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Blackstar Venue Series HT Studio 20 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black 

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Overview
  • 20 Watt tube combo
  • 2xECC83, 2xEL34
  • Two footswitchable channels
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    $749.99
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Authentic cleans and super high-gain overdrives are combined in this innovative, versatile, and portable tube combo.

The HT Studio 20 combo from the Venue series is the big brother of Blackstar's critically acclaimed HT-5, and offers huge versatility for home, rehearsal or studio use. Coupled with a cathode-biased EL34 power amp, the carefully voiced preamp provides the user with the ability to create wonderfully lush tube tones through the 12" Celestion speaker.

The Clean Channel on the Blackstar tube amp provides a wide range of clean and moderately overdriven tones. The voicing is typical of many 'boutique' style amplifiers with a ringing Class A type performance. The overall character may be adjusted with the Tone control from dark and warm through to bright and sparkling.

The HT Studio 20 Overdrive Channel is characterized by a tone that's high in gain, but lacks any of the detached top-end 'fizz' often found in many similar designs. This is a result of unique preamplifier and power amplifier shaping techniques. The overdrive cleans up beautifully as the guitar volume is reduced, so even at the most extreme settings, the Overdrive Channel remains natural sounding.

The HT Studio 20 Overdrive Channel also has its own highly flexible EQ section providing a variety of overdriven tones. Blackstar's ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) control represents a major step forward in tone-shaping flexibility. The ISF control shifts the response of the three-control tone stack between a U.S.-type response at one end, and at the other a U.K.-type response. Between these two extremes lies an infinite number of alternative tone choices that would be otherwise unavailable.

The HT Studio 20's two-channel design has been optimized for either preamp or power amp overdrive, or a combination of both. The carefully voiced preamp and cathode-biased dual EL34 power amp configuration provides the user with the ability to create wonderfully lush tube tones. From mild overdrive, that cleans up by backing off the guitar volume control, to highly saturated distortion, this amp does it all.

The HT Studio 20 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.

Features
  • 20 Watt tube combo
  • 2xECC83, 2xEL34
  • Two footswitchable channels
  • 12" Celestion speaker
  • Enhanced tone controls
  • Patent-Applied-For Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Master volume
  • Digital reverb
  • Speaker emulated output
  • Effects loop
  • One-way footswitch included
  • Cool vintage styling
 

Venue Series HT Studio 20 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

  • Power (RMS): 20 Watts
  • Tubes: 2 x ECC83, 2 x EL34
  • Weight: 45 lb.
  • Dimensions: 22-3/5" x 20-4/5 x 11-1/2"
  • Footswitch: FS-4 included
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BlackstarVenue Series HT Studio 20 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 18 reviews)

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Warm / comfy (5)
  • Portable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (3)
    • Performances (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    If your a hobbyist or an active musician, buy this amp.

    I bought this amp honestly expecting to be somewhat dissapointed. I had never heard of Blackstar until a few weeks ago, and after looking up several Youtube videos on their amps I decided to...Read complete review

    I bought this amp honestly expecting to be somewhat dissapointed. I had never heard of Blackstar until a few weeks ago, and after looking up several Youtube videos on their amps I decided to take the leap of faith and buy myself one. I can say with 100% honesty that I am not dissapointed whatsoever. It's pretty safe to say that I've turned my entire band into Blackstar fans, seeing as to how now the rhythm guitarist and even my bassist wants one.

    One thing I would recommend if you buy this amp, is to either already have a decent pedal board or to save up and buy a good pedal board (but this goes for all tube amps). This amp sounds phenominal with a Crybaby Wah pedal or a Plimsoul being pushed through it.

    If you are a gigging musician or a flat out hobbyist, you need to buy this amp. Blues, Rock, Modern metal, old metal, this amp has it all.
    Pretty standard set up. It has Bass, Mid, Treble and the very interesting ISF knob. To the untrained ear, the ISF is virtually pointless, but to a trained ear it has the potential to be one of the best things this amp has to offer. I can get this amp to sound just about any way I want it to. You can get that gritty early Metallica sound, to Iron Maiden, to AC/DC. You name it, you can get THAT sound, with a little bit of altering the EQ of course.
    I havn't tried it obviously, but I'd say you could probably drop this amp off a two story building and it would still remain intact. It's built like a tank. Although, It would probably be easy to scratch but if you baby it like I do, you shouldnt have a problem.
    For the price you can't find a more versatile and great sounding amp. Period.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Black star Black out

    Unfortunatly this amp did NOT survive its first jam. Played it a few hours at home then at our bands practice it sounded great for the first 4 hours then the clean went out....Read complete review

    Unfortunatly this amp did NOT survive its first jam. Played it a few hours at home then at our bands practice it sounded great for the first 4 hours then the clean went out. Played for another hour on the other channel and it went out. Sounded great till it died. It was a factory restock so maybe they didn't get it right. MF was awsome and said they will ship me a new unit. Hope this was a fluke and I will be able to give a full report soon. Thanks Musicians Friend!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BEST AMP I'VE EVER OWNED

    By jwill89

    from Charlottesville, VA

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Studio 20 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Very very versatile, very easy to use, so much bang for buck. Gotta be the best value for money for a 20W amp. Only had it a few days now, but I fell instantly in love.

