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Personalised multi-point setup included

Before dispatch, your instrument will be treated to a full setup. That's not a quick tweak, but a full multi-point setup by an experienced guitar technician who will check and adjust every single thing on your guitar, bass, ukulele or banjo to ensure it is performing at its absolute best.

This is not a quick process but we believe every instrument should go through our process to acheive an exacting standard of playability.


We start with the frets on your instrument. All guitar necks move and change over time so we will make sure that your frets are nice and flat as we go up the neck. We don't want any high or low spots as this will mean your guitar will need a higher than optimum action and potentially suffer with fret buzz.

We check and properly profile the playing surface of the frets and then make sure the fret ends are finished off properly. The fret is then polished to ensure smooth string bending.

Truss Rod

Then it's on to the truss rod. This metal rod differs from guitar to guitar (some guitars such as classical guitars don't usually have a truss rod!) and basically controls the "relief" or curve of the neck. Not enough relief and your strings won't have enough clearance over the other frets when playing. Too much relief and you'll have a high action which gets worse as you go up the neck.

The heavier the strings then the more the truss rod needs to work. Proper adjustment in the workshop means that the action will be just right for the strings fitted to your guitar.

Top Nut

The top nut is super important and is one of the two open contact points of your guitar. The technician will check and cut each slot to make sure the strings both run freely but are not sitting in a slot that's too big.

The top nut also plays a big part in the action of your guitar so we'll hit that sweet spot between too low and too high.


Another really important part of your guitar!

On an acoustic, the saddle is cut to the correct height making sure the bottom is 100% flat and straight. This means the string can transfer its vibration properly into the body of your guitar.

For electric guitars, the saddles are adjusted to ensure your intonation is perfect. We will also match the saddles to the radius of your fretboard.

Bridge / Tremolo

The bridge affects the break angle and string height of your guitar and is also responsible for holding your saddles.

For a guitar with a Floyd Rose tremolo system or similar, the spring tension has to be just right to allow the tremolo to return to its "zero point" and keep everything in tune.

For guitars with standard tremolos, we can set it to float and be used both up or down like a true tremolo or we can lock the trem block back so the tremolo will only go downwards.... the choice is yours!


Intonation is the measure of how in-tune the guitar string is across the length of the fretboard and a guitar with badly set intonation will get more and more out of tune as the string is shortened when you play.

Tiny adjustments are made to each string where applicable to adjust its length and ensure that the intonation is set just right.

Overall Action

Once all the above has been completed, the guitar is checked for playability and fine adjustments are made. This step brings everything together and means your guitar will be set up optimally.

Machine Heads

Every machine head is operated and checked for function. We need to ensure that the machine heads operate smoothly.


All the functions of your guitar are checked to ensure everything is working as intended.

For acoustic guitars we will check the functions of the EQ system and controls as weel as check the internal cabling and jack socket.

For electric guitars, all the pickups are checked for function and tonal response. All controls and switches are operated to ensure they are functioning properly. The jack socket is checked.

Other Parts

All other parts such as strap pins, bushings, tuning buttons etc are fully checked.


All our instruments get the same premium treatment wether you purchase online or instore.

If you have purchased online, your guitar will be carefully packed ready for dispatch. You will receive a tracking link via email.

Happy playing :)

Sale Blackstar ID Core Stereo 10 V3 Guitar Combo
Blackstar ID Core Stereo 10 V3 Guitar Combo
Blackstar ID Core Stereo 10 V3 Guitar Combo
Blackstar ID Core Stereo 10 V3 Guitar Combo

Blackstar ID Core Stereo 10 V3 Guitar Combo

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The Blackstar ID Core Stereo 10 V3 combines unique innovations and connectivity to give guitarists the best possible sound from the first time they plug their guitar in.

Using the same design team that develops their professional amps, Blackstar have upgraded the ID Core Stereo 10 with a host of new features and guitarist-friendly controls to deliver a versatile tonal range designed to inspire your playing, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro.

The ID Core's onboard effects have been enhanced and re-voiced allowing for a wider range of expression in amazing, super-wide stereo.

Musician-friendly controls combined with the power of programmability make for a hugely versatile amplifier capable of crystal-clear clean tones as well as heavy, fully saturated high gain. The patented ISF control allows infinite control of the tone control network.

The addition of full range linear speakers makes the ID Core V3 extra versatile, equally at home as a speaker for gaming, audio and watching movies as it is for guitar, and all the while delivering high quality, crystal clear tone.

As well as the host of features for live playing, the ID Core V3 offers a range of features for guitarists looking to record. 4-channel USB audio makes low-latency recording and professional re-amping simple, effectively turning your amp an audio interface. Coupled with Blackstar's Cab Rig Lite speaker cabinet simulator, it makes for a very comprehensive home-recording setup cable of delivering awesome sounds. 

Allowing full control and customisation of the ID Core Stereo V3's features, the all new Blackstar Architect software is available for both PC and Mac and has been designed from the ground up to access a searchable patch library, archive and upload entire setlists of patches to your amp and even provide inspiration and starting points for new musical ideas via the new Randomise feature.

  • 10W
  • On-board tuner
  • ID:Core V3 houses 6 enhanced voices from ultra clean to extreme overdrive that sound better than ever before
  • Guitarist-friendly controls for an amazingly versatile tonal range from pristine clean to high gain.
  • Free Architect software for deep editing and patch sharing online.
  • 4-channel USB audio for low-latency recording and professional re-amping 
  • Direct to device recording and livestreaming made easy using a TRRS 3.5mm cable for input/output live streaming to a compatible device (i.e. iPhone, Android phone)
  • Re-voiced and enhanced studio quality effects create beautiful sonic textures in stunning Super Wide Stereo

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