Blackstar HT-5R 5-watt 1x12" Tube Combo with Reverb

5-watt 2-channel All-tube 1x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier with Infinite Shape Feature, Effects Loop, Stereo Reverb, and Speaker-emulated Line Output - Black
Blackstar HT-5R 5-watt 1x12
Blackstar HT-5R 5-watt 1x12
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Your Tube-fired Studio Amp Solution

Blackstar's all-tube HT-5R is the compact combo amp you need when you want to get killer guitar tones in the studio. This amazing little combo combines an all-tube 5-watt guitar amplifier with a custom-designed 12" Blackbird 50 speaker, allowing you to get high-gain tone without frying your eardrums. The HT-5R also lets you dial in a range of great tones, thanks to Blackstar's stellar ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) tone-shaping control, which takes you from glassy cleans to down-and-dirty crunch, and everything in between. A handy onboard effects loop (complete with an effects level switch) lets you add your own effects into the signal path. Plus, an onboard speaker-emulated output makes it easy to record killer amp tones straight from the Blackstar HT-5R.

Blackstar HT-5R Tube Amplifier Head Features:
  • 5-watt tube head
  • 1 x ECC83 and 1 x 12BH7 tubes
  • 12" Blackbird 50 custom-designed speaker
  • Unique push-pull power amp design
  • HT Pedal preamp
  • 2 footswitchable channels
  • Stereo digital reverb
  • Enhanced tone controls
  • Patent-pending Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Fully equipped for studio or practice
  • Speaker-emulated output with 1 x 12" or 4 x 12" voicing
  • Effects loop with effects level switch
  • Footswitch included
Blackstar's HT-5R combo guitar amplifier is the perfect fit for your studio or practice space!

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
HT-5R 1x12 Quick Start Guide
HT-5RH 5 Watt 2 Channel Tube Head - Black User Manual

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 5W
Speaker Size 1 x 12"
Reverb Yes
EQ 3-band (ISF)
Preamp Tubes 1 x ECC83
Power Tubes 1 x 12BH7
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x TS (Speaker), 1 x TRS (Speaker Emulated)
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 15.75"
Width 17.48"
Depth 9.33"
Weight 27.12 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number HT-5R

Customer Reviews

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Blackstar HT-5R is awesome

I have honestly owned many different amps throughout my life: Fender M80 chorus, Vox Valvetronics & Pathfinder, Marshall AVT150 and Blackstar ID20. This amp was a college gradutation present from my wife and man oh man is does it set itself apart from anything else I have ever owned. This is the first completely tube amp I have ever played and it sounds great. I paired it with a Marshall MG412 cabinet based on a recommendation from a friend and all I can say is wow. The clarity of tone, note for note, is breath taking, the wide variety of tones that are possible due to the ISF is incredible, and the punch from the 4x12 cab is inspiring. It is true that it is only 5 watts but it is clearly enough for a small gig, rehearsal, practice, or just home paying. The effects loop works great and the modulation of my different pedals comes in clear and with out any loss of power. I run my wah pedal through the front and the other pedals through the back, it works great. Overall I would highly recommend this amp to anyone who wants a moderately priced low watt all tube performer for small applications. You will not be dissappointed.

Got it right!

I have played guitar for 18 years and never got into electric, but now I am ready. I told Robbie about what sound I was looking for, something a little british, dark, and aggressive. Robbie recommended this, not necessarily for playing live, but for getting the tone right for recording or practicing. I really love this amp. Thanks again Robbie.
Music background: Singer Songwriter/Student/Pro Musician

Backstair HT-5R Combo studio amp

If you haven't read the backstory of the four bald guys from Marshall who decided to take a shot at making their own brand of British vibe, start there. This amp's utilization as a professional tool is evident as soon as you open the packaging; well constructed case, sturdy leather carrying handle, well protected corners, and an overall heft of a quality piece of equipment. Top panel layout is clean with enough room between controls for accurate adjustment. Switches are sturdy and input jack well mounted. Back panel has a useful layout schematic for all plug ins, switches and mains. Access to the 12BH7 and ECC83 tubes requires removal of the back panel held in place by 10 screws. Yeah, but how does it sound? Well, I began with the diagramed setup on the top cover sheet to try the American clean sound. I was met with rich bass and mid tones. Treble was accurate and didn't sound thin like several other low watt amps of competitors. Gain settings drive well offering a great range from mild break to very pleasing distortion. The Infinate Shape Feature was a pleasant surprise. many times these coloration switches try to be too much with too little. This one has a relatively narrow range that moves you gentle towards Vox on the right and Fender on the left. This amp does not sound like either and I don't believe that was the intent. What you get is a measurable amount of color change like you would get by moving from one preamplifier to another. I like it. Another welcome feature was the 12 in speaker. I have several low watts with 10 in and one with an 8 in speaker. Again, the overall tone is smoother and driving the amp a little doesn't result in tin or crushed glass sound coming from the box. This amp was purchased as both a bedside and additional studio amp. It is not in my opinion a gigable amp.Again, I don't believe that was Blackstars intent. They have many other choices for that kind of work. Overall I was very pleased with the quality, sound, and value. I think one of my Fender Twins may hit eBay to fund a larger hardwired Blackstar. These guys are innovation at its best.
Music background: Retired gigging musician with over 35 years of practice.

Fat Bang for My Skinny Buck

I bought this amp for recording in my apartment. I needed something small and this fit the bill. It sounds great mic'd up and the emulated output sounds great as well. I usually record a track of each. What really impressed me with this amp was the live volume. I jammed with some friends and this is all I had to play through. It was loud enough and I had it cranked to 10 even though this baby goes to 11! So I had a little volume to spare. I did not expect this and am very pleased with it. The sound is fat and phenomenal. Highly recommended!
Music background: Recording Engineer, Musician

A lot of features and great sound for the money

Effects Loop, 2 Foot switchable channels, reverb, low wattage, warm clean tone, array of distortion tones.
Music background: Experienced Musician
See also: Combo Amps, Blackstar, Blackstar Guitar Combo Amps