BOSS Katana KTN100 Guitar Amplifier

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    Product Description

    With crafted tones, the Katana 100 is an inspiring rock amp born of Waza DNA. The Katana series presents guitar amplifiers with smooth, cutting tones honed by generations of dedication and expertise. Katana—the traditional sword carried by the historic samurai of Japan—is a symbol of honor, precision, and artistry in Japanese culture which is why these amps carry the majestic sword’s name with pride.

    Boss Katana 100 Guitar Amplifier Features

    • Stage-ready 100-watt combo amp with a custom 12-inch speaker
    • Five unique amp characters: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown (derived from the Waza amp), and Acoustic (for acoustic-electric guitars)
    • Choose from 55 customizable effects with Boss Tone Studio editor software
    • Store 15 different effects on board, with three effects available simultaneously
    • Dedicated gain, EQ, presence, and effects controls for adjusting sounds quickly
    • Four memories for storing and recalling all amp and effect settings
    • Power Control for achieving cranked-amp tone and dynamic response at low volumes
    • Built-in tilt stand for optimal monitoring and sound projection
    • Pro setups available at Boss Tone Central 
    Born of the development process behind the acclaimed Waza amplifier, these innovative amps embody Boss’s determined pursuit of the ultimate rock sound. Featuring proprietary circuit designs and meticulous tuning, the Katana series combines traditional craftsmanship and breakthrough functions to produce true next-generation rock amplifiers.

    With 100 watts of power and a custom 12-inch speaker, the Katana-100 delivers a commanding range of gig-worthy tones that gracefully slice through any band scenario. The amp also excels for home playing, with a uniquely efficient design and innovative Power Control that provides inspiring sound and response at low volumes. In addition, the Katana-100 includes integrated access to 55 Boss effects, which are customizable using the free Boss Tone Studio editor software. Up to 15 different effects can be configured in the amp at one time, enabling you to bring fully prepared tones to the stage in one amp.

    A Refined Amp with Inspiring Tone
    Designed for guitarists who are serious about their sound, the Katana-100 offers exceptional tone and touch response for stage playing, recording, and simply practicing at home. The custom 12-inch speaker is driven by a special method developed for the flagship Waza amp that optimizes the speaker and cabinet character. This gives you authoritative punch and cutting presence previously attainable only with high-end amp designs. In combination with the five selectable amp characters, the Katana-100 produces class-defying power and expressiveness to meet any playing situation.

    Five Original Amp Characters, Honed for Rock Playing
    Sharpened to perfection by the Boss engineering team, the Katana-100’s five amp characters offer everything from organic vintage tones to modern high-gain sounds. Clean is natural and transparent, while Crunch offers satisfying grit and response. Lead has a wide gain range to suit many styles, from fat, stinging blues solos to fluid legato shredding. With DNA inherited from the Waza amp, Brown delivers refined high-gain tone sought after by the world’s greatest rock players. The Acoustic character further enhances the Katana’s versatility, providing optimized tone that makes acoustic-electric guitars sound stunningly natural.

    Leave Your Pedalboard at Home
    With its built-in Boss effects and recallable Tone Settings, the Katana-100 lets you perform anywhere with just a guitar and amp. Connecting to Boss Tone Studio via USB provides access to 55 effects that are fully customizable for your needs. Going beyond standard distortion, delay, and reverb, the selection also includes powerful tone-shapers like pitch shifting, ring mod, slicer, and more. You can load 15 different effects in the amp at one time and use up to three simultaneously. Four Tone Settings let you store custom amp and effects setups for instant recall, and you can always jump to the current panel settings at the touch of a button. It’s also possible to connect optional footswitches and expression pedals for hands-free control on the gig.

    Grab-and-Go Operation
    While the Katana-100 includes many advanced features, it’s amazingly simple to operate. Dedicated knobs for multiple gain stages, three-band EQ, and presence allow you to quickly dial in your tone by ear, just as you would with a standard tube amp. Essential effects parameters are adjusted with a simple knob twist, and memories can be stored with a brief button hold. The Power Control is great for throttling back the volume for small stages and home playing, and also includes a Standby setting that mutes the sound for switching guitars or taking breaks. And by flipping out the integrated tilt stand, you can easily angle the amp back for better sound projection.

    Boss Tone Central
    At the Boss Tone Central website, you’ll find numerous free amp and effects setups for the Katana series. Created by pro guitarists, these setups provide ready-to-play sounds for various music styles, and also make great starting points for building your own sounds. They load into the memories in a Katana amp via the Boss Tone Studio editor software, which is also available at the site. In addition to Katana effects selection and customization, Boss Tone Studio gives you a convenient way to organize all your Katana setups for different gigs, recordings, and practice sessions.

