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Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp

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A smarter, louder starter guitar amp for helping shape your tone.

The ID:Core40 is a solid 40W entry-level guitar amplifier that provides incredible tone and flexibility thanks to a simple and intuitive control set with two 6.5" speakers which provide super wide stereo for 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
  • Power: 40W (solid state, stereo)
  • Single input
  • 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
  • Speakers: 2x6.5 Blackstar
  • 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
  • Controls: Gain, volume, EQ/ISF, effects level, effect type, voice select
  • 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
  • Dimensions: 16.9 in. x 13.25 in. x 7.25 in. 

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BlackstarID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.3

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (20)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Excellent sound (18)
  • Warm / comfy (10)
  • Good power output (6)

Cons

  • Weak (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (16)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (6), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is just Stunning!

This amp from Blackstar has the most amazing 3d type sound,it really does surround you. So from a practicing point of view, it's the best experience i've ever had. I also love...Read complete review

This amp from Blackstar has the most amazing 3d type sound,it really does surround you. So from a practicing point of view, it's the best experience i've ever had. I also love playing music through this thing as the speakers are full range, it sounds as good as any Ipod dock i've heard. I've recently also done some direct recoding with it via the USb output and it performed so well, i'm shouting from the rooftops about this amp! Treat yourself to on of the ID Core amps and you won't be dissapointed at all.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Quiet 40 watts

I bought this to replace my Vox VT20+ . I wasn't really happy with it's digital sound and I read the great reviews on the ID core amps. I bought it as a stupid...Read complete review

I bought this to replace my Vox VT20+ . I wasn't really happy with it's digital sound and I read the great reviews on the ID core amps. I bought it as a stupid deal and saved a lot. I really wanted to like this amp but after a-b-ing the two amps for a couple of days the Vox is just a better all around amp. The one thing about the ID core 40 is it's a very weak 40 watts. The 20 watt Vox is literally twice as loud. The Vox sells for less and is definitely built sturdier . Guess the Blackstar will be going back. Not a bad deal as a SDD but not worth the price they normally go for.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is just Stunning!

By bluedream

from Birmingham

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • 3d
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Great sound
  • Huge Stereo Sound
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Audio Player
    • Home Studio
    • portable
    • Practice Amps
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp from Blackstar has the most amazing 3d type sound,it really does surround you. So from a practicing point of view, it's the best experience i've ever had. I also love playing music through this thing as the speakers are full range, it sounds as good as any Ipod dock i've heard. I've recently also done some direct recoding with it via the USb output and it performed so well, i'm shouting from the rooftops about this amp! Treat yourself to on of the ID Core amps and you won't be dissapointed at all.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Little Practice Amp!

    By Big Ric

    from Albuquerque

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

    After reading the NAMM hype I wanted to try one, but it sure took a long time for the amps to hit inventory! First impression is the housing seems fragile, thin cabinet construction. I would not have this thing bouncing around in a car trunk or equipment van. On the upside it is very light and easy to transport, just be careful. The sound is very cool, although a little artificial sounding. The 40 gets plenty loud but the little speakers have a little trouble with the bass-of course. The sounds overall are very cool (because of the stereo effect) and I think it's a great practice amp-not sure if folks could gig with it. You can run it to a PA with a 1/8 stereo to two 1/4 monos, run each one to a separate channel and pan them left and right, now you have the stereo effect through the PA and it sounds pretty cool! Go try one out, you might like it!

    (3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Newer isn't always better or an improvement.

    By Mikie

    from demotte, Indiana

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Portable
    • Sufficient Mediocre

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Church use

    Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

    I'm sorry not to give a bunch of accalades. It is sufficient for using to amplify a keyboard in a group at church. I'm just dissappointed it didn't have better sound. Call me old fashioned if you wish, but these kinds of amp just had better sound in the early days (60's, 70's, 80's). This thing sounds thin, presets are noisy and just wish it had a warmer souns, and volume control on the MP3 input. It's okay.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Getting to the ID Core of things

