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The HT-Club 40 is the ideal tube amp for the working musician for club sized venue. Sam Ash Direct has the guaranteed lowest price and fast free, shipping.

Equipped with 2 channels and 4 modes, the Blackstar HT Club 40 is the ideal gigging valve amp for club sized venues. The 40-Watt EL34 driven power amplifier has amazing punch and dynamics that will easily cut through in a full band situation. Switching to the ISF equipped overdrive channel accesses a further two modes – ‘classic crunch’ and ‘super saturated lead’.

The Blackstar HT Club 40 is powered by two EL34 power tubes and two ECC83 preamp tubes (which are a European-designated variation of the 12AX7s that are more familiar here in the States). The Clean and Overdrive Channels are footswitchable. The Clean has Volume and Tone controls with a voice switch for what the company describes as “boutique” and “modern” voicings. The Overdrive has Gain and Volume controls, a three-band EQ, Blackstar's Infinite Shape Feature, and a voice switch that offers “classic” (tight and crunchy) and fuller-body voicings. The amp’s front control panel is rounded out with Master Volume and (digital) Reverb controls.

The patent-applied-for Infinite Shape Feature: “The ISF control works in conjunction with the Bass, Middle and Treble controls. It allows you to choose the exact tonal signature you prefer. Fully counter-clockwise has a more American characteristic with a tight bottom-end and more aggressive middle, and fully clockwise has a British characteristic which is more ‘woody’ and less aggressive.” The rear panel features a Speaker Emulated Output, a Dark/Light control for the Reverb, and an effects loop. The combo weighs in at 54 lbs.

Get your Blackstar HT Club 40 Combo Amp today from Sam Ash Direct and enjoy the confidence that comes from fast, free shipping, the guaranteed lowest price and our 45/60-day return/price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Guitar Combo Amp
  • Footswitch
Series HT
Other Features Equipped with 2 Channels with 4 modes this 40 Watt EL 34 driven amp has amazing punch to cut through ina band situation.
Model HT CLUB 40

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BlackstarHT CLUB 40 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
5.0

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Portable (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (6)
    • Performances (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Professional recording (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
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    5.0

    Best i can imagine! Affordable too!

    By 

    from peoria, az

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Blackstar HT CLUB 40 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Unlike many tube amplifiers, it still holds its great tone at low volume (and the high volume is earsplitting!!), so you can mic the amp and still get that full rich clean tone, or heavy, light, or middle crunch/overdrive. the reverb is an excellent feature, and when turned to the max, it does wonders and makes individual slow notes literally sing without getting muddy. It also has a speaker emulated output, meaning if you plug recording equip into this slot, it records sound with the same effect a cabinet produces. there is a built in effects loop, and three speaker outputs... one for the built in 16 ohm speaker, and two more for either two more 16 ohm speakers, or one 8 ohm speaker. With a Standby option, you can leave for a short while, and when you come back to play again, the tubes are already hot for you!

       
      5.0

      Superb sounding Amp

      By 

      from Chicago

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Full Audio Range
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful
      • Very Musical

      Cons

      • No Eq On Clean Channel
      • No Eq Was On The Clean Ch

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Blackstar HT CLUB 40 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I had a VOX AC 15 Tube and wanted more depth.
      Blackstar seems to be the only one that at LOW volume levels was well balanced and rich tone...kinda like the real 1965 Fender Tweeds

      I added an outboard EQ and dialed in the tone I have been looking for.....warm for old R & R...mids for Country and full Hard Driving Rock & Roll needed for Bon Jovi's It's my Life !

      Sam Ash Sales people are the best ! Helpful and they know their products !

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      just a great amp

      By 

      from anderson, IN

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar HT CLUB 40 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        This amp has the ability to keep up with the overpriced big boys and sounds better

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Studio 20 or Club 40? Read On

        By 

        from Cincinnati, OH

        About Me Novice

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Play

          Comments about Blackstar HT CLUB 40 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I picked up the HT Studio 20 and had it for about a week. I looked at Overdrive pedals at Sam Ash on the Studio 20 to get that "searing" sort of gain tone. Not muddied up distortion; simmering gain.

          20 Watts was more than I'd need for mostly home play and some practice situations. I read about the HT Club 40 and the differences between it and the Studio 20. In a nutshell: 2 Clean channel voicings, 2 Gain Channel voicings and a better speaker. The obvious difference in power: 20W vs 40W. As I wrote, the 20 had more Master Volume than I'd likely be able to spend, so I thought the Club 40 would be a grossly overdone and not-really-needed upgrade consideration.

          Then, I thought about the price difference of only $100. Granted, $100 is the same to me as to anyone and I don't have money to burn on silly upgrades. However, for the optional voicings alone, I went and returned the 20 and bought the 40. It only took one push of the Gain Channels second voicing (button in the IN position) to make it all worth while. If the only difference for the $100 price difference, the second voicing is worth the upgrade.

