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Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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  • 60-watt tube combo
  • 2xECC83, 1xECC82, 2xEL34
  • 3 footswitchable channels
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EL34s deliver 60W of awesome tube power through 2 high-quality Celestion speakers in this nicely priced boutique combo.

The Blackstar HT Stage 60's selected duet of EL34s deliver 60W of glorious tube power through 2 high-quality Celestion speakers, making for a combo that will deliver every night, even in the most testing live environment. The Blackstar amp's 'boutique' style clean channel is extremely versatile with 2 modes: 'British Class-A' and 'dynamic US'. Each of the amplifier's 2 ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) equipped overdrive channels allows a further 2 modes.

The Clean Channel on the Blackstar HT-60 combo 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 the Blackstar HT-60 guitar amp's 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 on the Blackstar Venue HT-60 amplifier remains natural sounding. The ISF control is unique to Blackstar Amplification and represents a major step forward in tone shaping flexibility.

The 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 Blackstar tube amp provides an infinite number of alternative tone choices in between the 2 extremes that would be otherwise unavailable.

The Blackstar HT-60 guitar amp also features a completely natural sounding digital reverb, which is outstandingly musical on both clean and crunch tones and raises the benchmark for guitar amplifier specific reverb design. A Dark/Bright switch allows the overall reverb characteristics to be modified to suit different tastes and playing styles.

Features
  • 60-watt tube combo
  • 2xECC83, 1xECC82, 2xEL34
  • 3 footswitchable channels
  • 2x12" Celestion speakers
  • Enhanced tone controls
  • Patent-Applied for Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Clean voice switch
  • Overdrive 1 voice switch
  • Overdrive 2 voice switch
  • Presence
  • Resonance
  • Master volume
  • Digital reverb with dark/bright switch
  • Speaker emulated output with 1x12/4x12 voicing
  • Effects loop with effects level switch
  • 4-way footswitch included

Get the undeniable tube sound of Blackstar amps.

 

Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

  • HT Stage 60
  • Power (RMS): 60 watts
  • Tubes: 2 x EL34, 2 x ECC83, 1 x ECC82
  • Weight: 67lb.
  • Dimensions: 28-1/4"H x 23"W x 11"D
  • Footswitch: FS-7 included, optional FS-4 for Overdrive 2 Voice
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BlackstarVenue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.9

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Good power output (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Portable (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (13)
    • Home studio (12)
    • Outdoor events / games (10)
    • Professional recording (10)
    • Amateur recording (7)
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    Versatile Amp

    First off, this amp is incredibly versatile. I can see where you could use this at home for practice, for studio recording, and for stage use.

    However, for home...Read complete review

    First off, this amp is incredibly versatile. I can see where you could use this at home for practice, for studio recording, and for stage use.

    However, for home use, this amp is very loud so would not be good if you are in an apartment or bedroom since you cannot get the benefit of the tubes without reconfiguring the setup somehow (attenuator, pedalboard, etc.). If you are looking for a practice amp, I would test the HT1, HT5, HT20 alongside this one. Of course this amp has a few more features, such as the bass and treble knobs on clean instead of a tone knob, the extra speaker, extra power, not sure if the others have the resonance and presence controls, but all of these options come in handy. For the extra eq options if used at home, I would say use an eq pedal or a pedal board with the eq and that should serve very similar function without having to sacrifice the tone of turning the volume so low that you are not benefiting from the full tone of the tubes. Again, I think a good eq could do the same as the bass and treble knobs for the clean instead of the tone knob on the smaller versions and an aftermarket eq pedal could compensate if the smaller versions do not have presence and resonance knobs. I do like these options on the amp, but this thing is loud and heavy, so if you get similar results and are using this for home or don't want a 70lb beast to lug around...

    That being said, I chose not to return this amp for one of the lower models simply because I'm using the Digitech RP1000 pedalboard with the four cable method. Don't get me wrong, the amp sounds great by itself without any other effects, but I wasn't able to push it like I needed to on the crunch channels to benefit from the tubes and when adding the eq on the board and a tube screamer, that's when this amp really comes alive and I can control the volume on the crunch channels and still get the beauty of the tubes with the pedalboard. I use the pedalboard's amp bypass so that I am bypassing the amp simulations and using the Stage 60 preamp and poweramp but using the effects of the pedalboard. This is the sound I've been looking for. Lots of headroom and incredible versatility. All channels have lots of headroom, plenty of punch, enough amp distortion to get a good dirty blues, crunch, or growl. I am pretty new with tube amps, but you can really tweak the eq options and the ISF knob (yes it works and comes in handy to change your tone) to really have a lot of options for your sound. I also use the RP1000's amp simulations as the preamp and use the Stage 60 poweramp and speakers. This also made the pedalboard come alive and warm it up and make it sound much more natural. It was good before, but even better with the tube poweramp pushing. It just adds headroom, warmth, depth. The effects loop on this amp works great in this manner. Yes, there is some slight hiss, but no worse and actually seems as good or better than many. The noise gate on the pedalboard handles this like a charm. Aftermarket pedal would do the same.

