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Blackstar Amplification is a UK-based producer of guitar amplifiers and effects units, largely made up of ex-Marshall employees. In 2009 they began operations in the United States. They manufacture some units in the UK—but have most products made in Asia, some in Korea, but primarily in China.
Blackstar produces guitar pedals for boost, overdrive, distortion, distx, modulation, reverb, delay, dual and metal. Some of the pedals incorporate valves (tubes) in the electronics, the drive pedals incorporate Blackstars ISF feature. Like the HT-5, some of the pedals have an emulated speaker output for direct recording.
ARTISTS WHO USE BLACKSTAR - CRAIG SILVERMAN (Agnostic Front), TOMMY HENRIKSEN (Alice Cooper), SETH (Behemoth), ANDERS NISTORM (Bloodbath, Katatonia), RICH SHAW (Cradle of Filth), SILENOZ (Dimmu Borgir), GUS G. (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne), STEVE JONES (Sex Pistols), JEFF STINCO (Simple Plan), FRANK BELLO (Anthrax), RICHIE SAMBORA (Bon Jovi), REEVES GABRELS (David Bowie), DAVE ELLEFSON (Megadeth), DAN RICHARDS (One Direction), MISHA MANSOOR (Periphery), ERIC PETERSON (Testament), STUART DIXON (Venom) & many more.