          The 40 is grossly more amp than I'll need 85% of the time I'm playing. That does not bother me at all. Cabinet size of the Club 40 isn't that much wider than the 20, so that's no real concern either. If you are looking at the 20 and the voicings have what you need, or if you are a Clean channel player with pedals and therefore don't need the options, the 20 is a screamer for sure and saving $100 is, well, saving $100.

          Considering what I paid to get into the Studio 20, the upgrade - to me - was a no-brainer. I like versatility and the 40 delivers in a very large way.

          Listen to the 20 and the 40 and be sure to compare the Clean and Gain channels on each. There is a difference, and to me it was the most notable difference with the second Gain Channel voice that helped me to reach the "Sound in MY head". The alternate Clean channel is also a different voice that tends to handle the lower frequencies quite nicely (think of a major amp manufacturer that starts with "Fen" and ends with "der".

          This could be construed as a rambling review, however choosing the right amp for me enabled me to *stop* thinking about what I might be missing with the Studio 20. I'm certain I'm now not missing a thing. Blackstar's build quality is very good and the Club 40 comes with a 70/80 speaker, that while some choose to change out, I'm very happy with it. Enjoy!

          The guys at Sam Ash are great. (Thanks Chris for turning the amp up to levels no one would ever consider acceptable in a retail space so I could hear what this amp is made of!)

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My new favorite amp

          By 

          from Bensalem, Pa.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackstar HT CLUB 40 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I just bought this amp a couple of days ago to use in a British Invasion/Motown band I play in and, this is an incredible amp to say the least. I love the lead channel and the extreme amount of variables I can dial in easily and fast...anything from a super clean 1965 Fender Twin to a Marshall tube dimed out and played hard...it's all in there and easy to get to. With out question this is my new favorite amp.
            I must also thank Sam Ash for the incredible deal they worked out for me. They care because they are ALL musicians there looking out for us.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The British are ROCKIN

            By 

            from Cincinnati,ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Blackstar HT CLUB 40 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            This amp is awesome, it has any tone your looking for and more. The clean channel has all the sweet,warm tube tone you could want. The clean channel can go from great Fender shimmering cleans to dirty bluesy grit and everything in between. Put your favorite distortion pedal into the front input and it(your favorite pedal) even sounds better. The overdrive channel is just as impressive, you can get any kind,type,era of distortion you want. The ISF knob sets the voice of the amp from American to British and everything else as well, classic to modern this has it.The built in reverb sounds amazing. The effects loop works as it should. If you looking for a KILLER amp that won't break the bank this is for you. Stop by your local Sam Ash and plug in to ANY of the Blackstar amps and give'em A listen. Tone to die for.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Amp for the price!

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            from COlsOh

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Blackstar HT CLUB 40 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              This is one of the best affordable tube amps out there. I bought it after looking at several others in the same range and some even more expensive.
              The clean channel is amazing, and the overdrive gets anything from slight crunch to blistering distortion all the while sounding great with string clarity.
              The reverb, though digital, sounds good and has two settings - dark and light. The amp takes pedals very well in front and in the loop. The features - two "voicings"- one @ each channel and the ISF feature - o.d. only add additional sonic shaping, and I like the amp by itself so much that I rarely use pedals with it.
              I think it's an excellent amp, the price is well worth it and I love playing through it

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Amp

              By 

              from ColsOh

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Amazing Gain
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Great Clean
              • Great Crunch
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Blackstar HT CLUB 40 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                Great Amp for the price. Really nice features and killert tone. It would be well suited for nearly any genre of music

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                WOW! Great amp!

                By 

                from Richmond, VA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Limited Functions
                • Single channel footswitch

                Best Uses

                • Small to Medium Gigs

                Comments about Blackstar HT CLUB 40 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                I use this amp mic'd in a praise and worship band and it does everything I need it to do tone wise. The amount of gain is just right. It's not that harsh, brittle, fizzy gain but rather smooth, full, and rich. It takes pedals very well too. It's extremely easy to dial in a great sound and I really like the switchable effect loop setting and two reverb choices. The Voice switch on the overdirve channel is pretty cool and offers enough difference to be useful. The clean channel is very balanced. Bottom line on this amp is that it sounds fantastic. I plugged my Les Paul in, and within about 5 minutes, I was sold! The only downside to this amp is that it only has a single channel on the footswitch. If it had two or three the amp would be perfect. But I use dirt pedals so it's a small issue.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This is the amp!

                By 

                from Phila.Pa.

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound

                Cons

                • Sounds quite good

                Best Uses

                • Musician Producer

                Comments about Blackstar HT CLUB 40 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                I tried this amp in the store and i was quite pleasantly surprised. First,the power is substantial for 40w. next the sound is really good compared to the Fender Blues Delux. Its simple to operate,you may need to play a little with the ISF,but overall I'd give it a 4.5 rating. I almost didn't want to stop playing it.Remember this is not an amp that you would want to play metal with,I feel its more suited for R&B,Blues or even some Jazz. The overdrive is quite good and smooth. This amp is quite smooth sounding.

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                Warranty on Blackstar is 3 years parts & labor, 90 days on tubes & footswitches, 1 year on speakers.