Boss Katana 50 MKII

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Combo for Electric Guitar

  • Power: 50 W
  • Equipped with: 12" Custom speakers
  • 5 Amplifier types: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown & Acoustic
  • 5 Independent effects: Booster, Mod, FX, Delay and Reverb - 3 of them can be used simultaneously
  • 2 Memory locations for amplifiers and effects settings plus panel setting
  • Power amp input for the use of multi-effects devices
  • Power Control (0.5 / 25/50 watts) for full amp sound at any volume
  • Controls: Amp Type, Gain, Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble, Booster / Mod, Delay / FX, Reverb, Master & Power Control, Sounds
  • Updated Boss Tone Studio sound customization software with over 60 different Boss effects, channel and global EQs, customisable routing and more (free on Bosstonecentral.com)
  • Connectivity for up to two footswitches or an expression pedal
  • USB connection for recording and changing effect settings (matching USB cable: art. 450531 - not included)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 470 x 238 x 398 mm
  • Weight: 11.6 kg
  • Matching footswitch FS-6: Art.173531 (not included)
  • Matching expression pedal: Art.102890 (not included)
Myynnissä vuodesta Lokakuu 2019
Tuotenumero 474872
Myyntierä 1 kappaletta
Power 50 W
Speaker 1x 12"
Channels 2
Reverb Yes
Effects Processor Yes
External FX Loop No
Line Input Yes
Recording Output Yes
MIDI Interface No
Connection for External Speaker No
Headphone Output Yes
Footswitch connection Yes
Incl. Footswitch No
Weight in kg 11,6 kg
Memory slots 4
Line input 1
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A variety of features undone by its inherent inflexibility
Wanet Planes 29.11.2021
In brief: "Overall, the amp offers an array of neat features in an inflexible, cumbersome package most useful for guitarists who want specifically want an amp they can practice and gig with and who are prepared and willing to go the extra mile with the desktop software to get the most out of the amp. I would not recommend this amp for people who want decent tones from the source without the hassle."

The Boss Katana is probably the most hyped guitar amp on the market right now and I definitely bought into it once I had tried the amp at a local guitar store prior to ordering mine from Thomann. Especially the clean sounds I could get from the amp while playing a Fender strat blew me away and made me buy into the concept. Now, after having owned the amp for several months I've overcome the feeling of awe.

The vast array of features (and the quality of their execution) is perhaps the amp's number one selling point, which is fair enough. The amount of high quality stomp box effects included within the software of the Katana is indeed pretty impressive. However, the selection of amp profiles has turned out to be rather disappointing. While I've had the most joy playing through the "Clean" amp profile, the other profiles sound pretty bland, unimpressive and fizzy. The "Crunch" profile lacks crisp top-end or any kind of bite you would expect from a decent British style amp, whereas I struggle to distinguish the "Lead" and "Brown" profiles from one another. Both sound thin and particularly fizzy by themselves.

This brings us to the effects side of things. The variety of different effects available is plentyful and there is mostly everything you would expect with a few fun additions such as the synth effect or the human voice synthesizer. My biggest gripe with the effects, however, relates to the fact that any and all meaningful tinkering has to be done via the desktop app with the amp connected via USB.

This seems fairly standard practice but I find myself longing for an amp I can use without having to turn my PC on whenever I feel unhappy with the sounds -- something which seems to be a constant bother for me. For the few months I've owned the Katana, I've had it at home but were I to take it to a rehersal space I would have to bring a laptop with me in order to make any adjustments to the tone etc OR have to bring back the amp home every time. With the 50 watt model only supporting four programmable soundbanks the tonal variety independent of desktop access is very limited. So, in case you want to dial more than four different soundbanks on the go you'd rather buy the 100 watt specimen.

The free, desktop software provided by Boss for the Mk2 is alright. The control panel where you can edit the soundbanks etc does an alright job and offers yet again a variety of options to alter the sounds available to you. You can also import (and export) soundbanks you've created with others. However, this feels like one of the most undercooked features on the Katana ecosystem. The application itself doesn't feature a library for custom soundbanks which feels like a massive missed opportunity. Instead, there are tonesets you can download online by doing a little bit of googling. However, most of the ones I've downloaded and tried out (and trust me, I've gone through quite a few of them) have varied from very poor to underwhelming. Also, the library interface for organising your imported tonesets is absolutely jarring, organising these tonesets consisting usually of 1-4 different preset banks into vertical columns, resulting in a very counterintuitive and off-putting layout. If the content was bad then the UI to browse this content is somehow way worse.

