Boss Katana Amplifier Head: Everything You Need to Know

Forging the Blade

In the tonal battle of guitar playing, there are many weapons to choose from. There was a time in days past when the word axe was heavily used to describe a guitar. In order to be the best you had to keep your axe sharp and well practiced. To that end, Austin from Boss is going to guide us as our sensei as he adds a sharp and powerful weapon to our arsenal, the Katana!

Hardware and Technology Integration

Austin tells us how this amp’s input section reacts exactly how we would expect from our guitars and pedals, but also has a class AB analog power amp stage that allows interaction to the speaker in the same way that a tube amp would. Their tube logic technology also allows them to create component for component the circuit board of a tube amplifier. When it comes to technology, this Katana is on the cutting edge.


Austin will demonstrate many great playing examples to show you how this amp was built for performers. It plays well with other amps, it’s perfect for any playing environment, and it lays well inside of a band mix. Also with variable wattage options, it can be loud and dirty, or it can be soft and clean.

Tone Studio

Don’t love the way that the reverb sounds for this song or that? Want to change your effects setup? No problem. Austin will show you how easy it is to get up and running with Boss’ Tone Studio. You’ll see how he manipulates each effect in real time and how much of a difference it makes sonically.

Waza Ancestry

Built in the tradition of the Waza elite, this amp was carefully crafted to offer all of the nuance, dynamics, and articulations of a tube amplifier, with all of the trappings of a modern technological solid state. So take it from our Waza Sensei, Austin. Let him show you all of the possibilities as he gives us an artist’s look at the Boss Katana.

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Dave Stutts
Dave Stutts is a native of the greater Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He received his Bachelors of Music degree in Theory & Composition from the prestigious Christopher Newport University music school. He is a music composer living and working in New York City. He specializes in orchestral/symphonic work as well as pop and digital music. His scoring work has ranged from Chamber Ensemble pieces (String Quartets/Brass Quintets), larger ensembles compositions (Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra/String Orchestra), as well as short film and video game work.He is also a songwriter and a regular gigging musician in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. He refers to his style as Pop/Rock and Blues. His musical career began when he started playing guitar at age 5. He later progressed to Bass in middle school, Drums in High School, and finally Percussion and Piano in college. When asked, he has cited Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams as his major film and video game inspirations, and John Mayer as his primary pop inspiration.