Blackstar ID:Core 40H 40-watt Stereo Head

40W Stereo Guitar Amp Head with 6 Amp Voicings, Infinite Shape Feature, 12 Built-in Effects, and USB Connectivity
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Tiny Amp Head with Huge Stereo Sound

The Blackstar ID:Core 40H stereo guitar amp head is portable and packed with features. This compact amplifier head is loaded with six versatile amp voicings that cover a lot of musical ground. Add a couple of guitar cabs, and the ID:Core 40H's two 20-watt speaker outputs combine with Blackstar's unique Super Wide Stereo Technology to deliver huge stereo sound. Factor in Blackstar's patented ISF tone shaping, built-in effects, and direct recording via USB, and you'll see how the Blackstar ID:Core 40H is the perfect stereo guitar amp head for on-the-go musicians.

Blackstar ID:Core 40H Stereo Guitar Amp Head at a Glance:
  • Sculpt the tones you need on the go
  • Blackstar's ISF gives you a wide tonal range
  • Perfect mobile amp for recording
Sculpt the tones you need on the go

Don't let the size of the Blackstar ID:Core 40H fool you - this is a feature-packed portable amplifier head. You get six amplifier voicings that will cover everything from smooth ballads to heavy, down-tuned metal. And once you sprinkle in a dose of effects, the sound you hear in your head will come out of your amp. Blackstar's Super Wide Stereo technology gives your chorus, delay, and other effects a huge, lush stereo field. The ID:Core 40H also utilizes Blackstar's patented ISF control, so you can really nail the amp tones you're after.

Blackstar's ISF gives you a wide tonal range

You can create virtually any classic guitar tone you can imagine with the ID:Core 40H guitar amp head, thanks to Blackstar's patented ISF control, or Infinite Shape Feature. ISF lets you adjust the response of the entire tone stack in the ID:Core 40H, letting you shape tones to match the sound of different amplifier types. This means you can re-create the sounds of classic American amps, British amps, or even create your own combination of the two. The ID:Core 40H's ISF knob is something we at Sweetwater know most guitar players will appreciate.

Perfect mobile amp for recording

The Blackstar ID:Core 40H is much more than just a guitar amplifier head. A dedicated stereo aux in lets you plug in your MP3 player, so you can jam along with your favorite tunes or just listen to music. If you get the urge to record, the ID:Core 40H has a speaker-emulated line output, allowing you to hook right up to your recorder or audio interface and record silently. A handy USB jack lets you record straight to your computer without any other hardware. It also lets you easily tweak and save presets via your computer with Blackstar's free Insider software.

Blackstar ID:Core 40H Stereo Guitar Amp Head Features:
  • Portable stereo guitar amp head with 6 guitar amp voicings and built-in effects
  • Dual 20-watt power amps for true stereo sound
  • Patented ISF tone shaping lets you capture the sound of American amps, British amps, or a blend of both
  • Built-in modulation, reverb, and delay effects
  • Aux input for jamming along with your MP3 player
  • USB connectivity for easy recording directly to your computer and editing sounds
  • Software included for tweaking your custom sounds
  • Speaker-emulated line output
Go mobile with the Blackstar ID:Core 40H stereo guitar amp head!

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Tech Specs

Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 2 x 20W @ 8 ohms
Effects Delay, chorus, tremolo, flanger, phaser
Reverb Yes
EQ Tone control
Amp Modeling 6 voices
Inputs 1 x 1/4" (input), 1 x 1/8" (MP3/line in)
Outputs 2 x 1/4" (8 ohms), 1 x 1/8" (headphones)
USB 1 x USB Mini-B
Footswitch I/O Yes (FS-11 sold separately)
Height 6.29"
Width 12.59"
Depth 7.28"
Weight 5.51 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number IDCORE40H

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Warm, Fat, Screamer!

I first heard this amp it was from Ted Nugent. Ted Switched to blackstar this year from the peavey 6505+ he has used for years! I heard Ted play them and I was blown away then a friend of mine got one and sent me some tones he played with! I said I gotta get one so I called and ordered the head and I must say dialing in a sound was immediate! Love it! It's makes your guitar scream! It is great and would buy another in a heart beat and the super wide stereo makes it sound like a lot bigger and it really is!
Music background: Lead guitarist, session musician

Compact little performer

This little amp is so light and versatile. So easy to use, and the on board effects are excellent. I run through a VHT special 6 cabinet and the sound is rich and full, and with 40 watts, it really cranks. Great quality and looks great.

Stay Away!!!!

Tried using effects and the amp would shut down. Had another one sent and the same issue. In addition, I tried using my mp3 and when I increased the volume the amp shut down! Sorry but this amp head is a piece of tempermental junk!
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