The variety of effects such as boost pedals, overdrives and distortions do not ammend the fact that all the distorted sounds you dial in sound thin, fizzy, bland and generic. This applies to the channels apart from "Clean" (and "Acoustic" which I haven't really used). My favourite tones are all derived from starting with the clean channel and adding some gain until the tone starts breaking up and then adding your preferred stompbox of choice. This method offers some decent options for glassy-ish lead, fuzz or even Marshall-esque tones.

The physical FX adjustments on the amp are by far not my favourite feature. The double layer selector knobs are annoying to use as they are very small and I constantly keep forgetting what effects are stored in which one, as there is no kind of screen indicating anything. This makes the effects seem rather gimmicky and a poor replacement for actual pedal effects.

In general, unless I had very limited tonal requirements I would not gig with this amp. Sure, the wattage would suffice for pretty much any conceivable kind of gig, but personally I prefer not having to bring a PC on-stage. Overall, the amp offers an array of neat features in an inflexible, cumbersome package most useful for guitarists who want specifically want an amp they can practice and gig with and who are prepared and willing to go the extra mile with the desktop software to get the most out of the amp. I would not recommend this amp for people who want decent tones from the source without the hassle.
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Tuntematon 03.08.2021
Ei turhaan nettipalstoilla ylistetty vahvistin. Mukana on huikea määrä ominaisuuksia, jopa acoustic-moodi elektroakustisen vahvistamista varten. Käytän itse vahvistinta pedaalilaudan kanssa, joten olen kokeillut sisäänrakennettuja säröjä ja efektejä vain pintaraapaisun verran. Kaikki testaamani soundit ovat olleet hyviä. USB-piuhan kanssahan soundit saa kustomoitua suuresta efektikirjastosta mieleisekseen. Vahvistin on kyllä tarpeeksi äänekäs kovaakin räimittäessä bändillä 50 watin moodissa. Plussaa tyylikkäästä ulkonäöstä ja kevyehköstä painosta. 12 tuuman elementti tuottaa oikein mukiinmenevää soundia näinkin edulliseen hintaan.
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Todella hyvä
TobyM 26.05.2021
Ääni on tosi hyvä ja vahvistin on kevyt kantaa. Tällä pystyy soittamaan autotallibändissä rumpujen päälle jo 25w asetuksella. Ääniefektien muokkaamiseen käytetään tietokonetta, jonka kautta vahvistin täytyy nykyään ensin päivittää, joka on hieman kömpelöä. Mutta kun Tone Studioon pääsee, niin eri efektejä on runsaasti ja ne kuulostavat hyviltä. Myös valmiit presetit kuulostavat hyviltä, mutta jos noise reduceria haluaa käyttää, niin sen saa vasta tietokoneelta käyttöön. Liitännät löytyy kaikki oleelliset ja soittoa on helppo tallentaa USB:llä tai 6.3mm phones -liitännän kautta. Iso plussa on tehonsäätöasetukset. 0.5w on hyvä kotisoitteluun ja 25w bändiin. 50w asetusta ei ole tarvinnut edes kokeilla. Varmasti markkinoiden paras tähän hintaan ja ei turhaan ole suosituin vahvistin yleisesti.
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Mahtava vastine rahalle.
jjjjjjjjj 15.05.2020
Runsaasti efektejä ja vaihtoehtoja valmiiksi asennettuna. Lataamalla Bossin sovelluksen niitä saa vielä enemmän. Suosittelen rohkeasti testaamaan!
Soitan musiikkia laidasta laitaan, ja tähän mennessä olen aina päässyt lähelle jokaista soundia mitä olen havuillutkin. Vahva suositus.
Erityisplussana on se, että vahvistin kuulostaa erinomaiselta jokaisella äänentasolla.
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