BOSS has just introduced the Katana amp series, a new lineup of guitar amplifiers with refined rock tones and built-in BOSS effects. Born of the development process behind the acclaimed Waza amplifier, the Katana series embodies BOSS’s determined pursuit of the ultimate rock sound. Offering class-defying tone, touch response, and presence, Katana amps are perfect for gigging guitarists, and also excel for recording and practice at home.
Katana—the traditional sword carried by the historic samurai of Japan—is a symbol of honor, precision, and artistry in Japanese culture. Featuring proprietary circuit designs and meticulous tuning, the Katana series combines traditional craftsmanship and breakthrough functions to produce true next-generation rock amplifiers.
The Katana lineup consists of three combo amplifiers and an amplifier head.
The 50-watt Katana-50 and 100-watt Katana-100 are each equipped with a custom 12-inch speaker. The Katana-100/212 has 100 watts of power and is equipped with two custom 12-inch speakers. The 100-watt Katana-Head is designed for use with an external speaker cabinet such as the Waza Amp Cabinet 412, but includes a convenient integrated monitor speaker for listening to your tone before the PA kicks in.
Simple Controls, Endless Possibilities
Each Katana amp features five selectable amp characters: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown, and Acoustic. Deriving its essence from the Waza amp, the Brown character delivers refined high-gain tone sought after by the world’s greatest rock players.
With the powerful Tone Settings feature in the Katana amps, players can store amp and effects settings to recall perfectly tweaked setups instantly. It’s also possible to connect optional footswitches and expression pedals for hands-free control. The Katana-Head supports control via MIDI as well.
While the Katana amps include many advanced features, they offer intuitive interfaces that allow players to dial in sounds quickly. An innovative Power Control function lets users achieve cranked-up tones at low volumes, a great benefit for playing on small stages and practicing at home.
Boss Tone Studio Software
The Boss Tone Studio software for Mac and PC is a powerful modelling tool which allows the user to fine tune their own sounds for a respective Boss device. With every new product to take advantage of this software, Boss have improved and streamlined the Tone Studio. Boss’s Tone Central hub allows users to download and use each others tones, effectively meaning that if you yourself are struggling to nail down that ‘Ride the Lightning’ sound, somebody else has probably done it for you. The possibilities with this are truly endless and it’s a game changer.