Blackstar HT-1R 1-watt 1x8" Tube Combo Amp with Reverb

1-watt 2-channel All-tube 1x8" Guitar Combo Amplifier with Reverb - Black
Blackstar HT-1R 1-watt 1x8
Blackstar HT-1R 1-watt 1x8
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Blackstar HT-1R 1-watt 1x8" Tube Combo Amp with Reverb
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1 Watt of Serious Amp Power!

What can a single watt do for you? A whole lot, if it's coming out of the Blackstar HT-1R tube combo amp! Whether you're seeking a great-sounding practice amp or want to be able to saturate that tube power section in the studio, you'll love what this mighty little 1 x 8" combo amp with reverb does for you. You get Blackstar's ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) tone control network, which lets you take the HT-1R to both sides of the tonal pond (both American and British-style voicings). Dual channels give you even more sonic options on the fly, while a speaker-emulated output makes recording incredibly easy. The HT-1R shines as a practice amp; it even includes a handy MP3/line input so you can jam along with your favorite tunes.

Blackstar HT-1R Tube Combo Amp Features:
  • Innovative 1-watt valve combo
  • 1 x ECC83 and 1 x ECC82 tube complement
  • Unique push-pull power amp design
  • Based on award-winning HT-5
  • 2 channels
  • Reverb
  • 8" speaker
  • Patent-pending Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Perfect for studio or practice
  • Speaker-emulated output
  • Stereo MP3/line input
  • External speaker output

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
HT-1 1x8 User Manual
HT-1R 1x8 Quick Start Guide
2011 MIPA Award Winners
Blackstar HT-1R Emulator Out
Welcome Blackstar!

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 1W
Speaker Size 1 x 8"
Reverb Yes
EQ ISF Tone Shaping
Preamp Tubes 1 x ECC83
Power Tubes 1 x ECC82
Inputs 1 x 1/4" (Instrument), 1 x 1/4" TRS (Line)
Outputs 1 x 1/4" TRS (Headphones), 1 x 1/4" (Speaker)
Height 12''
Width 12.5''
Depth 7''
Weight 13.2 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number HT1R

Customer Reviews

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Perfect practice amp

FedEx dropped mine off today. The clean tones are really warm like a Martin & the distortion is like a Marshall. At 1 watt, it is very roommate & neighbor friendly. Now the entire house won't hate me when I practice pinch harmonics!

HT-1R is unreal

Bottom line is that this amp has no competition and I can see why they are often back-ordered. I am normally a Fender guy and like my blues slightly dirty with a bit of reverb and this baby smokes as a practice and recording amp. It is basically a high quality boutique amp which does it all from clean to high gain. Finally after numerous tries I have my ultimate home amp. I really am blown away. Also, I must say that dealing with Patrick and Seetwater was a pleasure. Buy this amp and you will never give it up.
Music background: lifetime player

Great beginner/practice amp

I'm a beginning guitar player, and got this amp to go with an Epiphone Les Paul. Extremely happy with the purchase! The guy at Guitar Center tried to steer me toward a much cheaper solid state amp, but once I heard the Blackstar I was determined to buy a tube amp, and I ended up ordering this from Sweetwater. I was concerned at some people's comments that its 1 watt would not play clean tones loudly enough, but that has not been a problem. I do have to crank the volume up pretty high when I'm playing clean, but it's plenty loud enough for home practice. And if you turn up the gain or use the overdrive channel, it is very loud! The sound is beautiful, the simple controls (volume, gain, tone and reverb) are plenty for me along with the infinite variety of sounds I'm finding from the guitar itself. I found that the reverb is far more audible through headphones than through the speaker, but I'm not using it very much yet--as a beginner I would have been fine for quite some time with the cheaper no-reverb version. Very portable too. My only complaint: the power cord does not stay in well. If you move the amp, the cord can easily wiggle loose. Loses a star for that, but six stars for the rest! If you don't have the chance to audition this, there are some decent Youtube videos demo-ing the range of sounds you can get out of it. I'm also using the minijack input from my iPhone, playing songs (slowed down with Capo Touch) to practice to. Highly recommended!

Great amp

This is a great amp. Not a great "gig at a club" amp but a great practice and recording amp. If you play in a 3 piece combo that is quiet (jazz/blues - drummer w/brushes or rods) the clean channel does the perfect amount of breakup when cranked. Or if you need just a little more, plug it in to a 1x12 speaker cab and enjoy low volume power-tube goodness. It records fantastically either with a mic or the speaker sim. Simplicity is it's greatest strength and the ISF gives you lots of variation. Expect your modeler to start collecting dust. The digital reverb is nice too. This is probably the most enjoyable, practical, musical anything I've bought in a long time. I have several other tube amps, some vintage, but this one is the first to blend modern and traditional sounds and really get it right. As always, actual mileage may vary but I am very pleased and impressed.
Music background: music anarchist.

great little amp

This is the thrid amp I have bought in the last 9 months and is now the only one I use. Its great for practice, recording and I mic it up and use it for band practice. The direct out into my recording mixer sounds great. Can't wait too try out a larger Blackstar I've used Mashalls all my life, now I think I'm hooked on Blackstar
Music background: Recording, Pro Musisian

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