Blackstar HT Club 40 - 40-watt 1x12" Tube Combo Amp

40-watt 2-channel All-tube 1x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier with Infinite Shape Feature, Overdrive and Clean Voice Switches, Reverb - Black
Blackstar HT Club 40 - 40-watt 1x12
Blackstar HT Club 40 - 40-watt 1x12
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Perfect Stage Tube Combo

Take the stage with Blackstar's versatile HT Club 40 tube combo amp and you have all the tones you need in the palm of your hand. This amazing portable powerhouse pumps 40 watts of EL34-fired power through a great-sounding 12" Celestion speaker. The HT Club 40 gives you two footswitchable channels, so you can dial in everything from glassy cleans to saturated overdrive tones. Onboard reverb lets you add depth to your sound, while a speaker-emulated output makes it easy to record directly. This amp's wattage is perfect for the player who wants to take full advantage of the power tubes. Blackstar packed big-time performance into the compact and surprisingly affordable HT Club 40.

Blackstar HT Club 40 Tube Combo Amplifier Features:
  • 40 watts
  • 2 x ECC83 and 2 x EL34 tubes
  • 2 footswitchable channels
  • 12" Celestion speaker
  • Enhanced tone controls
  • Patent-pending Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Clean voice switch, overdrive voice switch, and master volume
  • Digital reverb with dark/bright switch
  • Speaker emulated output
Blackstar's HT Club 40 combo gives you all the great tones you love from one very portable tube amp!

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
HT Club 40 1x12 Quick Start Guide
HT Club 40 1x12 User Manual

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 40W
Speaker Size 1 x 12"
Reverb Yes (Digital)
EQ 3-band (ISF)
Preamp Tubes 2 x ECC83
Power Tubes 2 x EL34
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 3 x 1/4" (Speaker), 1 x 1/4" (DI)
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 22.3"
Width 24.4"
Depth 11.7"
Weight 53.8 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number HTCLUB40C

Customer Reviews

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Amazing Tone

Love the tone of this amp. It actually has more gain than I expected. There is no need to add any distortion pedals to this amp. The clean is good, but not great. The ISF feature is okay. Nothing too drastic. But no matter what, the tone of this amp is incredible. Set the gain at about 5, OD voice in, volume at 5, everything else around 4-6 and it sounds perfect. And Sweetwater delivered it within two days!!
Music background: Musician


Boy was I surprised when I plugged into this monster. You can get mild overdrive to insane high gain, and it sounds GREAT! Definitely knocks the Marshall DSL40 and Peavey 5150 out of the water in my opinion. If you want rich cleans then get a Fender Twin Reverb. If you want to shred then get the HT Club 40. I don't use distortion or boost pedals because the distortion in this amp sounds awesome. Most people replace the stock Celestion 70/80 speaker it comes with, but it still sounds awesome with it in there. The ISF knob was another selling point to me. Turn all the way to the left left for an American amp sound, or turn all the way to the right for a British sound...or just turn it anywhere in between to mix it up. Makes for a very versatile sounding amp. Also, if you record at home then you'll love the emulated speaker input. No need to mic the amp. Just plug straight into your box with the DAW you use. The reverb in the amp is not bad at all, but if you're a reverb junkie then you'll want pedals of course. Kudos Blackstar!

Simply a great combo amp

This amp is just super, Blackstar hit a home run. I had the HT-5 which was good but this HT-40 is such a great upgrade for not much more money. The sound is so much more full and rich, I'm sure some of that is due to the cabinet size but there must be something else in the electronics compared to the 5. On metal tones it is outstanding, you can quickly dial in a heavy sound. The only area I did not like at first was the clean channel, it was not as "crisp" as I was hoping for. I think the clean channel begins to break up too soon, to solve it I turn the master volume way up and the channel volume way down, that delivers acceptable cleans. All in all an outstanding amp for the money and a keeper.
Music background: hobbyist

I've been looking for this amp for 40+ years

Just unpacked the Club 40 from Sweetwater yesterday. Cannot. Stop. Playing. In 40+ years of playing, this was the amp I've been looking for. I'm keeping my TC Electronic Flashback in the loop and maybe a wah, but the rest of the pedals, digital modelers, etc. (not to mention a Marshall 2266 VM head) are headed for eBay. I don't even need the foot switch...the clean channel is absolutely useable, but the OD channel (voice switch out) is where I found the mojo for old school plexi-ish overdrive that cleans up beautifully when you roll back the guitar volume. For Warmoth strat with Rio Grande (Railgunner, TB, TB) I put the gain about 12 o'clock, dime the OD volume and bass; mid/treble at between 10 and 1 o'clock; ISF at 3 o'clock and Reverb at noon. The only concern is looks well built so time will tell. For right now I absolutely could not be happier the Club 40.
Music background: Gigging Musician
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