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archiestone
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El Californio

Apr 11th, 2018 12:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

^ My eyes hurt now. ^

One thing's for sure: when toggling between models and fx the equalizer and vol controls are your friends. You simply can't keep settings fixed from Clean to Brown & through boosts and drives; Tweaking is required.

willie
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Too Near Atlanta GA

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Apr 15th, 2018 08:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Loving the new Kat Artist...I could not be more pleased with it.

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zenland

U.S.A. Hotlanta

avise la fin
Apr 19th, 2018 08:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've been reading this thread since it started and had an interest in a grab and go type amp. Was checking out some LP's ( 5 months ago?) and used the Katana 50. Very pleased with the tones and thought well, maybe down the road this would be a good purchase.

It was! Got it yesterday and sat in with a friends band last night.
I was asked to turn down (lol) and was only on the 25 watt setting.

Really liked that I could take everything in and out in one trip (amp/effects/guitar). I brought some effects pedals and power supply but, they were not needed. It was quite liberating to just work the volume knob!

This has definitely become my grab n go to amp!
Very Happy!







willie
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Too Near Atlanta GA

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Apr 20th, 2018 03:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Et tu zen? LOL...the 50 is a winner, as is the 100 and I just received the Kat 100 Artist the other day and have been more than amazed at the tone and versatility of the amp. It is most certainly heavier than the Kat 50 or Kat 100 1x12 but since it doesn't get moved much, I'm not concerned with that...plus it's still lighter than most of the tube amps I've had to wrangle. Welcome to the dark side. :)

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vomer
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Apr 21st, 2018 08:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

zenland, did you hear about the version 2 software? It gives you two more channel presets. Can be downloaded from Boss for free.

zenland

U.S.A. Hotlanta

avise la fin
Apr 21st, 2018 12:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

willie-lol. Yep, I've gone to the dark side but I'm not giving up any of my tube amps. Also, still liking my Helix unit with the powered monitor.

vomer-I re read the whole thread before I made my post and saw someone had mentioned version 2. I hadn't thrown the card board out yet and it had version 2 written on the side of the box. When I got home with it I immediately went to the site and downloaded that from Boss.

Going to order the foot switch soon.

Thanks for the GAS folks!

👍👍

Graywolf/Wa

Pacific N.W.

Apr 25th, 2018 09:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

OK, stupid question. Is the Katana 50 easy enough to use for an old geezer? Interested in Fender like as well as Voxish tones, little drive and maybe some reverb for both single coil and hb guitars. Not interested in hi-gain sounds. Will it work for that WITHOUT having to hook up to a pc? Seems to have features that appeal to me and might work well as a bedroom amp. What say the owners?


vomer
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Apr 26th, 2018 02:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

I would have been interested in amp models rather than what seems to be different gain levels of the same basic sound. So you don't get 'Fender' or 'Vox' settings. What you do get on the control panel is a choice of 'clean' and 'crunch' settings which would meet your gain needs. Also on the panel are the usual amp settings, gain, volume, another master volume, bass, mid and treble, and rotary controls for the preset overdrive, delay/modulation, and reverb.

So yes, very easily usable straight out of the box for anyone who doesn't want to plug it into the computer. And has 'standby' which turns the speaker sound off, .5 watts low power, and headphones.

So despite the lack of different models it's a good basic sound. If you really needed to emulate specific amp tones, one of the pedals on the market might be the way to go.

I've never had a modern solid state or modelling amp before, never expected to, but this sounds good.

(This message was last edited by vomer at 04:50 AM, Apr 26th, 2018)

Pinetree
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NW Pennsylvania

Apr 26th, 2018 07:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Now you can

cover it up.

Leftee
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VA

Apr 26th, 2018 08:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

That's a decent price for a cover.

vomer
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Apr 26th, 2018 08:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

But I just paid someone to relic mine ;-)

Leftee
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Apr 26th, 2018 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Keep that relic job pristine!!!

Graywolf/Wa

Pacific N.W.

May 8th, 2018 03:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Stopped by the local guitar shop yesterday and tried the 50 version yesterday, played with it about 15 minutes and took it up to the counter to put a deposit on it. Will pick it up next payday. Nice cleans but still not wild about many of the overdrive sounds...will need to mess around when I get it home and see if I can get some smoother drive out of it. That half watt setting is going to get a lot of use.


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Don't look at me with that tone of voice
May 8th, 2018 08:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

I pre-ordered the cover from MF for my Katana 100 head. Only $14.99 shipped!

