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  • The Guitar Show
    2017/02/23 / Gordon Smith/Auden/Dean Markley/Alvarez

    The Guitar Show returns to Birmingham this weekend. The show is currently the UK’s largest guitar exhibition and is held at Bingley Hall, Birmingham, on the last weekend of February each year. Blackstar will be there in force with all the brands we represent, Alvarez, Auden, Dean Markley and Gordon Smith. Over the weekend there will also be performances from Blackstar artists including Ron Sayer, Joan of Arc and Krissy Matthews. For more information on the show visit

  • Gordon Smith and Auden Guitars
    2016/02/01 / Gordon Smith/Auden

    DIST-X add Gordon Smith and Auden Guitars to their distribution portfolio. Click on the link icon to view the full press release or Click Here

  • Alvarez Gear of the Month
    2016/01/30 / Alvarez Guitars

    Our January Guitar of the Month is the stunning ABT60E, our award winning Artist Series Baritone guitar, presented in a natural finish. Learn more about this awesome instrument - Click Here

About Dist-X

DIST-X is a Musical Instrument distributor supplying internationally renowned brands to the UK and Ireland. Formed in 2015, DIST-X Distribution is a division of Blackstar Amplification Ltd and is run by the same team behind the launch and growth of Blackstar amplification, with the same passion and knowledge of the market.

Blackstar launched in 2007 but the story started long before. 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 we have moved from the garden shed to our own premises, which has a purpose built lab and studio and we've been lucky enough to add some amazingly talented people to our team.

We have been on a remarkable journey and been 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 us and come and meet us at shows.

Since those early days we have continued to grow as a company, but one thing remains true. We're all musicians and are truly passionate about what we do – whether it’s making great guitar amps for players around the world, or supplying top brands to the market.

Our Brands

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Blackstar - Blackstar offer a range of award winning, innovative guitar amplifiers and effects pedals from a 3 watt mini amp to a 200 watt valve head. Blackstar products offer the musician with the ultimate tools for self-expression so you can finally find, the sound in your head.
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Alvarez - Alvarez has been one of the leading acoustic guitar brands in the U.S.A. and around the world for nearly 50 years. Alvarez instruments are known for their tone and feel and some of the most amazing artists over the last five decades have gravitated towards the brand and its guitars.
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Dean Markley - Dean Markley makes great strings, which sound spectacular and help players get the sounds they want. And… We make it fun.
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Gordon Smith - Gordon Smith - handcrafted guitars custom built in the UK since 1974. Born to Punk parents, used and abused by British Rock, thrashed by Grunge and the cornerstone of Indie.
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Auden - Auden - A small group of highly skilled luthiers and craftsmen hand make every Auden guitar using traditional methods and the very finest materials.


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Contact Us

If you are interested in becoming a dealer for any of our brands or you are a customer interested in any of our products please contact 01604 817817 or use the contact form to get in touch with us.