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Blackstar HT-40 Club Guitar Combo Amplifier (40 Watts, 1x12")

Two channels, four modes, and an EQ section -- that's all the Blackstar HT-40 Club needs to produce an impressive range of classic and modern tube sounds. (28) Read 14 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Blackstar's HT-40 is a 40-watt combo amplifier made for the player who needs all the gain of a full stack in the compact shape of a combo. With two gain channels, a 12" Celestion speaker, and plenty of tone-shaping options, this tube amp is most certainly ready to rock.

Explore the Depths of Heavy Gain

The HT-40's black demeanor is more than an aesthetic choice -- this amp can rock with the heaviest of them. Its two overdrive channels offer sounds that range from classic rock punch to modern liquid gain. Control the sound with the EQ knobs or the voice switch, which adds gain to the midrange for a smoother and more fluid-sounding distortion.

On the clean side, the amp offers volume and tone knobs in addition to the standard EQ controls. You also have access to a voice switch which changes up the sound from class A to class A/B. the Class A sound is vintage-voiced and approaches overdrive earlier on, while AB offers a modern "botique" sound with shimmering high end.

Tonal Controls for More Flexibility

To add a touch of depth to your sound, engage the HT-40's digital reverb, complete with a light/dark switch on the back panel for extra shaping options. A Blackstar exclusive is the Infinite Shape Feature. Located with the EQ controls, the ISF knob runs from 0 -- an "American" voicing with tight response, to 10 -- a warmer-sounding "British" voicing.

Quality Components for Quality Sound

The HT-40's sounds are all thanks to its high-end under-the-hood ingredients. A 12" Celestion speaker drives the sound through the classic black and white grill, but before that, those rich, high gain tones are shaped by the tubes. Blackstar has outfitted the HT-40 with two ECC 83 and two EL34 tubes to give the amp a default British voicing that can not only handle high gain, but encourages it.

Features:

-40 watts power
- Two ECC83 tubes
- Two EL34 tubes
- Clean and overdrive channels each with individual voice switch
- Master volume
- Celestion 12" speaker
- Digital reverb with dark/light switch
- Speaker emulated output
- Effects loop
- Footswitch, amp stand, and cable included

Take an epic journey into the deeper stages of gain with the Blackstar HT-40.

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Specifications
- 40-Watt valve combo
- 2xECC83, 2xEL34
- Two footswitchable channels
- 12-inch Celestion speaker
- Enhanced tone controls
- Patent-Applied for Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
- Clean voice switch
- Overdrive voice switch
- Master volume
- Digital reverb with dark/bright switch
- Speaker emulated output
- Effects loop
- Cool vintage styling
- Footswitch included
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
with Free Amp Stand and Guitar Cable
Shipping Weight: 77 lbs
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 65 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 28 x 25 x 16 in
Blackstar Warranty Information
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 631-390-8737

Product Description

Equipped with 2 channels and 4 modes, the HT Club 40 is the ideal gigging valve amp for club-sized venues. The 40W EL34 driven power amplifier has amazing punch and dynamics that will easily cut through in a full band situation. Switching to the amazing ISF equipped overdrive channel accesses a further two modes -- 'classic crunch' and 'super saturated lead'.
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Blackstar HT-40 - exceeds expectations"
Overall: Truly, "the sound in your head." This amp has an all tube power section, a tube/hybrid pre-amp and modern features that will leave you in jaw dislocating awe. The rectifier & phase inverter are solid state, and there are also some FETs incorporated for voicing, etc. It doesn't bother me in the least that it's "technically" not "all tube" - you'd never know it by the sound, and I think the solid state PI is a brilliant idea (you can adjust it to be "matched" when biasing for new power tubes, but keep in mind that Blackstaf considers this type of thing as warranty voiding if not done by a certified tech. It's easy to do - search the web for instructions). With the voicing switches on both clean and dirty channels, and their patented ISF (infinite shape) control, you can dial in a sound all your own - fender clean + marshall crunch, HiWatt/Vox clean/chime + Mesa chug and anything in-between. The boutique voice on the clean channel is out of this world. With the tone around noon, ISF on British, it is very Gilmourish/hiwatt'ish. Dial the tone closer to 3oclock and it's a Vox. Flip the voicing switch and ISF towards the American side, and it's blackface or silverface depending on where you set the tone. Plays nice with drive pedals if you want to stick with that channel for your base tone. The tone knob is very functional - so much so that I don't miss having a full eq section on the clean channel. This channel breaks up nicely when driven. Similarly, the dirty channel offers marshall to Mesa crunch/grind/chuggachugga if that's what you're after depending on its own voicing switch and your eq preference. Extremely versatile! There's a full eq sections on this channel. You don't really need dirt pedals with this amp - a clean boost will suffice for soloing, but it's very responsive to your guitar volume/tone controls, so you don't even need a boost if you're used to controlling your sound that way. Cleans up beautifully when you roll down the volume on your guitar. Construction is top-notch - solid cabinet (vented closed-back), and quality components. The only things I found disappointing (at first, I'm over it now): made in China, not Korea, and as usual for almost all amp makers, lesser tone quality tubes (but very reliable/sturdy tubes nevertheless). Sovtech 12ax7-WA's in the pre, and ruby el-34bht's in the power section). The rubys are fine for the power section, but per my preference, the sovtech WA's in the preamp had to go. Replaced with GT-12AX7-C's and I'm content for now, but I'll probably put a 5751 & Tungsol 12ax7 in at some point. An amazing amp that I plan on keeping until it, (or I) is no longer serviceable :)
Style of Music: Blues/classic rock/modern worship (Lincoln Brewster, st al).
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Sound: This is a VERY high-gain amplifier. If you play any kind of rock from classic to heavy metal, this amp will allow you to do it with no pedals. Even though it has the "American to British" switch, it's very hard to get a loose type breakup like a Fender Blues Deluxe, for example. The distortion is very smooth and clean. The word boutique gets thrown around a lot. the cleans are amazing and boutique-like, but this amp does not have the crystalline clear high end and overtones of a Boogie. If it is lacking anything, it's the loose trebly distortion that some people like. For so few knobs however, it makes a LOT of sounds. The digital reverb is the missing link. It's just very poor sounding. Feature: Well built, easy to use, very solid. Gave it an eight because it has digital reverb that sticks as opposed to a real reverb tank. Ease of Use: It is a very easy amp to use, but the voicing switches give it a lot of versatility. It's going to take a few days to dial in. Not like a Fender where you set your two tones and forget it. There's a lot to learn here and it's a new way of looking at tone stacks. Quality: Exceptionally well made. No issues here whatsoever. Value: Great value. It takes a triple rec at 4x the price to get these sounds normally. Manufacturer Support: Don't know yet. I haven't needed any support. But I'm going to call this week to get some info on setting up more treble in the tone stack. The Wow Factor: It's a sexy amp. And the downright affordable extension speaker doesn't hurt. Overall: I will be using this one until it dies. It's the kind of amp that will grow with you as you lean all the things it can do. And this amp can do LOTS of things.
Style of Music: punk blues
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