    I've played through Peavey, Fender, Marshall, Line 6, etc., but all were very one dimensional or just seemed to not get certain tones. This amp comes as close as I have ever seen to being able to get wonderful cleans without being brittle (fenerish or vox-like), the crunch of Marshall or similar to Mesa (need pedal probably to get up to the rectifier but it's there with a od/distortion pedal) and hits on some of the Peavey turf too (clean and metal amps). I would say this does as much to be able to have several nice cleans (chimey, bright, warm, clean, jazzy, bluesy), to have classic rock crunch, and to be able to get to the metal sounds (need distortion pedal to push up to death metal or some of the extreme metal, but easily get metallica, maiden, ac/dc and 80's/90's rock and alt rock). My pedalboard gets everything else I need.

    I wanted an amp that could get fender like cleans and crunch of a marshall or mesa and as much in between. Wanted to be able to use this for jazz, blues, rock and metal. This amp does all very well. Adding an eq and other pedals like od/distortion, chorus, delay and reverb just make this thing awesome. I played the amp for a while just on clean channels because they were really that nice even without a tube screamer, eq, or chorus. They sound beautiful. I was playing acoustic like material and jazz and was really impressed with how great the amp sounded. I could play these with some volume without blowing the windows out.

    Switching to crunch channels and I was not able to have the volume past about 1 without it being really too loud for home use. Since I wanted an amp to do everything (practice amp, recording, and when playing with my band or if we ever play out in a bar), I wanted something that could do it all. Until I added the pedalboard to be able to use the tube screamer to control the volume a little more and still push the tubes to find those happy spots between the pream volume and gain and the tube screamer, I was worried about benefiting from the crunch channels. Now, I am happy.

    If I could have tried the Soloist, I may would choose that over this if lugging to band practice since it's 20lbs lighter, but I also wanted this in case I ever play with a church or in a venue. I think the extra speaker could benefit in this area, but again I wasn't able to try the Soloist. You can always connect to a PA or mic it and probably just as good without the heft, but I love this amp so much I just decided to not risk it and keep it with all it's great options. Probably, overkill, but man it's sweet.

    I may buy another a smaller Blackstar for convenience to lug around weekly to band practice and have this for performance if I really need it and that way I do not have to undo the four cable method everytime I move it. The HT5r head would be a great option for lugging around for band practice if it gets loud enough to compete with drums.

    The quality is definitely apparent in these amps. NOTHING feels cheap. The knobs are nice material and the star design is great. They are sensitive so you can hear the difference with slight changes but you don't have to be so careful when adjusting to find sweet spots. The wood and metal binding is nice and tight and doesn't feel cheap. The speakers sound nice to me and I think with use they will shine even better. I see no need to replace, but am sure that you could step up the ladder of Celestions and really make this even better. Again, I don't feel these speakers are lacking. The reverb on the amp is nice and doesn't sound cheesy, but I tend to use the Digitech pedalboard reverb more since they are Lexicon. But, it's nice to have a good, working reverb onboard on the amp. The ISF feature is nice and is one option that makes this better than just having a fender or marshall since it allows so much more flexibility and tonal options. Three channels with two voicings on each comes in very handy. I think the emulated out will work very nice for recording and have read good things and it can also be used for headphones. Worst case scenario, mic it if you are unhappy with direct recording in this manner.

    Okay, I've covered everything I can think of. I wanted an amp that could do everything and wanted tube warmth and power so that I could get more of an organic sound. This does that and I have so much flexibility with this amp by itself, but adding the digitech board just makes me so happy since I can have the best of all worlds, clean, dirty, crunch, blues, jazz, tube amp, amp simulations (through the pedalboard) and warm them up with the tube poweramp. I play mainly a Fender American Deluxe HSS and a PRS Custom 24 and wanted them both to sound full, bright or warm when I needed them to. Both sound so great through this. I know a Les Paul would also shine through this amp. My PRS through this can sound soft, bright (without brittle), or warm and full like a punch in the chest. I think I have found the holy grail!!!!

