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Blackstar HT5RH MkII Guitar Amplifier Head with Reverb (5 Watts)
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Blackstar HT5RH MkII Guitar Amplifier Head with Reverb (5 Watts)

Crank out some serious tones without melting paint off the walls. This 5-watt head is switchable down to .5 watts for saturated overdrive at modest volumes.

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Submitted May 17, 2020 by Michael Ryan in Urbana, IL
"Not going to let you down!"
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I waited about a month after I got this amp from zZounds before I wrote this review. I have traditionally been a Fender and Peavey amp guy. I have owned Hot Rod Deville's Classic 30's and Valve Kings. Was looking for a small amp primarily for practice yet something that had enough umph to do practice sessions and small gigs. I was very interested in the .5 watt setting for bedroom practice. I play primarily country, classic rock and blues, cleans on any amp are the most important thing to me and the ability to take pedals well is a very close second. This amp excels at both, the .5 watt setting is amazing for at home/ bedroom practice, you don't seem to loose any of the rich tone and detail coming out of the amp. The sound is exactly what I hoped it would be. I have a G&L Tele, a G&L Strat and a LP, I want to hear the sparkle out of my tele and the growl out of the LP and you do. The amp really does deliver in the differences in sound that each guitar provides. The cleans are really good and the crunch channel is pretty good as well. I use pedals for my overdrive, primarily a BOSS Blues Driver and it works fantastic with this amp. The one thing I would recommend that you put in front of this amp and every other amp is the MXR 11 band EQ pedal. The MXR gives every amp I have owned just that little extra boost of clarity and this Blackstar is no different, turn that pedal on and that little extra just sounds amazing. My pedal board is pretty simple the Blues Driver, the EQ, a chorus, a Trem and a delay pedal, I keep it simple.For me and my uses the feature set on the Blackstar was the most comprehensive, I haven't tried the DI features yet I have been mic'ing the cabinet for recording and it records very well. I have the head paired with the Blackstar 112 cabinet and the combo sounds fantastic. The size is much small than I thought it was going to be, sitting next to my Peavey Bandit 112 the Blackstar is slightly taller by about 2 inches but also about 2 inches narrower. So transporting will be very easy even in a small vehicle. Construction seems to be on par with the Fender's and Peavey's I have owned, the tolex is done well, the front face is cool as sh#t looking, overall a nice looking rig that will be my main practice and small gig amp for years to come I hope.
Musical Background:
Been playing for 35 years, primary instrument is drums, play some guitar and a little bit of keys. Cover bands locally
Musical Style:
Rock, Country and Blues
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Submitted December 7, 2020 by a customer from gmail.com
"Amazing!"
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Whether you're a beginner-intermediate player looking to invest in your first reasonably priced tube amp or a seasoned pro needing a small lightweight rig this head will not let you down. Great saturated tube tones in a small package. Very versatile from the cleans to high gain. I can get lost in some clean blues or "edge of breakup" tones with my Strat and then plug in my Ibanez and crank out good heavy chugs all day long. It does great with pedals as well both in front of the amp and through the effects loop so if for some reason you can't quite find the tone you're looking for from the knobs or you need particular effects, it makes a great platform for your favorite pedals. The included foot switch is another great feature and it functions awesome, only further increasing the versatility of this amp. The 0.5w setting is a must-have making this thing incredible for home use. It will push a big cab so on 5 watts and with the right cab it packs plenty enough punch for band rehearsals and small venues. And its lightweight and smaller size means it's very portable and won't take up much space in your vehicle or in your home studio/practice space. I weighed my options and compared different amps for weeks before pulling the trigger on this one and I am very satisfied with my choice.
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Submitted June 6, 2019 by rick byrd in Canby, CA
"Blackstar 5 watt head"
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Nise sound just like it says! "the sound in your head!"
Musical Background:
Playing 21/2 years this time.
Musical Style:
Blues mostly
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