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  • 40-watt tube combo amp
  • 2xECC83, 2xEL34
  • 2 footswitchable channels
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The Blackstar HT Club 40's highly flexible 2-channel design features a comprehensive control set, yet it is simple and intuitive to use.

Equipped with 2 channels and 4 modes the Blackstar HT Club 40 is an ideal gigging tube amp for club-sized venues. The 40W EL34-driven power amplifier has amazing punch and dynamics that will easily cut through in a full band situation. Switching to the amazing overdrive channel—equipped with ISF (Infinite Shape Feature)—accesses 2 more modes: 'classic crunch' and 'super saturated lead.'

The Clean Channel on the Blackstar Venue tube amp has 2 modes, 'boutique' and 'modern' and its own Tone control provides a wide range of clean tones. The Voice switch reconfigures both the preamplifier voicing and gain structure, and the power amplifier damping, to reproduce either ringing Class A Performance in the 'boutique' mode, or very clean and tight Class AB tones in the 'modern' setting.

The Overdrive Channel has its own EQ section and a Voice switch that allows the character of the channel to be changed, providing a wide variety of overdriven tones.

The channel is characterized by a tone that's high in gain, but lacks any of the detached top-end 'fizz' often found in similar designs. This is a result of unique preamplifier and power amplifier shaping techniques, which cleans up the overdrive beautifully as the guitar volume is reduced. Even at the most extreme settings, the overdrive channel remains natural sounding. The ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) control is unique to Blackstar Amplification and represents a major step forward in tone shaping flexibility. The Blackstar amplifier's ISF control shifts the response of the 3-control tone stack between a US-type response at one end, and at the other a UK-type response. The tube amp provides an infinite number of alternative tone choices in between the 2 extremes that would be otherwise unavailable.

The Blackstar HT Club 40 tube amp also features a completely natural sounding digital reverb, which is outstandingly musical on both clean and crunch tones. A Dark/Bright switch allows the overall reverb characteristics to be modified to suit different tastes and playing styles.

Features

  • 40-watt tube combo amp
  • 2xECC83, 2xEL34
  • 2 footswitchable channels
  • 12" Celestion speaker
  • Enhanced tone controls
  • Patent-Applied for Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Clean voice switch
  • Overdrive voice switch
  • Master volume
  • Digital reverb with dark/bright switch
  • Speaker emulated output
  • Effects loop
  • 2-way footswitch included
 

Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

  • Power (RMS): 40 watts
  • Tubes: 2 x ECC83, 2 x EL34
  • Weight: 53-4/5 lb.
  • Dimensions: 24-2/5" x 22-1/3" x 11-7/10"
  • Footswitch: FS-5 supplied
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BlackstarVenue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (16)
  • Good power output (13)
  • Warm / comfy (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Portable (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (13)
    • Home studio (10)
    • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Professional recording (9)
    • Amateur recording (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12), Professional musician (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing - for lack of a better word

    This is an amazing, amazing amp. For the price I paid and with Musician's Friend's unsurpassed customer service, this guitar amp is all I ever wanted and all I ever needed - until...Read complete review

    This is an amazing, amazing amp. For the price I paid and with Musician's Friend's unsurpassed customer service, this guitar amp is all I ever wanted and all I ever needed - until I get the money for Mesa Boogie Mark V | that's what I am comparing it to. Powerful bass, distortion, brilliant clean tone, ease of use. I am literally blown away. I can't believe I have not bought this amp sooner. Sold my Fender Blues Junior without a heart beat; this is the way to go!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A very expensive bench.

    Purchased a Blackstar amp new and it sounded wonderful! I was VERY impressed. Until it broke

    I replaced the tubes, but that wasn't the problem so I decided to have it...Read complete review

    Purchased a Blackstar amp new and it sounded wonderful! I was VERY impressed. Until it broke

    I replaced the tubes, but that wasn't the problem so I decided to have it looked at. Almost impossible to find a service center, and the dealer would steer me to the wrong people. It is still in the process of being fixed, and i plan to sell it when it is

    It's not worth your time or money to buy a blackstar product. please don't just take my word for it- look around and you will find many other people with these problems (try finding a schematic for the ... thing)

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    5.0

    Great Amp for Rock and Southern Rock

    By Beejay

    from Santa Babara, Ca.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Stock Speaker

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I have played guitar for over forty years now and this amp is the best sounding, most versatile amps I've ever owned, period. I will say that to achieve the total sound package I wanted I put new tubes in and replaced the speaker with an old Celestian Vintage 30 speaker. This combo amp, once mod'd,is easily comparable to a Marshall at two to three times the price. Also with the ISF control it's much more tunable to different styles of play. As a reference I play a PRS DGT guitar with this amp and they work great together.

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    1.0

    A very expensive bench.

