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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...Read More

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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

SPECIFICATIONS

Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp

  • 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

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (22)
  • Good power output (19)
  • Warm / comfy (18)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • Portable (12)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (18)
  • Home studio (16)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
  • Professional recording (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (7)

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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Best Looking Worse Sounding Amp

I bought the Special Edition version with the vintage 30 spkr. size wise its about 2-3" taller than a Fender Blues Deluxe.Clean is super clean with no warmth. this amp sounds...Read complete review

I bought the Special Edition version with the vintage 30 spkr. size wise its about 2-3" taller than a Fender Blues Deluxe.Clean is super clean with no warmth. this amp sounds like its a solid state on steroids.Easily an ear bleeder(perfect for Neil Young or Keith Richards tunes) bottom end mushy.reverb although two types either just gets ok. nothing like a real spring unit. Od is a joke.. thin buzzy so unnatural.Again sounds like a solid state amp and a very inexpensive one at that. so dissapointed really wanted this to be a super amp as i love how it looks. I tried running an eq through the fx loop and it got slightly better but just could not find the sweetspot got close on the clean channel but the od...forget it. A wise man once said buy with your ears not your eyes...I shouldve taken that advice..mines for sale CHEAP!!

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1.0

Best Looking Worse Sounding Amp

By Johncart-xzpyk

from Western Ma.

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful

Cons

  • heavy
  • Nasty Od
  • Overdrive Is Thin Buzzy
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Sterile
  • Synthetic Sounding Od

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

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

I bought the Special Edition version with the vintage 30 spkr. size wise its about 2-3" taller than a Fender Blues Deluxe.Clean is super clean with no warmth. this amp sounds like its a solid state on steroids.Easily an ear bleeder(perfect for Neil Young or Keith Richards tunes) bottom end mushy.reverb although two types either just gets ok. nothing like a real spring unit. Od is a joke.. thin buzzy so unnatural.Again sounds like a solid state amp and a very inexpensive one at that. so dissapointed really wanted this to be a super amp as i love how it looks. I tried running an eq through the fx loop and it got slightly better but just could not find the sweetspot got close on the clean channel but the od...forget it. A wise man once said buy with your ears not your eyes...I shouldve taken that advice..mines for sale CHEAP!!

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5.0

Good Tone

By MrGuitarJoeD

from Massachusetts

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Pros

  • Flexable

Cons

  • Speaker

Best Uses

  • Practice
  • Small Gig

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

I've owned this amp for about a month now and overall I'm pretty pleased with it.The mode switch on the clean channel takes you from a class a style tone to an a/b type.In class a mode with the volume turned up you get nice break up.And with the master volume you can keep the volume down fairly well. I've never played an amp that broke up at this low a volume.In a/b mode the channel is configured for less gain with much more headroom and bottom end.The class a mode is very useful. It gets a good sound for blues,country or some rock.It reminds me of a small older Fender.The class a/b mode sounds like the cleans on a more modern Fender like the Blues Deluxe.On the distortion channel the mode switch toggles between two different gain voicings, one more aggresive and midy than the other.The range of gain is useful through most the knob.The note definition remains decent in it's upper gain range also.The ISP knob takes you from a more American(Fender,Mesa) tone to a more English(Vox,Marshall).Toward the English side the tone is woody like an older Vox.The reverb was not as bad as I thought it would be either.It has a dark/light switch for the reverb on the back.I like the dark setting.I looked at the 20 watt models and they don't have the mode switches or the reverb switch.Something to consider.The stock speaker is o.k. but I've been experimenting with other speakers.Over all a good amp.

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5.0

Great for practice or small gigs.

By Keith

from North Dakota

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Flexible

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Practice
    • Small Clubs

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

    Purchased this as my first large tube amp after buying an HT-5R. The ISF feature really does make a difference in the sound, was able to sound pretty close to my buddy's Marshall by turning it all the way to the British side, although I liked the knob at around 1:00. Plenty of volume on tap, and even more if you connect a cab to it, although the gain stops just short of getting a decent metal tone without using an Overdrive pedal of some sort. This amp works great for recording, and the emulated out works very well for what it is. It works great in the practice room, but I haven't used it on stage and there's a reason for that.

    Now it was my first large tube amp, so I'll admit I'm still learning, but one thing this amp doesn't appear to have is clean headroom. The amp really starts to break up once the volume is around 6. For my purposes it wouldn't work as I need a very crystal clean channel. That said, if you want a solid versatile amp and like a nice amount of breakup in your sound, this is definitely a solid choice. I've kept it as a backup and as a way to get a wide variety of tones on my recordings. Absolutely worth the money.

