BOSS Katana Guitar Amps

Waza Crafted Tones Forged for Rock

BOSS’s newly introduced, and already highly acclaimed, Katana amp line delivers a wide-range of edgy, versatile rock tones and a true tube amp experience that dynamically cuts through a band. A quick search online delivers countless positive impressions of the Katana sound from user reviews that also praise the line’s solid price-to-performance ratio.

Katana amps are based on decades of BOSS technology used to develop the flagship Waza amp head. Standout features for the Katana line include support for more than 50 different BOSS effects, Power Control, Tube Logic for a true tube wattage experience and dynamics, five unique amp types (including the BOSS Brown Sound), and the ability to use three effects simultaneously. The onboard BOSS effects are also easy to customize using BOSS’s free Tone Studio editor software with a computer online.

This new award-winning series (Guitar Player Editors’ Pick) includes three combo amplifiers and an amplifier head. The 50-watt KATANA-50 and 100-watt KATANA-100 have one custom 12-inch speaker, and the 100-watt KATANA-100/212 has two custom 12-inch speakers. All three combo amps include a built-in tilt stand for optimal monitoring and sound projection as well. The KATANA-HEAD is a compact, 100-watt amplifier head that was designed for use with an external speaker cabinet (like BOSS’s 4×12 Waza amp cab) and features the unique and convenient built-in monitor speaker that works great for practice, checking tones, and recording. A convenient MIDI input for Tone Setting selection and effects on/off from a MIDI foot controller is helpful feature for the head as well.

These core amps (and head) in the BOSS Katana line have all of the following standout features:

  • Power Control for achieving cranked-amp tone and dynamic response at low volumes
  • Five unique amp characters: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown (derived from the Waza amp), and Acoustic (for acoustic-electric guitars)
  • Dedicated gain, EQ, presence, and effects controls for adjusting sounds quickly
  • Three simultaneous effects with 58 to choose
  • Tube Logic for a true tube wattage experience and dynamics that allow the amp to cut through a band
  • The output sections of Katana amps employ a special method developed for the Waza amp that optimizes the interaction between the speaker and cabinet. This delivers authoritative punch and cutting stage presence previously attainable only with much more expensive amps
  • Tone Setting memories for storing and recalling all amp and effect settings

Plus, the recent Katana Version 2 Update brings these great new features into the line:

  • Tone Setting memories increased from four to eight (two banks of four)
  • Access to 58 total effects (SDE-3000 delay, Phaser 90E, and Flanger 117E types added)
  • Full-time channel and global parametric EQs for refined tone shaping
  • Three Cabinet Resonance types adjust the interaction between the amp’s output section and speaker, enabling you to fine-tune the feel and tone of the amp
  • Cabinet simulation on the line, USB, and phones/recording outputs enhanced with three Air Feel settings for adding depth and dimension to direct tones
  • Reverb section now supports delay and delay-plus-reverb in addition to reverb only
  • Expanded send/return routing options for inserting external processing in the effects loop

The Katana line includes the fun and portable Katana-Mini Battery Powered Guitar Amplifier as well, perfect for travel and practice.

Guitar players can access great Katana tone on the Katana-Mini with rich full sounds that exceed other amps in its class. And it weighs just under three pounds!  All Katana-Mini’s feature an authentic multi-stage analog gain circuit and three-band analog tone stack, three versatile amp types (Brown, Crunch, and Clean), built-in tape-style delay for warm ambience, aux input for jamming with music from a smartphone, phones/recording output with cabinet voicing, and it runs on six AA-size batteries or an optional AC adapter. Unlike typical small, battery-powered guitar amps that offer so-so sound quality, the Katana-Mini produces big, full tone that inspires players to plug in and play for hours at a time. BOSS’s comprehensive design approach includes a custom speaker, advanced hardware, refined circuitry, and special component selection, which all work together to produce maximum sound quality in a minimum footprint.

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