6 Cylinder Slim

north woods

It just needs more voltage
Jul 5th, 2018 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Me too, need a cover. I bought a Kat 50 for some of the, let's just say more intimate, gigs I've been playing lately. Glad I did. This is a good sounding amp and having built in effects comes in handy for me playing smaller, quieter venues. I bought this amp over similar amps purely because I liked the sound. But I don't care for top control panels because I tip my amps back on stage. I stumbled across something I think is useful for this amp so I'll pass it along. Most amp stands are big and clunky and tip the amp back too far to see the top panel. I happened to have little On Stage A frame guitar stand in my living room. The Kat 50 sits firmly in that guitar stand and tips back, I'll guess about 25 degrees. That's not ideal sound wise, but it's a whole lot better than square to the floor and...you can still see the control panel.

A frame stand

vomer
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Jul 6th, 2018 05:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

Greywolf, or anyone else, how are you getting on with the overdrive sounds? I play mostly 'clean but driven' and I haven't been too impressed with the OD's, the longer I spend with it. Mostly I'm using the clean channel. On the 25W setting for 'quiet' practice, with backing tracks through the hifi, there's a nice body to the sound which means I haven't been using OD much. The .5W setting is too quiet for this. And OD from the gain control is better than the OD control imho. At least I think they are different, from the gain control it's slightly smoother.

Cal-Woody

USA/California

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Oct 4th, 2018 10:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not sure when my new amp will be here but I ordered the Boss Katana Artist with footswitch from American Musical Supply. They have a 12 month, zero interest, and from Willie's description, I have been watching and got sold on the great aspects of this amp. The front mounted controls are a plus and the extra features not present on the Katana 100 will fit my needs more fully. Oh, and also the Waza Craft speaker sounds like it will be a great asset to the whole amp.
Will give my thoughts and a review when it arrives.

Cal-Woody

USA/California

Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Oct 6th, 2018 08:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

So, I got my amp in one day! Wow!

It's early here and I haven't had a chance to plug it in, but how do you know if I have the newest version of the software installed? Have not gone to the website yet but will in a little while, but was wondering if my new amp came loaded with the most current version and if there is any indication on the amp that states this information.
Thanks in advance, Woody

Eddie5323

Nashville, TN USA

Jan 18th, 2019 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am slow to jump on this BOSS KATANA band wagon, but I too have sold off all my tube amps. Got tired of weight, inconsistency in sound from venue to venue due to voltage changes, and mainly tube amp failure and repairs. Cap jobs, cold solder joints, tubes ...

I watched endless Youtube videos... Some good, some a waste of time. I figured I try a KATANA sometime. I saw a local ad of someone selling their KTN50 for $125 so I jumped on it. Heck, a good stomp box will cost you more than that. Also, being a technical geek, I immediately connected it up the computer, updated firmware, and quickly got acquainted with Boss Tone Studio. For those who have a Katana, you are missing most of the "tweaking capability" if you don't use the software.

Long story short, I tried the KTN50 at rehearsal and was impressed. The only downside was no footswitch like the KTN100. So let's say I found a way to pick up the KTN100 and Foot Controller. (Yes, I too was confused at first as the labeling did not match what the FC was suppose to do. Luckily I have a label maker and created my own labels. Since I am using version 3 of the firmware, I have the 2 banks of 4 presets I use for my gigging or recording purposes.

Time will tell if I keep feeling good about the KATANA, but I even stopped using external OD pedals or effects. I don't know why my feeling would change unless the amp proves unreliable, which at this time I see no signs that would be the case.

The only comment to new users out there, you do have to spend time to dial in your sounds. There is a lot of tweaking (which doesn't bother me). You dial it in at home, take it to rehearsal, see what works, go back home and tweak it some more. At this point, I am pretty much done tweaking it unless I need a new sound.

I have set my up with CLEAN, BLUES, ROCK, LEAD on bank 1 and CLEAN WITH CHORUS, SRV, ROCK2, 80's ROCK and panel to suit what I need that night.

I also spent time on forums, downloaded other examples, most were too harsh sounding, but I feel like I have built some usable patches for my own needs.

Have fun with your Katana. It's much more than a practice amp.

(This message was last edited by Eddie5323 at 09:32 PM, Jan 18th, 2019)

Peppy

Mesa, AZ

Jan 18th, 2019 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just bought one today. The cleans kick ar_e.

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