Just got this with an Amazon gift card I got for Xmas. What an awesome little amp! I have 3 tube amps that are great but they can be a little finicky. My house doesn't have the best power (old wiring). I'm also going solo and I want to streamline my gear. So I wanted something that would a) be compact and lightweight, b) more tolerant of lesser quality power, c) have a great clean tone, d) be a "pedal platform", e) could be purchased with the Amazon $200 gift card. The first 2 points more or less limited me to a solid state amp. No problem, I like tube amps but I'm no tube snob. I had a Peavey Bandit back in the 80s and it was a really good amp. The 2 SS amps that I had heard many great things about were the Blues Cube/s and Boss Katanas. I only had a $200 gift card and my challenge to myself was to keep it to that budget. That left out the Blues Cube at $499. I went for the Katana 50 because it was a better match for my criteria. Also, I have a Crate 100w SS 2x12 combo I can use if I need to get really loud. (True confession: I blew the budget. The KTN-50 was $219.) I got it last night and stayed up until 2am this morning playing it. I played my modded MIM Strat with CS '69 pickups through it. I was able to dial in a sweet clean tone easily. Full and rich. Perfect for the mellow blues stuff I play. I spent a little time checking out the preset tones but they sounded pretty buzzy most likely due to the single coils in the Strat being in close proximity with and monitors and fluorescents. I played with the effects a little. Didn't care for the reverb. I liked the flanger and phasor. I don't have either so now I have something to play with until I rectify that (Electric Mistress and Phase 90 are on my list). I need to spend more time with the effects and hook it up to my laptop and really give them a thorough workout. Then it was time to hook up some pedals. The TC Electronic Arena reverb sounds much better than my initial experiments with the KTN-50's reverb. I like just a touch of reverb. I use a Robben Ford spring reverb tone print that is really nice. I also have an SP compressor on Lo. Overdrives. This thing loves Boss overdrives (go figure). My Keeley modded BD-2 and stock OD-3 sound fantastic both individually and stacked. The BD-2 can give it that "edge-of-breakup" sound while the OD-3 can do the heavy crunch. Stack them together and you're into distortion territory but still articulate. Then the real "secret sauce" was another Boss pedal; the GE-7 graphic equalizer as a Fat Boost. Used with either overdrive as well as stacked it became so full, fat and rich I got a little tingly. It did not like the sound of one of my "go to" pedals, a homemade ZenDrive, that sounds phenomenal with my tube amps but I couldn't get a tone I like from it though the KTN-50. I'll have to play with it some more. I also want to get my OCD and modded TS9 from my band's rehearsal space to try out with the Katana. So far this amp checks off all the boxes and more. Time to stop writing and get back to playing!