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Re: Boss Katana Amplifier
« Reply #75 on: December 02, 2017, 11:54:35 PM »
Alex, I don't think it would be fair to compare the Mesa to the Katana. The Katana is in a class that didn't exist back in the 80s (to the best I know). The most would be to file them under the sub-$1000 price point, but even then that's a nebulous category.

If sound alone, it might not chalk up to a good tube amp for understandable reasons. If you base it on feature set, you're going to have to compare it to the Line 6 Spider, the Blackstar ID60, and the Fender Mustang Amp. It may be better than those if you're doing apples to apples.

Anyway, I heard a Katana once at a show and while it sounded good for what it was, my attention was squarely on the Orange Dual Terror on the other side of the room as it just sounded better to my ears. Modeling amps have gotten better sounding, but right now I'd still prefer to go with a no-nonsense SS amp like the Orange CR120 if we're talking about amps on a budget.

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thats why i said over and over again , what suits you and what works for your ears :)

btw someones gotta give  :lol:
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Re: Boss Katana Amplifier
« Reply #76 on: December 02, 2017, 11:56:42 PM »
Alex, I don't think it would be fair to compare the Mesa to the Katana.

+1

what he said

ps: I also like this  :)



« Last Edit: December 03, 2017, 12:02:53 AM by iccurtepnhoj »
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Re: Boss Katana Amplifier
« Reply #77 on: December 03, 2017, 05:36:58 AM »
+1

thats why i said over and over again , what suits you and what works for your ears :)

btw someones gotta give  :lol:

Well obviously, I have gotta give because its a fun thread.  And I can surely predict, when the flavor of the month is over, most on this thread will proceed to the next best thing when it comes out.  For me, Boss and Roland are not known for their amps.  They are not known for being robust or even sounding exemplary.

I dislike the roland jazz chorus because there are other great sounding CLEAN tube amps specially from boutique manufacturers and combining them with an old CE1 floats my boat.  The price point is scarier because it screams china made crap that will give up soon.

As I use to say before, some ears are better than others....

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Re: Boss Katana Amplifier
« Reply #78 on: December 03, 2017, 05:41:35 AM »
+1

what he said

ps: I also like this  :)



I also want to try this JP signature AND compare it with a REAL Mark 2C+.  That's how I treat the hype.  I have heard one REAL Mark 2C+ and it was really loud.  But I found it stiff.  I attributed that to the KOA cabinet of which only two were made by Mesa Boogie.  It was heavy because of the solid KOA cabinet.

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Re: Boss Katana Amplifier
« Reply #79 on: December 04, 2017, 07:57:25 AM »
+1

thats why i said over and over again , what suits you and what works for your ears :)

btw someones gotta give  :lol:

I likey!!! Twice.

Yup, got to try the 100 watt 1x12 model  And I like it.

Its even better than Blue Cube Artist which is twice the price.

Mayroon siyang lambot na wala ang mga ibang amps.  Usually you need to open up a tube amp at loud volumes to get that lambot.

Effects are also OK.  Parang you don't need other effects pedals.

Cons: Does not have the 'big' sound of a tube amp.  It might be tricky matching the head.  Better to go for both combos.  Might not match up with boutique tube amps in terms of volume.  There is still a certain compression -- sterility -- that great tube amps do not have.

Unknowns: Since its the first amp by boss -- first serious endeavor at least; I cannot say about its reliability and endurance. 

Conclusion: Go for it if you need a practice amp or beginning guitar.  Is it something to stick to?  Nope.  Its good but does not have that WOW factor.

P.S. Unit is Made in Malaysia and NOT China.  I might prefer Taiwan over Malaysia but either way, construction looks MEH.   I mean its cheap (better value for money) relative to some of the Chinese crap that looks like crap.  But not on the level of USA made.
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Re: Boss Katana Amplifier
« Reply #80 on: December 04, 2017, 09:31:49 AM »
Yep. It won't get that big tube compression an high volume. I tried it wide open Master at 10 and it sounds a bit bigger than the other SS amps at that master level. May ginawa yatang ok sa DSP ang Boss sa power amp para maging loose yung feeling ng amp as you go higher volume on the master knob. I found out that as you go up the master you have to go down on the gain like a real world amp.

Otherwise, at full volume the SS clipping is there. A bigger power amp headroom should afford it more ooomph.

It gets the job done better compared to its competition. The new Line 6 spider Vs don't have that warm bounce and crunch that the Katana has.


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« Reply #81 on: December 11, 2017, 11:09:57 AM »
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« Reply #82 on: December 15, 2017, 10:37:24 PM »
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SterlingbyMusicMan/Boss GT1 SBMM JP100 R10 JAZZ3
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