Artist 30

There are two models available: the Artist 15, a 15-Watt, 1x12" combo and the Artist 30, a 30-Watt 2x12" combo.

Melville, NY (November 2, 2015) -- Innovative amplifier and pedal company Blackstar Amplification, known for defining ‘the Sound In Your Head’, has released the new Artist Series of boutique-style tube amplifiers. Artist Series amplifiers take the incredible tone, features and iconic styling of Blackstar’s award-winning Artisan handwired amps and add channel switching, their patented ISF tone shaping circuit, reverb and an effects loop to create the ultimate vintage-inspired amps for a wide range of classic clean and crunch tones.

In keeping with the simplicity and sonic purity of the Artisan heritage, there are two models available in the Artist series; the Artist 15, a 15 Watt, 1x12" combo and the Artist 30, a 30 Watt 2x12" combo. Powered with 6L6 tubes and outfitted with Celestion V-Type speakers, Artist amps deliver pristine and expressive Blackstar tone with less gain on Channel 2 making Artist the perfect amps to be used with stomp boxes.

Artist 15

“Blackstar’s Artisan handwired amps can be found on the stages and in the studios and garages of talented artist around the world and our new Artist Series has already been embraced by the Grammy award winning, legendary guitarist Warren Haynes, for the incredible tone, warm cleans and responsiveness,” said Loren Molinare, US Product Manager for Blackstar Amplification. “Built to the absolute highest standards of quality and craftsmanship, Artist series offers the acclaimed tone and feel of Blackstar’s Artisan amplifiers at a much more attainable price point to attract the most discerning ears ready for the New Classic.”

The Artist series amps will be available early November 2015 at $799.99 for the Artist 15 and $1,099.99 for the Artist 30.


ARTIST 15 15W 2 Channels
1x12 Celestion V-Type
2 x 6L6 valves
2 x ECC83
Patented ISF

ARTIST 30 30W 2 Channels
2x12 Celestion V-Type
2 x 6L6 valves
2 x ECC83

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