Blackstar HT-Club 40 MkII Kentucky Special Guitar Combo Amp

Fingerpickin' good tones and sizzling looks to match for Blackstar's HT range!

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Elliot Stent

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. If you're more inclined to opt for an Americana-style tone, Blackstar's ISF/voice options will do the trick. Not enough? The Kentucky Special features a sizzling red finish, cream-coloured grille cloth and a Kentucky Special badge. Yeehaw!

Versatile Tones

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!

Footswitchable Modes

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.

Studio-quality reverb

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.


  • Innovative 40 Watt valve combo
  • 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
  • 1x12” Celestion speaker
  • Footswitch included
  • Compact size for ultimate portability
  • Cool boutique styling


  • Width: 59cm
  • Height: 48cm
  • Depth: 26cm
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