At Blackstar, we are all musicians and understand the importance of great tone, whether practicing at home or on stage in a live environment. Based in Northampton, England with over 50 years combined experience in guitar amplification design and production; we are totally committed to providing you with the ultimate tools for self-expression.
In 2004 four friends, all bandmates, were looking for a new challenge. Having worked together for years at the highest levels of the amp designing industry, their dream was to create new and innovative guitar amplifiers and pedals that would be the ultimate tools for self-expression.
Having spent two and a half years doing intensive technical research in a garden shed in Northampton England, the first Blackstar products were ready and in March 2007, Blackstar was officially launched at the Frankfurt Musik Messe. Since then we have moved from the garden shed to our own premises, which has a purpose built lab and studio and we've been lucky enough to add some amazingly talented people to our team.
Six years later, we have been on a remarkable journey and been privileged to meet some incredible people from all over the world and call them our friends. From artists like Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne/Firewind), Neal Schon(Journey), Silenoz (Dimmu Borgir) and James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers), to the many players that support us and come and meet us at shows.
Since those early days we have continued to grow as a company, but one thing remains true. We're all musicians and are truly passionate about what we do - making great guitar amps for players around the world.
When Blackstar began in 2007, their goal was simple: To produce innovative guitar amplifiers and pedals that gave players the freedom to achieve the exact sound they had in mind. Not only did Blackstar carry out that mission with total success, but today their amps span countless playing styles and music genres.
When choosing an amp or pedal, you can make your decision easier by putting your own musical needs first. In terms of amps, you wouldn't need anything with too much volume if you're simply playing at home. The good news is that Blackstar offers a wide variety of amplifiers that range from small starter amps for budding enthusiasts to dominant combo amps and heads for live performances.
For example, any beginner would love the ID:Core 10W 2x5 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp. Featuring incredible tone and an intuitive control set that lets players customize their own sound, the ID:Core Stereo 10 is the ultimate entry-level guitar amplifier. On the bigger side of things, check out the Venue Series HT Stage tube guitar amp. This 60 watt 2x12 boutique powerhouse has "British Class-A" and "dynamic US" modes, and it's also been tried and tested to deliver in full-force every night you hit the stage.
In addition to amps, Blackstar has an impressive selection of effects pedals. For instance, there's the HT Series HT-Dual distortion pedal, which is packed with tone-shaping features that allows you to go from clean to crunch in the blink of an eye. Or, try the LT Boost Guitar Effects Pedal. Designed to push your guitar amp into a smooth overdrive, the LT Boost is refined to ensure a superior delivery of your dynamics and sound.
What makes Blackstar amps and pedals so unique is that they give you the chance to find your own sound. With a flexibility unlike any other amp of its kind, getting your desired tone is easy when you go with an amp from Blackstar. And whether you're a blues player or a metal shredder, you'll have no problem finding a Blackstar pedal that's versatile yet still suits your own personal music preferences.
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