Blackstar

In just over ten years, Blackstar Amplification, based in Northampton, have become a major designer of quality and innovative amps and effects pedals, with products manufactured in Korea.

They have two ranges of pedals – the award-winning, valve-driven HT pedals, comprising boost, distortion, extreme distortion and overdrive – and the compact LT pedals comprising boost, distortion, overdrive and metal.

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.

Website: www.blackstaramps.com