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

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
Cool vintage styling

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Power: 40W (tube)
  • Tubes: two 12AX7 (preamp), two EL34 (power amp)
  • Twp footswitchable channels
  • Speaker: 1x12 Celestion
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, ISF, overdrive voice, clean voice, gain, volume, reverb level, master
  • Digital reverb with dark/bright switch
  • Speaker emulated output
  • Effects loop
  • Cool vintage styling
  • Dimensions: 24 2/5 x 22-1/3 x 11-7/10 in.
  • Weight: 53.8 lb.
  • Footswitch: FS-5 supplied
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BlackstarVenue Series HT Club 40 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 61 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (3)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (30)
  • Easy to use (27)
  • Good power output (26)
  • Warm / comfy (26)
  • Portable (15)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (26)
  • Home studio (23)
  • Amateur recording (19)
  • Outdoor events / games (18)
  • Professional recording (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (9)

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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Poor Quality Control

Amp sounds great, just wish the Blackstar Quality Control was better! The first time I purchased the amp, there was a screw lose in the amp - no big deal, I tightened it...Read complete review

Amp sounds great, just wish the Blackstar Quality Control was better! The first time I purchased the amp, there was a screw lose in the amp - no big deal, I tightened it up. Then I noticed the amp logo was peeling off, didn't bother me. Then I tried out the footswitch for the first time and it wasn't working properly. At this point I decided to exchange the amp for the same model. The second amp had a loud humming sound after playing for 10 minutes. I am returning it and am done with Blackstar. One thing I have to mention is that Musician's Friend customer service is exceptional. Each time I called they were very helpful.

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(24 of 68 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not My Kind Of Amp

By K.B.

from ohio

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Powerful

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

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

Although this amp is budget-friendly I was surprised to see what it was REALLY made of. The cabinet is made of particle board. I pulled the head out of the cabinet and was disappointed in what I found. The controll pots were the tiniest, cheapest pieces I've ever seen in this type of application. The output transformer was grossly undersized. It has 2 preamp tubes. One of them is the phase inverter and adds absolutely nothing to musical tone and feel. So you have 1 actual preamp tube and a group of transistors making up your tone! The name says it best.......Ht that's (hybrid technology). So what you're really playing through is a fuzz pedal. The company should seriously consider being more honest with their product description. I'll NEVER buy another Blackstat HT series amp again.

(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Challenge Accepted

By Ryan Bellune

from Athens

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

This amp will stay with you for a lifetime with some simple tlc. It's got all the features you need as a home guitarist, and holds it's own against larger combo amps during a live show. If you're looking for a good amp to invest in, this is your best bet. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
What can I say? This amp cannot be simpler to use. You see a dial, you turn the dial, you get a clear effect. The knobs are sleek, comfortable, and extremely visible for those mid-show adjustments. You've got a punchy overdrive that'll drop your jaw, a face melting range of gain settings, and a clean tone that'll melt your heart. Flip this baby around and you've got not only three speaker inputs, but a light/dark reverd switch, a built in effects loop, emulated speaker output, and level switch all in one neat package. Can't ask for more than that!
In addition to looking sleek, this thing is built to last. After dragging this thing all across georgia, I can't tell you how many times I've been impressed with it's build. Not a single knob off, not a loose switch, and certainly no electrical problems. You can tell this amp has some top-notch craftmanship put into it just by picking it up. It's as solid as a rock. The celestion speaker won't ever let you down, and the plugs and switches are locked down tight.
Not much to say here. A quick price check on other amps with the same features will tell you all you need to know.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best tube combo amp for the money

By PL04

from Columbus, OH

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

Other than the stock preamp tubes it ships with, this amp is phenomenal for the money. I ended up replacing the stock Sovteks with Tung Sol 12AX7s shortly after getting the amp. I also replaced the stock speaker with a Vintage 30 out of personal preference. You get superb clean tones with voicing options & a naturally sounding reverb. Growling Marshall-like classic rock & metal tones (Plexi, JCM 800, etc.). You can even get close to Mesa Mark Series/Dual Rectifier & Peavey 6505 overdriven tones with the right settings. I cannot recommend this amp highly enough.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best amp for money, PERIOD!

