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Katana - is anybody else impressed

Discussion in 'Amp Owners Clubs' started by SilvaStrat, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 2, 2010
    Peardale CA
    I've had the head for a while...
    Haven't plumbed the computer fiddling at all..
    The fact you can drag it out sans everything..
    In a small space
    Get your pont across..
    Love the dynamic wah...
    Haven't fiddled with the tap thing...
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  2. ProSonicLive

    ProSonicLive Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 4, 2016
    I finally got a chance to play through one two days ago. I used a strat, an ES-335 and an 8 string. With all three of those axes I was quite impressed with the price tag that was attached. The cleans were bassy and had enough chine even though the strats neck pup was a bit TOO low. The ES-335 performed as I thought it should with warm dirt and a great blues feel. The 8-string performed well, though its neck was very muddy. I blame the guitar for this more than the amp. The amp had enough bottom end to pass for a practice amp for the 8-string, though, I would STRONGLY recommend 2 OD pedals to get a a tighter sound, though I think I may be one of the few here who care about this amps performance for metal.

    It has PLENTY of gain, More than most people will REALLY need. I found myself turning the gain DOWN to tighten up the low end under hi-gain. You will of course have the young ones "cranking it to 14" but that is NOT needed. It ALMOST gets to "bees in a can" territory. But handles well up until that point. I really liked the extreme range of the EQ knobs. I never felt like I was "Locked" into one good tone. (Unlike the Mesa Atlantic I played afterwards) I am convinced the larger variants are plenty capable to pull off gigs as well as recording. The small one I played did lack the "chunk" for metal rhythm, but I forgave that due to the form factor.

    All in all, This was a joy to play up until the teens that came in started playing "wonderwall" on a JCM 2000 and I could no longer get a good read on the dynamics of the amp.

  3. radd

    radd Strat-Talker

    Jun 2, 2016
    Santa cruz
    I had the Katana 50 for a few weeks and found it to be a great sounding amp. I traded it back in only because the Boss software would not work on my computer; it would not recognize my amp.

    For the money I don’t think it can be beat.

  4. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    What computer/OS doth protest too much?

    Do you recall loading this driver: https://www.boss.info/us/support/knowledge_base/215511323/

  5. stratosdane

    stratosdane Strat-O-Master

    Mar 27, 2014
    Lovely tele.
    I have the Katana 50 for a great sounding practicing amp and as spare for gigs, and its getting better as the speaker gets played. I still have to try out the new update
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2017

  6. ClosetSciFiGeek

    ClosetSciFiGeek Strat-Talk Member

    Jul 30, 2013
    Eastern Seaboard
    I played one of these today and almost pulled the trigger. They sound great and require minimal fiddling to get great sounds. I am a previous owner of a Fender Mustang III which was a great amp, but I found myself fiddling more than playing. The Katana has everything you need on the panel. The 100 combo or 2x12 or head into your own speakers would be a great inexpensive gig rig with 5 presets (4 sounds and 1 what you see). That said if you already have a rounded out pedal board I am a fan of tube amps and play a VHT special 6 with two knobs, volume and tone with an old school pedalboard. Love the grab it and play, not grab it and tweak.

    The biggest strength of the Katana series is that you can dig in with the computer, but you can also JUST play if you want and still sound really good. Additionally, this rig should be pretty bulletproof for gigging and light. My vote for a gigging amp.
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  7. radd

    radd Strat-Talker

    Jun 2, 2016
    Santa cruz
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  8. stingx

    stingx Strat-Talk Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Weird, NJ
    Here's a short clip illustrating the sound of the Katana 100w combo recorded via USB into a Focusrite Scarlett. Using my very old '83 Kramer to lay down the tracks.