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Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier Black

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Katana—the traditional sword carried by the historic samurai of Japan—is a symbol of honor, precision, and artistry in Japanese culture. Adopting the majestic sword’s name with pride, the Katana serie... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Katana—the traditional sword carried by the historic samurai of Japan—is a symbol of honor, precision, and artistry in Japanese culture. Adopting the majestic sword’s name with pride, the Katana series presents guitar amplifiers with smooth, cutting tones honed by generations of dedication and expertise. 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 in. speaker, the Katana KTN-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 KTN-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 KTN-100 offers exceptional tone and touch response for stage playing, recording, and simply practicing at home. The custom 12-in. 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 KTN-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 KTN-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 Pedal Board at Home
With its built-in BOSS effects and recallable Tone Settings, the Katana KTN-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 KTN-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.

FEATURES

  • Power: 100W
  • Built-in power attenuation
  • Five amp modes
  • Speaker: 1x12 custom
  • Four memory slots for recalling amps and effects
  • 55 effects: store 15, use up to three simultaneously
  • Boss Tone Studio editor software integration
  • Built-in tilt stand
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BossKatana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier
 
4.9

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Good power output (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Portable (5)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the evolution of the solid state amp.

By Rex Black

from Charlotte NC

Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

This is hands down the best sounding solid state amp ever created. The "brown" setting nails the EVH 5150 tone. You get it all in one box. This amp makes my life so much easier. I cannot see myself ever replacing this amp. I have went through 20 amps in the last 5 years and this is my all time favorite. I gig with this amp. It can handle a small bar and a massive 2500 seater venue.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Truly Fantastic Amp

By Sam Pink

from St. Louis, MO

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Tone
  • Loud (When necessary)
  • Wattage Control

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gigging
    • Jamming
    • Practice
    • Recording

    Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    I use the Katana for bedroom and home use at the 0.5 watt setting, but when needed, it's an incredibly loud 50 and 100w. It's tone is unbeatable for the price. The onboard effects are simple and easy to use. The layout is also simple and approachable, so you don't have option paralysis. My only complaint is that on my amp, specifically, I can't seem to open up the tilt stand. But all in all, I would totally recommend this to a friend! (It's a step up from his Crate FlexWave)

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Modeling Amp

    By JohnnyG

    from Central Coast Ca.

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    Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    Have used this amp for about a week now and am really impressed with it. Nice organic tone with a lot of adjustability. The cleans are clear and punchy and the crunch amp type has enough grit for SRV type tones. Takes pedals really well: Have used it with a compressor and drive pedal. The parametric adjustability for the effects is really nice and illustrates the next gen (relative to Fender, Blackstar, etc) aspect of the DSP in the amp.

    The power scaling switch gives the amp a lot of volume range. I use the amp mostly on the 0.5W position which is plenty loud for bedroom/studio levels. That said, the default 0.5W, 50W, 100W SHOULD BE 0.5W, 5W, 100W. That would be a MUCH better power scale.

    The SW interface is just OK from a look-feel perspective but it does allow for an amazing depth of paramentric effects adjustability. That said, the documentation for the firmware update process is absolutely abysmal. If it wasn't for some online forum info this update process would not have happened.

    The other issue that I initially had with the amp was the VERY low volume on the Clean Amp type relative to the Crunch Amp. I'm guessing the Clean amp volume is ~20 dB lower than the Crunch amp. I was able to equalize the Clean amp volume using the Clean Boost effect. A better solution would be for Boss to fix this with a firmware update.

    It's interesting to compare this amp to my Mustang III which I've had for several years. The MIII has great Fender clean tones but I've never been overwhelmed with the crunchy side of that amp. This Katana seems to have similar Cleans and really nice Crunch tones.

    Disclosure: I have only used this amp at low-mid/high home volume levels.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Keeping it simple

    By David

    from undisclosed

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    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    Being a BOSS product user since the late 70's early 80's, I was very excited to see a BOSS amp coming out. So I got the first 100w 112 combo that the GC had seen. Didn't even test drive it. Picked it up new in box and took it home. Plugged in and was not surprised at all how awesome it sounded. On every wattage level. On the 100w setting the clean headroom is just there. You can hear every bit of articulation from your hands on the guitar strings. On the crunch lead and brown settings again pure perfect tone regardless of the volume level.
    Effects are spot on and NO screen menus to scroll through. Plug and Play. Set it, forget it.
    The price is so affordable you cant go wrong.

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    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best amp I've ever owned and I've been playing for 37 years

    By Jgalvan65

    from Allen park mi

    Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    Everything about this amp is amazing.and it has all the connections you will need for looper pedal recording and piping in music to jam along with

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    THIS AMP ROCKS!