By Livinthedream

from rockandroll,usa

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

Ok. I am an admitted tone junkie. I have not owned them all, but I have owned most of them. I have purchased boutique amps, Reinhardt, Swart, Mesa,ect. I have owned classic clean amps, Princeton, DRRI, vintage Champ, Vox AC15. All the before mentioned have their charm and distinct tone that makes you say "I get it". BUT, there was always something missing. I love Fender cleans, but don't much care for Fender overdriven. Love Vox chime, but prefer Fender cleans, you get the idea. Every amp I have owned had their own sweet character but made me wanting more tonal options. This amp is not perfect as I don't think there is a perfect amp made. I will tell you this is the best Marshall esque overdriven amp I have ever played period. I admit, I have not played a good vintage Marshall amp. But as far as a modern Marshall esque amp goes, this is the best one I have played.You get DRRI like cleans & nice reverb (just a smidge below the DRRI). And that overdrive, just blows me away. Finally, an amp I can play some nice cleans and with a flick of a footswitch blow the doors off with some nice solo tone. Nice master volume to make the sound level studio/home friendly. This amp has effects loop, different voicing options even for the Reverb! This seems like a much better built amp than any Marshall I have purchased that was not made in England. Makes the Marshall Class 5 look, sound and feel like rubbish and no tube rattle :-) (you class 5 owners know what I am talking about). For those reviewers who had one arrive broke or defective you are in the minority. Don't let that disway you, there is not a history of consistent failure of these amps that I can find. Like any product, defects and shipping damage is just part of commerce. For the record, I am not a Blackstar fanboy as this is first Blackstar I have owned. I was so reluctant as many "off brands" I have tried were garbage. The playability and tone of this amp should make the big boys wake up. Congrats to Blackstar. One question are you a publically traded company? I should buy some stock.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The new kid on the block has some bite

By Trey Dryden

from houston texas

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

I blew some fuses in an amp ive had for years and when i took it in for factory warranty repair i was informed i wouldnt get it back for several weeks...i had a show the following week and a big one at that. So i needed a new amp, and after being thoroughly impressed with my blackstar ht overdrive pedal ive used for the past few years i was confident that blackstar amps would be a wise choice. Boy i couldnt have been more right, the controls are simple and user friendly, the reverb is perfect, the tonal control available is phenomenal, the power is perfect for jams, practices, and gigs, the speaker clarity is crystal clear, and the amp is cosmetically sound. since ive had it even the old school cats that swear by fender amps and vox etc. have asked me about the amp and told me how impressed they were with it. Way to go blackstar, keep it up, im hooked.
Completely shapable tone yet simple to control, amazing reverb. Truly can find "the sound in your head" and easily project it with 40watts of tube power and a 12" speaker
really put together well, cosmetically stunning, sound clarity is stellar
worth every penny, and with some tlc will last years

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST AMP I EVER OWNED

By Scotty C

from Fort Lauderdale, FL

About Me Professional Musician

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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!

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Perfect Masterpiece of Musical Fusion

    By Bret Noltemeyer

    from Louisville, Ky

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

    Overall, this is a fantastic amp it sounds like a Marshall so why waste the money on a Marshall, when you can have this that not only gets a Marshall sound but a Vox or Fender sound too? I bought one and I will not buy anything but Blackstar amps, simply awesome. If you dont believe me go try on out or listen to some on YouTube. But get one fast, these things are selling faster than they can make them!
    The features on this amp are absolutely fantastic. The eq knobs are great and all the knobs just feel good. It also has this fantastic feature called the ISF control, and what the ISF does is it takes it from a rude Marshall amp to a sweet American amp with just the roll of a knob. Roll the knob all the way back and you got a Fender/Vox sound, roll It all the way to the right and you got a Marshall/Mesa sound! Then put the control in the middle and its a perfect blend of both amps! Pure genius. The reason why I only gave it a 9/10 is there is no eq section controlling the clean channel, just a tone control. But once dialed in it has some of the best clean tones I have every heard! But what there's more! On each channel, clean and overdrive, you get a voicing control! Take your clean sound from Boutique Fender sound to a warm clean boosted sound! On the Overdrive channel the voicing control will take your sound on distortion journey, from classic sounding(my favorite) to in-your-face metal! All in all great features
    Quality, absolutely fantastic! I can get any sound from Fender to Vox and Marshall to Mesa, and everything in between. The story behind these amps are some of thee head engineers at Marshall wanted to add some more features to the amps like the ISF control but Marshall said absolutely no, the customs want this certain sound! So they left and made Blackstar Amps. In a sense you are playing an amp that is made from the people of Marshall therefore it will sound like a Marshall, and a whole lot more!
    The value is great, for this price you can get the sound of a $2000 Marshall stack or a $2500 Mesa Boogie. So you'll save a whole lot of money, by just buying a Blackstar!! I bought one about 8 months ago and have no second thoughts!

