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Boss Katana KTN-50 50W 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 50 watts of power and a custom 12-in. speaker, the Katana KTN-50 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-50 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-50 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 KTN-50 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-50’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 KTN-50 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. Two 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-50 includes many advanced features, it’s amazingly simple to operate. Dedicated knobs for multiple gain stages and three-band EQ 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: 50W (solid state)
  • Power control: 1/2W, 25W, 50W
  • Two channels
  • Five amp modes: acoustic, clean, crunch, lead, brown
  • Single input
  • Speaker: 1x12 custom
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, gain, volume, boost/mod button, boost/mod knob, delay/FX button, delay/FX knob, reverb button, reverb knob, tap
  • 55 FX (15 stored onboard) 
  • Integration with Boss Tone Studio software
  • Built-in tilt stand
  • Aux. input
  • Recording/headphone output
  • USB B port
  • Footswitch sold separately 
  • Dimensions: 18.6 in. x 15.7 in. x 9.4 in.
  • Weight: 25.7 lbs.
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BossKatana KTN-50 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

No better amp for the money

The Katana 50 is a lightweight, straightforward amp that can be used out of the box with no manual and no computer connection. It comes already loaded with more than most amps, and...Read complete review

The Katana 50 is a lightweight, straightforward amp that can be used out of the box with no manual and no computer connection. It comes already loaded with more than most amps, and you can save 2 presets while still using the controls on the panel without messing up what you might have saved. Since this is not a modeling amp, it doesn't come with 99 presets, of which 1 is useful (if that). This amp can give you clean, bell like chiming or low tuned head pounding tones with the flick of a switch or the step of a pedal (FS-5L sold separately for about $30). The 50/25/0.5 watt settings are there not to do some hokey simulation, but to allow you to get cranked volume tones while keeping mom from throwing things at you or your neighbors from calling the cops. There is even a standby mode, which on the 50 is kind of a waste (IMHO). If you're in a small band and the other guitarist has a Blues Junior, you'll be fine keeping up. I'd recommend the 100 watt versions if you've got to compete with more. The Acoustic setting is not a simulator, it's actually for connecting your acoustic, so if you've been called to play your Taylor in the back yard at a friend's house or a coffee house, you're all set. For you soloists, you don't have to stuff your vocals and full guitar into the same PA. You can use this to differentiate in the monitors or mains. Can't say enough about the price, but come on BOSS/ROLAND, give this thing a dedicated line out or don't bypass the speaker by plugging into the REC/HEADPHONES out. That's what the Standby setting is for. That's the only reason I gave it a 4 and not a 5. I'm actually a strong 4.5.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Software or F/S won't work but great amp

I'm giving this amp only 3 stars because it is a cool little lightweight amp that's loud enough to play with a drummer.
BUT... BOSS has made it harder for the...Read complete review

I'm giving this amp only 3 stars because it is a cool little lightweight amp that's loud enough to play with a drummer.
BUT... BOSS has made it harder for the Katana 50 owners because the BOSS footswitch everyone is saying will control this amps channels and settings will NOT work with the 50 watt version Katana. I bought one and struggled with it for a week before someone pointed out it will not work with the 50 watt per the BOSS website.
Also, I have installed and uninstalled the BOSS Tone Studio and drivers several times and no matter how I do it, it will not work properly. It will only work in the "off line" mode which limits your ability to trans tones into your amp and save settings certain settings. That part sucks!
So thanks BOSS, for both of those things!

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great amp for me

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Boss Katana KTN-50 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

I have been using Vox VT20+ for the past three years. I really didn't need the complications of all the different amp models and effects, so I searched for something simpler. After trying several amps (a Marshall MG30CFX, Line 6 Spyder V), I decided to order the Katana 50 and give it a try. I had to wait for several weeks because the amps were not ready to ship from the factory when I ordered it. Upon receiving and trying the amp out, the amp sounded great to me since it had the range, amplitude, effects, and metal distortion I was looking for. I can get the metal distortion out of it I couldn't get with the Marshall, and it has a wide range of lesser qualities of distortion if that's what is desired. Moreover, the amp sounded way better than the Line 6. There are enough effects to more than meet my needs. I had to update the firmware from the Boss website, but it was a very simple process.

There are two things I had on the Vox that do not come with the Katana - the built-in tuner and 5 channels. The the Katana is a two channel amp while the Vox had 5 channels. The tuner is no big deal since I have both hardware and software tuners I can use, and two channels meet my needs.

