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Offline Hinfrance

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« on: January 28, 2017, 01:44:20 PM »
Well, it's like this. I'm selling an old camera and am thinking of investing in a new amplifier. I've got my eye on the Katana 100 2X12, but if I buy that I can't afford the 4 button footswitch. A bit less is the Mustang IV 2x12 which comes with a footswitch and all of the reports about it are really positive. It has the added benefits of being stereo and having balanced DI outs with ground lift. So I'm in a bit of a quandary.

So if it was your purchase decision and you had to choose, which one would you go for?



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Re: Boss Katana series
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2017, 02:53:45 PM »
Howard, you got a shop local to you that might have those amps in stock?  I'd certainly like to try both options before purchasing, if possible.   There seems to be a few high power modelling amps released in the last few months, by the likes of Marshall, Blackstar, And Boss. 

Still haven't tried a Boss Katana myself.
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2017, 10:39:05 AM »
Hi Mick. My local music store is a Fender dealer, so there is a chance that I could find a Mustang 4 there, but The shortage of supply of the Boss amps suggests that I will only be able to get one online. But that's OK, if I get it from Thomann I can always send it back. Also, as an owner of a Mustang 3 the only real difference with the 4 is that it will be a lot louder cranked up and and stereo. TBH I am veering towards the Mustang on price/features alone. I'm not too interested in the Line 6, Marshall Code or Blackstar offerings. Line 6 are very expensive (well they are Yamaha) and seem to bitterly divide opinion, the Marshalls are just not available anywhere, and the Blackstars only have 10 inch speakers.

On the other hand the reviews of the Katana series are glowing:


I'll have to see how the funds work out ;)

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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2017, 12:46:22 PM »
KATANA does sound really nice in that demo I must admit.  8)

I forgot about the 10" speakers on the Blackstar's.  The Insider software is pretty rubbish IMO. plus there's a few reliability issue's and bugs that have popped up on their forums with the older ID:Core range which kind of puts me off getting another one. That said, my ID:Core 40 is really good.

The Mustang's are without doubt a very reliable range of amps, they have always been extremely good value for money.  A case of Better the devil you know.  The only thing I find with mine is, I spend a lot of time fiddling with the settings, and experimenting with different tones, instead of playing.  There's such a lot to explore. ;)
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Re: Boss Katana series
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2017, 10:38:00 AM »
I've made a decision. Despite the extra cost of the amplifier, and the outrageous cost of the foot pedal and/or expression pedals, I'm going to go for the Katana.

This additional vid helps to explain it a little more, perhaps.


Although it only has 4 patches as well as an and/or pedal chain, the effects are Boss pedals and tweakable via the PC/MAC app. The variable power output was a major plus for me too.

I will sell my V1 Mustang and keep the V2, which has stereo balanced outs for my (very occasional) live use, and obviously a completely different sound palette.

Just waiting for some funds to clear before tapping Thomann for a delivery.  ;D

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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2017, 02:12:34 PM »
It arrived about 2 hours ago.

F me is it loud. I've only run it on 0.5w and that is plenty for practicing. Sounds very very good. I'll have to wait until I have the house to myself before I try cranking it up, but I reckon it's going to be like my Corvette - never run flat out :)

A day later: Oh, bliss, it just sounds A Maze Zing. So much volume, even on half a watt, my ears are ringing. Such a range and depth of tone. Dare I say it? Looks like I'll never need another guitar amplifier. Just wow!

Get one before Boss change their mind about the pricing  :knuppel2:  8)
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Re: Boss Katana series
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2017, 07:36:23 PM »
It arrived about 2 hours ago.

F me is it loud. I've only run it on 0.5w and that is plenty for practicing. Sounds very very good. I'll have to wait until I have the house to myself before I try cranking it up, but I reckon it's going to be like my Corvette - never run flat out :)

A day later: Oh, bliss, it just sounds A Maze Zing. So much volume, even on half a watt, my ears are ringing. Such a range and depth of tone. Dare I say it? Looks like I'll never need another guitar amplifier. Just wow!

Get one before Boss change their mind about the pricing  :knuppel2:  8)

Cool.  8)  Look forward to your thoughts on the Katana, when you've had time to explore at depth.   I've watched a few YT reviews and it does sound very nice. some good effects available too.
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