When Gus G. became Ozzy Osbourne’s axman in 2009, the Greek shredder quickly became as scrutinized as the celebrated guitarists that preceded him in Ozzy’s band, including Zakk Wylde, Jake E. Lee and Randy Rhoads. While his predecessors had relied on Marshall amps, the core of Gus G.’s sound came from high-wattage Blackstar Series One heads.
Blackstar Amplification has added the affordable LT range of compact boost, overdrive and distortion pedals. Tonally derived from Blackstar's award-winning HT pedal range, these new pedals offer high-quality sonic performance, tube-like responsiveness, and rugged metal housing for durability.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario reviews the new HT-Metal pedal from Blackstar, a two-channel, 12AX7-driven distortion pedal with a full EQ section, ISF midrange sweep control and speaker emulation output.
From bank-breaking record advances and extravagant arena tours to non-stop parties and girls dancing on cars, a guitarist's gear in the '80s had to be just as over-the-top as his look, whether he was sporting spandex or a nail-spiked armband.
Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California. During the gear-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the gang at the Blackstar Amplification booth to check out the company's new ID Series guitar amps. For more about the series, head to blackstaramps.com.
Blackstar Amplification is celebrating its five-year anniversary by expanding its popular HT-5 line of tube amplifiers with a very limited-edition anniversary model, the HT-5TH. The new 2x10 combo amp features custom cosmetics including cream covering, paired with custom colored grille cloth. The chassis top panel is marked as an HT-5 Anniversary Edition, and the 5th Anniversary logo is featured on the back. Only 2,500 units will be available worldwide.
The HT Club 50 offers the same feature set as the HT Club 40 combo in a versatile head format. This two-channel head is equally at home in the rehearsal room, studio or club-size venue. With the patented ISF control, clean and overdrive channels ranging from "classic crunch" to "super saturated lead," the HT Club 50 head truly is the ultimate amp for the gigging guitarist.