Rookies in the industry when compared to the other brands on our list, Blackstar has only been around since 2004, and
they are already known for producing some of the best metal amps around. In that short time they have also revolutionized heavy metal amps, and are one of the best in the biz.
The Blackstar tube amp head has quickly become a favorite of metal players world wide, and it’s not hard to see why. The innovative design of this amp features two-channel amplification, and each channel is divided into two modes, Clean: warm/bright, and Crunch: crunch/super crunch. Swapping between modes is really easy, so if you are a lone guitarist, you can quickly swap from a crunchy rhythm sound to a crisp solo with no hassle. When switched to the “bright” channel, the amp is incredibly responsive, so even if your solo is fiendishly complicated, you can rest assured that this is one of the best metal amps you can use to magnify it to perfection.
The crunch and super crunch modes cover a huge gain range, taking over from the Clean channel’s subtle dynamic overdrive and extending to a huge modern crunch tone to satisfy any metal head. The two different overdrive modes serve up huge distortion effects, with practically endless sustain at higher settings. OD1 is a little more aggressive and is at home with metal and thrash, OD2 is fatter and rounder, making it better suited for a Satch or Vai-style warbling.
The Blackstar Series One 1046L6 100 watt tube head has four 6L6 head valves that are the cold black heart of this high gain metal power house. It also boasts unbelievable dynamics and head-room. The DPR control allows the power to be reduced down to 10W for beautiful power amp distortion at a much lower volume level. This Blackstar amp head sets new standards in tonal flexibility.