Blackstar HT Club 40 Guitar Tube Combo Amp 40W 1x12 (Discontinued)
Thanks to ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) technology, Blackstar is able to expand the possible tones that you can get from an amp, and do so without stripping it of genuine tube elements.
The HT Club 40 is a great example of what this technology can do, this gig-ready tube amplifier has all the traditional features, while having comparable versatility to a digital amp modeler.
With 40 watts of power, two ECC83 and two EL34 tubes, and a 12" Celestion speaker, this amp has juice for professional gigging.
The extra EQ controls and built-reverb adds a bit more tone shaping options, while the effects loop with level control makes the amp more compatible with complex pedalboard setups.
All these features add up to make the HT Club 40 a gig-ready versatile tube amplifier that can cater to the needs of different musical styles.
- Power Rating: 40W (2 Channels)
- Preamp: 2 x ECC83
- Poweramp: 2 x EL34
- Speaker: 12" Celestion Speaker
- Input: 1 x 1/4"
- Output: 3 x 1/4" (Speaker), 1 x 1/4" (DI), Effects Loop, Footswitch
- Cabinet: Rear Ported
- Main Controls: Standby, Power, Channel, Master, Reverb, Reverb Type, Effects Loop Level
- Equalizer: Bass, Middle, Treble, ISF
- Clean Channel Controls: Volume, Tone, Voice Switch
- Overdrive Channel Controls: Gain, Volume, Voice Switch
- Weight: 53.8 lbs
With its impressively high ratings, its hard to deny that Blackstar hit all the right notes with the HT Club 40. Many are impressed with its tone and versatility, with some users even describing it as "Perfection". Peter Hodgson of I Heart Guitar puts it nicely, "There are many players who would dig this amp. Country spank, bluesy grit, rock crunch, shred scream and even fusion tactility are all in here".
There weren't really any notable complaints, other than some users who wish that the Blackstar HT Club 40 had three channels for easier switching between clean, crunch and lead.
If you want nothing less than one of the best guitar tube amplifier combo in the sub $1000 price range, then the Blackstar HT Club 40 is the one to get if you can still find one for sale.
If you can find one available, then check out our current recommendations in our guide to The Best Combo Tube Amps