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Item Reviews for: Blackstar HT-5TH Limited Edition Anniversary Guitar Combo Amp  -  BLC HT5TH LIST

Great Little Amp!
By: Jeff from Fresno, CA      Submitted: 3/6/2014

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General Your general opinion of this product. I really liked the sound of the Blackstar H5 head and 10" cab, but the newer versions add reverb and supposedly a few other refinements. The tone is great on the drive channel and decent on the clean channel. It definitely doesn't sound like a Fender, but it's good for a small combo. If it shared the EQ with the drive channel instead of just having one tone knob it might be better. I might put an EQ in front of the amp. The volume is pretty loud for 5 watts. The esthetics of the amp are really nice too! Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? It seems pretty well built. The tolex seemed to be slightly bubbled in a spot but not a big deal. It might just be the color showing imperfections more than a black covering would. Everything looks solid and works like it should. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Very responsive. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Beautiful tone! The US side has top end EQ whereas the UK side sounds more scooped and bassy. It sounds great it the middle as well. Should be able to get a wide range of tones out of it. Reliability How has it stood up over time? Just got it today, but AMS adds an extended warranty which is awesome!
May be as good as it gets for Import, Studio amps.
By: Steve D. from daytona usa      Submitted: 1/17/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Seems well made...note: this amp is not made in South Korea...amp is made in a very, very, large asian country. My 20 watt HT Head was made in South Korea, and is about the best you can get. Appears, Blackstar has fallen to cheapest labor available syndrome...although warehousing, shipping, and distribution costs are fairly consistent throughout Asia. Reliability How has it stood up over time? Tubes took two weeks to break in. My HT5TH is factory loaded with an ElectoHarmonix 12BH7A pre-amp tube...used as push-pull AB power stage tube, and a Sovtek 12AX7...both are Russian tubes. After an additional two weeks of use (4 weeks total)...quality of distortion using drive/lead channel has become if-fy, when used at lower blues distortion levels. Rock lead distortion is still great sounding, and provides ample compression. The if-fy Blues tone is a tube issue, not an amp problem. I prefer a bit less drive distortion, and will replace the 12AX7 with a 5751, which is 70% gain rated (10% higher gain than a 12AT7 that is 60% rating), as opposed to the 12AX7 100% gain rated OEM tube. I will replace both tubes with Vintage NOS type...providing longevity, better tone, and very creamy distortion. General Your general opinion of this product. Other than the simple tube issue, this is the greatest studio unit I have used. Also, amp will be great for Coffee Houses, (as I can't stand being forced to use acoustics at coffee houses). This amp can be cranked, yet your audience will still be able to chat during the show. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Touch sensitive dynamics. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Useable tones, and quite a variety. As this amp is loaded with 2, 40 watt rated Celestions....unless you add a boost pedal in front of the amp....the speakers will take a very long time to completely break in. Even so, the Celestions sound great...and captures deep bottom end tones, (you may be tired of some Jensen 35 watt ceramic 10's that have a tendency to fail delivery on the bottom end). Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Excellent. Action How was the action out of the box? Every Action Hero will need this in his or her living room.
Great amp!
By: Aaron Malone from Mililani, Hawaii      Submitted: 12/31/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Top Quality. Reliability How has it stood up over time? Only had it for a month. General Your general opinion of this product. This amp sound great. Has tons of tone and unique voicing ability. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? it an amp so not sure about this question. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Great tone for blues and rock. Not as great for metal unless you use a pedal in front of it. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Really cool vintage look to it. Action How was the action out of the box? say what, its an amp.
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