    I can say nothing negative about this amp or Blackstar. I am incredibly impressed with the design, quality, and most importantly the TONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    VS

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    Blackstar Venue Series HT-60

    This Amp has one of the best Over Drive sections I ever heard. I was surprised how little preamp volume was needed to get a great over drive sound out of the first overdrive...Read complete review

    This Amp has one of the best Over Drive sections I ever heard. I was surprised how little preamp volume was needed to get a great over drive sound out of the first overdrive channel. The second over drive was capable of taken your sound over the top. I mostly play hard rock and the first overdrive channel had more drive that I would have ever used. The claen channel was very surprising and offered more shimmer than I was expecting. I was expecting to trash all my effects pedals except there was one problem. This is a new product and it appears all the bugs are not worked out of the manufacturing process. My first amp the clean channel was the only channel that worked. My replacement amp the two over drive channels worked and the clean channel did not. I have doubts that this amp will prove capable of being a long lasting durable amp. I was so dissapointed, this amps could have been the amp I had been seeking years. This amp is deserving of a perfect rating for it's sound, but there always a devil in the details.

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    5.0

    Expressive and versitile

    By Tele 335

    from Midland Mi

    About Me Experienced

    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 Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I guess any product that has over 30 reviews with all being 5 stars, is a sign that this is a truly great product. My quest for tone has been a 30 year journey. When I think I have it, I try and tweak it just a little more.....usually I fowl things up. Have been struggling with tone the last few years. Spending good money after bad. I recently sold a Marshall JVM combo. Just could not seem to dial it in. May have been my lack of interest to figure out the presets etc. I'm kind of a plug and play guy. Want to dial in great tube tone and play. The JVM is an excellent amp but too techie for my brain. Thus, the Blackstar HT Stage 60 purchase. I owned a HT40 a few years ago...for the money the best 40 watt you can buy. Read those reviews to confirm my impression. I wanted more power for larger gigs. Researched and came to this amp.
      SOUND-the most versatile and expressive amp I have played to date. Found my sounds in a few hours. Easy footswitch, 3 channel and reverb. The cleans in both setting are great. Move the ISF and you get a fender type clean to Vox chime.
      OD1- Might be my holy grail. I play a Strat American HSH and a standard Tele. Wow the tones are to die for. I put the gain at 12:00 and the volume at 12. By working your guitars volume you get a slightly nasty growl. Move the guitar volume up to 8 and your in ACDC-Black Crowes area. The sustain and harmonics are classic tube heaven. I prefer the ISF all the way to the left which is modern America Mesa territory.
      OD2-You can go to full metal on this one. Moving the ISF to the right its got the Marshall tone in spades. Retains definition even as you crank the gain and volume.

      Overall an outstanding amp and I believe a awesome value. This amp will stay in my line up. You can spend more but you will reach a point of diminishing returns. A lot more cash for slight improvements. The Blackstar team has been the darlings of the guitar amp world. These guys got it right. I am toying with tube and speaker upgrades but I am going to wait until this is fully broken in. In my 40 watt HT I installed JJ tubes and Eminence Red coats, it was a decent improvement but not over the top. The stock items sound really good. This is a strong choice in the 2 x 12 combo amp segment. For this type of investment a stellar standout.

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      5.0

      Insane

      By fcwedd

      from Detroit, MI

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        It sounds great... especially with a strat.

        Anything from Hendrix to CCR to Metallica.

        It feels like 1000lbs when using the hand strap. It feels like 30lbs when using the side handles.

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        5.0

        Great amp!

        By Steve

        from Schnecksville, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Only One Guitar Input

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Excellent amplifier. Was looking for a 60 watt amp for practice and stage use, and was going between the EVH and Peavey, when someone recommended this one. The only drawback is the single guitar input as I use a Godin LGXT guitar with 3 outputs and a Roland Synthesizer with 2 amps and would have liked using this for the electric and acoustic voices. Sounds great and has great warmth and versatility. High end amp at a great price.

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        4.0

        great amp but......

        By Shaggyrun

        from Forest VA

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Dependability

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I have had my amp about a year and a half and I have loved it. It by fair is one of the best amps I have ever owned and is the most versatile I have ever owned. My love fest with the amp took a downturn when I was playing a gig and it stopped working. When I say it stopped working there was no smoke it didn't get to hot it still had power because all the front panel lights still were on, it just wouldn't make any sound. I cut the amp off pulled my send a d return cable from the effects loop and ran directly to the front of the amp, cut everything back on and it came back to life, then 2 songs later it stopped working again. the next morning it started working again. I have had it at an authorized blackstar repair center twice and they cant find a thing wrong with it. don't get me wrong maybe I just got a bad one other then my problems the amp has been great. I just will recommend if you buy one have a back up if it happens to go down during a show.

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        5.0

        AWESOME!!!!!!

