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Mike DeTorrice
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Oct 29th, 2017 01:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Remember, in the Katanas, (50 and 100) plugging a cord into the Rec/Phones Out cabinet-simulated jack turns off sound from the speaker.

In the Katana 100, there is also a Line Out cab-sim jack which, when used, will not shut off the speaker. (although it is not affected by the Master Volume setting, so you could still turn down the actual speaker volume to zero if you want)

Mike

Pinetree
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Nov 6th, 2017 11:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Is it my imagination, or did the Katana 50 1x2 just jump up $20 to $219.99?




stratcowboy
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Nov 6th, 2017 12:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Been that way for a number of weeks, now.

reverend mikey
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Nov 6th, 2017 08:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, prices went up in August or September, I think...

... I still got my KTN 100 around 3/4 weeks ago at the "old" price, plus my "good guy" discount - I think my price was around $296 (see earlier in this thread).

Funny thing: I've been playing this amp for the past month while my only surviving tube amp in on consignment, and I'm not missing tubes at all. Maybe I'm going deaf, but I don't think so...

Therealfrogman
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Nov 9th, 2017 11:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

Think I am gonna pickup the 50 1x12 amp at GC, I know they do not come with a footswitch so can I use a fender switch to change from clean to whatever? I only have enough cash laying around to buy the amp at the moment. They are the $219 price here.

reverend mikey
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Nov 28th, 2017 06:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like the KTN 100 so much that today I bought a KTN 50 at a local shop - and got it for the old price of $200.

Already dialed in clean and dirty tone for each of the presents, then dialed in a lead tone on the "Panel" button.

A single button footswitch changes the channel between 1 and 2 - evidently you can use the same plug in for an expression pedal (but not use both at once? Hmmm...).

That's okay - I primarily bought this to noodle on in the basement - sounds better than great for that.

stratcowboy
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Nov 28th, 2017 06:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Giving us a side-by-side comparison with these 2 in your possession would be really cool.

LeftyMeister

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Nov 28th, 2017 07:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I asked for a 50 for Christmas.

stratcowboy
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Nov 28th, 2017 08:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Who'd you ask? Can I ask them, too? Whoever it is, tell 'em you want two of 'em.

reverendrob
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Nov 29th, 2017 05:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

"A single button footswitch changes the channel between 1 and 2 - evidently you can use the same plug in for an expression pedal (but not use both at once? Hmmm...)"

Standard. Expression needs TRS, and a combo "either/or" mode is pretty common on the Boss stuff of that line - there's one on the GT-100 and GT-001 (which the Katana is basically a stripped down powered version of).

willie
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Nov 29th, 2017 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have truly enjoyed my Kat 50 and apparently so did one of my sons and grandson as well. So as the amp was still practically new, I put it back in the box and passed it along to them for Christmas. I just received a replacement amp...a Kat 100 from Sweetwater which I have only a short amount of playing time on so far, but find that it has a bit more bass response, especially when using my Gretsch on the clean channel. It is louder than the Kat 50 when you are playing truly clean...that is, with no gain and the master on full and the channel volume up. I found that the Kat 50 was a bit lacking in that respect...which was about the only thing is was lacking in btw.

I seem to notice that the Kat 100 has more gain noise than the Kat 50 but I will likely try to tame down with the tone studio software. I know you can tweak the noise gate that way.

Other than that, I don't find a lot of difference so far betwixt the two amps. I will get some more time on the Kat 100 this week and perhaps get a better feel for any differences pro or con.

willie

reverend mikey
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Nov 29th, 2017 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

willie's comparison is a good one: I also felt like the main difference was more noticeable bass in the larger amp (more watts, larger cabinet). That was one of several reason why I bought the KTN 100 for use in worship (along with more footswitchable choices). The KTN 50 is fine for noodling at home in the man cave.

willie
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Nov 29th, 2017 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

The KAT 50 is always an excellent amp for recording...and I can see no reason it wouldn't gig quite well in most small venues.

w

LeftyMeister

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Nov 29th, 2017 03:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I really want the 100 but it's just that much more money. I don't wanna press my luck for Christmas.

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Nov 29th, 2017 05:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Makes me glad I got my 100 when I did - it was just under $300.

reverend mikey
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Nov 30th, 2017 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought mine after the price hike from a local dealer I do lots of business with - still got it for under $300. Just bought the KTN 50 the other day (as mentioned above); they said they had $20 to play with on the price, so I got it for the old price of $199 + tax.

stratcowboy
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Nov 30th, 2017 10:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have to admit, I'm most interested in the KTN 50. Mostly because I still/already love my Allen Amps (which aren't all that huge or heavy). So for me, having the smallest and lightest package possible while still sounding excellent is the motivating factor here. Just as something to grab for jams, practice, etc. But gig-able in the right circumstances should they arise. However, if the sound is inferior to that of the KTN 100, that's a deal breaker.

I assume that those of you who are comparing the two amps are speaking of the KTN 100 with the 1-12 speaker?

reverend mikey
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Dec 1st, 2017 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yes - we're comparing the similar, yet slightly different KTN 100/112 to the KTN 50/112.

The 100 has a slighty larger cab, and, of course, more power.

Will say, playing the KTN 50 at home, I don't hear it lacking any bass - especially with humbucker guitars.

But I did notice the difference in the large room at the guitar store ... however, I didn't have it turned up to gig levels - don't know - you'd want to give it a personal test run before you rule it out.

stratcowboy
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Dec 1st, 2017 06:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks!

willie
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Dec 1st, 2017 09:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

The 100 really isn't that much larger than the 50...weighs a bit more. I most certainly did notice an increase in bass response in the 100, especially with my Gretsch 6120. I loved the kata 50 though...and would be happy with either, just happened that my son liked the 50 and will get it for a gift and I will keep on with the new 100.

w

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