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Leftee
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Life makes a man tired.
Feb 2nd, 2018 07:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am so easily distracted. :-D

And I still need a bass amp.

archiestone
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El Californio

Feb 14th, 2018 08:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Katana 100 Head here. Question: If you set delay beyond half way, using all modes (Digi, Analog, Tape Echo) - Do you find the decay a bit spotty? Mine seems to get fizzy beginning around the 3rd or 4th repeat or sometimes they just end in a too-abrupt stop. Curious if anyone else is getting this?

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GospelBilly!
Feb 15th, 2018 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

After buying and trying out a BUNCH of expensive high gain tube heads, I believe the "Brown" channel on the Katana sounds better than all of them, particularly when it comes to note clarity in chords.

NOTE - I didn't try out the Friedman BE head because I was afraid it would make over $3,000 jump out of my wallet. I don't want to spend that much! (:oD

Leftee
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Life makes a man crotchety.
Feb 16th, 2018 03:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

A 100w combo & 4-button footswitch just showed up on the local CL. $250.

reverend mikey
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Feb 16th, 2018 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is a steal!


Leftee
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Feb 16th, 2018 03:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, but I don’t “need” it.

LOL at myself.

HeavyDuty
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Not very bright but does lack ambition
Feb 16th, 2018 06:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

What, are you new here?

Leftee
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Feb 16th, 2018 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Kinda

vomer
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Feb 21st, 2018 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just got a 50W. Friend of mine with connections in two different music stores received two by mistake so rather than sending one back I was offered one at a heavy discount which I couldn't refuse.

First impressions are great. Very usable clean and crunch modes and I even got into brown and played some Santana riffs. (Don't know what else to do with it! :-)) The tone controls came set at 12 o'clock and I didn't touch them, just plugged in and played out of the box.

Really liked the plate reverb. At the moment I don't know how to change even the top-level settings like delay time but I'm sure that will be easy and I'm going to enjoy some deeper tweaking. Some of the effects seemed a bit digital-glassy at first listen so it will be interesting to see if they can be tamed.

I mostly bought it for the aux in and headphone out functions so I can practice in the evenings. But it's loud as well.

reverend mikey
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Feb 22nd, 2018 07:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

vomer, nice catch on that deal...

...and there's nothing wrong with some Santana licks! ("Samba Pa Ti," anyone?)

LeftyMeister

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Tone is in the lingers
Feb 22nd, 2018 10:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

I love putting All I Ever Wanted on the stereo at high volume and jamming along.

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iknowjohnny

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Mar 26th, 2018 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I picked up the artist recently and i like it a lot better then the Kat 100 or 50. The cab and speaker make a huge difference IMO. If you want a head and cab then a regular katana may be your cup of tea. But If you like combos this thing is phenomenal. I was hesitant and at first i wasn't sure i made a wise decision but at this point i'm in heaven with this amp.

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El Californio

Mar 28th, 2018 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

FX tip: Via the added fx in Tone Studio V2 I just replaced settings for Flanger with 'Flanger 117E' and Phaser with 'Phaser 90E' which model MXR pedals. Considerably less "fizzy", more subtle and tasty to my ears. YMMV.

LeftyMeister

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Tone is in the lingers
Mar 28th, 2018 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the tips. I haven't used a flanger since the 80's. It might be fun to play with.

It seems my speaker is beginning to break in and it's sounding much better.

reverend mikey
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Mar 29th, 2018 10:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I don't need the Artist, I don't need the Artist, I don't need the Artist..."

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Cal-Woody

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Apr 3rd, 2018 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

Re: iknowjohnny, is this the new Katana Artist 100?