    By Chris

    from Evansville, Indiana

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

      Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Purchased a Blackstar amp new and it sounded wonderful! I was VERY impressed. Until it broke

      I replaced the tubes, but that wasn't the problem so I decided to have it looked at. Almost impossible to find a service center, and the dealer would steer me to the wrong people. It is still in the process of being fixed, and i plan to sell it when it is

      It's not worth your time or money to buy a blackstar product. please don't just take my word for it- look around and you will find many other people with these problems (try finding a schematic for the ... thing)

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Jack of All Trades!

      By DannyC85

      from Miami, FL

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        To get down to the nitty gritty, this amp is indeed a jack of all trades. Both the clean and OD channels are versatile, but throwing the ISF feature in the mix allows you to own multiple amps in one with this bad boy. Sometimes I spend hours just dialing in to so many different sounds and tones. How many amps make you feel like doing that? A lot of amps out there are one-trick ponies. The HT Club 40 packs so much versatility that going back to a Marshall, Orange or any other amp suddenly doesn't seem cost-efficient anymore. It comes with a footswitch for switching channels and reverb. Distortion sounds nice and dirty without being noisy. The ISF feature IS A GAME CHANGER. Once you try it, you won't want to use any other amp that doesn't have ISF. Also, the voice channels are another standout feature, adding that extra punch and shape you desire.

        The only real con I have about the amp is the weight, but can we really call that a con? It's beyond functional and that's what's important. Best of luck if you have a 2 floor house like I do, because carrying it up and down the stairs is a mission.

        If you're looking to add a cab to it, go with the HTV-112. It's the perfect match for this amp and adds that low-end punch it needs.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Amp!!

        By Bcampbell33

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I absolutely love this amp, although, I did find the stock Celestion Seventy 80 to be thin. I upgraded the speaker to an Eminence Governor and it really thickened up the tone. Both the clean and high gain channels can be dialed in nicely and it takes pedals really well. I recently was offered a Mesa Boogie Rectoverb as an even trade and after comparing the two, there was NO way I would ever make that trade. With that being said, I loved the Rectoverb, but the HT40 w/ the Governor was just better in my opinion.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Unsuspected great jazz combo!

            By Diego

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth

            Cons

            • heavy

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Jazz
            • Performances

            Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Great amp for those who need mostly one sound, two at the most, in a live situation. Considering the price, this is the perfect small combo jazz amp.
            Extremely versatile and quiet, it's very useful for home semi-professional recordings.
            Good job guys!

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            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            BEST AMP I EVER OWNED

            By ballzar

            from Wisconsin

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              I have been playing for over 40 years and probaby have owned that same number of amps over time. Even the best amps I owned always had one little thing that bugged me about them. (one trick pony, too many knobs, too heavy, soggy bottom, bla bla) This amp is a swiss army knife of tone. The clean channel is like a Twin on steroids, yet it breaks up nicely at higher levels like a vintage marshall. Each channel has two modes, and you can do everything from chicken picken to drop tune metal. The gain channel is varied and has all the gain you could ever want. If you know what youre going for TIGHT BOTTOM END!! Reverb is great. Plenty loud for stage use, sounds great miked up at all levels. Read the other reviews and check out some of the demos on youtube. Plus, it's a light single 12" combo, and at my age, I'm not haulin heavy gear anymore. Congrats, Blackstar!

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              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The most balanced amp ever!

              By McFly

              from Mississippi

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                This amp has it all: power, overdrive, creamy clean, and versatility. I play mostly blues and some classic rock. I've never owned an amp as balanced as this one - and its affordable. Four R&D guys left Marshall to create this amp. Nothing bad I can say. I love this Blackstar!

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                swiss army amp

                By mike c

                from Gardiner, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  This is a fantastic amplifier with many different sounds. You can pretty much make it sound like any amp you want to suit your playing style. And sure is loud too!

                  This amp looks like it will last a long time. Definately worth every penny.

                  Thanks Blackstar!

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Unbelievable! A must buy!

                  By Auzzy Woo Woo

                  from Lexington, OH-IO!!!

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    Wow!!! Was I blown away! At first I was highly skeptical being as Blackstar is not as big of a brand as marshall or fender, so I went on their website. The dudes who make these amps are PAST MARSHALL EMPLOYEES! And you can clearly hear that because of this amps awesome FAT TONE. This thing is incredible. With its distortion channel you won't need a pedal. The "I.S.F" nob
                    allows you to find your unique sound. It has literally ruined distortion pedals for me. Go from crazy punchy attack to bluesy bassy fat tone, and a crystal clear clean channel. YOU'VE GOTTA CHECK THESE AMPS OUT!!! I'M A BLACKSTAR GUY NOW!!! AND YOU CAN BE TOO!!!
                    P.s. I bought the 2x12 140w extension cab... just cause you can never have to much power! haha

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Just buy it

                    By Louddog

                    from Indy

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                      I was looking for a small, tube amp that would produce quality high gain metal tones for recording. This is it.
                      No distortion pedals needed. So many tones from classic rock to modern chunk and beyond.Very quiet. Do yourself a favor and go to your local guitar store and test one out. You will love it. Quality built, reasonable price. These amps are fantastic.

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