Boss Katana 50

Electric Guitar Combo Amp

  • Power: 50 W
  • Loudspeaker equipped with: 1 x 12" custom speaker
  • 5 Amplifier types: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown & Acoustic
  • 3 Simultaneously usable effects
  • 4 Memory slots for amplifiers and effects settings plus panel setting
  • Power Control (0.5 / 25 / 50 W) for a full amp sound at any volume
  • Built-in tilting stand for optimal monitoring
  • Controls: Amp Type, Gain, Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble, Booster / Mod, Delay / FX, Reverb, Master and Power Control
  • Sounds, setups and up to 58 selectable effects via the BOSS Tone Studio Editor (free on BOSSTONECENTRAL.com)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 470 x 238 x 398 mm
  • Weight: 11.6 kg
  • Compatible footswitch Boss FS-5L: Article number 102838 (not included)
  • Suitable dust cover: Art.438089 (not included)
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  • Blues
  • Blues Line
  • Hazey
  • Hazey Line
  • Metal
  • Metal Line
  • Progressive
  • Progressive Line
  • Rock
  • Rockabilly
  • Rockabilly Line
  • Rock Line
  • Stoner
  • Stoner Line
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Further Information

Power 50 W
Speaker 1x 12"
Channels 2
Reverb Yes
Effects Prozessor Yes
External FX Loop No
Line Input Yes
Recording Output Yes
MIDI Interface No
Connection for External Speaker No
Headphone Output Yes
Footswitch Connector Yes
Incl. Footswitch No
Weight 11,6 kg

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Very good amp but not without it's flaws

AdamK95, 02.07.2018
After weeks of investigating modelling amps for bedroom use and small pub gigs, I was torn between the Fender GT40 and the Boss Katana 50, not to mention the Katana 50?s bigger brother the 100. In the end, based on all the glowing reviews for the Katana I went for that one, and I was blown away.

Delivery: The delivery was quick enough, it took around 5 days to get to Spain which is more than reasonable. It was well packaged and there was no significant damage on the box. The amp itself isn?t made with the best materials but I can attest to it being very tough having lugged it around for a couple of months now (dropping it from stairs, accidentally kicking and more).

Cons: They are very minor but cons nonetheless.
-Compared to other modelling amps (Like the Fender GT40 which has an Android and Apple app that connects via Bluetooth to the amp) it is quite a hassle to only be able to use the dedicated software (Boss Tone Studio) on the PC with a specific cable that you might not have lying around but is fairly easy to find in an electronics store (USB 2.0 A male to B male)
-The little stand to prop it up is more a gimmick than anything, it?s nice to have but it doesn?t lift it up merely enough to be useful and it is too easy to push it back down.
-The Boss Tone Studio isn?t updated very often so there aren?t as many official presets as in other amps like the Marshall Code, it does have the basic generic Metal, Blues, Hard Rock ones though.
- On 50 watt power the speaker is underpowered and distorts, but this wattage is overkill for anything other than a very big pub. If you?re playing for around 30 to 50 people you?re fine.
- This is nitpicking and I knew from the beginning what I was getting but a presence knob and four channels both of which are features on all other Katanas, would have been nice (the 50 has two channels, although with an update they doubled them by holding the PANEL button to change banks)
-You can only use three effects at a time which is perfect for me as I like to keep it fairly simple but may not be for others.

Pros: This amp is definitely mostly pros and very good reason.
-First and foremost is the sound, it is very easy to get a usable to tone out of the box without even using the dedicated program, I didn?t use until a month later because I was already very satisfied.
-The program itself is very in depth and you can spend hours fine tuning that perfect tone you wanted, often I?ll find one that I like more than what I originally had planned. Because the program has all of Boss?s pedals you can get away with Jazz tones, Blues, Metal, and anything in between. It is also very easy to install using Windows 10, I have no experience with it on a Mac.
-The feel. It responds almost like a valve amp, in the sense that the tone you get really depends a lot on your fingers, unlike many other modelling amps. How hard you pick, how low you have the volume on the guitar it all has a very real effect, and it makes you want to play better if that makes sense.
- The speaker is good for low to mid volumes, you?re not getting Motorhead level volumes here but most people probably won?t find themselves in a situation like that. It has very good definition, you can hear all strings ringing out even on high gain.
-This is a dealbreaker for me: It has an Acoustic amp setting that?s not a simulator but a proper amp, I advise using this only on the PANEL setting though so you know exactly what?s going on, the smallest thing can ruin an acoustic tone.
-Recording out of it is very easy as it has its USB port in the back, speaking about ports it also has an aux in port to play backing tracks from my phone or PC.

Conclusion: I am overall a very happy customer and hope this amp last as long as possible. In any case at 200 euros I couldn't go wrong with it. Most of my friends who are also musicians are astonished at the amount of features it has but also because of the sound. A lot of these cheaper amps focus a bit too much on features only to have a not so great sound, not in this case though, well done Boss!
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Sounds like a digital solid state amp

Dapapa, 22.01.2019
I desired an amp that has good basic tone but can do a few extra tricks in my home studio and if need be travel with me to rehearsals. This 50 Watts compact Katana fits the bil perfectly and reviews on the YT land are more than positive.

I'm sorry for not being able to join all the millions of positive reviews out there. Hm, what to say about the "Tone" everyone talks about? It sounds to me like a Solid State amp driven by the Digital Modeling software.
Many compare this Katana with tube/valve amps but to me it really doesnt come even close to an all tube amplifier. And that is fine. Its a solid state, analog-digital amp and it sounds as such.

I find Acoustic and Clean setting to be the least noisy and well suited for external pedal board.
I find the Boost/OD section as well as the Crunch/Lead/Brown to be very noisy settings and best used live as for recording there will be too much noise bleeding into the mic.

The onboard FX/Reverb/Delays are very mediocre sounding, very 2D, very flat. Sure one could try do something in the Tone Studio but I never decided to get involved into it as the basic Katana 50 tone was rather mediocre and uninspiering to me.

I would not recommend this amp for studio/recording use but only for loud rehersals where dynamics are not really needed.
This was my last time buying and trying Modeling Amps of any kind as all of them have failed do deliever that basic tone one can build upon. All seem to be reaching for that selling point called "sounds like an all-tube amp" but to my ears this just isn't true.
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