Boss Katana-Artist MkII


Modeling combo amplifier for electric guitar

  • Improved sound and exclusive functions
  • Eight tone setting memory locations
  • Analogue Class-AB amplifier section
  • Five types of amplifiers with five variants
  • 3-Way contour and global EQ switch with three settings
  • Switchable solo function including volume control
  • Revised BOSS Tone Studio Editor software for customizing sounds with more than 60 BOSS effects
  • New editor functions, including pre and post EQs, dedicated pedal FX and more power control for overdriven amplifier sounds and dynamic response at low volumes
  • Speaker simulation on the line, USB and phones / recording outputs
  • External control via GA-FC foot controller, foot switch, expression pedal and MIDI
  • Power: 100 watts
  • Equipped with: 1 x 12" WAZA custom loudspeaker
  • Controls: Amp Type, Gain, Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble, Booster / Mod, FX / Delay, Reverb, Presence, Master, Solo
  • Switches: Tone Shape, Power Control, Cab Resonance, Expand
  • Instrument input: 6.3 mm jack
  • Effects Loop Send & Return: 2 x 6.3 mm jack
  • Line output: 6.3 mm jack
  • Power amp input: 6.3 mm jack
  • Aux input: 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Solo Footswitch connector: 6.3 mm jack
  • Channel / Bank Footswitch connector: 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • Phones / Rec Out: 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • USB
available since February 2020
Item number 482788
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Power 100 W
Speaker 1x 12"
Channels 1
Reverb Yes
Effects Processor Yes
External FX Loop Yes
Line Input Yes
Recording Output Yes
MIDI Interface No
Connection for External Speaker No
Headphone Output Yes
Footswitch connection Yes
Incl. Footswitch No
Weight 19,0 kg
Memory slots 8
Line input 1
Weight in kg 19,0 kg
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18 Customer ratings

14 Reviews

Five star amp.
El Tauro 30.12.2021
I’ve played all the MKII Katanas and have been really impressed by the sound, and the Artist is no exception.
- The versatility of this amp is exceptional, with a wealth of onboard effects and customisation options.
- To my ears, the sound of the artist speaker is a big improvement compared with the 100MKII. It’s fuller and warmer, and sounds great with pedals.
- The amp is surprisingly light weight making it easier on your back whilst travelling.
- The front panel is more practical than the top panel on the 100MKII.
- The power scaling and master volume make it an ideal practice amp. I play at the 100w setting (for headroom) in my block flats and have had no issue with neighbours thanks to the master volume.

- Boss’ Tone Studio software is a nightmare to get working and leaves a lot to be desired when it finally does.
- It’s unfortunate that you can customise settings on the pedal effects per slot, not per pedal. Eg. If you have a boost, a mid-boost, and a Proco Rat effect chosen on the boost section, the knobs must be set the same for all three of these.
(These are issues that can be improved with consecutive updates.)
- The Boss badge is a little clunky for my taste, but I wasn’t buying the amp for its looks.


Excellent amp with infinite effects and tonal tweaks
Marc78 14.05.2020
I use this amp at home, so sometimes at high volume and sometimes low volume. I initially wanted to stick with a tube amp, but I was concerned with the necessary high playing volume to get the best out of a tube amp.

I chose the Artist version essentially for its front panel access. The top panel would have been difficult to access when practising.

+ Front panel
+ Possibility to play at any volumes without sacrificing tone
+ Endless possibilities
+ Ability to nail your tones and effects and store it in 8 memory channels so you can be consistent with your playing tones
+ If 8 channels isn't enough, you can store them in your computer in limitless patches
+ So glad Boss didn't try to emulate famous amps in the dials
+ Price! With that amount of possibilities.

- Not the prettiest amp around, but simple enough
- Too many adjustments to choose from. This is a pro and a con. On the negative side, you will either ever use only 10% of the amp's capabilities or you will spend your life fiddling with the adjustments as opposed to making the best out of a particular amp tone.


Really good
JW.waaromzijntweelettersnietgoedvooreennickname? 08.06.2021
Considering all the built-in effects and diversity of tones, it's just a really great amp. It takes a little reading up before you can use all of the features and I'd really recommend getting the pedal as well. I've mainly used this one with a Harley Benton CST with P90's and I have to say, with all dials at 12 o'clock, this can sound pretty darn incredible.

At this price range, I kind of feel like I do have to compare it to the cheaper tube amps though. I just went to a store that had an H&K Tubemeister Deluxe 20 ready for a test, and in the end, none of the tones on this Katana can compare to the juicy crunch of the Tubemeister. Yes, you'll have to get your own effects, but I decided to get the H&K anyway and sell this one.

All in all, I think Boss has made amazing progress in the field of solid-state amps, but it still can't compare to tube crunch, and I'll still pay a few bucks extra for that.


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Der ist es!
sygis 09.06.2021
Als Gitarrist ist man ja ständig auf der Suche nach dem perfekten Sound. Wenn ich mir anschaue, was ich mir die letzten Jahre an Equipment zugelegt habe, kann man vielleicht als Nicht-Musiker nur mit dem Kopf schütteln. Ich beziehe mich jetzt mal nur auf die Amps (das Kapitel Gitarren ist dann nochmal ein ganz eigenes). Zur Zeit habe ich einen Fender Blues Junior und ein Tubemeister Deluxe 40 von H&K. Wirklich tolle Amps. Verkaufen werde ich sie nicht. Aber: der Katana Artist kann alles was die beiden Amps können und noch vieeeeeeel mehr. In den letzten zwei Jahren habe ich noch folgende Amps angespielt oder sogar gekauft (und dann wieder verkauft): Fender Tonemaster Deluxe, Vox AC30 S1 und Handwired, Fender Princeton, Line 6 DT 25/50, Line 6 Powercab...wahrscheinlich hab ich noch paar vergessen. Der Katana Artist hat von allen aufgeführten Amps für mich das stimmigste Gesamtpaket. Natürlich hat er eine Vielzahl an Sounds, für mich viel zu viel. Aber er klingt für jeden Sound auch extrem gut UND fühlt sich auch gut an. Das hatte mich z.B. beim Powercab gestört. Es klang sicherlich sehr gut, aber beim Spielen wollte nicht die erhoffte Verbindung eintreten. Beim KA ist es anders. Außerdem hatte ich bei einigen Gigs Probleme mit meinem Pedalboard (bis zu einem Totalausfall auf einer Hochzeit) und war auch immer auf der Suche nach einer fehlerunanfälligen Lösung. Guess what: Katana Artist. Alle Effekte die man braucht sind integriert. Ohne fehleranfällige Verkabelung oder Stromzufuhr. Genial. Ich nutze auch häufig das Boss Tone Studio, speziell für die Feinjustierung der Effekte, klappt super.
Ich kann den Amp nur empfehlen. Man kann für jede beliebige Gitarre und jeden beliebigen Geschmack das richtige aus dem Amp Krauskitzeln. Bravo, Boss.
P.S.: meine Röhrenamps werde ich nicht verkaufen, einfach weil da glühende Glaskolben drin sind. Aber für alle kommenden Gigs, kommt für mich nur noch der Katana A in Frage.