Blackstar guitar effects pedals


In a little over fifteen years, Blackstar Amplification, based in Northampton, have become a major designer and maker of quality and innovative amps and effects pedals.

Their range of pedals includes the award-winning, valve-driven HT pedals, comprising boost, distortion, extreme distortion and overdrive; the compact LT pedals comprising boost, distortion, overdrive and metal.

The recently added Dept. 10 is a range of advanced valve pedals comprising boost, dual drive and dual distortion.

They also have the Dept. 10 Amped 1, 2 and 3 100watt floor amps – designed to be paired with modellers and pedal boards.

Whilst the company was incorporated in 2004 it didn’t present its first products commercially until 2007.

Former Marshall Amplification R&D Manager Ian Robinson and Technical Director Bruce Keir, along with fellow former Marshall colleagues Paul Hayhoe and Richard Frost, nearly exhausted their life savings to debut Blackstar prototypes at the 2007 Musikmesse convention.


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