    By Prosser man

    from St. Louis

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

      I'm a tube guy, and over the past couple of years, Blackstar have really become known to me, because a lot of my guitarist friends have recommended their stuff.
      The ID series first caught my eye using it's true valve power section to really give you a close version of a tube amp. After trying one of these amps, Blackstar caught my attention.
      The core 40 amp is a slightly different animal, in that it's a product for the home practice market which suits me down to the ground. I can't always drag my tube amp upstairs to jam!
      In the past I've had many small combos from all the big brands, and I always get bored pretty quick & get rid of them. The tone is always an issue for me.
      Blackatar nail it with this easy to use, full of tone little monster! I'll be checking their high end gear soon enough of theae products are anything to go by! Awesome

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Quiet 40 watts

      By Kmart

      from DenverCo.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Weak

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

      I bought this to replace my Vox VT20+ . I wasn't really happy with it's digital sound and I read the great reviews on the ID core amps. I bought it as a stupid deal and saved a lot. I really wanted to like this amp but after a-b-ing the two amps for a couple of days the Vox is just a better all around amp. The one thing about the ID core 40 is it's a very weak 40 watts. The 20 watt Vox is literally twice as loud. The Vox sells for less and is definitely built sturdier . Guess the Blackstar will be going back. Not a bad deal as a SDD but not worth the price they normally go for.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Mixed bag

      By N/A

      from Essex Ma

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

        Great idea. Still needs some work. This amp does some things really well. The clean warm and bright channels both sound good. The delay and reverb take you into ambient territory that sounds amazing and is quite unique. The crunch and super crunch are decent. Personally I don't care for the over drive channels. I prefer my Roland Cube for that. Also It has poor bass response with the small speakers and magnets. But on the plus side It sounds really good to play music through an I Pod or smart phone. I'm keeping it despite some limitations it is a lot of fun. If you can only afford one practice amp I would recommend choosing some thing else.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A tiny monster

        By SaxonStevo

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

          Having just moved to the US from London I no longer have access to my usual arsenal of Marshalls and so needed a small but beefy practice amp to tinker with. This Blackstar does the job remarkably well...
          OK, so it's a transistor amp and therefore will never be as warm as a tube amp but the EQ options on it bridge that gap better than most trannies I've used in the past. For it's size it is amazing the kind of tone you can get out of it.
          It's plenty loud enough too, and seems to thank you when you crank the gain up. The clean option produces a very Vox-esque vintage overdrive when driven hard whilst the higher gain channels go through just about everything from Brit Pop to Black Metal.
          The onboard FX seem to be pretty sweet and quite intuitive to use. Getting some basic delay and modulation is easy but the one drawback on this amp is the lack of control options on the amp itself meaning that fine tuning is a lot more difficult. I'm hoping that the Blackstar software will help cure this so that I can properly set the amp up.
          Finally, I'd read reviews from people saying this amp is tinny. It's not. Fine you don't get the same fat bass response you would out of a 4x12 but it is definitely a lot better than anything else in its size class. I've been playing through it with a mix of Gibsons, Fenders and a BC Rich and they all sound fine for home practice. I'd not want to gig with this by any stretch of the imagination, but at home it's absolutely perfect.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          best practice amp for the money

          By Dave

          from Boston

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • software

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

          would be 5 stars but the software took a lot of time and effort to work. I have 3 small tube practice amps and this sounds better overall because of the stereo effects.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best practice amp ever!!!

          By Chuck

          from Indiana

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Great for practice
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Practice
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

            Best practice amp ever! I use this amp to save mileage on my tube amps. It's great to just grab an axe and plug straight in. I get some very good tones out of this little amp. I've been micing it up at band practice and it sounds great and keeps me from carrying any heavy equipment.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good amp; not for recording!

            By Ultex

            from Reno, NV

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Weak

            Best Uses

              Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

              People are giving it negative reviews for it not being a good live amp or whatever, but please keep in mind that it IS a 40w amp. It's meant exclusively for practice. I probably wouldn't record with it, but as a practice amp, it is amazing!!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic value for a practice amp.

