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Amplifiers / Re: Boss Katana Mini Ultra-Compact Guitar Amp
« on: June 26, 2017, 06:15:11 PM »
They look rather neat, but I already have more amplifiers than I need. I've been reliably informed.

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Effects Pedals & Pedalboards / Re: Looper Pedals
« on: May 09, 2017, 12:55:42 PM »
Afternoon Mick.

I have a Digitech JamMan Stereo.

http://digitech.com/en/products/jamman-stereo

https://www.thomann.de/gb/digitech_jamman_stereo.htm


A brief history of how I came to get this one:

I started playing with the looper function on the Zoom G3X, but this has some very very serious limitations, not least the recording time limit, and it didn't seem possible to have more than one tone. So then I bought one of the NUX Loop Core as above. This is allegedly a copy of the Boss RC-3 but at a lower price. It worked perfectly well, but with the proviso that it has only one button - so if you want to use it on the fly or live you need to buy a complementary footswitch. I still might buy another one to use with the bass rig, so as you can tell I was perfectly happy with how it sounded even if the operational issues made my head hurt a little - just getting used to it would be the trick there.

Which brings me to the JamMan Stereo. Loads of buttons  8) so you can record, overdub, stop and start a loop easily. Unfortunately you have to bend down to press the 'store' button before you can move on to the next loop. The two top switches move through the loop register and you can set it to change the moment a switch is tapped or to wait until the current loop phrase reaches the end. You can swap and copy loops obviously, but it is no Chilli Monster.

It's not perfect, but it does vocals as well as stereo, has 198 loop memories and takes a 32gb SD card so effectively could hold several gigs worth of backing tracks (up to 16 hours). A few other features from the first page of the manual:
reverse playback
auto quantising
aux input to import backing or prerecorded tracks
3 stop modes, instant, finish, and fade
time stretching
metronome

It has only a basic rhythm function and most importantly the JamMan software is incompatible with Windows 10 and Digitech show no signs of wanting to deal with that.

As with all loopers getting the start an stop in the right place can be a bit of a tricky thing to get right - I still get it wrong at least half of the time, but it's great fun.

Using it in the effects loop of the Katana, as long as the effects loop is set to after the on board processing means that I can record a loop using one sound and then switch to another to overdub or play along. Hours of fun (unless you are forced to listen). I haven't tried to use it with the Mustang 3, but I have it in the back of my mind that you can change the signal path on that to get the same result.

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Amplifiers / Re: The Fender Mustang GT Amp Range
« on: May 09, 2017, 10:04:02 AM »
You should definitely try a Katana if you get the chance. They really are quite outstanding, if somewhat more expensive than most of the competition, especially when you add in the cost of the GA-FC which you ideally need to get the most out of it. Thomann have currently got one of the 100 1x12s as B stock, so you could always buy it and then send it back . . although that is rather naughty. No-one seems to have any new 100 1x12s, they're always on 'pre-order' or 'due back in stock on . . ' so getting that one from Thomann might be the only way to test one.

The only annoying thing about the Katana is that it is very firmly mono. I have been running the stereo out from my Zoom pedal - one side into the Katana, one into the Mustang - just for the craic - sounds lovely!

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Amplifiers / Re: The Fender Mustang GT Amp Range
« on: May 02, 2017, 02:37:54 PM »
They look good - quite a bit dearer than the outgoing V2s, but loads more features, if that's the kind of thing you want. :)

I'm still enthralled with the sounds my Katana makes though (and volume, yikes). I'll stick to my Mustang 3 V2* for now as my 'other' amplifier, tempting though these are. Unless I win the lottery, obviously.

It sounds tremendous DI'd through the PA in stereo ;)

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Amplifiers / Re: Boss Katana series
« on: April 16, 2017, 03:23:52 PM »
Just so, the Mustang is not really terribly responsive to small inputs on the volume front, especially at the lower end of the scale. I tend to run mine at about '2' and never more than '3' in the house, which is most of the time :)

I happened to be passing the music shop yesterday and looked in briefly - they had a Katana 50; I had not seen one before. Oh my is it tiny, only just bigger than the 1x12 speaker. But allegedly gutsy enough to gig small venues with. I didn't try it.

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Amplifiers / Re: Boss Katana series
« on: April 15, 2017, 12:56:00 PM »
Ah, but it has the 0.5w power choke, which is what I use it on all the time in the house . . .  :legit:

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Amplifiers / Re: Boss Katana series
« on: April 12, 2017, 06:48:17 AM »
Here is the text of my review on Thomann for the Katana 100 2x12 and afterwards the review of the associated GA-FC footswitch, which is definitely recommended to make the use of the amplifier easier.

