Carmen Vandenberg has secured her first signature model amplifier with Blackstar, the CV30, a 2 channel, 1 x 12″ combo valve amp.
Vandeberg’s bold and brash riffs in Bones UK vary from a more traditional driven blues tone to crazed industrial distortion, relying heavily on pedal effects with Blackstar amps providing the punchy British valve amp character. Vandenberg collaborated with the Blackstar engineers and came up with a feature set, tone and look tailored to her ideals, carefully optimizing the key power amplifier for the outstanding dynamics normally associated with a USA 6L6 design, whilst adding the chime and shimmer of a classic British Class A amplifier.
The CV30 packs 30W of power (as you might have guessed) with 2 x ECC83 and 2 x 6L6 valves, and a classic Celestion 12″ V-Type speaker. You also of course get Blackstar’s patented ISF control, taking channel 2’s tone from classic British to a more modern American tone. The emphasis here is on simplicity and sonic quality, making it an ideal amp to drive with pedals. The look is very, very nice too. Art deco typography and vintage style chicken head knobs in black and gold give it a beautiful premium look.
The Carmen Vandenberg CV30 is a limited edition, with only 100 amps being made available, worldwide. So if you’re keen, don’t sleep on this one! And if you’ve slept on Bones UK, definitely check em out!