One of Blackstar’s biggest successes has been their HT amplifier range. These affordable, tube-driven tone powerhouses have been incredibly popular with bedroom players and touring musicians alike, acclaimed for their versatility, ease-of-use and robust build-quality.
The HT series defines that “plug in and play” mentality that all of us guitarists seek. And with their updated MKII series, Blackstar have kicked everything up a notch!
Improving upon an already brilliant formula, Blackstar have catered for their loyal users’ requests and added a raft of new features. Including a footswitchable boost, professional recording outputs and multiple voices/modes, these amazing-sounding amplifiers boast even more functionality and tones than ever before.
The HT MKII clean channel now features an American/British voicing switch, to really let you find your favourite tonal flavour. The American voicing offers a tighter and more responsive clean, with a brighter top-end sparkle. The British voicing delivers a “chimey” and more open-sounding clean, which becomes grittier when you crank the volume.
The overdrive side of the amp essentially has two channels. Sharing the same EQ section, each channel has its own voicing switch that lets you tweak your sound and have a wider palette of tones. Each channel also has its own independent gain and volume controls, letting you perfectly set up rhythm and lead channels!
All of the modes on the MKII series are footswitchable, resulting in the widest possible selection of stage accessible valve tones. The supplied 2-way footswitch enables the selection of the clean and overdrive channels, and the two voices on each channel.
The optional FS-14 5-Way Footcontroller enables instant access to all channels and voices, plus the global boost function and reverb switching for maximum control of your setup. The boost adds more volume when you need your solos to really punch through the mix!
Power Reduction & Professional USB/XLR Recording Outputs
The power reduction feature allows you to turn down to 10% of the amp’s rated power. This ergonomic addition makes these amps perfect for practice, so that you can get all the tonal goodness from your HT MKII amplifier at a lower volume.
If you love recording but hate setting up mics, or just want to record at home without hiring a studio, the MKII amplifiers will have your back. Featuring convincing-sounding recording outputs, you can record directly into your computer or interface. This means that you can enjoy the HT MKII’s valve tones without compromise.
The MKII amps now boast an improved and natural-sounding digital reverb, letting you spice up your tone when you just want some vibe. Use the switch on the rear panel to select between ‘dark’ and ‘light’, if you want a more subtle or brighter spring-style verb.
Here's what Blackstar say about the HT Club 50H MkII:
The HT Club 50 MkII offers the same feature set as the HT Club 40 MkII combo in a compact, portable head format. This two channel and 4 voice head with its Power Reduction feature is equally at home in the rehearsal room, studio or club size venue. With the patented ISF control, clean and overdrive channels ranging from 'classic crunch' to 'super saturated lead' the HT Club 50 head truly is the ultimate amp for the gigging guitarist.
- Innovative 50 Watt valve head
- 2 x ECC83 and 2 x EL34 valves
- Two footswitchable channels
- Four footswitchable voices
- Boutique clean channel with expanded tone controls
- High gain overdrive channel
- Patented Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
- Power Reduction down to 10% of full Wattage
- Master Volume
- Digital Reverb with Dark/Light switch
- Speaker Emulated output with 1x12/4x12 voicing
- Effects loop with effects level switch
- USB for recording
- Footswitch included
- Compact size for ultimate portability
- Cool boutique styling