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The Deville is gone, long live the Katana 50

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by Lonn, Dec 26, 2017.

  1. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Sold my Deville 212 this morning and then traded a recently acquired Schecter Tempest Standard for this new Katana 50. Looking forward to tinkering with it, and now I've got some loot for more guitar shopping.

  2. TheDuck

    TheDuck Most Honored Senior Member

    Jan 12, 2016
    Lil' Rhody
    Much easier (Id think) to handle at in home volumes than the Deville

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  3. rudos1

    rudos1 Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 16, 2013
    One of the few amps I have yet to try. I hear good things and it is a Boss product...
  4. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I haven't even had a chance to turn it on yet with all the hubbub around here. I had the guy trading it to me use it to test out the guitar I was trading him. Maybe today I'll get some time with it.
  5. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    HNAD. :)
    I've had mine a year now, the thing to remember when fettling your settings is "less is more".
  6. NorCalSand

    NorCalSand New Member!

    Dec 8, 2017
    Recently brought home the Katana 100w 112. To my ears, at home volumes, it is easily the nicest sounding amp I’ve had, if you factor in how easy it is to get usable tones. I’ve had:

    Mesa Boogie Mk 5, Mk 5 35, Stilletto, Fender Tweed Deluxe and Princeton Reverb (Marsh hand wired clones), Tweed Champ (hand wired), and I think there was a Super Reverb which was amazing. Some of these had certain not so easy to dial in settings that sang at concert volume, but so loud! I just want a great sounding, versatile, easy to use amp, and this is it.

    I’m playing a MIM David Gilmour clone (DG20). Playing it largely on clean with volume just high enough to slightly cover up the acoustic sound of the strings, and it is amazing. Tone 1 and 2, 5-7.

    I’d have picked up the 50 but the local shop only had the floor model. The 100 was about $135 more, which I swung by selling a couple pieces of gear.

    I did note later that the 212 has more back panel features but that version was not discussed and was about double the cost over the 50. I walked in to return a Marshall CODE. Nice but not simple enough for my needs, and salesman showed me the 50. Plugged in a new fender pro strat, instant nervana. All channels sounded good maybe great.

    If this thing holds up it will easily be my favorite amp I’ve ever owned. (Assuming it sounds as good loud as it does quiet, which I haven’t tested)
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  7. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 15, 2014
    Your ganna regret it Lonn....


    Thought Id feel the same about keeping thr cube over the Blues Deluxe....just used it for cleans and pushed it when I wanted some air movin.....

    Big mistake.....Modeler just dont jive as nice....YOU know?
  8. nederemer

    nederemer Strat-O-Master

    Oct 25, 2017
    Somerset, Kentucky, USA.
    Not going to lie, I totally read the first part as the devil is gone.

    I was like whoa, holy warrior here.
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  9. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 24, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    HNAD !

    I've noticed you are quite the horse trader, so I'm sure another Fender amp is just waiting to be plucked

    Is that a mint green guard ?
  10. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    Depending on your tastes some amps could certainly take on that moniker.
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  11. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Mint guard, yes. No regrets here, I'm not a tube amp snob.
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  12. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca

    Well.......................... we're waiting for the big reveal.

    Is that Katana a keeper or is it off to CL? :p
  13. Kstu

    Kstu Strat-O-Master

    Oct 18, 2017
    Everett, Massachusetts
    Great amp. I bought one a few weeks ago just because I finally saw one in a store since they're always sold out. I play it more than I thought I would. It just has a lot to offer. I love the boost while using the clean channel.
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  14. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    PM me. I am running a betting pool on Lonn's acquisitions.
  15. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Still haven't had time to turn it on. Family here for a few more days so who knows when...
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  16. Yaralag

    Yaralag Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 28, 2014
    Cypress, TX
    I had the same amp. I sang it’s praises from my bedroom level jams but once I played it at band practice everything changed. It would probably have been ok played clean with all my pedals in front but that defeated the purpose I bought it for. I found the effects didn’t sound as good loud and when switching between channels I couldn’t get the volumes right. I’m sure if I spent much more time with it and used the software to tweak it I could have made a go at it but I don’t have the patience. I hope it works for you though. One things for sure it is compact and very loud.
  17. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 17, 2017
    In the shop...
  18. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    The volume difference is a real head-wall issue for me. It's "fixable" (via the SW) but WTF were the designers thinking??? IMO, this amp is borderline OK without SW tweaking............... IMO!!
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  19. Cesspit

    Cesspit Strat-Talker

    Sep 4, 2016
    Oxford England
    I got a Katana 50 this Christmas for home use. As a practice amp on the half watt setting it is ideal. Then yesterday I took it to rehearsal and wow, seriously impressed. I used it like a single channel valve amp, rolling the volume on the Strat as I always do. It was brilliant. Also record with it and boy was it clear and sweet. It has changed my view considerably, so much so I'm considering selling the Musicman and getting a 100 watt 2x12 version.
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  20. RPKennedy

    RPKennedy Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 27, 2013
    Oconomowoc, WI