Blackstar ID:Core 20 V2 2x10-watt 2x5" Stereo Combo Amp with FX

20W (2 x 10W) 6-channel Modeling 2x5" Guitar Combo Amplifier with Onboard Effects, USB Output, Customizable Patches, Aux Input, Emulate Line/Headphone Output, and PreSonus Studio One Blackstar Edition Software
Blackstar ID:Core 20 V2 2x10-watt 2x5
Blackstar ID:Core 20 V2 2x10-watt 2x5
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A Feature-rich Practice Amp for Beginning Guitarists

The Blackstar ID:Core 20 V2 might be the ultimate practice amplifier for beginning guitarists. Choose from six inspiring amp voices that run the gamut from classic clean to saturated overdrive. Dial in the perfect blend of American and British character with Blackstar's patented ISF control. Add gloss and dimension to your playing with built-in modulation, delay, and reverb effects, while Blackstar's Super Wide Stereo technology envelops you in immersive sound. Jam along to your favorite tunes via a re-voiced MP3/Line Input. Edit and store your favorite patches with the included Insider app. And when it's time to record, the Blackstar ID:Core 20 V2 guitar combo amplifier includes PreSonus Studio One Blackstar Edition DAW software.

Loaded with six inspiring amp voices:

  • Clean Warm: A classic clean amp with ample dynamics
  • Clean Bright: A boutique-voiced amp that breaks up when pushed hard
  • Crunch: A rowdy amp that delivers classic medium-gain overdrive
  • Super Crunch: A muscular-sounding amp that yields more gain and punch than Crunch
  • OD 1: A hot-rodded amp with plentiful overdrive
  • OD 2: A juiced-up amp with raunchy mid-boosted overdrive

Packed with all the effects you'll need:

  • Modulations: Phaser, Chorus/Flanger, Tremolo, and a new Envelope Filter infuse your sound with tonal color
  • Delays: Linear, Analogue, Tape, and Multi delays offer everything from vintage to modern time-based effects
  • Reverbs: Hall, Spring, and Plate reverbs add immersive dimension to your playing

Super Wide Stereo technology envelops you in immersive sound

Playing through the ID:Core 20 V2 is an immersive experience, on account of Blackstar's Super Wide Stereo technology. Not only do its 12 effects sound amazing in stereo, plugging your media player into the ID:Core 20 V2's MP3/Line In jack results in a multidimensional jam session that's a whole lot of fun.

Infinite Shape Feature dials your drive from American to British tone

The Blackstar ID:Core 20 V2 is packed with a massive spread of tones, by virtue of Blackstar's Infinite Shape Feature (ISF). When turned fully counterclockwise, you'll lend an American characteristic to your voice, with a tight bottom end and aggressive middle. Turned all the way to the right, you'll enjoy more of a British vibe, with a woodier sound that's less aggressive. However you dial in the ID:Core 20 V2 between the two, you'll enjoy a musical response that just asks to be taken onstage or into the studio.

Powerful features that are tailor-made for recording

The Blackstar ID:Core 20 V2's USB 2.0 functionality makes recording and re-amping a breeze. Record directly from your amp to your computer. Re-amping has never been easier. You can even record just the preamp out, making it easy to add your own effects and cabinet emulation in your DAW. PreSonus Studio One Blackstar Edition DAW software is also included, providing you with everything you need to create killer recordings.

Insider app provides deep editing and more

The ID:Core 20 V2's USB connection can also be used in conjunction with the included Insider app for deep editing and storing your patches. You can also share, upload, and download patches via the online community. This handy app is also loaded with features that will maximize your practice sessions, such as a built-in audio player for jamming along with your favorite MP3s and a phrase trainer for looping and time-stretching passages. At Sweetwater, we've found that these useful features make learning new chords and riffs much easier.

Blackstar ID:Core 20 V2 Guitar Combo Amplifier Features:

  • 20W (2 x 10W) 6-channel modeling guitar combo amplifier that's ideal for beginners
  • 6 inspiring amp voices run the gamut from classic clean to saturated overdrive
  • 12 built-in effects add gloss and dimension to your playing
  • Infinite Shape Feature (ISF) dials in the perfect blend of American and British character
  • Super Wide Stereo technology envelops you in immersive sound
  • Jam along to your favorite tunes via a re-voiced MP3/Line Input
  • USB 2.0 functionality for recording directly from your amp to your computer
  • Edit and store your patches and maximize your practice time with the included Insider app

New Features:

  • Enhanced voices cover clean to scream and all points between
  • Enhanced 12FX in Super Wide Stereo including a new envelope filter
  • Includes PreSonus Studio One Blackstar Edition DAW software

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type Modeling
Number of Channels 6 voices
Total Power 2 x 10W stereo amp
Speaker Size 2 x 5"
Effects Stereo Modulation and Delay
Reverb Yes
EQ ISF tone control
Inputs 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" (aux in)
Outputs 1 x 1/8" (headphones)
USB 1 x Mini-B
Footswitch I/O 1 x 1/4" (FS-11 sold separately)
Computer Connectivity USB
Power Source AC adapter included
Height 11.5"
Width 14.7"
Depth 7.3"
Weight 11.4 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number IDCORE20V2

Customer Reviews

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Way better than expected!

I wasn't expecting much out of a small digital amp but wow, this thing really blew me away. It puts out a very "full" sound with tons of bass and low end, which I didn't expect from two small speakers. It gets pretty loud as well... loud enough to get me kicked out of my apartment! I usually play with the volume on 1 or 2. I can't find a setting where this amp sounds bad. All the settings and effects are fantastic, with no sense of "option paralysis" to be felt. I am yet to dip into the computer software that's included, or the recording software included by Sweetwater. This was my first order from Sweetwater and surely won't be the last. The candy was a nice touch by the way :).

Very nice!

I can't find anything not to like about this amp. The tone is excellent and the effects are great. The free Insider software very cool! This is an excellent package at an amazing price! I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a great practice amp

Unreal Amp

Looks at so many amps over the past few months that drove me crazy. I decided on the ID core 20 v2 as I wanted a mid range model as I live in an apartment and saw several internet videos on this amp. In using the ID Core 20 on a low setting I was able to still get unreal tone being quiet enough for practice but man crank it halfway, the neighbors are pounding on the door. This thing is loud and clear and has a low thump, just had to crank it once! The amp makes my strat scream and both the Insider software you can get from Blackstar and the Presonus software that comes with it from Sweetwater (you really get an activiation code and you download) really make this amp punch with clarity. Kudos to Sweetwater's John Short who processed my order, I ordered late on Thursday night and had the amp Tuesday morning. Sweetwater's service is second to none and I am a customer for life. Still messing with the amp and I am considering adding a multi effects pedal which will work with this amp to further make you go crazy in searching for "that" tone we all seek. The stereo on this thing rivals any quality hi fi stereo in when using an MP3 line in with your Itunes, it has an unreal stereo sound that is impressive. For the price you cannot beat it for a mid range amp that provides punch when you want loud and still can get low late at night for the neighbors. Just a great amp.

Blackstar ID:Core 20 V2 2x10-watt 2x5" Stereo Combo Amp with FX

OK this is great this is my 2nd Blackstar amp my first one is ID: TYP 2-12 i love that amp a real powerhouse for sure! This amp the ID:core 20 V2 is a cool amp to use I'm happy I got this amp she is a keeper! Back in Dec. I got a 15 WATT Marshall this blackstar blows the door off on sound even the looks! OK to every one get this amp and have tons of fun with it. Thank you sweet water great job getting my amp to me.
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