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    5.0

    Yes, it is the sound in your head!

    By tap

    from connecticut

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      Have owned lots of amplifiers over the past 50 years. Played through even more. Having six left, 3 marshalls, peavey, twin, line 6, it took me two years to finally purchase the HT 40. The one issue is why I didn't do it two years ago. This sound is so amazing. Each channel and control has its own personality and distinction for its' tone. The ISF is so cool and the 2 reverbs add even more depth. This is an amp that needs to be experienced and strongly considered in this price range and beyond. I only have owned this for a week so I cannot attest to its longevity but the quality it exhibits provides insight that it will last. There are plenty of examples of its sound on youtube but you should experience it first hand with your style and your guitar.

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      5.0

      Dial it in for each venue, and YES!

      By Murf-oR36a

      from Hagerstown, MD

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Crushes Lesser Products
      • Doesn't Suck
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Lighter Than A 4x12 Cab
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Feat Of Strength
      • Roadie Not Included

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Impressing Tone Snobs
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • World Domination

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

      I play in a 90's Alternative/Grunge Rock cover band. I find myself in some ocassions in which I have to play un-mic'd, with my 4x12 Marshall. The weight of that beast (4 Celestion Vintage 30's) is soul-crushing. I wanted something I could carry in for situations in which I was mic'd.

      I have found my amp. It took me a while to learn, you can't expect this to sound like a half-stack. I know that sounds stupid, but it takes a little getting used to that idea when using it at shows.

      This amp has a character to it that is hard to describe, and totally tweakable. In fact, I would say that the controls are tab bit sensitive.

      In short, if you are looking for a stage amp to be mic'd, featuring a viscous freaking tube snarl and volume you can get a hold of, then this is your amp.

      And yes, this amp is very loud. I haven't had it above 1.5 in live situations while being mic'd, and had the drummer frowning and complaining to me during. Man, I can't think of a situation in which a serious buyer might turn this thing above maybe 2.5. I mean, I was young once, and like loud guitars and all, (still do!, obviously) but sheesh. The thing does feedback. Like, a good bit. I use a Decimator, but, minus that--and even using that--I have found it to be a very "musical" type of feedback, easily controlled. Quite useful in certain situations.

      I used this forum to check this amp out, and want to report my happy result. If you plan to play an outdoor show or some un-mic'd naked girl frat party, invite me--but stick to your 4x12. I do. But, if you're being mic'd for a show, or have practice, save yourself some back pain, and bring this thingie with a stand.

      Fantastic tube snarl, even with the overdrive at like 1:00, which is where I keep it on this. I'm not much into clean tones, but they sound fine.

      I wanted to go with Marshall, but have had bad experiences with like 3 amps in a row. I am pleased with my Blackstar purchase. I've received good feedback from the audiences that have heard it--like 6 months now. If you take the time to tweak it, and you do have to tailor it to every room--it will just sing for you.

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      4.0

      Well worth the money.

      By guitarplayer369

      from Florence, KY

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      Pros

      • Comes With A Footswitch
      • Comes With A Stand
      • Easy To Use
      • Emulated Out
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • A Little Heavy
      • Speaker Is Very Trebly

      Best Uses

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

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

      I got this through another vender. When I was choosing between this amp and a Marshall DSL40 I chose this one because it had less knobs to mess with, an emulated out for digital recording and going straight into a mixing board without any issues, less tubes to mess with and it's a closed back for tighter bass response.

      The layout is very simple. It has 2 channels and each channel has two voicings. On the clean channel it's just a simple volume and tone knob. You might think that just one tone knob would be useless. Actually I could easily get a decent tone from that and if I change to the overdrive channel I didn't have to change it's 3 band EQ on the other channel so that works for me. It has 2 preamp tubes and 2 power tubes. You may think that since the Marshall has 4 preamp tubes it would be better. Actually the Blackstar HT40 uses a mosfet phase inverter instead of a 12AX7(or a ECC83) so that's 2 less tubes to have to change if somethings goes bad and anyone that uses tubes amp knows that good preamp tubes do add up if you have to replace them. I noticed because of this I get very little background noise and a great clean channel.

      Being guitarist that plays mostly metal I found that the overdrive channel alone can do the job, but I wanted more headroom so I put a 7 band EQ in front of the amp as a signal boost and I get a killer distortion tone with great note definition and no "can of bees" affect. This amp also has two reverbs and you can find the switch in the back. It has a light and dark reverb. I prefer the dark reverb because it sounds more natural to me, but to each their own.

      I like that it has an effects loop with a knob for adjusting the level you want in the mix, an emulated out for digital recording and/or going into a PA system or mixing board with no issues. It has a 4, 8 and 16 OHM connection options for external speakers.

