Blackstar Amplification HT-Boost

HT-Boost, Guitar/Bass booster from Blackstar Amplification in the HT Pedals series.

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iamqman 27/07/2011

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"Nice boost"

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Blackstar has made a huge splash on the amp world in recent years. They have made great sounding fantastically priced amps for the masses. The price is what is so amazing to me. The amp sounds so very good and to keep their prices for a multi-channel combo like this under $1000 is remarkable. Blackstar has effectively used a great design as well as superb marketing which has enabled them to produce a great quality and sounding amplifiers. Many touring and professional artists all over the globe are now turning towards Blackstar for their guitar amplifier needs. The have successfully taking a huge niche in the market over the last few years.

This little boost pedal takes what the circuit would do in your all tube valve amp and puts it into a small pint size foot distortion pedal. This little pedal cascades the gains stages much like a high gain amps would do and uses that idea in this pedal. What you get is a hot rodded pedal that goes great in front of an overdriven amp or even as a regular distortion pedal in front of a clean amp.


* Genuine valve design
* Operates at 300V HT
* Cascaded valve gain stages
* Hotrod your valve amp
* Silent switching operation

* All-valve tone control circuit
* Pedals or ‘hot’ valve amplifier outputs
* High integrity buffered bypass
* Power supply included


I have to say I am already fan of Blackstar amplification but now I am even a fan of their foot distortion pedals as well. I am not a distortion pedal guy. I generally like to get my tone and gain from the amps preamp combined with the power tube section of the amp. I love the combination of the two sections of the amp to get hot and grindy to give that great clean gain rock in roll tone. It cuts in the mix better and the tone and note separation is much more audible.

This little pedal gives yo enough boost if you wants to use it as a boost to drive an already overdriven amp into submission. This pedal used as an all out gain pedal is where it live though. The design and fell of it is remarkable.


At new these pedals come in right at around $179, which isn't a bad deal for a distortion pedal. This pedal has enough juice and gain in it to get a nice clean Fender amp cooking in the high gain department. I would recommend this pedal to anyone who need a good booster pedal or needs a big distortion box to drive his or her clean amp.