I see that they added the Waza effects and speaker to it.
Have you had a chance to compare the Roland Blues Cube Artist against that amp?
The Katana has a really nice channel features, including the acoustic guitar input. I think yours retains all these features but had to wonder if the Waxa level of effects and speaker change warranted the double the cost? Not knowing this amp and the Waza Craft effects makes me ask these questions and hope you could elaborate a little bit on the quality difference.
Sorry for my ignorance, but with all the wonderful accolades that are being bestowed upon the regular Katana amp, I had to ask if it justified the extra cost.
Thanks in advance, Woody

willie
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Too Near Atlanta GA

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Apr 7th, 2018 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is quite a price jump for a speaker up grade and a few other conveniences...but I am a sucker for front mounted controls...I have never cared for top mounted controls, especially when I use an amp stand and it tilts the controls back so far I can't see them...my eyes aren't that great anymore.

I'm thinking on it...I did love my Roland Blues Cube Artist btw...it was one of the best amps I've owned. If had the effects that the Kat has, I would never have sold it...ever.

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iknowjohnny

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Apr 7th, 2018 02:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cal, yes, the katana artist. The extra cost is totally subjective. It depends on whether you feel it;s justified. The difference is bigger cab, waza speaker, cab resonance control on front panel rather than in software only so it can be used at a gig w/o having to hook up to a PC or other device, and the models were supposedly tweaked to compliment the sound of the speaker and cab. And no, i never played the BC.

I can't tell you if it;s worth it to you, but to me after trying the 50 and 100 i felt it sounds worlds better then the 50 and while the 100 is better then the 50, the artist still sounded a lot better to me. So for me well worth it. The bigger cab makes a considerable difference and the waza seems to possibly be my fav speaker i've ever had. So you just have to decide for yourself. For me, the artist was worth buying even at that price, but the kat100 i;d never buy because it just sounded too bright and too solid state to me. The artist has a smooth top end that can be dialed in or out of brightness better then most any amp i have owned. You don't suffer from the old dilemma where it's either too bright or too dark and you can't seem to dial it in between. I think that has a lot to do with the speaker. If you don't mind a head and cab the K100 head might do, tho you will still have to find a can that sounds as good as the artist's cab/speaker, and by then you'll likely end up spender more $. I got mine out the door for $550 and seen others get it as low as $450. On thing i would warn thos considering a kat of any model is if you are a big effects guy, look elsewhere. The effects functionality is horrible except when hooked up to a pc using the app. Otherwise live you;re screwed unless like me you just like a bit of delay or reverb and occasionally might use chorus or such here or there. Without going into why, thats it's flaw, and it's a big one for FX guys. Best tone from a SS/modeling amp i have heard to and thats what made me buy it. The app also lets you load "sneaky amps" into the amp and theres a marshall model in there that IMO is one of the best things i ever heard come out of a non tube amp. Sounds better then the amps main sounds on the dial IMO. Super organic and natural vintage marshall tone with just enough gain for ACDC levels of distortion and kicking the input with a clean boost is heaven. kills thru the artist's speaker/cab. Worth the price of admission right there.

(This message was last edited by iknowjohnny at 04:11 PM, Apr 7th, 2018)

Mick Reid
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Apr 7th, 2018 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

"...I did love my Roland Blues Cube Artist btw...it was one of the best amps I've owned. If had the effects that the Kat has, I would never have sold it...ever."

Funny, that's the exact reason I bought the BC Artist and *not* a Katana!

I don't want 1000 different amps & FX inside the amp.
I prefer my pedalboard into the amp, but that's just me.


willie
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Too Near Atlanta GA

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Apr 8th, 2018 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I find pedals to be largely dust collectors...I like to keep it simple, use the high quality on- board effects, and let the guitar and whatever talent and ability I have left do the rest. I got tired of lugging pedals, pedal boards, power supplies etc, and having to clean around them in the studio...PITA. :-) Different strokes....

Edit:Oh, and I forgot to add that I was able to sell my acoustic amp as the Katana does such a great job with its acoustic setting which put some serious cash back in my pocket...hard not to like the Kat series.

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(This message was last edited by willie at 10:39 AM, Apr 8th, 2018)

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