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Blackheart BH100H Hot Head Guitar Amplifier (100 Watts)

The Blackheart BH100H Hot Head offers serious rock power. With up to 100 watts of switchable tube power, the Blackheart BH100H Hot Head can rock any stage. (13) Read 7 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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Talk about corruptive power. The New Blackheart BH100H Hothead takes the basic plug and play attitude of a world-class 100-watt workhorse head and puts just enough thoughtful features on it to be the most flexible amp in its class, not to mention several classes up. Two Power Modes (Class AB and Class A) divisible by Pentode (full power) and Triode (half power) operation put four unique, classic and powerful voices right at your fingertips and you won't need a Ph.D to get amazing tone; whether it's searing rock your face off at full volume riff work or plucky, responsive Class A blues when you're felling all deep and stuff.

Awesome Power, Awesome Flexibility

Two simple switches open up an endless world of tonal possibilities.

Class AB/Pentode: 100W of flesh searing power
Class AB/Triode: 50W, tighter headroom, crisper gain, still hurts
Class A/Pentode: 60W, lots of headroom before overdrive, nice and plucky
Class A/Triode: 30W, less headroom, more responsive to your attack

All this before you dial in a brilliantly tuned EQ section and reign it all in through the Master Volume and Master Presence controls.

Two-Channels, Separate EQs

The Hothead has two channels (Loud and F'N Loud), each selectable by a mini toggle on the faceplate or remotely via the included footswitch and each voiced through its own, dedicated EQ section. No more switching from one sound to the same sound in the middle of your jam. Dial in two distinct voices and rock on.

Tube Effects Loop/Boost Function with Level Control

Both channels share a Tube Driven Effects Loop that can be run in series or parallel modes (selectable by mini toggle on the amp's rear panel) and then hard bypassed, doubling as a footswitch-activated boost. Send and Return controls act as expected when in Effects loop Mode but allow you to tweak your Boost Volume when your effects are hard bypassed. Admit it...that's cool. zZounds is an authorized dealer of Blackheart products.
100 Watts, Class A or Class AB Operation

Pentode/Triode Switch

Power Output: Class AB - 100 Watts RMS in (Full Power) Pentode Mode, 50 Watts RMS in (Half Power) Triode Mode, Class A - 60 Watts RMS in (Full Power) Pentode Mode, 30W RMS in (Half Power) Triode Mode

Two Channels: Channel 1 (LOUD) voiced for Crisp Cleans to Classic Rock and Heavy Blues tones (Drive, Level, Treble, Middle and Bass controls), Channel 2 (F'N LOUD) voiced to capture Classic Crunch to Sweet Overdriven Lead tones (Gain, Level, Treble, Middle and Bass controls)

Master Controls (shared by both channels): Master Presence, Master Volume

Effects Loop: Tube Driven, shared by both channels, can be operated in Series or Parallel Mode

