Blackstar Dept. 10 Amped 1 review

Blackstar gets serious about scaling down with a pedalboard amp that has all the mod cons

Blackstar Dept. 10 Amped 1
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

A comprehensive set of features and superlative performance makes Blackstar's pedalboard amp solution a triumph.


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    Serious sounds.

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    Dual high-current 9V power outputs for running other pedals.


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    Can only change reverb via the app.

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Who says an amp can’t be on your pedalboard? It’s now a totally viable option, cab permitting, and what’s especially interesting is watching amp companies acknowledge this demand for flexibility alongside their more traditional guitar amp lines. 

With the Amped 1, Blackstar are joining fellow Brits Victory in that widening of appeal, but unlike that company’s V4 Duchess, Copper and Kraken, this 100-watt pedal unit does not feature tubes. It does, however, cover a lot of needs for an amp.

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Rob Laing

Rob is the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar, he worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including as Editor of Total Guitar. He's currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with his own songs and is enjoying playing covers in function bands.