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This cream-colored ID:CORE Stereo 10 is a 2x5W ultimate entry-level guitar amplifier. Incredible tone and flexibility is accessed by a simple and int...Click To Read More About This Product

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Get amazing tone and versatility from this eye-catching cream combo.

This cream-colored ID:CORE Stereo 10 is a 2x5W 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
  • Power: 10W
  • Single input
  • Six voice options
  • Controls: EQ knob, volume, gain, channel/voice select, effects select, effects level, tap tempo
  • FX: 12 stereo FX — delay, reverb, mod
  • Aux. input
  • Emulated headphone output
  • Super Wide Stereo: Gives you an immersive sound experience that'll have you playing along to your MP3 backing tracks for hours
  • 12 built-in 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
  • Cream color scheme

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BlackstarID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (18)

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    (3)

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    (1)

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    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)
  • Good power output (3)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

An amp well worth the money!

Rarely do I write reviews on Musicians Friend but feel compelled to do one on this amp. I have quite a few amps from a dual stack Jet City, Vox, Mesa/Boogie and...Read complete review

Rarely do I write reviews on Musicians Friend but feel compelled to do one on this amp. I have quite a few amps from a dual stack Jet City, Vox, Mesa/Boogie and others. I just wanted to a small amp to practice on and to not lug around my bigger amps to church.
The cleans on this amp are drop dead gorgeous. The crunch is really, really good. You can also manually make your own settings and save them. I don't know how Blackstar did it in getting such good sounds out of such a small package. I purchased mine here via Stupid Deal of the Day so I got mine as a real steal.
If you want an amp that can be mic'd up to or just play in your bedroom, go for it! Seriously, you won't be sad you did. No one paid me for this review. I don't work for Musicians Friend or any music retailer.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Blackstar ID Core 10 Ltd Edition Cream 10Watt Combo Amp

I found I had to turn the volume knob up to "9:00 o'clock" before I got any sound. At first I thought it was my cord or my guitar,...Read complete review

I found I had to turn the volume knob up to "9:00 o'clock" before I got any sound. At first I thought it was my cord or my guitar, but it was the same on all guitars. I then tried to gradually up the volume know and it responds only when you get to about a quarter of the way around the dial (the 9:00 o'clock position). Don't know if that ultimately means I'm not getting all the volume it should be capable of or if it's just poor sensitivity of the volume pot between the zero and 6:00 o'clock positions. Can't recommend the amp due to the volume anomaly.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An amp well worth the money!

By TonyN

from Michigan

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Pros

  • Really nice sounds!

Cons

  • Can't think of any cons.

Best Uses

    Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

    Rarely do I write reviews on Musicians Friend but feel compelled to do one on this amp. I have quite a few amps from a dual stack Jet City, Vox, Mesa/Boogie and others. I just wanted to a small amp to practice on and to not lug around my bigger amps to church.
    The cleans on this amp are drop dead gorgeous. The crunch is really, really good. You can also manually make your own settings and save them. I don't know how Blackstar did it in getting such good sounds out of such a small package. I purchased mine here via Stupid Deal of the Day so I got mine as a real steal.
    If you want an amp that can be mic'd up to or just play in your bedroom, go for it! Seriously, you won't be sad you did. No one paid me for this review. I don't work for Musicians Friend or any music retailer.

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    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great sounding amp!

    Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

    Plenty of small amps get loud but don't deliver on good sound quality. Somehow this amp manages to produce some great bottom-end/full tones that, and it gets pretty loud too. The effects sound really good without sounding "artificial". I don't plan on using the USB, etc. but those features sound pretty useful.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great value!

    By RonnieB

    from Austin,TX

    Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

    For the price and what this amp delivers, it can't be beat - hands down! If you're in the market for a practice amp with a great variety of tones and even the ability to DI for credible recording (seriously!), get this. If you're a beginner you'll find this plenty loud enough and you'll be spoilt for built-in effects. I wish they had these *years* ago when I was starting out. I have a larger amp (that Boogies) but use this to keep the peace at home. A no brainer.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Well worth the price

    By Paulp

    from Florida

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

      I shopped for months for a modeling amp and compared this to the Line 6, Peavey, Fender, Vox and even Roland cube amps, well this amp sounds so much better. I would highly recommend. I paired this with a Gibson Les Paul and it pretty much covers everything you would need for a home amp.

       
      5.0

      Small box, small price, great sound!

      By CKlev1

      from Carbondale, IL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

          I just use this for practice, but could totally use it in a small venue if I chose to do so. It has more features than I thought it would.

