Skip to main content

NAMM 2022: Blackstar unveils the CV10, a 10-watt version of Carmen Vandenberg's signature amplifier

Blackstar's Carmen Vandenberg signature CV10 amp
(Image credit: blackstaramps/Instagram)

NAMM 2022Coming in to this year's NAMM show, we were keen to see Blackstar's new St. James guitar amps, which the company touted as as “the lightest 50-watt valve guitar amps on Earth.”

Shortly before the show started though, we got wind of another new Blackstar product that excited us just as much – the Carmen Vandenberg CV10.

A 10-watt version of the Bones UK electric guitar player and Jeff Beck collaborator's signature Blackstar CV30 amp – which was first unveiled last January – the CV10 was born of calls to house the tonal palette of the CV30 in a lower-wattage, more compact chassis.

Like its older sibling, the CV10 is based around a 6L6 power section. Its sonic character also comes from a single ECC83 tube and 12" Celestion Seventy-80 speaker. You can see Vandenberg take it for a spin in the demo above. 

The CV10's control set is more streamlined than the CV30's, with a master volume, plus knobs for Gain, Tone and Reverb. Like the CV30 though, the CV10 features a small button on its front panel that engages a built-in overdrive circuit, for added bite.

Bringing up the rear, there's a series effects loop, a post-power stage emulated output, and a trio of speaker outputs (1 x 16, 1 x 8 and 2 x 16 Ohms).

The Blackstar Carmen Vandenberg CV10 amp is available now, in a limited run of 130 units, for $799. Each comes with a Vandenberg-autographed certificate.

We saw the amp in person at NAMM, where Vandenberg told us that you could get "ANY tone" out of it. We'd love to see if it gets a wider release at some point in the future...

For more info on the amp, in the meantime, visit Blackstar (opens in new tab).

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month*

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.