Blackstar HT Stage 60 Tube Guitar Amplifier 60W (Discontinued)
Blackstar's ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) technology has the ability to morph guitar tones into different amp voicings, allowing tube amps like the HT Stage 60 to be as versatile as digital modeling amps.
This amp has three channels, all of which expand to different voicings, from Class-A British cleans to Dynamic USA style cleans, to the many different shades of overdriven amp tones. And since this is a Blackstar amplifier, we can expect it to work best when driven hard and high, for modern rock and metal tones.
The preamp section is driven by two ECC83 tubes and an ECC82 tube, while the power amp section is driven by two EL34s, all of which combine for a loud and powerful tone, that's also made versatile via ISF. Each of the three channels come with controls that allow for fine tuning the tones, while the built-in Reverb effect adds air to its all analog tube sound.
- Power Rating: 60 Watt
- Preamp Tubes: 2 x ECC83, 1 x ECC82
- Power Tubes: 2 x EL34
- Speaker: 2 x 12" Celestion
- Amp Models: Variable via Blackstar's ISF Knob
- Effects: 1 (Reverb)
- Controls: Clean (Volume, Bass, Treble, Voice and Clean Button), OD1 & OD2 (Gain 1, Gain 2, Volume 1, Volume 2, ISF, Bass, Middle, Treble, Reverb, Multiple Buttons for Voice and OD), Master ( Resonance, Presence, Volume)
- Input: 1 x 1/4"
- Output: 4 x 1/4" (Speaker), 1 x 1/4" (DI)
- Weight: 66.8 lbs.
One reviewer described the Blacktar HT Stage 60 as a "Monster" amplifier, and a majority of reviewers share the same view, only using different words to commend the amp for its incredible sound quality and versatility. Since it's not a digital modeling amplifier, there's no convenient one-button tone change, but with a bit of practice and experience, you can setup the amp to have 3 distinct amp flavors ready to switch into at anytime, all without compromising its all-tube amplifier integrity. Interestingly, there are a few users who report being disappointed at some of the amp's tones, goes to show that you can't please everybody.
If you're a tube amp purist, or if you prefer the sound of all-tube amps - then the Blackstar HT Stage 60 is a great excuse for you to experience the convenience of amp modeling without compromising your principles.