           
          5.0

          The best money I've spent in years

          By Carl

          from Woodville, Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bedroom amp
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

            I needed a small combo amp to keep bedside in my bedroom for night time playing - I have a thinline acoustic that was lacking a little in projection and bass, so I began a search for a quality affordable amp. What really appealed to me the most about this amp was the stereo speakers, and it had really good reviews. On sale I figured I couldn't miss - I was more than pleasantly surprised.

            This little amp took my average six string acoustic from a decent sounding guitar to a beautifully resonant, booming and crystal clear chiming guitar. The stereo set up even makes the output of the amp sound and feel like it's coming directly from my guitar sound hole. It took a few minutes for me to figure out the "Manual" and pre-set tone/effect/drive options, but it went quickly. I easily dialed in a great sounding ZZ Top-style fuzz, and really dreamy combination of modulation, delay and reverb.

            Speaking of the effects, these are the best sounding built-in amp effects I've ever experienced. On top of the massive stereo sound and great effects, I just love how this amp looks.

            I wouldn't hesitate to buy anything made by Blackstar.

             
            5.0

            Great Around The House Amp

            By Road Dog

            from Midwest

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

                Perfect for those that want a good house/apartment amp. Like others I have bigger and much more expensive amps but this is my go to for home jamming. I've plugged my phone or tablet in and noodled to blues and rock backing tracks many nights. The tone is great. Has plenty of volume and controls are easy to use like the other two ID series amps I own.

                 
                5.0

                Great little amp!!!

                By JaytheBird

                from Blue Island, IL

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                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home recording
                    • Jamming
                    • Practice

                    Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

                    I saw this amp as one of the Stupid Deals of the day at MF. I had BS points from a guitar I had purchased. I said "why not?". I tried it at a local guitar store and I really liked the way it sounded. So, I bought it. I am so glad I did!! It is such a versatile and great sounding little amp. The stereo sound and all of the pre-set effects makes this amp so awesome!! Plus, you can download more effects from Blackstar! Plus, there are many more features. It basically eliminates the need for any pedals! If you cant find a good personal sound from this amp, then you are impossible to please! Keep in mind that this amp is just a practice amp. So, unfortunately you can't gig with it, but they do make larger watt models if that's what you would need this type of amp to do. The stereo sound pushes air and gives it a surround sound feel. I have high ceilings in my apartment with wood floors and that makes it sound even better!! Like butta!!!! If you're on the fence, jump off and get it!! You won't be disappointed!! Blackstar hit a homerun with this! Because of this, I will look at other Blackstar amps for future purchases.

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                    5.0

                    Great Practice Amp

                    By Mark P

                    from Dunstable, MA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

                    I picked up the Blackstar ID core 10 on a Stupid Deal of the Day. The special price made it a really sweet deal but I think even at the regular price it would be hard to beat the value. The small Peavey I've had for many many years just up and croaked on me recently, and although I didn't feel an urgent need for a replacement, I kept seeing all these variations on the small practice amp theme, and when I found the Blackstar advertised on the Stupid Deal, I decided it was time to see what a newer amp had to offer - something to keep upstairs for practicing in the study as opposed to the larger amp in the basement "band room." Also thought it might be handy for home demo recording, eliminating the need to hook up multiple pedals to my digital portastudio.
                    I've had it for a little over a week, and the ID Core 10 has met my needs and my expectations. It took me a couple of minutes to work out the onboard voices & effects. Although the paperwork that comes with the amp is really minimal, the effects mechanisms are pretty intuitive. Nice crunch and overdrive, big wallowing plate reverb, decent tremolo - all at your fingertips with the twist & push of a few simple knobs & buttons.
                    I have yet to do a USB hookup to download additional patches from the Blackstar website, but that's my next move. I have done some demo recording with it - just line out from the 1/8 phones jack, converti on the other end to a 1/4, and right into my Tascam recorder. Sounds great.
                    Very happy with this purchase so far, and hope to be better educated and doing more with it soon.

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                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Blackstar ID Core 10 Ltd Edition Cream 10Watt Combo Amp

                    By Norm

                    from NJ

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

                    I found I had to turn the volume knob up to "9:00 o'clock" before I got any sound. At first I thought it was my cord or my guitar, but it was the same on all guitars. I then tried to gradually up the volume know and it responds only when you get to about a quarter of the way around the dial (the 9:00 o'clock position). Don't know if that ultimately means I'm not getting all the volume it should be capable of or if it's just poor sensitivity of the volume pot between the zero and 6:00 o'clock positions. Can't recommend the amp due to the volume anomaly.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    Fun Little Gadget!

