Huge Bang For The Buck!
I've been playing guitar for over 40 years and have owned every amp brand out there. I play classic rock to very heavy so I needed an amp that could do it all. When I received this amp, the first thing I noticed was how well put together this amp is. It's built like a tank and every bit of hardware (knobs, switches etc.), are all high quality. It's also very heavy (over 60 lbs), which to me is a good sign because the heavier weight equates to quality electronics etc.
I fired up the amp with just a Stratocaster Elite HSS & a Gibson Les Paul. I ran from clean to OD2 with the gained dimed out. I've got to say that this amp is drop dead quiet & very touch sensitive. This amp is so good that anyone could be happy leaving it on OD2 all the time & just cleaning the tone up with the volume on your guitar. Is really is that good!
After running the channels & variations on channels (brigh, warm, OD1 & OD2), it was time to start jogging tone controls around to see what effect it had on the tone. I basically set everything at 12:00 except for the master volume, presence & resonance which I set at 7:00. I raised the volume up then the presence & resonance up to my liking (11:00 & 12:00 respectivly). I then lowered the DPR to 4.5 watts and raised the master volume. I also pushed the preamp volume higher than the master for better break up. The amp sounded absolutely raw, mean and low down dirty. The clean side sounded just as good but I preferred the warm clean over the bright. I also found that the ISF control had a sweet spot at 12:00.That way I was able to get the best of both worlds between American & British. I had a beautiful tone of equal lows, mids & highs.
In conclusion I can tell you that this amp is not a one trick pony. You can get endless different tones with the Series One 45.
The 45 is an amp that you buy and keep for good because tone this good is hard to find these days. I also special ordered the Blackstar Series One 100 head to go with my Bogner cab. I'm really looking forward to getting it.
The Blackstar Series One amps are a huge bang for the buck and the best deal out there right now. So if you're reading this, you're in the market. The YouTube videos don't do it justice. Buy it, you won't be sorry!