounds Limited Preset Storage

              By John

              from NJ

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • external power supply
              • Limited preset storage

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Guitar Amp Head:

              This head sounds good- download and twaek presets from online library and has no problem powering 2 1x12 or 2x12 cabs to a good volume. Only major complaint is you can only save presets with same voice and I only use super crunch and od1 and od 2 meaning I only get three presets!!! External power supply is something to lose or damage - should be standard iec plug. Get on sale and you have a nice little amp!

               
              5.0

              Very nice for the price.

              By JB

              from Niles, Illinois

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Guitar Amp Head:

                Good range of tones. I like the quantity of selections from clean to dirty & that they gradually move up rather than just two or three options. The bass/treble knob works but would rather have distinct controls for each. Powerful. I also like the stereo connection as I put this through two 4 X 12 cabinets in a 15' square room - sounds great.

                 
                4.0

                Great tones, but poor quality control

                By Marty

                from Lakewood, WA

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound

                Cons

                • Poor Quality Control

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Stereo!

                Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Guitar Amp Head:

                I wanted to try a solid state modeling amp for practice and perhaps to gig with. I already own a couple of Blackstar HT-20s and love the tone. The idea of playing in super wide stereo was really appealing and the demos of the amp sounded fantastic. I wasn't interested in the combo versions of this amp since I already own a couple of stereo speaker cabinets.

                I unpacked the amp, plugged it in and the right channel was dead. After troubleshooting a bit, the right channel was indeed dead. I shipped the amp back for exchange the next day.

                The tone I got out of the one good channel was very good. Can only imagine what two good channels sound like.

                 
                4.0

                More Information for Wildman's Cocoa Beach Fla. Revie

                By Wildmann

                from Cocoa Beach, Florida!

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Guitar Amp Head:

                  In my previous review, I hadn't tried to use the Headphone/Line Out jack! As a previous Review, had stated, the 'phones/line out jack doesn't work! I had returned one, to M.F. for this reason. They, M.F. sent me a replacement (quickly As usual, excellent service! However, has the same problem! I am beginning to think that they got a 'batch' of them, with this problem. However, At the price I paid, with Points, and a M.F. "Store Credit" I had, It's still a great deal! The amp has great tone, in the Clean settings, and really "Kicks" in the Crunch/Overdrive settings! I've been trying to get an answer from BlackStar -{marketed by KORG, in the U.S.A.}, I'm NOT gonna call "Merry Ol' England", for an answer! The non-functional 'phones jack, is not a deal-breaker for me. I have at least a Dozen other amps. I'll keep trying for a solution from Korg!

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