Pros: Excellent sounds, flexibility, build quality and volume. 4 channels so easy to use with a looper using a different tone.
Cons: No footswitch or USB cable supplied, no tuner, and mono only. Connections apart from instrument in are on the rear.
Recommendation: buy one before Boss change their minds!
I have had this amplifier for 2 months now, and I am still as in love with it as I was when I first fired it up.
God's teeth is it loud - I also own a Fender Mustang 3 V2, which I very much like, also 100w. But heavens the volume from the Boss has to be experienced to be believed. I am running it on 0.5w in the house and that is plenty (standing too close is not to be advised!). The build quality appears to be excellent - it's definitely a premium product. I had to update the firmware before using the Boss Tone Studio - a bit of a complicated process but easily enough done following the instructions carefully.
I've played all my guitars through it now, but usually use my acoustic Yamaha APX700 and my Epiphone Prophesy GX, the former using the acoustic pre-amp setting and the latter all the others. It has a much fuller tonal range than the Mustang, which can sound a little thin at times. The acoustic pre-amp is one of the main reasons I chose to buy this amplifier and it does not disappoint. Despite the relative simplicity of the controls there is a huge variety of tones available, all of them frankly excellent. The praise heaped on this machine for the brown sound is not misplaced. it's staggeringly good - as are the others. As I have grown more used to the amplifier I find the dynamic response of the crunch sound in particular is especially good. It really is simply excellent. The complimentary software is a little unintuitive, but works well. I've created my sounds which are now stored in on my laptop as a set.
The clean pre-amp takes external effects brilliantly, my Zoom G3X sounds better than it has ever done before.
I am giving 5 stars everywhere, because it just sounds so good, despite the niggling negatives: the amp is mono, there is no foot switch supplied and there is no tuner. And it is a bit pricey compared to the 1x12.
I now have a GA-FC which makes using the amplifier far simpler and enjoyable. The channels switch with very little delay - instantly for all practical purposes. Just a wonderful and wondrous machine.

And for the GA_FC:
In short: solid metal case, very 'sticky' feet, Katana supplied labels fit perfectly. Makes using the amplifier so much easier, and frankly essential for performance.
Detail: Plusses: chunky with a single row of foot switches. Red LEDs indicate which channel or effect is currently selected. Controls channel selection (including the panel) and switches the three effects groups on or off individually (being simple switches you cannot adjust any effect other than tap tempo parameters). It is also possible to switch the effects loop in and out It stays in place on the floor quite tenaciously.
Negatives: Does exactly what it says on the tin, although what it says on the tin is quite comprehensive, there is still no tuner which means running two cables across the floor to your playing position. The supplied control cable is cheap shiny plastic with moulded plugs and only 3 metres, so if you are serious about live use you will have to buy a longer better quality TRS lead. I am dropping a star in each category, total because it is expensive for what it is, features because there is no tuner, and quality because of the short and cheap control cable. The bottom line is that you do really have to have one if you have a Katana 100 or 1002x12.

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Guitar Accessories / Re: Batteries for Effects Pedals, Tuners etc.
« on: April 12, 2017, 06:36:25 AM »
Thanks Mick. I might buy some for just in case, although I do tend to use mains adaptors or rechargeables.  :tup:

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Amplifiers / Re: Boss Katana series
« 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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Amplifiers / Re: Boss Katana series
« 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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Amplifiers / Re: Boss Katana series
« 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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Amplifiers / Boss Katana series
« 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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General Discussion / Re: Rocksmith
« on: November 25, 2016, 09:47:28 AM »
I've been using the cable that came with it. I don't actually know if it is possible to use a firewire or USB interface - I'll look into that.

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Amplifiers / Re: So updating firmware killed your amp
« on: November 24, 2016, 09:02:07 AM »
That sounds grim Mick - have you had some firmware brick one of your amps?

And to think I was considering buying one . . .

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Guitar Accessories / Re: New Strings vs Old, how much does it affect tone?
« on: November 14, 2016, 09:36:22 AM »
Here's what I do: when first one breaks I change the set. When I was gigging I bought a new set for my bass every few months, but the guitar players would change theirs far more often.

As a hobby player now I hardly ever change the strings on my basses, but they no longer get anything like the same beating they used to get. In order to keep the strings on both my guitars and basses in reasonable condition I always wipe them down carefully with a dry lint free cloth after every play - the salts in even a small amount of sweat will destroy the tone of strings in very short order.

Old and degraded strings sound very dull.

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