Blackstar Debuts New ID:Core V3 Amp

Blackstar has unveiled its new ID:Core V3 series
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Blackstar has pulled back the curtain on its new ID:Core V3 guitar amp

Available in 10, 20, and 40-watt incarnations, the ID:Core V3 features half a dozen amp voices – OD1, OD2, Crunch, Super Crunch, Clean Warm, and Clean Bright – and re-voiced and enhanced effects that include modulations, a chorus and tremolo, and a variety of delays, plus a collection of room, hall, spring, and plate reverbs.

Controls come in the form of volume, gain, and EQ knobs, while the reverb button also doubles as a tuner when it's held down.

Blackstar's ID: Core V3 family of amps

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Blackstar's patented ISF control is included, as well as its Architect editing and patch management software, which gives users access to Cab Rig Lite, a cab simulator that lets users adjust cab type, room environment, and mic choice.

A recessed handle and PB-1 Power Bank give the amp high scores in the portability department, while its four-channel USB audio allows for easy transformation into an audio interface. 

The amp also features an iPhone/Android-compatible cable, for easier live streaming.

Blackstar's new ID: Core V3 amp

(Image credit: Blackstar Amplification)

The Blackstar ID:Core V3 amplifier will be available for $129 – for the 10-watt combo – or $179, for the 20- and 40-watt versions.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at and He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.