Boss Katana-100 100-Watt 1x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier

 
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Crafted Tones, Forged for Rock: the Boss Katana-100 100-Watt 1x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier.

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 100 watts of power and a custom 12-inch speaker, the Katana-100 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-100 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.

  • Stage-ready 100-watt combo amp with a custom 12-inch speaker
  • Five unique amp characters: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown (derived from the Waza amp), and Acoustic (for acoustic-electric guitars)
  • Choose from 55 customizable effects with BOSS Tone Studio editor software
  • Store 15 different effects on board, with three effects available simultaneously
  • Dedicated gain, EQ, presence, and effects controls for adjusting sounds quickly
  • Four memories for storing and recalling all amp and effect settings
  • Power Control for achieving cranked-amp tone and dynamic response at low volumes
  • Built-in tilt stand for optimal monitoring and sound projection
  • Pro setups available at BOSS Tone Central

A Refined Amp with Inspiring Tone
Designed for guitarists who are serious about their sound, the Katana-100 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-100 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-100'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-100 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. Four 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-100 includes many advanced features, it's amazingly simple to operate. Dedicated knobs for multiple gain stages, three-band EQ, and presence 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.

Get your Boss Katana-100 100-Watt 1x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Guitar Combo Amplifier
  • Power Cord
  • Owner's Manual
  • Sticker

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4.9

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4.0

A decent amp at a fair price!

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from Cleveland, Oh

When you think boss you mind doesn't go to amplifiers as much as effects pedals until the boss Katana! The boss katana is a fantastic practice amp and great for small gigs. The first thing I notice is the amount of volume that comes from such a small box. This amp works great to keep at the practice spot. Its affordable so you don't have to worry about keeping your favorite Dumble at the practice space. The on board effects give you the sound and feel you want without having to lug a huge pedal board around with you. Very lightweight and easily transported. All in all thumbs up for this boss amplifier.

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5.0

Roland does it again!

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from Ohio

Pros

  • GREAT SOUND
  • LIGHTWEIGHT
  • LOTS OF POWER
  • VERSITILE

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    Best Uses

      Great little amp right here, one of the best modeling amps I've tried yet. It manages to include a variety of effects and amp models while still being easy to dial in. The built in power attenuator is excellent for low level jamming, while at full power the 100 watts is enough for most small to medium sized venues.

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      5.0

      KATANA!!!!

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      from Las Vegas

      Staff Reviewer

      Boss has a reputation of putting out high quality guitar amplifiers and pedals for years and the Katana series is no exception to that universal law! Pushing out a whopping 100w this little amp is perfect for home use, studio, or even on the stage! With 5 different amp tone settings including clean, crunch, brown, and even acoustic this amp is ideal for all genres! They were even nice enough to include 15 different FX for you to enhance the already great tones for all applications! I could go on all day but in order for you to be as impressed as myself, go into Sam Ash today to pick one up!

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      5.0

      The Kool Katana

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      from Columbus Ohio

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

      • Great sound
      • Light weight
      • versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Live
        • recording

        I just played a club that holds about 300 using this amp and was very satisfied. After putting it through the paces in a live situation I would easily recommend this for the gigging guitarist. I ran the 100 watt full volume mode and kept it around 3 with the master volume up full in the clean mode. As I was using pedals, (The usual selection of overdrives and delays) I kept it in the default clean setting that comes right out of the box. The amp was mic'd with an sm57 and the speaker sounded great. Upon further inspection the variable output and full array of effects makes this a good choice for the home studio. Lightweight, loud and pretty inexpensive, I give it 5 stars.

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        5.0

        Great Amp

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        from cincinnati ohio

        I've played through this amp a number of times and I've always been impressed. the tones are just like the pedals! As a teacher this amp is versatile enough to allow me to play anything I need, and as a jazz guitarist its perfect for cleans and a lower range.

         
        5.0

        Versitile Amp

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        from Canoga Park, CA

        Staff Reviewer

        I've been using this amp to teach, and I love it. It's very easy to dial in a sound comparable to whatever I'm teaching, and I don't have to search through endless menus. But don't let it's size fool you. This little guy is plenty loud enough to rehearse with a band or live drummer. I would definitely recommend it as a practice, rehearsal, or even a backup amp.

         
        5.0

        very versatile

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        from NYC

        Staff Reviewer

        This amp will do literally every genre of music - anything from warm jazz tones to hard rock and metal. It's loud enough to play with heavy-handed drummers but by turning the master volume down you can easily get to bedroom sound levels. Lots of effects to play with, make sure you get the footswitch so you can easily turn them on and off.

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        5.0

        Great Combo Amp!

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        from nyc

        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • easy to use
        • fun
        • great sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            This is one fantastic combo amp. It has very useable sounds and settings. The functions are very easy to switch between and very intuitive. The sounds are very realistic to what the true tube amp and effects sound like. I would recommend this to a friend. Great combo amp for all!

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            4.0

            MY NEW GO-TO

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            from Edison, NJ

            Staff Reviewer

            A very solid 100-watts makes this my new go-to amp. A lot of great effects make this one of the most versatile amps on the market especially within its price range. The range of tones achievable wih this 12' box make it more than worth the price alone

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            5.0

            Katana

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            from Cincinnai, OH

            Staff Reviewer

            Great tone coming from a solid state. Loaded with Boss' world famous pedal sounds so really what is not to love about this? I was really surprised when Boss did this and it is a great contender with Fender's Mustang series of amplifiers. Love these!!

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            Channels 4
            Watts 100
            Speaker Configuration 1 x 12"
            Speaker(s) Custom
            Digital FX Yes
            USB Yes
            Line Out Yes
            Reverb Yes
            Other Features See "More Info" Tab Above for Full Specifications
            Weight 32.63 lbs.
            Dimensions 20.88 x 17.5 x 9.81 inches (WxHxD)
            Series Katana
            Model Katana-100

            BOSS Katana-100 Specifications




            Warranty Info:

            Effects pedals: 5 years parts, 3 years labor All other products: 1 year parts, 90 days labor