    Product Specifications
    Boss Katana KTN100 Guitar Amplifier Specifications
      Rated Power Output 100 Watts 
      Nominal Input Level
      • INPUT: -10 dBu (1 M ohm)
      • AUX IN: -10 dBu (20 k ohms)
      • RETURN IN: -10 dBu (100 k ohm)
      Speaker 30 cm (12 inches) x 1
      Controls
      • POWER switch
      • MASTER knob
      • PRESENCE knob
      • POWER CONTROL switch (STANDBY, 0.5 W, 50 W, 100 W) 
      AMPLIFIER
      • AMP TYPE knob (ACOUSTIC, CLEAN, CRUNCH, LEAD, BROWN)
      • GAIN knob
      • VOLUME knob
      EQUALIZER
      • BASS knob
      • MIDDLE knob
      • TREBLE knob
      MULTI EFFECT
      • BOOSTER/MOD button
      • DELAY/FX button
      • REVERB button
      • TAP button
      • BOOSTER/MOD knob
      • DELAY/FX knob
      • REVERB knob
      TONE SETTING
      • CH1 button
      • CH2 button
      • CH3 button
      • CH4 button
      • PANEL button
      Indicators
      • ACOUSTIC
      • CLEAN
      • CRUNCH
      • LEAD
      • BROWN
      • BOOSTER/MOD
      • DELAY/FX
      • REVERB
      • TAP
      • CH1
      • CH2
      • CH3
      • CH4
      • PANEL
      Connectors
      • INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
      • AUX IN jack: Stereo miniature phone type
      • REC OUT/PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
      • SEND jack: 1/4-inch phone type
      • RETURN jack: 1/4-inch phone type
      • LINE OUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
      • EXP PEDAL/CTL CH1/CH2 jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
      • GA-FC jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
      • USB port: USB B type
      • AC IN jack
      Power Consumption 77 W
      Dimensions (WxDxH) 530 x 248 x 484 mm; 20-7/8  x 9-13/16 x 17-1/2 inches
      Weight 14.8 kg; 32 lbs 11 oz
      Accessories
      • Owner's manual
      • Power cord
      • GA-FC sticker
      Options (sold separately)
      • Footswitch: BOSS FS-5L, BOSS FS-6, BOSS FS-7
      • Expression pedal: Roland EV-5, BOSS FV-500L, BOSS FV-500H
      • GA FOOT CONTROLLER (GA-FC)
    * 0dBu=0.775 Vrms
    Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
    Phone:  323-890-3700 Warranty:  BOSS Compact and Twin Pedals: 5 years parts, 2 years labor; BOSS (other): 1 year parts, 90 days labor
    Shane
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    Best Amp for the Money!
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    What is your opinion of this product?
    This is a beast. You aren't going to realize what this amp can do if you don't connect it to the free software, but its really quite easy. You get very tube like response from this thing and all the variable drives/effects you have access to are great. Oh, and volume for days. This definitely packs a punch. Unless you just refuse to use the software, there isn't a better amp for the money. Even just throwing some of your own pedals in front of the clean channel on this is enough to beat most amps in the price range.
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    Billy"guitar"
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    We'll see
    What is your opinion of this product?
    Well I had the 50 watt, and liked it, but had some problems. I have always been a tube guy, but I read a lot of reviews and figured I'd try the 100 watt. So far it really is the best solid state amp I've heard. I wish it came with a footswitch, but I really don't have any negative comments yet. I love the fact it's so light and the kick stand is a great idea.
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    Bruce Templeton, brucete@charter.net
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    I really love the amp. worth the cost.
    What is your opinion of this product?
    It is perfect for what I use it for.
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    Ditchgator
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    A No-Brainer
    What is your opinion of this product?
    1X12,4 channels, 5 amps,55 Boss pedals, power attenuation. Not to mention it sounds and feels great. A very dynamic amp. But you've heard all this before. Still on the fence? Well, don't be.
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    Thom Abell, luthier@stringtheoryguitarrepair.com
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    Just not sure real yet.......
    What is your opinion of this product?
    I've always believed in first impressions and I've oftenn been surprised when my first negative impression of something became quickly overshadowed by a cascade of positive impressions. I've read all the reviews for this thing and watched every video online before pulling the trigger on the purchase. It arrived yesterday and I have to say that underwhelmed has a new benchmark. I found all of the default settings harsh and shrill all except for the acoustic channel which was exceptional when I used a Taylor GS-Mini with just a touch of delay. Absolutely stunning. The regular clean channel was lackluster. The other channels sounded about as bad as a solid state amp can sound except the Brown channel with some delay and compression. I haven't owned an SS amp since 1981. I had assumed that perhaps the technology had improved in the last three decades. I used a new 335, a 78 LP with PAF's, a Strat with Texas Specials and a guitar I built at luthier school with some P90's. No joy.....
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    joe
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    I'm very happy i chose to buy this amp !
    What is your opinion of this product?
    this is a great little amp, you get a lot for the $$$$$$$...sounds great, very easy to operate, a big thumbs up ;;; thanks AMS !
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    Sema'j
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    What I Wanted
    What is your opinion of this product?
    Exactly what I wanted,an amp without all of the preset sounds.Just a few fx's like reverb,distortion and chorus and a good clean sound for R&B and 70 and 80's soul music.I use a Boss ME-80 for my effects and pre amp.Set the 4 channels for Clean,chorus/Delay or Reverb,Blues Lead,and Distortion lead an use them via foot switch as a second set of effects. Use the Clean channel with the pedals.I have trusted the Boss and Roland products for 30 years and more on stage for my sounds.This amp seems to fit into the same trust mold.Stay tuned
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    Rod Tankerson
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    This Amp will Wow You
    What is your opinion of this product?
    I love the simplicity coupled with the capability of this amp. I only needed the 50w. So my only advise would be to give the 50w version the same 4 channels. But the sound is perfect clean or dirty
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    Freddy Stone
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    I love it!
    What is your opinion of this product?
    This is everything in one amp that I wanted. First of all the clean sound is beautiful with plate, spring, and hall Reverb. The Crunch is fat and responsive, the lead CH can cover a wide range of crunch and high gain. Then there's the BROWN channel that sounds amazing, great for lead, rhythm or anything you want. Effects are very good, no one does effects better than Boss. On top of it all there's the Acoustic guitar channel, for my acoustic guitar that sounds amazing. This amp cuts through the mix of the band with power to spare. There's power control from 0.5W, 50W, and 100W. I'm so happy with this amp, and as always thank you AMS.
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