Blackfire 200 Overview
Blackstar Amplification is proud to announce their first signature amplifier – the BLACKFIRE 200. Blackstar have been working closely with guitar hero Gus G.(Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) to create the ultimate heavy metal amp. Based on Blackstar's award winning Series One 200 amp design, this 200W, limited edition amplifier has been voiced in partnership with Gus G.
Four switchable channels are offered: a Clean channel with Warm and Bright modes, a Crunch channel with Crunch and Super Crunch modes, plus Fire and Fury overdrive channels specially voiced in partnership with Gus G. for a devastating full metal assault.
The BLACKFIRE 200 features a custom cosmetic including a brushed aluminium front panel complete with an 'Evil G' logo and a cast metal Blackstar logo.
Each model comes with exclusive Gus G. accessories including a signed certificate, an 'Evil G' key ring, trading card, pick and a Firewind CD 'Few Against Many'.
- 4 Channels
- 6 modes (footswitchable)
- Gus G.'s Fire and Fury overdrive channels
- Series effects loop with effects level switch
- MIDI switching
- Advanced speaker emulated output
- 4-way footcontroller supplied
- Limited Edition of 225
- Exclusive Gus G. accessories
General Product Range Signature Series Model Blackfire 200 Technology Type Valve Valves Preamp Valves 4 x ECC83, 1 x ECC82 Poweramp Valves 4 x KT88 Electronics Wattage 200 Inputs Guitar Input Controls Channels 4 - Clean, Crunch, Fire, Fury Dimensions Weight 27.2KG Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth) 705 x 285 x 278.5 (mm)
Fire and Fury Channels
The overdrive channels are named after the Firewind fan-favourite track 'The Fire And The Fury'. The Fire channel delivers a high gain classic distortion, while the Fury channel takes you to screaming lead and beyond. The overdrive channels are characterised by a tone which is high in gain, but lacks any of the detached top-end often found in many similar designs. This is a result of unique preamplifier and power amplifier shaping techniques, which also benefit the player in the way the overdrives clean up beautifully as the guitar volume is reduced. Even at the most extreme settings, the overdrive channels remain natural sounding.
The ISF control works in conjunction with the Tone control. It allows you to choose the exact tone signature you prefer. Fully CCW is a more American characteristic with a tight bottom end and more aggressive middle, and fully CW is a British characteristic which is more ‘woody’ and less aggressive.
Speaker Emulated Output
The Blackstar emulated output design is a new benchmark for pro direct recording. This no-compromise design makes it easy to get your tone to disk and tape. You can also use it to run a line out to a PA.
The DPR system allows you to vary the amplifier output down to 10% of its rated power without any loss in tone or valve reliability. Pure valve output distortion and compression at any volume - a dream come true.
The Series One offers the ability to control channel selection via MIDI Program Change messages and interfacing with most MIDI controllers is a straight forward process. The Series One can be placed in a MIDI chain allowing you to simultaneously select a channel on the amplifier and change the patch on a MIDI effects processor connected to the effects loop. There are 128 available Program Changes, giving you the possibility to access a vast number of tonal combinations.
All Series One amplifiers have plated through double sided PCBs for the increased mechanical integrity this construction affords. Designed to last a lifetime, Series One cabinets have a 18mm finger-jointed birch ply cabinet and heavy gauge wiring. The chassis, for mechanical integrity, are seam welded 1.6mm steel.
The amp features an effects loop to allow you to connect effects pedals or other professional equipment using the return and send connections. The Effects Loop Level switch sets the effects loop to either +4dBV/-10dBV, which enables you to use it with either professional equipment (+4dBV setting), or with guitar level effects such as effects pedals (-10dBV setting).