Effects Loop Bypass, which can also be used as a boost

Optional Footswitch for Channel Selection and Effect Loop On/Off, with LEDs

Solid State Rectifier

DC Powered filaments (preamp) for solid, quiet operation

16 gauge, 1.5mm rugged chassis construction with folded and welded corners

Outputs: 1 x 16 ohm jack, 2 x 8 ohm jacks, 2 x 4 ohm jacks

Line Out

Cabinet made of 15 ply, 18mm void-free plywood construction
Blackheart Warranty If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 866-858-5832
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Your Search For A Versatile Tube Amp Stops Here!"
Sound: The tone and the sound quality of this amp is mind blowing! IMO,this amp is very simple to tweak to all kinds of music styles. I play everything from Country to Hard Rock. What I've noticed right of the bat is that I was able to play music styles from the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's with just a simple adjustment of the EQ dials. Compared to other tube amps, it is the best and most versatile amp that I've ever played. I have played on top notch amps such as Marshall, Genz Benz, Peavey, Fender, and Mesa Boogie. Yes, Mesa Boogie, and IMO, the Blackheart is my choice for tone, sound , and versatility. Feature: This amp does come with a foot switch and an instruction manual that is very thorough. It even tells you how to connect each and every ohms connection to your cabinet. The most unique feature about this amp is Class A/AB switching and the Full Power/Half Power Switching. BTW, the switches on this amp are not flimsy at all. It takes a little effort to move the switches up and down. This tells me that this is a very durable amp with high quality components that's built to last. Ease of Use: This amp is very easy to use. As I stated above, this amp is very easy to tweak and adjust to your own personal taste. It has an effects loop so you can use your pedals with ease. This amp also has a Series and Parallel function on the back of the amp. Love it! Quality: This amp is built with heavy duty construction material and intentionally built with over sized components. (This monster was built to last!) It would definitely withstand the rigors of the road and daily gigging. BTW, as was mentioned in one of the comments, my UPS delivery driver had a difficult time carrying this amp. It is very heavy, but this a good thing because it can handle the rigors of shipping and traveling on the road. Blackheart did a very good job packaging this amp as well. Value: This amp is way worth the selling price. Other dealers sell this amp for way more. Manufacturer Support: No support need as of yet. The instruction manual is very detailed and straight to the point. The Wow Factor: The technical marvel that I love about this amp is all the options that you have on this baby! It has all the extra options and features of the high priced amps at a price that every working person can afford. (Even those on minimum wage!) Overall: I am beyond satisfied with this great sounding tube amp. It is definitely a keeper. If you are smart, you will be wise enough to by this amp before the powers that be decide to up on the selling price of this amp. Let me say this. As a long time musician, I want to express to all musicians, beginner or pro, that this is a very good amp to have(even as a backup amp) regardless of your music genre. This amp covers all the music spectrum that's out there. As for Metal, I suggest getting a Boss MTZ 2 pedal with a Keeley mod to get that aggressive Metal tone. For the price, you can't go wrong. If it was lost or stolen I would buy another Blackheart BH100 in a heart beat. (No pun intended)
Style of Music: Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rock, Acid Jazz & Techno
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"Blackheart Rocks"
Sound: I have always been looking for that SRV and Hendrix tone. Over my 30+ years of playing I have owned many Fender and Marshall amps. And I never could seem to nail that tone down. It just didn't come to the surface for me no matter what I did. I tried different amps and different pickups over the years and to be honest I wasted a ton of money doing it. Once I even bought a Marshall JCM900 stack brand new for like $2,400.00 and after a few months I hated it. And I have owned more Fender Twins and Super Reverbs then I can count. And as they were great amps they never offered that extra special glow I was looking for. A friend of mine told me about the Line 6 Vetta and I jumped on one of those for about 6 years and couldn't get off of it. I did find some SRV and Hendrix tone in it but it also had that slight solid state vibe in the mix. Then I bought this Blackheart Hot Head and cranked up the F'n/Loud channel and I could hear a tone I had never been able to grasp before. It was there and I was amazed folks. I kept toying around with it for a few days and then hooked up my Ibanez TS9 Keeley mod plus and it was like hello! There it was and it's that special tone I have been looking for over the years. I have tried my TS9 on many other amps and not been able to get that same vibe from it. It is a match made in Heaven if you ask me. Feature: Features? If you read the break down of what these amps have in them and how they were built it's a quality build. They didn't set out to build a cheap amp they set out to build a quality amp for a low cost to consumers. Ease of Use: Try some of the sample settings in the owners manual that is where I started with it and found the best tone from it. It's very easy to use. Quality: It's built as well as any high end amps like Fender or Marshall in fact it might be built a little better in some ways. The only thing this is missing is reverb but I just purchased a reverb pedal and everything is great now. Value: For the money it's one of those amps in 10 or 15 years you will be kicking yourself for not jumping on one when it was out new. These I feel will go up in value in the years to come. Manufacturer Support: You can contact the guy that designed this amp from the Blackheart Engineering site he took one day to email me back. The Wow Factor: I wanted a tube amp and I knew what Marshall and Fender sounded like. I also knew what cheaper brands sounded like. I jumped out and purchased this amp based on other positive reviews and videos of it where I could hear it. And I have to say after owning and playing it this amp put a big smile on my face. Overall: I have been playing the guitar for over 30+ years and owned everything from Fender, Marshall, Line 6, Peavey, and I have stayed true to those brands over the years. But I just recently bought my Blackheart off Craigslist after watching some video reviews on Youtube and reading the specs on the amp online. I had to buy it and give it a try. I have to say folks it put a big smile on my face. I have played it steady for the past three months. I have run pedals and effect processors in it. I can't complain it's what the company claims it is. And it's worth the cash. A friend of mine just got a deal on Mesa Boogie Single Solo 50 Rectifier and I was going to buy from him and brought it home for a test run. I played the Mesa a day or two and then went back to the Blackheart and could hear a difference in things but it was not enough to spend the extra money on. I found the Mesa to have a muddy clean side where the Blackheart has a very warm clean side sound. I found the Mesa to have that real recitifier sound they are known for with no question that was a treat. But I also found with my Ibanez TS9 Keeley mod plus I could dig up near the same vibe on the Blackheart. It's not a Mesa and it's designed to be one. But out of Fender Twins and Super Reverbs it's a close match. And out of Marshall JCM 800 and 900 series amps it's got a very strong match. I love it and for the money it's a great deal for a amp built like this.
Style of Music: Blues / Rock
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