In 2004 four friends, all bandmates, were looking for a new challenge. Having worked together for years at the highest levels of the amp designing industry, their dream was to create new and innovative guitar amplifiers and pedals that would be the ultimate tools for self expression. Having spent two and a half years doing intensive technical research in a garden shed in Northampton, England, the first Blackstar products were ready and in March 2007, Blackstar was officially launched at the Frankfurt Musik Messe. Since then Blackstar has moved from the garden shed to their own premises, which has a purpose built lab and studio and they have been lucky enough to add some amazingly talented people to the Blackstar team.
Eight years on, Blackstar has been on a remarkable journey and privileged to meet some incredible people from all over the world and call them our friends. From artists like Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne/Firewind), Neal Schon (Journey), Silenoz (Dimmu Borgir) and James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers), to the many players that support Blackstar and come to meet them at shows. Since those early days Blackstar has continued to grow as a company, but one thing remains true. Everybody at Blackstar is a musician and truly passionate about what they do - making great guitar amps for players around the world.