Our mates from Northampton England have done it again. Blackstar amps caught headlines a few years back when their $169 ID-Core 10 Combo became the second biggest selling amplifier in the US behind the Fender mustang. It was around this time the world starting taking notice of Blackstar - A company that Macron has been selling since 2009. All 4 owners of Blackstar are Ex Marshall employees and have had years of experience in engineering amplifiers. What sets them aside from everyone else is that they focus on one thing - What you as a player want!
Their patented ISF control (Infinite Shape Feature) allows you to dial up a range of tones ranging from what they refer to as US to UK . You can start at US and dial it up to 9 o’clock and have a tiny bit ok UK in your US sound, in fact you can dial it to anywhere to achieve different sounds and tones.
The Studio 10 range comes off the back of their 10th anniversary range of combo amps they released in 2018. They are small wattage valve amplifiers with a different voicing and tube setup per model. The Studio 10 range consists of 3 models.
The EL34 Model is a classic blues rock sounding amplifier which obviously features an EL34 tube in the power amplifier and an ECC83 tube in the preamp stage, resulting in a flawlessly boutique, sultry crunch. This model includes a foot-switchable pre-amp, boost for an authentic classic rock and indie rhythm tone and articulately powerful blues leads.
The 6L6 model is voiced to sound like a boutique American Style amp (think Matchless or Mesa) and again is driven by the 6L6 output valve and an ECC83 preamp valve. It has bright clean sound and searing lead tone. The built-in overdrive circuit - inspired by our renowned HT-Drive pedal - takes the lead tone from dynamic crunch to a singing, smooth legato and remains composed and graceful.
The KT88 model features the fabled KT88 valve in the preamp- a valve normally used in HIFI not guitar amps. It has an ECC83 in the preamp stage and because from the extra headroom of the KT-88, the Studio 10 KT-88 is the pinnacle of dynamic modern cleans and tight high-gain overdrives. In addition, the patented ISF control gives unparalleled access to more distortion flexibility than any other single-ended valve amplifier on the market.
These amps are designed to be used anywhere and by anyone. They are small enough so that the police don’t call your neighbours and its big enough to stick a mic in front of to fill out a room. The high quality sounds on offer will blow your mind and like everything Blackstar creates - so will the price. Aussie pricing is incoming so keep an eye on our social channels for pricing updates and awesome video content from the NAMM 2019 show.