                    By D.T.F.M.

                    from Great S.W. Desert

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                    Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

                    I bought this on a whim when MF was blowing them out as the SDOTD.
                    I figured for less than the cost of a mid priced pedal I'd give it a try.
                    I'm pleasantly surprised! It's a cool little amp. Well worth to price.
                    I have 2 tube amps that I use in a band situation that I play on regular basis in my man cave, but I can carry this little guy around the house and on the patio, plug it in and rock out.
                    You can get cool tones and some not so cool tones w/ all the tweaking you can do on this amp.
                    I tend to play it at low volumes and the stereo sounds pretty cool.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Great first amp for a little kid...or big kid.

                    By Gord

                    from Nashville, Tennessee

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

                    Used a MF DOD to score a great deal on this Blackstar ID 10 in the cream color. The amp looks great and sounds really good, albeit with volume limitations. No real cons, I expect it to be reliable.

                    I'd recommend searching YouTube to find a good instructional video on how to use the onboard effects. There is shortcut sheet provided, but it was a bit difficult for me to decipher.

                    Nice small lightweight amp, perfect for my 7yo son's size. He can carry it easily. It looks great, lots of features, and it sounds good.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                     
                    4.0

                    Not perfect emulation but doesn't matter! FUN LITTLE AMP!!

                    By James, the Dean Guy!

                    from San Diego, CA

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Great bargain
                    • Nice effects
                    • Stereo

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

                        I bought this for a practice amp to have in my bedroom so when I feel like getting in some practice time it's always at the ready. (I have a vintage Marshall stack out in my rehearsal studio, but who wants to burn tubes and gobs of electricity for practicing.) For this purpose it's a great little amp. My only tiny complaint is that if you're hoping this is going to sound close to an actual tube amp, you're going to be disappointed. I wasn't because I didn't expect it to. I think even the models in my old PODxt sound better, frankly. Now, that said, it's good enough and with the true stereo sound and nice effects you'll still feel inspired. For example, nearly 3 hours ago I was going to go to sleep. Then I felt guilty because I hadn't really done much playing today, so I told myself that I'd just do about 15 minutes of practice and then crash out. I fired up this amp to my favorite lead/shred preset with some stereo delay and started playing. I JUST NOW STOPPED!! Even with the less-than-convincing tube modeling, this amp still manages to make practicing fun! I got it on a Stupid Deal sale and it was worth every penny!!

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                        5.0

                        Wow!

                        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

                        The only thing small about this amp is its dimensions. I bought this on a whim because I wanted to see how Blackstar performs in its most basic form (my first Blackstar). And, I like to have a practice amp in every room possible. I'm very impressed. Small amps used to always have a "thin" sound. Not the case with this one. The sound is full and the effects lend a lot of diversity without sounding contrived or cheesy. I would guess that mic-ing this amp and running through a p.a. would certainly be plausible. The sound is that good. It does get loud too. I haven't had it over 4. The computer line in/out is a bonus, although I can't comment on that since I don't anticipate using that feature. I'm so impressed I ordered a Fly & extension for the bedroom!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Outstanding "inside voice" amp. Lots of surprising features

                        By Tim in Phoenix

                        from Phoenix, AZ, USA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Features
                        • Sound
                        • Versatility

                        Cons

                        • Amp controls aren't obvious
                        • Some features only available in Insider app

                        Best Uses

                        • Practice amp
                        • Recording amp
                        • Small rooom amp

                        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

                        This is replacing an older Fender Princeton as my "Inside Voice" practice amp/

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        1.0

                        Blackstar deathstar

                        By Fred

                        from Monterey, CA

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

                        Was very excited about this portable amp but the sound was ver fake to me!

                         
                        5.0

                        Outstanding product!

                        By SNA2STL

                        from USA

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

                        Perfect size, sound, and quality.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                         
                        4.0

                        Fun little practice amp.

                        By Jackhamer

                        from LA

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • portable, light, wide sound and versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

                            I grabbed this off the "Deal of the Day" and for the price, it's just great.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            why would you not have one?

                            By Benjaminsnoize

                            from sarasota,fl

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

                            I was very skeptical due to the low cost but this little amp rules Blackstar hit this one out of the park

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                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            ID Core stereo 10

                            By buck

                            from tampabay area FL

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 Limited Edition Cream 10W Combo Guitar Amplifier:

                            Great product so far. Small, but cool as hill looking; seriously. People look it over an wonder at the sound it can provide. Nice little piece of work BlackStar. (Mine is creme. The bestest colour of all. < grin>)

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