NAMM 2022: Take an in-depth tour of Blackstar's ultra-lightweight St. James valve guitar amp

A Blackstar St. James amplifier, on display at NAMM 2022
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NAMM 2022: When we were drawing up a list of products we wanted to get a closer look at at this year's NAMM show in Anaheim, California, one that quickly came to mind was Blackstar's new line of St. James guitar amps.

First announced in May, the amps were advertised by Blackstar as “the lightest 50-watt valve guitar amps on Earth.” Indeed, when we did make it to Booth 5723 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Blackstar's Steve Marks was eager to explain to why he wants people to think of the St. James as a Formula 1 car of sorts.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at 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. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. 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.