    By Big Daddy T-Bone of Southern Grit Band

    from Granbury, TX

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Leave the pedal board at home
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • GARAGE
      • HOME
      • STAGE

      Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      I selected this model because it switches from standby to half watt to 50 watt to 100 watt. Also can program lots of variations of genuine BOSS effects pedals right into the amp. SO COOL!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      If you care about your Tone, but want to save your tubes...

      By Sic String Blender

      from San Mateo

      Pros

      • controls
      • SW
      • Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

          Get this amp or the Head.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Exactly what I needed and more

          By JJGrell

          from Northern Wisconsin

          Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

          I needed a durable solid state amp for gigs and this is an Awesome choice. It works well in the studio with a full pedal board. I can use it for big band and acoustic gigs as well as small blues clubs. I can now leave my tube amps in the studio. Boss designers did a very good job with this model.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Game changer

          By Brian

          from Texas

          Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

          Sounds and plays like a quality tube amp.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Katana review

          By GUS

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

          I may give the amp 5 stars AFTER I receive the controller.. At this point I hear a little clipping even on the clean channel and using my Strat...But very clear sound otherwise. I need more time with this Amp and with the controller am still waiting for to fully understand what I have....

           
          5.0

          Nice!

          By Miguel

          from California

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

          sounds very good....impressed! I wish they had a foot switch specific for the Katana...but the Roland GA-FC works, as per said in reveiws

           
          5.0

          I would buy again..

          By Jong

          from Westchester, IL

          About Me Novice

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

            Love it....

             
            5.0

            Impressive Amp

            By Blues Junky

            from St. Louis, Mo.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

              I play Blues and while some think,"It ain't cool if your tubes aren't glowing," I don't subscribe to that theory. I have had MANY amps in my 30 plus years of playing, that being said, as much as I love tube amps I still can't get myself to spend the kind of money on what I'd really like to have. I just bought this for a good backup amp that had enough power to gig with. Well, I've been leaving the tube amps home a lot this gigging season and I haven't been disappointed at all. I absolutely love the simplicity and ease of use. You can dial in a great tone in less than 5 minutes. While I still receive backlash from the other band mates, they have to have noticed how much fun I'm having because I love what I'm hearing.

               
              5.0

              I love this product!

              By PC

              from St. Louis

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Great feature
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

                Ordered this Amp because of the name, Boss! I have fully enjoyed the sound, the power, and the awesome Boss pedals incorporated. I love it!

                 
                5.0

                Love this amp!!!

                By bllewis

                from huntsville

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Need to hook up to computer for complete access

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

                I use this as my wet amplifier in my wet/dry rig. Works great. I wish they had the software available for ipad, but you have to hook it to a laptop to get into all of the features. Plenty can be done from the front panel. It's loud enough to play with a drummer. I use an orange dual terror for my dry sound. I think when you're running a lot of reverb and delay into an amp solid state clean sounds just fine. This amp also has some ok as a stand alone amp. It's easy to carry and sounds ok live. Depending on the music you're playing it does well on it's own. I run quite a few pedals into it and takes them just fine. The noise floor when using the od's in the amp is pretty high, so I use my own drive pedals when I use it by itself.

                 
                5.0

                Like you, I was a "tube snob" too

                By STL Blues

                from St. Louis, MO

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • "Tube" characteristics
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

                  This amp made me a believer in modern modeling technology. I had to try it (for about a week) to believe it.
                  After 30 years of trial and error, Boss (and others) have nailed the warmth, responsiveness, and tones of tubes without using tubes. I currently own 4 tube amps and I've played through countless others (and a few SS) from Marshall, Fender, Orange, Mesa, Blackstar, Vox and more over my 32 years. If you can't get the tones you're looking for with this amp then keep practicing on your guitar. The Marshall half-stack might become a stage prop because it LOOKS cools. The Boss Katana is what I'll connect to the PA.

                   
                  5.0

                  I can't believe it's not a tube amp!

                  By Jeff L

                  from New Boston, Mi.

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

                    I picked this amp up yesterday. It replaced my Fender Blues Jr. I can't believe how warm sounding and versatile this amp is. I love that you can store 4 presets plus what is on the panel. The effects are awesome and I haven't even ventured in to the tone studio online yet. I have never gotten such a warm tone from a non tube amp before. I watched virtually every youtube video I could before I went and demoed one. Once in the store I was sold...Very loud also. You can definitely gig with this amp.

                     
                    5.0

                    Cuts like a knife

                    By String Bender

                    from Fresno CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Bang for the buck
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Boss Katana KTN-100 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

                      This amp delivers! PERIOD

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