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The Blackstar ID:Core 40 is everything you love about Blackstar amps in a portable package!

With six on board sounds: Warm Clean, Bright Clean, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1 and OD 2, which can then be further tailored with on board controls (including the patented ISF control which takes you from British to American sounds) and the ability to deep edit patches via USB!

At the centre of the ID series is the authentic recreation of valve amp dynamics and the ID Core amps are no exception: get all the expression and three dimensional tone that you would from a true valve amp but without the unmanageable volume! The 40w of Power is perfect for use at home and even small coffeeshop/pub gigs!

What's more the stereo speaker configuation make it perfect for playing back music via the line-in, which you can jam along to simultaneously!

Here's what Blackstar say about the ID Core Series Guitar Amps

Blackstar Amplification announces the affordable ID:Core Amplifier Series, which feature the core attributes of Blackstar's original award-winning ID:Series. These programmable, super wide stereo guitar combo amps are small in size, but deliver huge tone. They're perfect for personal practice or bedroom jamming along with a CD or MP3 player. The compact ID:Core amplifiers are available in 10, 20 and 40 Watt stereo configurations.

All ID:Core models provide high-quality sound performance and take advantage of Blackstar's patented ISF control that lets users go from USA to UK tones in seconds. There are six classic onboard voices: Warm Clean, Bright Clean, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1 and OD 2. Each includes the feel and response of a valve power amplifier, a staple in the Blackstar ID:Series family. The effects section delivers studio quality modulation, delay and reverb effects simultaneously that can be stored along with user-created sounds.

Taking advantage of the built-in USB functionality, all ID:Core amps are compatible with Blackstar's INSIDER GUI software, so guitarists can deep edit and store their patches in their amp. The INSIDER software also enables users to exchange patches with others around the globe across the Blackstar online community and download unique artist patches. Free access to Blackstar's online Potential lesson programme allows new players to unlock their potential, learn to play and get access to exclusive artist content.


  • 6 Blackstar voices
  • Patented ISF control takes you from British to American sounds
  • 12 vintage style effects in massive SUPER WIDE STEREO
  • Store up to 6 CORE ID sounds internally or more via INSIDER software
  • INSIDER software for deep editing and sharing your sounds with the Blackstar Online Community
  • USB audio for pro recording capability
  • Stereo MP3/Line In for great sounding jamming or listening to music
  • Speaker Emulated Line Out for silent practice or recording
  • Stereo speaker configuration - 2x61/2" speakers producing true stereo Blackstar tones
  • Mains powered via a separate PSU (included with product)

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 16 January 2016

    Great little amp, has a very wide range of sounds and the stereo effect is great.

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 05 October 2014

    Lovely value for money.

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 23 September 2014

    Output is far superior to the practice amp, plenty of settings, loads of features and it can even be controlled through the computer with a program downloaded from the Blackstar site

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 31 August 2014

    In one word - brilliant

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 15 August 2014

    Very impressed with this piece of kit. The music lecturer specified that he wanted three amps which could be used for a variety of styles of music and the Blackstar Core 40 suits the job very well. I saw the Youtube video first and was pleased to see a mate of mine demonstrating the amps (Aziz Ibrahim), so I was sold on them straight away. In use they are a superb piece of kit, more versatile than I first thought, I`d recommend these amps purely for their creamy blues sounds (my personal favourite), but they do so much more and very well too!

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 06 August 2014

    For the money, it is really good fun. Ideal for just plug and play. Small enough to be used anywhere in the house. The build quality is not as good as my other amps, butt I would not expect that for the money.

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 20 June 2014

    Very good service and follow up. Impressive

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 15 May 2014

    Great little amp, but I think it would be better though if it had external speaker outputs so you could rig it up with bigger cabinets and speakers if you wanted. Like the rest of the Blackstar range. Also metal corners would be better the corners are easily broken. But all I'm all very good for the money.

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