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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / No love for Blackstar amps??



A Piece for Assorted Lunatics
Oct 28th, 2017 08:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just wonderin'

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Oct 28th, 2017 09:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

They seem to do well enough in demos and reviews, but not my cup-o-tea.
I've played a couple in shops but never considered buying one. I think they're more popular with metal folks coz they will get more high gain tones than your typical Fender.
I'm definitely not a high gain guy so I guess that's why they didn't appeal to me. That's all I got...

Modal Magic
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MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Oct 28th, 2017 09:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Fly 3 and it's an awesome big sounding little amp. It hasn't given me a desire to purchase more Blackstar amps because I already have enough amps in my collection. I have no doubts that, based on the Fly 3 experience, that Blackstar make some cool sounding amps.



A Piece for Assorted Lunatics
Oct 28th, 2017 09:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well I am more than happy with the cleans from my amps now.

I am kinda looking for what you describe. I want a really good sounding metal /high gain amp that is inexpensive.

I am satisfied with my Mustang3 I guess for heavier stuff. Just wonder if a a Blackstar would do it better especially with a band.

I see great reviews and demos all over for Blackstar.



A Piece for Assorted Lunatics
Oct 28th, 2017 09:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I love the fly3.

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12,423 Mustangs passed and counting
Oct 29th, 2017 05:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

I saw the Outlaws a couple of weeks ago and one of them was playing through a Blackstar, it sounded great. I also have a small Blackstar ID:15TVP I bought to possibly use at church, but that never panned out so it's in my music room taking up space. It sounds really good for a non-tube amp.

(This message was last edited by walshb at 07:49 AM, Oct 29th, 2017)



Oct 29th, 2017 01:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Go to YT for:

Video of Billy Gibbons, playing his Gibson LP tribute, through a Blackstar.

Video from Premier Guitar, Waddy Wachtel, saying his new amps of choice are Blackstar, courtesy of advice from Leslie West.



England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Oct 29th, 2017 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

I played an Artisan 15 a few years ago, and from memory it had a great sounding "classic rock " tone. It looked cool and build quality appeared to be exemplary. Unfortunately it was quite expensive, and unbelievably heavy for a 15 watt 1x12 combo.

I also considered a Blackstar S1 combo a couple of years ago, but ended up with a Marshall JVM 410 combo.

I used to see quite a few top touring bands using them, but I think they're maybe not as popular as they were.

Charlie Macon
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Austin, Texas

Oct 30th, 2017 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

James Williamson (Happy Birthday) used them for the post-2010 Iggy and the Stooges shows. He had described they are sort of a Vox and Marshall mix. I've test driven one of the small combo amps and it sounded great, but I'm so happy with the Vox AC15C1, Twin Reverb, Princeton Reverb, and Peavey Classic 30, I can't imagine ever buying another amp.


I love guitars

and things that fly
Oct 30th, 2017 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Got a Club 40- it has replaced everything else (the BJr stays in the car for a backup).

I have no issues whatsoever, it gets clean, dirty, & anything I want in between. The channel switching is definitely a plus for me. Also love the Celestion it came with.

When I got into this band I bought a Marshall, just couldn't bond with it.



A Piece for Assorted Lunatics
Nov 2nd, 2017 08:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think I will get one soon

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