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Blackstar Venue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black 

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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 44 reviews)

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    (39)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (18)
  • Good power output (15)
  • Warm / comfy (15)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Portable (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (15)
    • Home studio (12)
    • Outdoor events / games (11)
    • Professional recording (11)
    • Amateur recording (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (13), Professional musician (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    swiss army 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!
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    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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    One Greaaaat Amp

    The different voicings, for both the clean and dirty channel give this amp great versatility . Reverb is good with two different colors if you will, kinda dark and a bright side like a...Read complete review

    The different voicings, for both the clean and dirty channel give this amp great versatility . Reverb is good with two different colors if you will, kinda dark and a bright side like a fender
    I just got this amp the other day , and I can see already this is going to be my favorite. I have had numerous amps in my 30 + years of playing Fenders , Marshall's, Carvins, Peavey you name it. This Blackstar really and truly beats em all. Yeah its made overseas, yeah it's not expensive, but it sounds amazing. Metal , blues, classic rock, it does it all. The different voicings for the dist channel really give you options. If you play rock, you can't go wrong with this amp for the price. Well built, maybe a little heavy at 50 + pounds, but lighter than my Marshall ,or my fender. 5 stars in my opinion , but who am I , just a working musician.....lol
    Seems to be built very well real sturdy, looks great too
    Great value for the money

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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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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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 of 8 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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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Jack of All Trades!

          By DannyC85

          from Miami, FL

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          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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                    (5 of 5 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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