      The speaker for any of you interested has a Celestion Seventy 80 in it. The problem with that speaker is it has a lot of high end and not the best bass response. After playing it for over a month and tweaking the sound the speaker broke in a bit and wasn't that bad. I wouldn't mind getting an extention cabinet for a fuller sound. A lot of people talk about putting in a new speaker instead. I think that'd be a waste of money. I tried running my 5150 cab through this amp and it sounded sweet. That cab is already attached to a 5150 combo so I'm just going to get a separate decent 2x12 now.

      With all the pros and cons I don't regret this purchase. I'm not going to say who this amp is best suited for though I believe you could play almost any genre of music with it. It's a purchase I don't regret and my advise is if you don't want to take my word for it go on YT and check out sound clips or go to a local music store and try it out. That's how I decided on it. No use tone chasing.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great sounds, great amp

      By Kevin

      from Seattle

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • 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:

        I have been playing guitar for around seven years or so and I used to play peaveys mostly. I went into guitarcenter looking for a new amp (I went there so I could test out amps before I bought one). I went through every single tube amp they had, marshalls, fenders, peaveys you name it! When I plugged into the blackstar club 40 I instantly fell in love and ended up getting it. I have had it for about 6 months and it is everything you would every need in an amp! It also comes with a foot-switch so you can turn the reverb on and off and switch from the overdrive to clean channels. The amp has a cool ISF knob that is really cool and makes the amp very versatile. The amp gets very loud and sounds great at low and high volumes.

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        5.0

        Keeps up with my Soldano head/Mesa 2x12

        By doub13

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Professional Musician

        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:

          I have played a Soldano Hot Rod 50 xl through a Mesa 2x12, Soldano 4x12 or Marshal 4x12 for my core tone for over 17 years. I sometimes run it in stereo with a Music Man HD 2x12 combo or a Marshal head into a Stereo cabinet. I have used many other amps, I love the East Amplifiers and would have bought one if I had more time to save money. As it is, this amp will go to my gigs and studio sessions for quite some time now instead of the Soldano/Mesa. I use a Fulltone GT500 for boost and drive and a Keeley 2 knob compressor as main tone shapers into the clean channel, usually with the shape switch in for the most clean headroom.

          After having the amp for 2 days, I decided it was time to test it in the studio and on stage, fortunately I had both booked on a Sunday and I must say I am incredibly happy. In the Studio I went straight into the amp and dialed in a Ch 2 setting, Class A, not too saturated of a tone and used that sound for clean rhythms with a PRS NF3, adjusting the volume knob on the guitar down to about 6. When it was lead time, I changed nothing except the volume knob and the engineer adjusted the mic gain accordingly. I played for 1 hour and tracked an entire rhythm track and 2 leads without touching anything but the guitar volume. The studio is located in the Baltimore Amp Museum, I had literally 100 amps to choose from and the owner loved the way the Blackstar sounded.

          Next, to the stage. I carried my amp and guitar to my car and drove to my 4pm gig. Armed with my PRS 98 Custom 22, I got a darker sound on stage than the NF3 was giving me in the studio. At this point I had my pedals and ended up keeping the boost section of the Fulltone on most of the show, however I probably could have set the switch on the clean ch out and gotten the same effect since it gives a little hair around the edges of the clean tone that way. Regardless, a simple thing like the boost or a comp can easily take this amp from the sound you want as a core and give you plenty of room to play with. All my strats, my other PRS guitars and even my 7 strings sound great with this amp. The show went off great and at the end of the day I realized that I really didnt have to mess with the amp during the show or the studio session. Subtle volume knob use and using the distortion or boost to hit the amp harder gave me everything I needed.

          I was a little nervous going to both those events that day with a brand new amp. I know I don't need to be now at all, it will go everywhere with me and the ability to really tune the gain channel combined with the sensitivity it caresses my guitar signal as I tweak and play will mean I don't really need a board when I get a call to go play something small. Just a guitar and the amp. And when needed, it takes everything on my board with grace. Every other gain pedal I have tried so far sounds really nice through it, a Ross distortion, Ibanez Super Metal (original 80's pedal, so worth it if you find one.)

          I generally play rock, blues, counrty-ish stuff too. I can't imagine needing a different amp and am very happy not to have to haul a head and oversized 2x12 around just to get my tone. Granted, it is not a Soldano, but the ISF feature on the gain ch, and the ability to select different voices for each channel, can get you your own individual sound. Very happy. Now, if only there was a volume boost for solo time and I don't have a sound guy!! Not taking off points for that though. 5 stars because in it's price range, I have found nothing better.

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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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          (2 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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)

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