NAD Boss Katana MKII 100W

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  1. aussiebluesville

    aussiebluesville Active Member

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    Seems to be a liitle hype about these, so i got one with the GAFC footswitch
    So far im very impressed, and with the boss tonestudio, tweaking seems endless!
    Goes good with my Electa les paul, strats and tele, very light to carry and very loud when pushed
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    Congrats and enjoy. I’ve never played one but people that do seem to really like them.
     
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    I have the Katana 100. It is definitely not a tube amp but does the job.
    I use it at home and at pub jams and it has no problem staying up there without being mic'd.
    For the price you can't beat it. But it is limited in the ability to tweak it "live".
    If you can program 8 good patches that won't be an issue.
    I also prefer multiple speakers but my back does not. I'm currently selling my half stack as I will probably never gig with it in the future.
    There were 5 Katana's at a recent pub jam that I attended. Yep 5.
     
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    Congratz man!

    I enjoyed the 100 watt mk 2 112 combo so much I got a 100 watt mk 2 head as well. Haven't tried hooking them together in stereo expand yet. I'll get around to it. I've got the foot switcher too. That made it great. Got tired of fingering the amp panel for my saved patches.

    I like running the master almost full on then setting normal volume and save. It has a different feel set like this. Lots of settings...
     
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    JacksonCharvelAddict Well-Known Member

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    I have been really wanting a Katana 50 or 100 watt. I just can't bring myself to spend that much on a solid state amp. I have seen used DSL40s for about the same price.
     
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    The Katana 50's are like $229 brand new, if you find 40c's for that buy them all...:D
     
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    Last I looked the Katana 50 was 399. 229 is about what i would expect to pay for them. It may have been the 100 that was over 400. I know the artist series is even more than that.
     
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    Sweetwater sells the 50 for $229. All day everyday...go for it.
     
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    The 100C's are $360. 100 watt head is $350. The 212 100 combo is over $400. Mark 2 prices.

    The originals are cheapest and sound great too.

    If you buy The Boss GA-FC pedal add anywhere from a hundy to $120 new to The Katanas cost. You can use cheaper Boss foot switches too. The GA-FC really works great though. Very convenient.

    The Katana Artist series are more expensive. The 112 combo is $600.
     
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    When I start looking at amps and I get closer to the 500 dollar mark I start thinking I could get a 2x12 JCM900 combo or something. Ofcourse thre Katana is probably lighter than the Marshall. The Katana Mini looks really cool for a portable amp.
     
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    Look for an original 50 used. I found an almost mint one for $107 out the door at the Pawnshop about 6mo. ago..it even had a nice Pighog cable stuffed in the back. If you really want one they can be found fairly cheap. Less than what most decent od pedals go for.
     
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    I just bought exactly the same thing a couple weeks back! For hauling to rehearsals. Works great esp with the footswitch. Use up to 8 presets but can still use the panel settings! Unlike the Code where dials are irrelevant because evrything is a preset. I ditched the Code.
    Sounds pretty good amd is very convenient for hauling aroumd. I gotta get it set up with the Tone Studio.
     
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    That sounds like the perfect price for me. I just want a small amp I can take to jam with friends or take with me on roadtrips. I really like the Yamaha THR but it isn't suited to playing with a drummer.
     
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    The 50 is loud and light.
     
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    Yah the 50 is loud. I usually keep my 100's on the 50 watt mode. Plenty loud.

    Like Jethro points out it's a great grab and go works at rehearsals plus have saved banks to cover whatever material ya want. Real useful amp that sounds decent.

    There a steal for what they do.
     
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    I tried a 50w Katana at my local guitar shop a while back , it sounded very uninspiring to be honest .
     
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    I think the Yamaha THR line sounds way better. They have a really great stereo field that sounds huge in a room.
     
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    The stereo effect is something to consider. I kept a Blackstar id core over the Katana 50 for that reason. The stereo effect that comes out of the little core 10 made the Katana sound dull to my ears, not that the Katana sounded bad, but I had both and only needed one for just general quick plug in riffage..the little Blackstars are great living room amps.
     
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    I liked the core a lot too. Great portable amp.
     
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    I got one and absolutely hated it. I questioned all the hype and if people were going tone deaf lol.
    Hooked it up to the pc and dialed in some very usable tones. I don't like the stock sound of them but when you edit them to your preference it's a whole new ball game. They're are extremely versatile and can sound great. Ymmv.
    :shred2:
     
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