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stratcowboy

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Aug 10th, 2017 09:05 PM        

"Now I have to fabricate a reason to own one."<br /> <br /> You could always just lie to yourself. Hey...be creative!<br /> <br /> or...<br /> <br /> "Fabricating a reason"...just ain't a good excuse, frankly.



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GospelBilly!
Aug 11th, 2017 05:10 AM        

I'm thinking of buying the Katana 100 head. I have a Marshall 1936 2x12 cab that needs a friend. (:oD<br /> <br /> NOTE - The Brown channel sounds very similar to the Marshall JVM410H I used to own. That amp had this "one" particular sound I loved with Strats, particularly the neck pup, and the Katana pretty much nails that tone.



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Aug 14th, 2017 08:20 PM        

I also got to play through a Katana 100 112 the other day (there was a 212 sitting next to it, but I never got to that one).<br /> <br /> The amp sounded VERY good! I tried all the settings from Clean to Brown, and tried the different power levels. <br /> <br /> The amp "breathes" like a tube amp; I didn't really think it sounded like solid state at all. I did a side by side comparison with a Roland JC 40 210, which I have at home and play through quite a bit. For electric "tube" sound, the Katana was hands down better - there was no contest. Even with tweaking the JC40, it could not completely erase that solid state character. <br /> <br /> Then I went into the acoustic room and grabbed a Gibson Songbird (I think?) with a built in pickup to try the acoustic setting on the Katana - and I also tried it through the JC40. Again, it wasn't really any contest - the Katana's acoustic setting sounded much more natural, the JC40 was okay - but still reminded me of an acoustic through an electric guitar amp - and there's this midrange, unnatural honk you can't get rid of. <br /> <br /> Then, a couple days ago I was in a different shop (in Minneapolis) and they had a Katana 50 and 100 112 side by side. I was surprised that the Katana 100 has an obviously larger cab than the 50. I didn't have time to plug into them and compare, but having already played the 100/112, I think I'd lean toward spending the extra $$. (It also has lights to show which amp "sound" you're using from Acoustic through Clean all the way to Brown - it looked like the 50 didn't have the lights - someone confirm this?).<br /> <br /> There's over $100 difference in these two amps, but the price is still so low, and they sound so good, that I think it's worth it to step up to the 100w 112 for what you get... JME



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Aug 14th, 2017 08:43 PM        

I have the Katana 50 and it doesn't have the lights on the rotary dial for Amp Type. It's the same choice however, Acoustic, Clean, Crunch, Lead and Brown.<br /> <br /> Mike<br />



stratcowboy

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Aug 14th, 2017 09:10 PM        

Excellent information. Thanks!



reverend mikey

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Aug 15th, 2017 08:31 AM        

Another reason I'd be okay with getting the 100: you can dial the power down from 100w to 50w to 5w (it's .5w for the lowest setting on the K50). With that range of power settings, the amp can be used "appropriately" in most situations.



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Aug 15th, 2017 03:02 PM        

I have a couple of speaker cabs so I would go for the head.



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Aug 15th, 2017 03:54 PM        

For both the Katana 50 and the Katana 100, the lowest speaker power setting is 0.5 watts. That is also true for the 100 watt head, although when using just the internal head speaker, the power amp scales to lower settings.<br /> <br /> 1/2 of a watt is still surprisingly loud, so if you want to track a screaming lead or power chords at 1 AM using the Katana's tube/speaker output stage interaction, you may still have volume issues !<br /> <br /> Mike



reverend mikey

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Aug 15th, 2017 09:47 PM        

"For both the Katana 50 and the Katana 100, the lowest speaker power setting is 0.5 watts."<br /> <br /> My mistake - should've cleaned my glasses! <br /> <br /> Maybe it sounded more like 5w than .5w - you're right, it was still plenty loud at that setting.



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GospelBilly!
Aug 17th, 2017 02:29 PM        

I'm still really loving my Katana 50. <br /> <br /> Today, using the Brown channel set with the gain very low, I was able to switch between SRV, Jeff Beck and Hendrix tones using the neck and middle pups on one of my American Deluxe HSS Strats and then go to the bridge humbucker and get a nice Eric Johnson "Cliffs of Dover" sound.<br /> <br /> I then cranked up the gain to about half way and played "Unchained" by Van Halen and it sounded very EVH.



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Sep 11th, 2017 12:27 PM        

I've played through a few tube amps in the past Fender twins, Mesa Boogie, Marshalls etc. but I have to say this 50 watt model Katana is a real butt kicker. <br /> It cleans up so well with my Les Paul's volume and tone knobs it's almost to the point you only need one dialed in sound to go from mild to wild with just the guitar.<br /> The effects are great and it's the first amp I've ever not even messed with the reverb on other than to try it out. The delays and very mild chorus are plenty of ambience for me. <br /> If you dig into the strings it will bark right back at you so the playing nuances are definitely there.<br /> My favorite settings so far are the crunch setting with a bit of tubescreamer for a boost. Very classic rock! <br /> It's a bit disconcerting to get a sound and see the knobs aren't where you expect them when you are using the software to tweak a tone but that's how you access the bazillion effects pedals included. <br /> The midrange I feel is the key to getting your dirt channel to be responsive as well as using the power scaling to guide your volume choice rather than simply turning down the master. I've yet to try to tweak the levels on my "clean" channel to match the dirt channel but it's early days yet. <br /> It's high tech but very easy to just dial up a very usable couple of sounds right at the amp then save them instead of diving into a computer to set up your amp. <br /> I love my mustang amp as well " Mustang II " but the lack of a midrange knob to tweak aggravated me when playing live. <br /> They scaled back a few things on the 50 such as the effects loop,the power on the 100 , and the number of presets you get to save from 4-2 on the 50 watt model but it's a pretty loud amp. The 25 watt setting is almost too much when it's cranked up. <br />



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