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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
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
 
4.6

(based on 58 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (3)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (29)
  • Easy to use (25)
  • Good power output (25)
  • Warm / comfy (24)
  • Portable (14)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (24)
  • Home studio (22)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (17)
  • Professional recording (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Professional musician (8)

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!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(22 of 65 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.

(17 of 17 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 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!

    (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

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