The Blackstar Toby Lee Signature is new version of the popular St. James amplifier series built in collaboration with the YouTube star.
From child prodigy to renowned blues guitarist, this tube amp suits him down to the ground. But, who is he? And what is his signature amp like? Let’s have a look…
The St. James series has the accolade of being the lightest 50-watt amps on the market.
Blackstar Toby Lee Signature Amplifier
With the familiar Bass, Middle, Treble, and Master controls, there are also two Volume knobs and a Gain control. Powered by 6L6 power tubes, which perfectly accompany Lee’s 60s style of overdriven blues. Just like others in the family, there are also two ECC83 preamp tubes.
A vintage look for a modern player, Lee has gone for red vinyl with cream bindings. There are also cream chicken head knobs that deliver a degree of nostalgia. Similar to those on vintage Fender units.
Having accrued almost 80,000 subscribers on Youtube, British 17-year-old, Toby Lee is quite the internet sensation. From posting videos online of his blues jams, he is now a well-established musician.
Blackstar’s relationship with Toby Lee began at NAMM back in 2019. Lee explored their range of products and was hooked! Moreover, he uses a breadth of amps in his videos, but Blackstar’s range of tube combos became firm favourites.
Lee has played with some real icons, from Buddy Guy to Mclfy. His style is very 60s and blues orientated, therefore his signature amp had to borrow from legendary cabs from over the years.
Toby Lee enjoys experimenting with his music. Therefore, this Blackstar St. James is designed to play anything ‘from Buddy Holly to Metallica‘, a requirement from Lee himself!
Being part of the St. James family, you get a 50-watt cab also in red vinyl, with a cream basket weave finish. Visually, you get an amp that delivers nostalgia and offers versatility.
Additionally, we understand that you get impressive reverb capabilities across all volumes, with heavy gain and light clean sounds, despite its lightweight design.
Moreover, there are MIDI capabilities with the head, as well as:
- Effects Loop
- Stereo Line-Out
This Blackstar St. James Toby Lee Signature Amplifier has all the bells and whistles. Joining a healthy batch of amps also in the St. James family. Furthermore, you get twin 12-inch Celestion Zephyr speakers, typical of the St. James range.
So, if you’re looking for a lightweight tube amplifier that delivers vintage tones without a bunch of pedals, then you should consider this one.
More about the Blackstar Toby Lee Signature:
- Blackstar St. James Toby Lee Signature Head : Blackstar
- Blackstar St. James Toby Lee Signature Stack: Blackstar