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BOSS KATANA 刀 amplifiers

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by john lan, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. mbell75

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    Maybe I am a masochist who's a glutton for punishment?!
     
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    It's got a nice Univibe effect too that actually works quite nicely.
     
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    I often think of it like this; It's like people who own a Ferrari or Lamborghini who insist that their car is so superior to a Toyota Camry or Ford Focus. DUH!!! But the Camry and Focus still have nice features and get people where they need to go.

    Is a Matchless Chieftain superior to a Katana? In build quality, most likely. But the Katana makes the guitar sound good and it works when I'm gigging and gets me where I need to go.
     
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    I dont get the whole superiority complex thing and never have. Yeah I own some expensive amps but I absolutely love my Katana head. I have owned a lot of so called "do it all" amplifiers from a DT-50, Spider Valves, Flextones, Fender Mustangs and the Katana smokes every single one of them and it's no contest. I will admit I have not tried the newest Spider V amps so I will withhold judgement until I do.
     
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  5. Tritone

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    So I have made a few posts poking fun at the Katana craze, but I actually picked up a Katana Head today for practicing and it sounds really, really good for clean and low gain. Maybe the other modes sound great too but I haven't even checked them yet. Today the Katana army gained one more footsoldier!

    The only thing I wish it had was a built in tuner.
     
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    I’ll take a built-in TC PolyTune model! B)
     
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    I don't: I'd rather use my Polytune which also acts as a mute pedal.
     
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    Same here,works very well.
     
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    I guessed the Friedman was B: There was a bit more depth to the tone, however, the Katana definitely stood it's ground. If it was all about how things sound over you tube, then it would be fine, but having just bought a tube amp, and also being a Katana Artist owner, I prefer the experience of the tube amp. I still maintain though the Katanas are great products.
     
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    A little more woodiness in the mids of the Friedman but I have to say, the K100 through that Waza 412 sounded basically as good. Now, the question is: was the Friedman dialled into sounding like the Kat or the other way around...or were they both just dialled in to sound good? Who knows. I want a Waza cab myself.
     
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    Anyone using a v30 cab with the kat? Open or closed back?
     
  13. ancientmatingcalls

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    Made a little modification to my K100. I always like the sound I got out of it, but thought it fell short for playing with the band. I tried the Artist but wasn’t impressed enough to keep it.

    The pots on my Crate Palomino 50 have been failing. I’ve read that due the poor dissipation the heat from the valves eventually will start to fry other components in the amp.

    So I decided to make an amalgamation of the two amps. I had a feeling that the larger cab and 212 speaker configuration would help the Katana to reach a higher potential. The speakers are Celestion Seventy/80s, which I realize aren’t exactly highly regarded but I’m liking what I’m getting out of them. Fortunately the effort paid off and I’m pleased with the results. Haven’t gigged it yet, but I feel confident it’ll deliver.
     
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    Nicely done! Love the creme white tolex!
     
  15. Steve Hotra

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    I've owned a Katana head since they came out.
    I play ( attempt ) pedal and lap steel.
    The "acoustic" setting is perfect for a "clean" sound.
    I sold my Fishman Artist to fund the Kat, and haven't looked back.
    I use a Tommy Huff 15" open back cab ( Big Ben ) and a Tweaker 12" cab. Great for rehearsals and more than loud enough for gigs.
     
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    I got the combo because it was pretty cheap at GC used. I paid 260 for it. The combo doesn't have a speaker jack, looks like it is hard wired? I'll have to take a look. I wanted to hook up a steel speaker I have a Steelaire speaker (loved the speaker hated the amp), 15 designed for steel , after the d130, but it is 4 ohm and I know the head won't take 4. I could unsolder the speaker and put a jack in, run it with another speaker in series maybe, to get it to 8 ohm. Not sure. I was really surprised it wouldn't take 4 ohm speaker.
     
  17. Steve Hotra

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    True. I swapped out the SICA 15” speaker, 4 ohm that was in the Huff Cab. The Big Ben is 8 ohm. It works for me, as I play a lot of electric guitar / pedal board / amp or DI.
     
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    guys can anyone help me, i have katana 50, and want play in forest, I found external accumulator RAVPower RP-PB054, will it work with katana?
     
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    My friend Cal Scott made some beautiful dumble patches. I made a video for him.
     
  20. Lution

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    Just curious, are you joining these guys?
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    But seriously, I can’t help you with your request. I’d personally leave the forest to emit its natural forest sounds and not disturb it.
     
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