Why Did you Get Rid of Your BOSS Katana?

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  1. mally

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    Still have mine ! I sold a hot rod deluxe and a blackheart little giant and kept the katana ! Not tried any of the extra stuff but I do use a big muff for the dirty sounds !
     
  2. ce24

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    Hmmm OP asked why you sold it.... Not why you keep it. Just saying.....
     
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  3. Digital Larry

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    I put my Katana under the bench when I got an Eleven Rack. In either case, I tend to focus on just a few sounds, but I like the Eleven's easier UI (I never use the Eleven's PC editor), more elaborate expression pedal routing ability (e.g. controlling reverb return level, which I could never figure out even with the fxFloorboard software) and XLR outs. Tempo sync of LFOs and delays to MIDI clock is also a nice feature for recording.

    I think the Eleven's FX offerings are a bit spartan, but the Katana's are relatively difficult to use well with just one knob to tweak, need to use the PC editor and also (bad for me) requirement to memorize everything as there's no way to tell what's going on from its panel.
     
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    I was caught in the tidal wave of "hype" surrounding the intro of the new Katana line when I purchased my Katana 50.

    Now, while my Katana 50 sounded good, it didn't really distinguish itself from other solid state amps that I had heard, e.g., the Roland Blues Cube Hot, Orange Crush 35RT, Peavey Envoy 110, AND it wasn't as sturdy as the others, but...

    what REALLY made MY decision was the fact that the Katana had to be connected to a computer in order to add/change onboard effects, amp parameters and apply software updates. :confused:

    I'm a solid state, WYSIWYG amp guy now, and I'm quite happy with my Roland Blues Cube Hot and Orange Crush 35RT. ;)
     
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    I unloaded mine because I found the interface clunky. I loved the features of the amp and thought it sounded just fine, but I didn't like that I had to have it connected to my laptop to really tweak the sounds. Plus I was gassing for a Princeton Reissue and needed the capital.
     
  6. Mike Eskimo

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    So much love for the Yamaha THR here but I looked into it and - $300 for a 10 watt SS amp ?!

    Lordy...
     
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    I bought a Katana 50 for the Texas living room. Seems fine for that, and I feel confident if there was a guitar emergency I’d be able to help.
     
  8. Mike Eskimo

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    I bought mine because it was super cheap and had a bunch of onboard effects I fully intended on using. (Wanted to use it, a cord, and a guitar for practice/some gigs )

    I got rid of mine 2 months later because the onboard effects were not easy to use on the fly.*


    “2 months later” because it took a solid month to sell for - $135...:confused:

    *a Vox AD30VT and an old Cube 60 are more usable onstage.
     
  9. rad1

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    I really liked mine but two things made me send it back. First, the software on the amp refused to interface with the Boss tone studio on line software after a short time. Second, it had so many tone adjustment options that I was spending way to much time turning knobs and pressing buttons rather than playing guitar.

    I returned it and bought a Roland Blues Cube Stage, I love it.
     
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    Never owned one but played the 50s a bit, both old and new versions, didn't make an impression.
     
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    And it’s ugly to boot!


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    1. Unlike most current modelers, the Katanas don't have screens. This is a selling point for some, but if you want more flexibility than the front panel offers, you need to access it somehow, either with a computer or an app. I'd prefer an app, but Android and iOS seem to break apps faster than Windows and OSX, and software costs money to maintain. Case in point: TC Electronics Wiretap pedal, which can record your pedal chain and send it to a phone wirelessly; at least, it could, until iOS upgrades broke the app, which TC hasn't bothered to fix.

    2. The original Katana interface has a real flaw: putting two effects on a single knob, with the twelve o'clock position between them. It looks cool, but in practice it's not. The Mk. II interface fixes that.
     
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  13. Digital Larry

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    This bugged me a bit as well, but I did move the position of the effects loop. The only remaining problem is that there is a small gap in the looper's output when you change patches on the Katana. Not a big deal for jamming at home but likely a deal breaker for performance with a looper in the FX loop.
     
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    Looks like Katana was a gateway drug... :)
     
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    Eppur si muove :cool:
     
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    I tried the Katanas, started with the 1-12 50 watt version, which was fine around the house but just did not cut through for me in a live band situation.
    Then I got the 100 watt 1-12 version which was better.
    Then I had to try the 100 watt 1-12 Artist version, which was even better but at that point it was really bigger and heavier than I liked.
    And I really didn't need all the options, I still used my effects pedals with the amp and to me they sounded much better than the built in effects.

    At the moment I own and use a Quilter Tone Block 202 with a 1-12 Block Dock speaker cab Jensen loaded with a Neo 12. I like it better than any of the Katana amps, much better clean tones, easier to use, light and compact.
     
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  17. Ron R

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    Who says I sold it?
     
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    I just bought one... today. I guess I'm in the wrong thread.
     
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    I don't own one but own a Blues Cube Artist, so I totally get why people hang on to those amps.
     
  20. richey88

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    My 100w languished in my trunk for a year or so. Pulled out for band practice the other night. Band mates said WOW, you sound awesome. Never mess with the computer hook up, just a few pedals out front. The fact it spent all four seasons outside (sort of) and still works says a lot.
     
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