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willie
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Sep 5th, 2017 12:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

archiestone - I recently finished selling off all my tube amps when I retired from the amp tech business in 2013. I had the Roland Blues Cube Artist for a while and loved it so much...but some "stuff" happened and I needed to downsize so I sold my beloved Roland and purchased the most affordable and versatile Katana 50 and I do indeed find it to be quite the amp. Overall, it gives me what I want in a small, lightweight package, with little investment and provides the tone that I expected from most of my past tube amps. It is a winner. Do I miss my tube amps? Some of them, yes....but the both the Roland and the Boss Katana 50 have helped me deal with it really, really well. :)

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HeavyDuty
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Sep 5th, 2017 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a bass player, so bear with me...

I have several guitars too, just because I can. I also have a small collection of generally inexpensive guitar amps. I'm thinking I might be better served with a Katana combo and moving the others on.

Is there an obvious way of integrating a tuner into one of these combos, or would I be stuck with a pedal tuner? I'm wondering about simple mods, maybe splitting the signal out from the USB.

reverend mikey
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Sep 5th, 2017 01:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've never considered a tuner pedal at the front end of my signal chain to be a problem - especially since I can step on it, be muted, and get tuned quickly and accurately (I'm using a mini Polytune).

Don't know if any amp tuners are as accurate as stand alone units or not, but considering their minimal cost to add to an amp, I doubt it.

Leftee
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Sep 5th, 2017 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think my Vypyr has a tuner. I don't know. Honestly, I've never cared about that feature when it comes to amps.

HeavyDuty
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Sep 5th, 2017 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good point about using a tuner as a mute - that's what I'm doing in my bass rig using a PolyTune, and I'm trying out a T21 Bass Fly Rig which would make the Poly surplus and free it up for use with a guitar rig,

I really don't need 100W in a combo, but there are enough extra features in it that I'm tempted.

Leftee
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VA

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Sep 5th, 2017 02:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A nice 50w popped up on CL here. But I would rather snag the 100w 1x12 for the same reason.

HeavyDuty
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Sep 5th, 2017 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I need to stop at the local GC tonight to pick up a strap, I'll see if they have any Katanas on the floor to check out.

telegib

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Sep 5th, 2017 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been watching demos on the acoustic channel of the Katana too and sounds real good. Very versatile amp. Never thought it could produce a good acoustic tone without the use of a special speaker.

TheBeagle

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Sep 6th, 2017 01:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ive had my Katana 50 for nine months now. It's replaced my other amps. It's used for everything.

HeavyDuty
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Sep 6th, 2017 06:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, the extended Labor Day 15% off reeled me in - Katana 100 combo (1x12 version) on order.

telegib

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Sep 6th, 2017 07:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congrats HeavyDuty.

HeavyDuty
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Sep 7th, 2017 06:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks! It should be here today, and the multifootswitch tomorrow.

5Strats
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Sep 7th, 2017 08:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

NOTE - If you ever wanted to get a Marshall JVM series OD tone, the Katana's brown channel gets this exact sound.

I used to own a Marshall JVM410H head and loved this one setting using one of the OD channels (sort of a Hendrix/SRV tone that made neck pups jump). That's the only thing I missed about that amp which weighed a ton, but now I can get that tone for a mere $200 investment!

reverendrob
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Sep 7th, 2017 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

On the rare occasion I want Marshall, that engine does a stupid good job for that.

Been enjoying it since the GT-001/100 v2 it's using in the Katana came out!

Leftee
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Sep 7th, 2017 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You guys are my enablers.

reverend mikey
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Sep 7th, 2017 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"You guys are my enablers."

Ditto.

I'm glad these amps are so successful (because they're so good); it means they'll be around for awhile, and there will be good used ones available.

So I don't have to be in a hurry about getting one - but I will eventually get one (and probably sell my other three electric & acoustic guitar amps... heck, maybe I'll get two and leave one on the worship platform at church all the time, and one in the man cave...

Leftee
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VA

One foot on the brake, one on the GAS
Sep 7th, 2017 10:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am down to 2 amps - one tube and one SS. And they both work well for me. So I don't *need* another amp.

That's where my enablers come in.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 12:22 PM, Sep 7th, 2017)

archiestone
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Sep 7th, 2017 11:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm going to wait for V.2 so I can feel superior to all you early adopters.

Leftee
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VA

One foot on the brake, one on the GAS
Sep 7th, 2017 11:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll wait for the tube version and win it all.

reverendrob
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We all want

our time in hell
Sep 7th, 2017 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You both may be waiting a long, long time.

Boss is Roland's baby and has VERY long product cycles.

The GT-100 engine under all this stuff and the Katana is still being sold in the flagship unit...over five years later. There's been one software revision that added some features.

Same with the GR-55, released in 2011, still sold today with only a software update (and a change to the black color scheme).

They're not chasing the upgrade dragon like Fender etc.



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