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

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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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OVERVIEW

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 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (3)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (27)
  • Easy to use (23)
  • Good power output (23)
  • Warm / comfy (22)
  • Portable (13)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (22)
  • Home studio (20)
  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
  • Professional recording (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), 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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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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4.0

Great amp. Very Versatile!

By Nando

from New Orleans, LA

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful
  • Value
  • Very Versatile

Cons

  • No EQ on Clean channel

Best Uses

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

    I run either a Fender Telecaster and an ESP EC-1000. Both sound excellent through the amp. The Clean channel gets very clean, not fender clean but still very nice. Both channels have 2 different modes. I can get great cleans out of the Clean channel and works very well with pedals. Dirty channel is sooo amazing. You can get it to just a light overdrive or you can get serious metal tones on it. The only real problem i have with the amp is that the clean channel has no eq, just a tone knob.It is very heavy and difficult to carry because the handle is leather and dries out and cracks easily. But the amp is great and is a great price..

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    5.0

    Bullet Proof

    By Gatos N

    from Los Angeles, CA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

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

      I purchased this amp from Musicians Friend in April, 2011, so I'm a little late reviewing it. I have used this amp continuously for over 5 years now for large outdoor gigs, small bar gigs, and everything in between. Some recent outdoor gigs this summer have been over 107 degrees in blowing dust and dirt. It has been loaded and unloaded countless times, banged, kicked and knocked over and has never once even hiccuped. This is one of the first amps I have owned that I have total confidence in. It always works and always sounds great. The only downside to this amp is that it is big and pretty heavy for a 112 combo, and I have had to replace the handle twice already.

      As far as power goes, it has more than enough. I have played many outdoor gigs without putting a mic on it. Pretty amazing for a somewhat low powered, 112 combo.

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      5.0

      This amp is a monster

      By creamer412

      from VA

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

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

        I picked up this amp open box item from MF and it has blown away my expectations. I watched a lot of video reviews on the amp before buying and it has definitely been every bit as good as I hoped. I've only been using it in the studio so far, but hoping to gig with it too. The clean tone is gorgeous and the overdrive is large and warm. The reverb is great too. I can't say anything bad about this amp.

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        4.0

        First tube amp after 25 years of playing

        By Chris T

        from Enfield, CT

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          I didn't want to buy into tube amps being superior. Then i started going to Blues jams with my Mustang ii an I could hear the difference. Besides Blues I also play in a hard rock garage band and i wanted something that was more versatile than a Twin Reverb or a Marshall DSL. I can dial in everything from Warm cleans to driving crunch and everything in between.

          The EQ is very subtle. maybe this is good but i am used to dramatic changes when rolling the pots left to right. That being said I can get all the tones I want out of this so its not a complaint.

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          1.0

          Poor Quality Control

          By Rafa

          from Phoenix

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

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

            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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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Wonderful amp with clean tones

            By Matt

            from Ames, IA

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              The Blackstar 40W amp is great for guitar players that are trying to make that next step from novice to more experienced. I've been playing guitar for about 3 years and this is my first tube amp. The price, sound quality, usability, and durability are the four criteria that I was looking for in an amp.

              As you gain more experience, you may want to start using better equipment. With better equipment, however, comes a much higher price. This is where Blackstar amp excels. The quality that you get out of this amp, for the price, is very competitive.

              The sound quality of this amp is wonderful. The clean tone setting on this amp has very a warm and inviting sound to it. If you really want to rock out, just hit the overdrive button and turn up the gain. Overdrive on this amp is very powerful, but also very clean and easy to hear the individual notes being played. So if you're interested in playing slow blues or even heavy metal, this amp has the versatility and capability to do so.

              For someone that doesn't know much about the technical side of amps, the Blackstar is very user friendly. Blackstar amps are designed very well and are made easy to understand. I was playing it within 20 minutes after pulling it out of the box. 15 of those minutes were letting the amp warm up. The point being that anyone can figure out how to use this amp, if not, there's a nice instruction manual to go with it.

              Another great feature of the Blackstar amp is its durability. The amp is almost 55 pounds with a solid outside casing. I have read other reviews talking about loose screws and other problems they've had with the durability, but I personally have not had any problems. Although I've only had it about two months, it has withstood a lot of moving. Even if you are constantly having gigs, I have no doubt your amp will last a very long time.

              Overall the Blackstar amp has been great and I hope you enjoy it.

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              (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Best Looking Worse Sounding Amp

              By jc

              from western mass usa

              About Me Experienced

              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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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good Tone

              By MrGuitarJoeD

              from Massachusetts

              About Me Experienced

              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.

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              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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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Yes, it is the sound in your head!

                By t

                from CT

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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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