Blackstar Dept. 10 Boost review

How much difference does a tube make to a boost pedal?

Blackstar Dept. 10 Boost
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Guitar World Verdict

The Boost's amp-flattering quality makes it a viable option for a wide range of setups, and it's sure to complement the other pedals in the Dept. 10 series.


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    Adds tube-like warmth to your sound.

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    Powerful tone-shaping from Low and High controls.

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    Solid build.


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    Just remember it has a high current draw and source your pedalboard power supply accordingly.

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To be frank, Blackstar’s Dept. 10 Dual Drive and Distortion preamp pedals dazzled us. Those valve-driven dual-switch units offered four voices and onboard editable cab modelling for a comprehensive and flexible backline on your ’board. 

Their smaller sibling is packing the same ECC83 tube but it could easily be overshadowed by the features of the larger duo. In serving a different player need, it places itself in a much more crowded marketplace – there are a wealth of boosts and overdrive pedals out there. So can this little Blackstar pedal shine? 

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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.