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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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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.

The Blackstar HT Club 40's highly flexible 2-channel design features a comprehensive control set, yet it is simple and intuitive to use.

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 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (24)
  • Good power output (21)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Warm / comfy (20)
  • Portable (12)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (21)
  • Home studio (19)
  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
  • Professional recording (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), 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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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

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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        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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          5.0

          Yes, it is the sound in your head!

          By t

          from CT

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

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

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

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            5.0

            Dial it in for each venue, and YES!

            By Murf-oR36a

            from Hagerstown, MD

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Feat Of Strength
            • Roadie Not Included

            Best Uses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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            4.0

            Well worth the money.

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            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.

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            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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