Boss Katana amp for Strats? Good or Bad?

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by dscottyg, Jul 3, 2021.

How good is a Boss Katana amp for Strats?

Poll closed Jul 13, 2021.
  1. Great

    55.6%
  2. Good

    25.9%
  3. Barely passable

    5.6%
  4. Not so good

    5.6%
  5. Terrible

    7.4%
  1. dscottyg

    dscottyg Strat-Talker

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    How good is Boss Katana for use at home and small bar gigs with a Fender Strat? Classic rock, pop hits, blues.
     
  2. stormsedge

    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Love the one you're with.
     
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  3. Kester

    Kester Senior Stratmaster

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    There's a reason they sell piles of them - they're great.
     
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  4. CattleDog73

    CattleDog73 Strat-Talker

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    It’s really much better than it has any right to be at its price. I’ve had a 100 kicking around the house for a few years now. Still gets it’s fair share of use alongside my Deluxe, Marshall SV20, Vox AC10 and my Helix. Mine is a MK I, I suspect the MK II’s are even better.
     
  5. HighwayStar106

    HighwayStar106 Senior Stratmaster

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    I never liked mine much, but many people love them.
     
  6. JB74

    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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    100w Katana will be more than AMPle. Don't need to have the 2x12 version, but if you have the chance to get one, I'd take the 2x12 over the 1x12 -

    There's no way on earth I'm getting rid of mine - it's frickin ace.

    2 caveats:

    1. learn how to use the boss katana app software.
    2. absolutely buy the GA-FC foot controller
     
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  7. duzie

    duzie Senior Stratmaster

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    There are many people who get great tones from these .
    Will you be one of them ?
    The tools are there .
    Best of luck with your decision :)
     
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  8. Eligius1976

    Eligius1976 Strat-Talker

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    I really liked when I tried in a local guitar shop (100w mk2 330€), but I finally bought the blackstar id-100 (2x10 stereo 100w with pedal footswitch and looper), used in mint condition for almost half price. I use occasionally at home at low/medium volum and it remains me the sound quality of my Yamaha thr10, very simple to use and you get very good sounds for this price range.

    eloi
     
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  9. metrokosmiko

    metrokosmiko Strat-Talker

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    A Katana will work with any guitar. It's great to just plug in and play but if you take the time to dial in your effects, EQ and general amp behavior with the software, you won't even need a pedalboard. The on-board overdrive models, delay, reverb, etc are all very good.

    I would get the 100w because it has the line out but you can still hear yourself. With the 50w MK II (my model) you only get a recording output that mutes the speaker.

    I used to have a few tube amps, now only have my Katana and a Vox AC15c1. I use my Katana 80% of the time, I turn on the Vox just to indulge. Would love two Katanas to run in stereo. I would gig the 100-watter any day. The 50w surely is enough power but it doesn't have a line out (only a recording output that mutes the speaker).
     
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    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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  11. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Dr. Stratster

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    Absolutely.

    absolutely anyone can get a good sound out of the amp, if they set it up right.

    It can be used as a “plug in and play, and adjust knob” amp. But it’s way better to get exactly what you want on the app, then fine tune with the knobs/buttons. I stay on 3 settings constantly, and I really never have looked at another amp, since.
     
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    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    I'll just leave this here
     
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    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    I have one - works well for me. I use it in a pub band and at home practicing. 100W Mark I.

    It's light and has all the effects I need. Footswitch is mandatory in my humble opinion.

    It is not a tube amp. It sort of emulates a Marshall (sort of). But it is not a tube amp.

    I loved my JCM 900 half stack but sold it after 30 years because it's too big and my back is too old. It's overkill for where I play nowadays.

    There's probably 10 working musicians around here using them.
     
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    fos1 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I have an Artist Mk I - I use it extensively every day. I purchased a Head Mk II for travel. It is also very nice, has a built in 5" speaker that is pretty good. Unfortunately, it weighs more that I thought it would. I use the Roland Micro Cube GX instead and keep the Head for a backup.
     
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    l88vette Strat-O-Master

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    I have one along with a few classic Fender amps. It really is a great amp. I have a 50w MkII and it is plenty loud for small club gigs. While it may not be a tube amp they have done a nice job of giving you some really good tone.
     
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    zimbo Strat-Talker

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    Pretty much terrible. You will never get your patches to get the sound you want.
     
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    nickmsmith Dr. Stratster

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    You serious? Within 5 minutes hooked up to the app, I had a sound I loved.
     
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  18. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    Consider the source, me...
    I have a Katana 100 head...
    Depending on the location...
    2x12 cab
    1x12 cab
    2x10 cab
    2x8 cab
    No cab just the built in 5" speaker...
    I'm not a fan of playing with ear muffs
     
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  19. Seamus OReally

    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    I spent a good 20 minutes with a Katana at Bananas at Large and it just wouldn’t respond as I would like.
     
  20. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Platinum Supporting Member

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    The Boss EV-30 Expression pedal is a nice addition to my Kat 100. I went with the 100 for a few reasons. The 100 has several features over the 50.

    The 100 has twice the number of onboard presets, 8 vs 4 for the 50w.
    Effeccts loop.
    Line Out
    GA-FC Foot switch compatibility. Makes is easy to chose presets on the fly and add in basic effects.
    Bigger speaker magnet.

    For the added functionality, the 100 wins.

    Power modes... 1/2w, 50w, and ear bleeding 100w.

    I have the Mark I. You can reduce your need for effects pedals drastically. It does not have a looper in it nor a tuner. But the list of BOSS effects pedals built in is long.
     
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