              By Ronbo

              from Tucson, AZ

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

                I have every major brand of amp from Marshall to Carvin to Mesa Boogie to Orange and all but the most exotic amps, such as Diesel. This little amp has all you need for a great sounding practice amp. And it plays mp3's or CD's with great clarity due to the "full range" speakers. If all you did was hook this up to your computer and use as a computer speaker system, it would be worth the price. So you can listen to a song you are learning and jam to it with the normal guitar amp features. It has a tuner and very adequate effects to powder your tone. Decide which size you need and choose either the 10, the 20 or this 40. Love it!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A very nice amp

                By Corv12

                from Gilbert Az

                About Me Novice

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

                  If you need an amp that is simple to use and sounds fantastic, this is it!
                  The effects section is very good.The two clean settings are excellent, the crunch settings will give any distortion you need and the od. settings are great for the metal guys.
                  But the best part of this amp is the stereo sound. Excellent for such a small amp!

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Short time owner. Very satisfied now.

                  By Teddy Frank

                  from Savannah, GA

                  About Me Novice

                  See all my reviews

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

                    Would be adequate for small venue through microphone

                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Buy USB cable to access tone controls

                    By Jazzin

                    from Michigan

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Portable

                    Cons

                    • Limited Bass Response
                    • Not A Performance Amp
                    • Usb Cable Not Included

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home practice amp
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

                    Don't forget to purchase a USB cable for PC editing of your patches. You can't even adjust the tone controls without one. For the next generation ID:Core, might as well put all the controls (except for volume and patch selection) into PC/Mac software and eliminate a few more mechanical controls.

                    The sound can be quite good at limited volumes as long as you are willing to edit the tone/gain/etc. with your PC/Mac.

                    Don't expect to get a full bass tone (like Fender) as the smallish speakers will distort at modest to loud volumes. A subwoofer addition to the cabinet would also be an ideal next-generation method to eliminate the distortion but keep the amp small and portable. Should be doable at the street price.

                    I could recommend this as a practice amp, along with the Mustang V.2 series which has more tone control without needing a USB connection.

                     
                    4.0

                    Absolutely no information or instructions I bought this new

                    By BC

                    from San Diego co.

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Use

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

                      This is my only amp. Being a novice I asked the players at guitar center which is best for me they all agreed on this amp. It's to complicated for me but on the factory setting I like the sound quality I guess for the price it's ok I would recommend this only for the price

                       
                      5.0

                      This thing is a bad A practice amp.

                      By Yeti Guitard

                      from klamath falls, oregon

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Portable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • practice amp, usb input.

                        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

                        THis amp is killer, huge tone for the size and weight. Excellent practice amp and I'll try it at smaller gigs. With or without a mic. I wish it wasn't sealed so I could toss a cord in back, but that's probably how they hold the magic inside. Carry strap makes it so portable.

                         
                        4.0

                        Great practice amp

                        By Will

                        from Iowa

                        About Me Experienced

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Portable

                        Cons

                        • Ease of use on computer

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

                        Great tone for size. Effects are great and in stereo. Had trouble with getting it to work on the computer but i purchased it for all the reasons besides the computer hookup. If you really want the computer function you might want to know alot about computers or try that function right away before its too late to return.

                         
                        5.0

                        ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp

                        By haivacam

                        from Herndon VA

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Portable

                        Cons

                        • Limited Functions
                        • Strap too short
                        • Weak

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

                        They should build-in battery compartment or adapter jack to use with battery power pack.

                         
                        5.0

                        Solid compact product

                        By Len

                        from Syracuse NY

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

                            I own four twin twelve amps for performing and was looking
                            for something small to practice with at home - I own a Peavy
                            twin ten stereo chorus amp and really like the expanded
                            sound - This Blackstar has that same sound and is much
                            more compact and portable - A solid purchase and I could
                            not be happier

                             
                            5.0

                            Great little combo amp...

                            By AR

                            from Hawaii

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Blackstar ID:Core 40W Stereo Guitar Combo Amp:

                              Never used a Blackstar amp before but heard positive things. I have an old Fender. I was very surprised by the sound quality coming from this small 40W combo. The various effects controls are a plus and for the price, you can't go wrong.

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