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Rig Rundown: Jared James Nichols

February 26, 2020
No picks needed for this high-octane blues rocker, who keeps it simple with a single-P-90 signature Epiphone and namesake Blackstar head that doubles as his carry-on.
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Rig Rundown: Duane Denison

February 5, 2020
The Jesus Lizard and Tomahawk riffer reveals how working as a setup tech for Gibson informed the design of his signature aluminum axes from Electrical Guitar Company.
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Blackstar Sonnet Acoustic Amps Demo | NAMM 2020

January 17, 2020
Designed in collaboration with British guitarist Jon Gomm, these 60- and 120-watt amps are optimized for percussive flattop pickers.
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Blackstar Releases the Sonnet Series

January 16, 2020
Each model has two independent channels, microphone and instrument, with their own EQ and reverb level settings and a host of other features.
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Blackstar Silverline Standard: The Premier Guitar Review

December 27, 2019
This fun, budget-friendly modeling amp aims for the sky with solid attempts at mimicking the response of EL84, 6V6, EL34, 6L6, KT66, and KT88 power sections.
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First Look: Blackstar Silverline Standard

October 10, 2019
We take a listen to the British amp outfit’s latest, which features six power-tube-mimicking modes and numerous recording and performance options—all in a compact and handsome form factor.
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Blackstar HT20RH MkII Review

July 25, 2019
The English builder’s affordable mid-wattage star gets leaner, meaner, and more versatile.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Blackstar Amplification HT Club 40 MkII Kentucky Special & AmPlug 2 Fly

July 20, 2019
A pair of 6L6s, an Eminence speaker, and a face-slapping price make this new combo one of our favorite bang-for-buck amp deals from NAMM.
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Summer NAMM 2019 Editors' Picks Day 1

July 19, 2019
Our crew meets up at Carter Vintage Guitars to give a quick rundown of the most head-turning things they saw on their first day at the Nashville gear expo.
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Gallery: Summer NAMM 2019 Day 1

July 18, 2019
The first day was full of interesting and weird gear from Mythos, Yamaha, Blackstar, Fender, and more!
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Blackstar Amplification Launches the amPlug 2 FLY

July 16, 2019
The guitar version has three channels and includes Blackstar’s patented ISF tone control, plus chorus, delay, and reverb effects.
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Blackstar Amplification Announces the HT Club 40 MkII Kentucky Special

June 17, 2019
An updated 6L6 combo featuring an Eminence Screamin’ Eagle 12" speaker.
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Blackstar Releases the Fly 3 Def Leppard

May 31, 2019
The new amp also includes a customized Def Leppard panel and full color collector’s gift carton.
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Blackstar Introduces the Super Fly

January 31, 2019
The mini amp features 12 watts of power, separate microphone and instrument channels, and Bluetooth functionality.
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NAMM '19 - Blackstar JJN20, HT20, & Super Fly Demos with Jared James Nichols

January 27, 2019
Blues-rock badass Jared James Nichols wails through his impressively versatile—and loud—new signature head and cab.
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NAMM 2019 Editors' Picks Day 3

January 26, 2019
Juan Alderete and Nick Reinhart from Pedals and Effects join the PG gang to talk about new noise machines from Beetronics, Synergy, Blackstar, Nordstrand, and more.
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GALLERY: NAMM 2019 Day 3

January 26, 2019
The third day of the year's largest gear show included highlights from Boss, Strymon, Blackstar, Greer, and more.
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Blackstar Amplification Broadens HT Product Line

January 21, 2019
The new models include the HT1R-Mk II, HT5R-Mk II, and the HT20R-MkII.
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Blackstar Announces the Studio10 Series

January 10, 2019
A range of 10-watt, class-A tube combos equipped with a footswitchable boost, series effects loop, studio-quality reverb, and more.
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James Williamson: Raw Power

October 11, 2018
The Stooges’ “forgotten boy” is now a patriarch of punk guitar whose passion for playing Les Pauls through dimed Vox AC30s remains undiminished after nearly a half-century.
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