        By heavychevy

        from PA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Tubes Went After A Month

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        looks good sounds good after I put new tubes in it sounds insane!!! it is loud! I almost took it back to the store but it just sounds so good you will not be disappointed1

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        5.0

        Yep...It Rocks!

        By GuitarslingerfromSanAntone

        from San Antonio, Texas

        About Me Experienced

        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 Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Long story short, I have had this amp for 2 1/2 years and play it at my church 2-3 times a week. I have a good amount of pedals and use the 4 cable method with the fx loop. Works great. a stand out feature worth mentioning is that if you turn the amp on and "don't" flip the standby switch you can still use the emulated out. This is a great feature as we use in ear monitors and dont want amps blazing on stage so my tone still goes thru the amp then direct out straight to the front of house without the speakers on. We were going to build isolation boxes but now don't have to. The only gripe I have is, I wish the footswitch jack for channel switching and reverb used a regular trs cable instead of the cable it comes with but other than that I am happy. Oh and i changed out the stock tubes for JJ's which I highly recommend. I was gonna change out the speakers to vintage 30's but since I'm going direct there is no need to!

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          5.0

          Killer Tone on a Budget

          By aicfan1988

          from Arlington, TX

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            This amp is the best I have ever heard in this price range. In fact it may outdo some other more expensive amps.

            It's relatively light weight. It's very easy to use and get a good sound out of. Especially for lazier people like me who don't want to sit around all day trying to find the just right tone.

            The clean tone is nice and deep. Great tube sound. It's abundantly loud enough for just about any venue most people will ever play.

            The second overdrive is a beast. It gets a great tone for any occasion. Powerful stuff.

            Overdrive one is probably the only disappointing part of the amp. It depends on the style you play probably but I didn't think it was crunchy enough.

            All in all I'm very pleased with the amp. It works great at shows, it works great in the studio. And I saved a lot of money. Win-win

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            5.0

            ''The sound is in you're head''

            By white cloud

            from hazard ky

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Bottom line if you're in the market for a tube amp with power and sound quality this mean machine is where it's at.

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            5.0

            Great mid-level tube amp

            By Adam

            from California

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • It Is Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I've been playing guitar for over 20 years. I mainly play Rock, Metal, Blues, Punk and even some instrumental surf stuff on the side with friends, so I need a versatile amp that has great cleans and a good amount of gain on tap. I was looking for an amp that I can use on stage, was 2-3 channels, had good cleans, good gain channels, reverb and took pedals well.

            Some recent amps that I own or have owned in the past that I think compares well with the HT-60:
            Mesa MKIV head with 2x12 Mesa and 4x12 Diezel cabs
            1980's Marshall JCM800 50 watt 2x12
            Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb w/ Celestion v30
            Orange Dark Terror
            A Peavey 5150 Head w/ Marshall cab

            The HT-60 is in the same class as all these amps, in terms of quality and tone. It might not be as good as a boutique amp like a Diezel, ENGL, Bogner, etc, but for the price, it competes well with a lot of Marshall, Orange, Peavey, Line 6 and Mesa amps with similar specs.

            Playing through a Fender strat that has been upgraded with single coil SD Blackouts with a mini-toggle boost switch installed.

            I also have used the regular blackouts in a Schecter guitar and some high output Dimarzio pickups through a PRS. All of them sound great.

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            5.0

            Awesome Bang For The Buck!

            By IWearBlack

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              I've been actively gigging with my HT-60 for well over a year now, and it's an awesome amp... It's an extremely flexible and expressive amplifier, especially with the ISF, Resonance and Presence controls, as well as the different voicing modes for each channel... I refer to it as my Swiss Army knife because of the variety of tone I can get from it... My current set-up is the HT-60 paired with a Blackstar 2x12 cabinet, so it's basically a half-stack without the backache...

              Another couple of features that are nice about this amp are the effects loop and the speaker emulation... I use a LOT of effects, some in the pre-gain stage, but all of the delay and most of the modulation effects are running through the loop and it is extremely clean and dynamic with no noticible loss of fidelity... The 1x12 and 4x12 speaker emulation channels are great for recording or going direct to the board live...

              The reason I mentioned customer service as a "pro" in the review is that my HT-60 took a bit of a tumble that resulted in some damaged pots... As my luck would have it, it happened two weeks before my first gig with my new band... The technician that does my amp repairs contacted Blackstar and had replacement parts within a couple of days... The repairs were made and the amp was as good as new with a week to spare! Blackstar is also really good about answering customer inquiries via e-mail... I give them a gold star and A+ rating for their customer service...

              If my HT-60 were stolen, I'd definitely replace it, either with another HT-60 or the 100 watt head...

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