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        (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Black star Black out

        By Vortex generator

        from San Diego

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

        • Epic Fail

        Best Uses

        • BOAT ANCHOR

        Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Studio 20 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Unfortunatly this amp did NOT survive its first jam. Played it a few hours at home then at our bands practice it sounded great for the first 4 hours then the clean went out. Played for another hour on the other channel and it went out. Sounded great till it died. It was a factory restock so maybe they didn't get it right. MF was awsome and said they will ship me a new unit. Hope this was a fluke and I will be able to give a full report soon. Thanks Musicians Friend!

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        No questions great amp.

        By Geo

        from Lond Island , NY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth

        Cons

        • Could Use Stand By Switch

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Studio 20 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I bought the HT 20 combo and it never dissappointed me. I did buy an extension speaker for fuller sound. Looking back should of bought the 20 amp head with two extension speakers. Lession learned. 20 watts is loud. For my home music it's perfect and you should be able to gig with it, if need to.I enjoy the way the amp keeps the integrity of the guitar. The guitar will sound the way it was made to sound like. My Les Paul sounds incredible, from crunch to the Les Paul growl. I am a Tele lover and it makes it sound extra special. O/D is voiced but very good. The clean is were the amp shines. My son played his 8 string with active pick ups and loved the sounded with O/D (his style of playing). He now is a fan. The effect loop makes the effects sound as part of the system, instead of the line in from the guitar. It just sound better. Kudos to all the other amps. You can't say enough how great they are, but If I wanted to sound like a Marshall or a Fender, I would of bought one.

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        5.0

        Dark, punchy, clear !!!!

        By Atom X

        from Detriot

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        Verified Buyer

        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 Studio 20 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I was most impressed with this little monster. It screams !!!!! Dark, warm, punchy, clear. Clean tones are very nice. The overdrive channel has a wide spectrum of tones from high gain metal, to classic rock, to blues tones. It also likes pedals. Im very impressed !!!!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great amp and even better price

          By Gtrgy27

          from Columbus, Ga

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Studio 20 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              Ive owned this amp for a year and it is a great amp suited to almost any style. Sounds great with my Les Paul, HSS Strat, EC1000, and Ibanez S Series.Great for classic rock and metal. However, i haven't been able to get that insane metal sound, yet. Takes pedals very well. ISF is the best feature. Very easy to dial in the sound you want. I've heard recommendations to swap out the speaker but the stock speaker sounds good IMO. 20watts is a great size for recording and will get plenty loud if you are micing at a gig.If your not micing you may want to consider the 50w combo.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Thank you Blackstar

              By McGurk

              from Oregon

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Studio 20 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  This thing rocks. I have never been more happy with an amp purchase. The clean is WAY more than I was expecting. I read reviews saying this amp has great overdrive but is lacking in the clean department. I disagree. I've owned a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe for comparison. While the Deluxe has a better overall clean channel, I would trade it in for this amp any day (if I had the option I would trade it in for a Blackstar HT 60 Soloist, but let's put dreaming aside).

                  The drive is pretty high gain, but that does not mean it "only does heavy" overdrive. I normally have it at 9:00-10:00 which is plenty for me. If you desire heavier, more saturated overdrive then you've got plenty of room left on the dial to use.

                  The dials are fantastic in that they are very gradual in their changes. Often times an amp going from 0 - 1.5 will see little change (in volume, drive, tone..) and then at 2 BOOM there it is. This amps dials are nice in that you won't find yourself struggling to move it back and forth a half a millimeter to get the right level.

                  The ISF is nice. I lean towards the British sounds, but if I'm feeling some American high gain, I can turn the knob. This amp really gives you the ability to choose the sound of your overdrive which I like. Some people may ignore this feature, but remember: when you choose an amp with a drive channel, chances are its going to have just one sound with varying levels of drive. This lets you choose the tone you want. I don't want to overstate the ISF functions capabilities, but I definitely appreciate the feature.

