Ever since a group of bandmates (some of whom worked for Marshall) decided they wanted to form their own effects and amp outfit in 2007, Blackstar has quickly gained a reputation for their tube-powered effects pedals and quality, accessible amps. Designed in England and built in Korea, Blackstar products run the gamut from the practice and open mic-friendly HT-5 to massive full stacks to their LT and HT Series pedals popular with rock and metal musicians. If you're looking for products that are built with a true understanding of how gain shapes your tone, Blackstar is quickly emerging as an industry leader.