I have not pushed the amp past the 2.5 watt setting yet since that setting is more than enough for me to use in my apartment so I don't get my neighbors angry at me. And if I ever want to crank it up to 50 watts in another setting, I always have that option.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

No better amp for the money

By GoldJim

from Virginia Beach

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Pros

  • Best amp in this price range
  • Great clean and distorted tones
  • Lightweight for a 1x12 combo
  • Loud enough for small gigs

Cons

  • No dedicated line out

Best Uses

  • Acoustic artists
  • Home recording
  • Small gigs

Comments about Boss Katana KTN-50 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

The Katana 50 is a lightweight, straightforward amp that can be used out of the box with no manual and no computer connection. It comes already loaded with more than most amps, and you can save 2 presets while still using the controls on the panel without messing up what you might have saved. Since this is not a modeling amp, it doesn't come with 99 presets, of which 1 is useful (if that). This amp can give you clean, bell like chiming or low tuned head pounding tones with the flick of a switch or the step of a pedal (FS-5L sold separately for about $30). The 50/25/0.5 watt settings are there not to do some hokey simulation, but to allow you to get cranked volume tones while keeping mom from throwing things at you or your neighbors from calling the cops. There is even a standby mode, which on the 50 is kind of a waste (IMHO). If you're in a small band and the other guitarist has a Blues Junior, you'll be fine keeping up. I'd recommend the 100 watt versions if you've got to compete with more. The Acoustic setting is not a simulator, it's actually for connecting your acoustic, so if you've been called to play your Taylor in the back yard at a friend's house or a coffee house, you're all set. For you soloists, you don't have to stuff your vocals and full guitar into the same PA. You can use this to differentiate in the monitors or mains. Can't say enough about the price, but come on BOSS/ROLAND, give this thing a dedicated line out or don't bypass the speaker by plugging into the REC/HEADPHONES out. That's what the Standby setting is for. That's the only reason I gave it a 4 and not a 5. I'm actually a strong 4.5.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Value

By AJ

from Eugene, OR

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Ease of use
  • Great price
  • huge sound spectrum
  • Tube sounds

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio
    • Practice
    • Recording
    • Small venues

    Comments about Boss Katana KTN-50 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    I've owned a variety of SS, 2 tube and 1 hybred. This is good as SS get's these days. Side by side with my Little Giant it compares well. Add in all the extra capacities, FX, power select, and ease of configuring it is by far the best I've owned. I had a Mustang head but it was a pain with the menu's. Katana is not specific amp modeling, you just dial in what you like. To my ear the tube amp is a wee bit warmer but it is too close to call. I was looking to get the Roland Blues Cube but a Roland rep. suggested I check out the Katana. It has aux input which the RBC was missing, about the same power and $400 cheaper. It is, by far, my favorite amp this lifetime.

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    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Greatest! BOSS Katana KTN-50

    By Greg

    from New Hampshire

    Comments about Boss Katana KTN-50 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    The BOSS Katana KTN-50 is a very good guitar amplifier. It features excellent reverb effects and a good clean sound. I bought the KTN-50 for practicing and recording work. It fits the bill perfectly, is easy to carry around and looks nice too. Purchase any BOSS Katana series and kiss the heavy, overpriced tube amps goodbye forever!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Greatest! BOSS Katana KTN-50

    By Greg

    from New Hampshire

    Comments about Boss Katana KTN-50 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    The BOSS Katana KTN-50 is a very good guitar amplifier. It features excellent reverb effects and a good clean sound. I bought this size for practicing and recording work. It fits the bill perfectly, is easy to carry around and looks nice. Buy any BOSS Katana series and kiss the heavy, overpriced tube amps goodbye forever!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Lives up to its Hype

    By Mike

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Boss Katana KTN-50 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    A really good sounding amp. Very versatile and able to create just about any sound you like. I use it as a practice amp, but I think it could be used for small venue gigs.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Such a great amp for the money!

    By Tuan

    from undisclosed

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    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Boss Katana KTN-50 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    Fantastic amp, great look, light weight, easy to use, sounds great and the best part is the low price.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent

    By Fuzz

    from Pensacola, Florida

    Pros

    • Great tones
    • Outstanding value
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • FX are grouped together

    Best Uses

      Comments about Boss Katana KTN-50 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      I've been wanting this amp since watching the advertisements. The GC in Mobile, AL had only one in stock and they held it for me. When I got it home I was a little disappointed at first. The tones were great but the amp was noisy when trying to ramp up the gain. I updated the amp and used the software and now the amp blows me away. The tones I get are just stellar for a 200 dollar amp. If you want to get the amps full potential you must absolutely use the software. The amp seems to take pedals well also.

      The biggest shortfall are the effects. They sound great as you would expect. The issue is they are paired up and can only be used one at a time. As an example the OD/Distortion and Modulation share the same knob. Only one of these can be used at at time. Also there is no dedicated footswitch with this model. It would have been outstanding to have the ability to switch channels and turn effects on and off. For the price you can't go wrong though.

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      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It's worthy

      By Drrockso

      from The Mc Mothership,Il..

      Comments about Boss Katana KTN-50 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      I received mine on the first run via another store. I have had it for 2 months now. Built solid .Surely will last. Works very well as an acoustic amp.Modestly. Change out the speaker and prepare for your mind to be blown. It sounds good with the stock 4 ohm katana. Which is similar to a 70/80 IMHO... But wow. It gets so close to tubes with the speaker swap. I liked it before for practice. Now it's just awesome. Period.. You can't go wrong. I am going to checkout the head. If it performs like the 50 combo I am picking it up just to have around for backup and fun.

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      • No

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Yes I would buy this product again

      By Pupwide

      from El Cajon CA

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Boss Katana KTN-50 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      Nice full sound at low volume..Easy to operate.. clean channel better than expected..Got to give guitar center 10 stars in the way they shipped it so fast during the holidays. Also ,I got give props to the salesman who brought the amp to my car ( good hustle thanks)

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