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Blackstar Series One 104 EL34

Electric Guitar Amp Head

  • Series One 104 EL34
  • Tubes: 1x ECC82, 4x ECC83 and 4x EL34
  • 4 Channels with 6 modes
  • Clean channel with warm (Class A) and bright (Plexi) modes
  • Overdrive channel with crunch and super crunch mode
  • 2 Overdrive channels with high and low output damping
  • ISF Tone control for shifting the frequencies of the 3-Band EQs
  • Presence
  • Resonance
  • Patented Dynamic Power Reduction for continuous power reduction of up to 10 W
  • Master volume
  • All Valve Effect Loop
  • MIDI In/out
  • Speaker emulated output
  • Incl. footswitch
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Sound samples

  • Blues
  • Metal
  • Progressive Clean
  • Rock
  • Blues Reference Box
  • Metal Reference Box
  • Progressive Clean Reference Box
  • Rock Reference Box
  • Blues Line
  • Metal Line
  • Progressive Clean Line
  • Rock Line
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Further information

Power 100 W
Power Amplifier Tubes EL34
Channels 4
Reverb No
Footswitch Yes
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Versatile & Thoughtful

Zobota, 10.01.2016
As soon as my impression changes, this review will be updated.

To start with the negative

The enclosed Footswitch has four pedal switches, as well as the one with the Series One 50 is delivered. The Series One 50 has the channels Clean ("Bright" Clean and "Warm" Clean) and Crunch ("Crunch" and "Super Crunch"). With the 4-switch footswitch, all of its 4 channels can be individually selected. This is unfortunately not the case with the Series One 104, because it has two additional channels ("OD1" and "OD2") which are selected via the two right footswitches of the Footswitches. The two left-hand pedal switches are used to clean and crunch, but you must first select the "mode" (remember: warm / bright or crunch / supercrunch) at the push of a button. This unfortunately restricts the amp a bit in the flexibility, which he could actually have. Some will not disturb it any further, I am disturbed however already, because I am at this amp synonymous for higher distorted sounds the crunch channels chooses and the latter booste by means of an upstream floor. This is much closer to my sound desires in the overdrive structure (Maxime: "strong distortion - less strong compression") than the amplified sound channels. So the Series One 50 would be for me the better choice, especially since 50 watts for my purposes (Proberaum and club gigs) are more than enough.


The built-in power attenuator "DPR" and the additional sound shaping potentiometer "ISF" allow the amplifier incredible versatility at different volumes. "Sleep / living room volume" is in my opinion however NOT (with each soundsetting) possible, although it is in some reviews to be praised.

I see the greatest strengths of the amp in (blues to hard) rock and (heavy) metal. It can be close to a good old Plexi and resemble the 800s, 900s and 2000s of the most famous British amplifiers. It is, so to speak, Blackstar's "answer" to the 410s (the one before the Series One was the top of my choice). However, the Series One 104 has its very own Trademarks in the sound.

I use it in my band in the style of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and prefer it to current models of the mentioned company from Bletchley, Milton Keynes, because it seems to be very well processed (the actual proof of this impression is, of course, Perennial), which I unfortunately could not attest to my 410 model.
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A very good top part

Positive: The sound is unique and very versatile for the metal range. The range of the settings is very large and therefore can be rausholen some from the device.
Also the setting 10W-100W is very helpful if one does not necessarily stress with its neighbor wants, thus a big compliment to Blackstar

Negatives: Just in the price class I was a bit disappointed of the included foot pedal which consists of 4 switches but 6 sound adjustment possibilities exist.

In general it can be said, goes into the store and tries out the part, through the Internet one can not find the sound (the most important) for itself. I can only recommend this if you want to cover the area Rock / Metal.
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