Blackstar releases new Black & Blue HT Club 40 MkII Amp

Blackstar’s new HT Club 40 MkII Black & Blue Special Edition guitar amp really is something special. At $900 it’s higher on Blackstar’s pricing lineup, but for a good reason; with two Blackplate RCA 6L6 vintage vacuum tubes and the much sought-after Celestion Vintage 30 speaker, the Blackstar Black & Blue amp really is a dream.

Blackstar HT Club 40 MkII Black & Blue Guitar Amp Features

The Blackstar Black & Blue is a 40-watt combo guitar amp. It’s a light blue color with cream-colored accents and a tan basketweave fret. The chicken head knobs make it clear to see what your settings are at-a-glance. This boutique-style look gives off a vintage vibe that lives up to the Special Edition title.

Blackstar’s HT Club 40 MkII Black & Blue amp’s vintage 6L6 tubes along with the Celestial Vintage 30 speaker and patented Infinite Shape Feature (ISF) provide a powerful, yet crystal-clear sound. The 6L6 tubes are able to handle high-powered sound while adding warmth and without losing clarity. It can handle high levels of distortion without losing the quality of sound, making the Black & Blue amp a great option for a variety of styles.

You can customize this sound using the ISF feature that manipulates the EQ. The sound can range from a clean, tight American sound to a looser, warmer British sound. Blackstar’s Black & Blue amp’s sound is further customizable with a dark/light reverb switch, OD equalization, and two channels with two voices each. Each Black & Blue amp comes with a foot pedal that allows you to switch between channels and voices with ease. To hear an example of these voices, click here.

The new Blackstar HT Club 40 MkII Black & Blue special edition guitar amp also comes with a speaker-emulated output for recording or running straight to a PA system, and an effects loop with a loop level switch. For more information about the specs of the new Black & Blue amp, visit Blackstar’s official website.


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Jolyn Johnson

I'm Jolyn! In August, 2020 I will be graduating from UVU with a degree in Commercial Music. I live in Pleasant Grove, Utah with my husband and two Russian Tortoises. I love reading, painting, baking, yoga and songwriting. Two of my goals for the next 5 years is to get a second degree in Music Therapy and to publish my first novel.