                  This thing's pretty loud. I was impressed in that department.

                  Visually, looks great.

                  If I could choose two features to add to it they would be:
                  1. More control over clean sound; and
                  2. A standby switch. Probably not a big deal, but would be nice.

                  Happy customer right here.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  This amp has it all!

                  By dplayer31

                  from Holmen, WI

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Studio 20 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    Absolutely love this amp! I am most blown away with the massive array of tones available. The clean can be tweeked from bright and sparkly to warm and dark with nice tube break up at high volumes. The overdrive has a thick Marshall-like sound to it when cranked and cleans up nicely when backing off the volume on my guitar. The ISF dial is pretty cool as well. Giving me even more tonal options when on the overdrive channel. As far as asthetics go, I love the clean, classy look of this amp. Very durable and well built. The only con I can think of with this amp is that there's no standby switch. But the good far out weighs the bad. Superb value for the price.

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                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Fantastic tones at low volumes; can get loud as well!!!

                    By BryanS

                    from Planet Earth

                    Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Studio 20 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    Amazing amp, can't say enough good things about Blackstar!
                    The reason I purchased this amp was for the gain channel... simply amazing. At low volumes, you can still dial in some serious gain. The ISF feature is pretty cool, going from the bass-y scooped mids American tone, to the mid-rangey British tone. This is a seriously versatile amp!! Oh yeah, there is a clean channel too, which sounds OK, but I didn't buy this amp for it's clean channel.
                    So far so good, no issues, works like a champ and seems to be very well constructed.
                    I have a feeling that more and more people are going to start looking at Blackstar amps, they are a great deal at under $600. 2 channels, footswitchable, digital reverb (non-footswitchable), ISF, External Speaker out, 12" Celestion... this is a fantastic deal if you are looking for something that can be played at low volumes/high gain, or something you can turn up and crank.

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                    (5 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Not For Me

                    By Nicero

                    from Atlanta Area

                    Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Studio 20 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    Like I said, if you're a Fender guy (or girl), you like nice cleans or clear, articulate overdriven sounds, stay away. I imagine it's good for people who like Marshall sounds. That's what I equate it with.
                    I bought this amp with the highest of hopes. The ability to switch from an American to a British sound and points in-between? Wow! The answer to my prayers, or so I thought. I took it to my buddy's house (also a tone junkie), gently pulled it out of the box and plugged it in. Looked beautiful, like a boutique amp. Let it warm up and started playing. 4 hours we sat there trying to get decent sounds out of it before I put it back in the box. This amp is so underwhelming, it's ridiculous. Bland is more like it. I'm a Fender player who likes Fender amps, but I also appreciate the heck out of the Vox sound. This amp has a sound of its own, but it isn't a good one. No sparkle, no presence, nothing.
                    It is very solid and heavy. It looks like a million bucks.
                    If this sound is what you're looking for, it's the best value in the world for a 20 watt tube amp. I just don't know what that sound is.

                    Comment on this review

                    (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    If your a hobbyist or an active musician, buy this amp.

                    By Carl Hale

                    from Kentucky

                    Comments about Blackstar Venue Series HT Studio 20 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    I bought this amp honestly expecting to be somewhat dissapointed. I had never heard of Blackstar until a few weeks ago, and after looking up several Youtube videos on their amps I decided to take the leap of faith and buy myself one. I can say with 100% honesty that I am not dissapointed whatsoever. It's pretty safe to say that I've turned my entire band into Blackstar fans, seeing as to how now the rhythm guitarist and even my bassist wants one.

                    One thing I would recommend if you buy this amp, is to either already have a decent pedal board or to save up and buy a good pedal board (but this goes for all tube amps). This amp sounds phenominal with a Crybaby Wah pedal or a Plimsoul being pushed through it.

                    If you are a gigging musician or a flat out hobbyist, you need to buy this amp. Blues, Rock, Modern metal, old metal, this amp has it all.
                    Pretty standard set up. It has Bass, Mid, Treble and the very interesting ISF knob. To the untrained ear, the ISF is virtually pointless, but to a trained ear it has the potential to be one of the best things this amp has to offer. I can get this amp to sound just about any way I want it to. You can get that gritty early Metallica sound, to Iron Maiden, to AC/DC. You name it, you can get THAT sound, with a little bit of altering the EQ of course.
                    I havn't tried it obviously, but I'd say you could probably drop this amp off a two story building and it would still remain intact. It's built like a tank. Although, It would probably be easy to scratch but if you baby it like I do, you shouldnt have a problem.
                    For the price you can't find a more versatile and great sounding amp. Period.

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