BLACKSTAR Unity Elite U700H Amp and U410C Cab
Bass Player|January 2021
The Unity amp and cab range from Blackstar has got people talking. Mike Brooks finds out if it’s a contender...

BLACKSTAR AMPLIFICATION

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The new Unity range from Blackstar has been much discussed over the past few months—and looking at this rig, from the outset it’s clear why. The lightweight amp comes in a durable carry bag along with an FS-13 footswitch: The FS-12 version, with added features, is also available at an added cost. The unit can be rackmounted if you wish—again, a rack adaptor is available for a fee—and boasts an impressive 700 watts output. In its armoury is a tube-emulation Response control and three types of drive and chorus, plus octave and compression options. We’re only scraping the surface here—read on for the full low-down.

Build Quality

The U700 Elite weighs in at 9.3 lbs and its dark, brushed-steel chassis features a fan on one side, and venting on the other for reliable airflow across the circuitry. The front control panel is fully-featured: The input jack socket and -10 dB pad switch are followed by Gain, Drive, Low, Mid, Mid-Frequency, and High controls, along with three-way selection switches for voicing (Classic, Modern, and Flat) and drive (Overdrive, Distortion, and Fuzz) options.

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