Modern versatile amp with a British heart
The Blackstar Series One S1-104EL34 is a 100-watt valve guitar amp head that nods towards Blackstar’s British heritage. The UK amp brand has built this powerful head around the EL34 power amp valve- the key ingredient to a tone with more ‘Brit’ leanings.
In the S1-104EL34, four of these classic valves are fitted to the power amp, producing powerful, high gain tone, with incredible dynamics. A pre-amp circuit with four ECC83 valves and one ECC82 underpin this powerhouse.
Unlike many amps of this type, the power output can be stepped down to 10-Watts via the DPR power reduction control. By doing this, true power amp distortion can be achieved at much lower volume levels. This is ideal for rehearsals, practice or recording.
The 104EL34 features four different, switchable channels. The clean channel has two different modes; one is similar to the warm, Plexi tone, with a second Bright Class A mode. The Crunch channel has a regular ‘Crunch’ setting and a higher gain ‘Super Crunch’. Finally, two separate overdrive channels provide low and high output damping options.
Twin ISF equipped tone control sections
Blackstar’s Infinite Shape Feature (ISF) has won plenty of admirers since its introduction. Put simply, this sweep-able controls all the mid-range character to be adjusted between UK-style tonal character and US-style tonal character. Presence and resonance controls further add to the sound-sculpting potential.
A series effects loop makes connecting your pedal-board a straightforward process, and in addition, the S1 104EL34 provides MIDI inputs, allowing channels to be switched via MIDI devices.
Though a relative newcomer to the amp world, this is a brand that not only wears Brit heritage with pride, but also pushes it forward with even more versatile and innovative designs. The Blackstar Series One S1-104EL34 is a great example of this, providing a huge array of superb tones, in a flexible and powerful amp.
Manufacturer Blackstar Model S1-104EL34 Dimensions 705 x 285 x 278.5 mm Weight 59.96lbs (27.2Kg) Connectivity Inputs:
- 1/4" Jack Line In
- 1/4" Jack Speaker Out, Effects Loop
Head Amplifier Type Valve Amplifier Technology Wattage 100 Watts Included Accessories FS-3 Footswitch
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