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Blackstar Series One 45 - 45-watt 2x12" Tube Combo Amp Reviews

5.0 stars based on 6 customer reviews
  • from Colorado February 11, 2017

    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!

  • from Houston, Texas January 21, 2017Music Background:
    Semi-Professional. Recording, Gigging

    Very Nice Versatile Amp!!!

    I've been down the Vintage Road with my Fender Blackface Twins, paid alot and never really got what I wanted. I finally concluded I was looking for a Vintage British Marshall tone, but I didn't want to pay the hefty price for a Marshall Rig that would blow out the audience. I also considered Vox HWAC30's but I had heard they had dependability issues. Ultimately my choice narrowed between the Series One 45 and the Fender EVH 5150 also a great amp. I have to admit I was skeptical of Blackstar amps because I think they were fairly new and not much of a track record. A friend of mine owns a Blackstar 60 Watt so I consulted with him. On the spur of the moment I went with the Blackstar. When I got it I quickly learned to be careful its sensitivity and gain when using effects. I have to be careful and watch how I tweak everything but I get a fantastic Modern tone as well as a great Vintage Tone. The Amp has a very big sound. I play a Steve Morse Y2D and a Les Paul Gold Top and the Rig sounds amazing. I also purchased a new Ernie Ball Overdrive that really Boosts a warm Aggressive lead. The Pro's about the Amp are: 1) The V30 Celestion's sound incredible. 2) The Amp is Very quiet. No humming, noise, static. 3) It plays very well with other Amps without humming or noise problems even at high volumes when playing my strat. 4) Its Design output is very versatile with a direct out and Midi functions. 5) It gives a great full tone at reasonable volume that wont blow out your ears at the same time it can really crank out some volume. The Cons are: 1) I am not too crazy about the tone of the Super Crunch channel but if you are a Metalhead you'll like it. 2) I kind of wish it would have had a Reverb but its a British amp and I use my effects board. 3) Its a fairly heavy amp but its worth it. Overall I like the amp so much I bought another Series One 45 today and will play both stereo. At the sales price it was a No-Brainer. I also intend to by the 212 cabinets for this Combo.

  • from Portland, OR December 29, 2016Music Background:
    Working musician


    This amp now my workhorse. All tube power, which you can set from 4.5 watts to 45 watts. Vintage 30'sa sound fantastic. The warm clean is fantastic and the hi gain channels produced the best rock sound I ever played. I rarely lug around my half stacks anymore I just put some wheels on this baby and rock everywhere I go. YOU WILL LOVE THIS AMP!

  • from Western NY, USA May 26, 2014Music Background:

    The Last Amp i'll Ever Need.

    To start off, I've been playing for 11 years, the amps I owned before settling on this one were an H&K Tubemiester, Carvin V3m, and Egnater Vengeance. I wasn't really a big fan of any of those, and one day I got this guy. This was the end game for me, it has lush cleans, an extremely versatile gain channel, and the power attenuation is just a bonus. I play a lot of death metal and deathcore, as well as doom and hard rock. This amp does all of it extremely well. My favorite thing about it is how dynamic it is, each one of my guitars really comes alive and shows it's unique tonal qualities though this amp and to me that is extremely important.

  • from Savannah, GA March 7, 2011Music Background:
    Worship Leader, Artist

    Very Articulate

    This blows away the amps in this price range. Super articulate, punchy yet crisp cleans, and mack-daddy distortion. It is very versatile. The ISF control isn't cheesy, it is GREAT! Unbelievable how many sounds you can get out of this guy. This is the kinda amp you buy and keep for 10+ years.

  • from Fort Wayne, IN April 20, 2013Music Background:
    Music Student

    Tone mechine

    This is probably one of the best amps I have every played on. This has the nicest blues tone on the "warm" setting. It can keep up with mesa boogie amp on the blues and has a huge Marshall British crunch on the distortion settings. It really is a great amp and so versatile. For the price it can't be beat.

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