    (6 of 7 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!

      (6 of 6 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!

        (6 of 6 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

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nothing this amp does not do!!!!!!

          By David Blain

          from South

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

          This amp is incredible. I can use the clean channel for beautiful fender sounding clean, or by pressing the voice button I can get some really good class A type overdrive. The clean channel can go from country clean twang to great bluesy clean or even gritty overdrive, depeneding on settings and guitar. The overdrive channel is also awesome. I dont play metal or hard rock but a lot of classic rock and blues stuff, I have no problem getting great tones for this music from this amp. If I ever wanted to go hard rock it could definitely take care of that also. A couple of reviewers mentioned that you would not buy this amp for the clean channel, I do not agree with that at all. I have owned a lot of different amps, from fender combos, to boutique amps that cost nearly 2 grand. I have never been as happy with the clean tone as I am with this amp. I cannot say enough good things about the clean channel. The overdrive channel is great too, but do not overlook this amp if clean tones are important to you. This is no doubt the most versatile amp I have ever owned, also the 40 watts is very very loud! By the way, this amp has a master volume that is independant from both the clean and overdrive channel. Very easy to turn it down for inside play if necessary and still get great overdrive/distortion.
          Most versatile amp I have ever owned. If your looking for Class A simplicity, it can do it. If you need super clean and an overdrive channel, it can do it. If your looking for rythm overdrive and lead distortion, it can do it. If your looking for hard rock gain it can do it.
          Amp feels very solid!
          when compared with some of the other amps I was looking at, like the Vox AC15. This amp seems like a good value, the vox is a nice amp but for $100 dollars more I get many more features, as good if not better tone, and 25 more watts.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Well worth the money.

          By BoneCrushingMetal

          from 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.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

            (5 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            A very expensive bench.

            By Chris

            from Evansville, Indiana

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            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)

              (5 of 6 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.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Outstanding tone for both home and gigging.

                By Archlute75

                from Nashville

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

                The wide variety of tones you can create with this thing is phenomenal. From a haunting reverb backed clean, to a warm and edgy overdrive, to a chunky, thumping metal sound - you really have a lot to play with here and in between. Funk, blues, metal, even a decent jazz sound can be had with enough tweaking of the dials.

                I use a Digitech RP1000 pedal board, but this amp sounds so good that unless I'm going for a very specific amp/cab simulation, I'll bypass the onboard amp and loop straight through the Blackstar's own system. I haven't played solid state for years, but even with the Line6 Spider modelling system, I couldn't imagine a tone like this being reproduced with all the live nuances very easily.
                Clearly laid out controls, although I wish it had individual EQ knobs for the clean channel as it does the OD, but the single tone knob is sufficient. Simple and well designed chassis. Contains two ECC38 preamp tubes and two EL34 mains. Each channel also has a "voice" switch, and the OD channel has the unique Blackstar ISF (Infinate Shape Feature) dial. All three of those features have a significant effect upon the tone, to include the ISF.

                I've read a number of reviews complaining that the ISF feature either doesn't affect the tone at all, or only an insiginificant amount. My assessement is that those guitarists either were tone deaf to begin with, or they need to begin wearing ear pro before they screw up their musical sensitivities more than they already have. The ISF has a very direct, if nuanced, effect on the shape of the tone, and very clearly shifts between the "American" and "British" sounds. I think that too many guitarists who jumped straight into electric did so because they were enchanted with the power of the instrument, and had no real musical interests or study beside. Not every knob is meant to go from "zero to eleven" and blow out the windows. If you know what you're looking for in your tonal pallette, you will appreciate what the ISF has to offer.
                Sturdy, but a bit on the heavy side for a 40W. Haven't had any problems with hardware, tubes, or chassis. A well built and enjoyable amp.
                Great amp, decent price.

                (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                One Greaaaat Amp

                By Mark Costa

                from North East

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

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good Tone

                By MrGuitarJoeD

                from Massachusetts

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                Pros

                • Flexable

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                • Speaker

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                • 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.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Yes, it is the sound in your head!

                By t

                from CT

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                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.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Just buy it

                  By Louddog

                  from Indy

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                  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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