Blackstar have just recently turned ten years old. Making amps and pedals from 2007, the ex-Marshall employees have really made an impact in the guitar amplifier market. From digital modelling amps to boutique all-valve monsters, they really have all avenues covered. To celebrate ten years in the business Blackstar have released a limited number of single-ended 1×12 guitar combos. These amps tell the story of the UK based brand perfectly by picking three of their most iconic amplifier ranges and packaging them in a sleek 1×12 combo.
ECC83 valve in the preamp stage
Specially voiced EL34, 6L6 and KT-88 power amplifiers
Clean and Boost or Overdrive settings, which are footswitchable
Specially voiced Reverb, speaker emulated output and effects loop
A super cool retro styling
A Celestion 70/80 loudspeaker
The first amplifier to rise from the Blackstar workshop in 2007 is a true British-voiced powerhouse. The iconic EL34 valve in the single-ended power section gives a classic crunch tone that is further more enhanced by a built-in hot preamp boost switch. An amp that dynamically breaks up just like the flagship Artisan range at an affordable price point.
The newest range to the lineup sees a 6L6 output valve for bright, full bodied cleans. The boost switch on this amp engages an overdrive circuit taken from the popular Blackstar HT Drive pedal. This is a great amplifier to combine with your pedalboard. Reverb can be found on all combos twinned with a Celestion 70/80 12’’ driver.
Series One 10
The Series One range from Blackstar is renowned for its versatility, this 10 watt configuration comes loaded with a powerful KT88 valve in the power stage to enhance this. Inspired by the S-200 you instantly have headroom and super dynamic response from this combo. Hit the boost switch to engage a tight high-gain overdrive, feeding from the KT88 the drive section on the amplifier pulls no punches and delivers true metal grit.
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