Boss Katana Artist Guitar 1x12 Amplifier

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Product Description

Tailored to the needs of discerning guitarists of all types, Boss’s flagship Katana Artist amp provides the incredibly authentic tune tone and feel, true Boss effects and great value we’ve come to expect from the Katana series! Outfitted with a premium 12-inch Waza speaker, semi-closed cabinet, newly retuned amp characters, and much more, the 100-watt Katana-Artist is a powerhouse tone machine for all types of music, from blues, jazz, and country to the heaviest rock styles.

Boss Katana Artist Guitar 1x12 Amplifier Features

  • Professional 100-watt combo amp with enhanced tone and all the latest Katana features
  • Tube Logic design approach produces class-defying power, authoritative punch, and cutting presence for any performing situation
  • Robust analog class-AB power amp section delivers the authentic tone and highly musical response that Katana amps are noted for
  • Custom Waza 12-inch speaker realizes classic British stack speaker tone and response with increased power handling capacity
  • Newly designed cabinet with ultra-solid construction and semi-closed back for tight, focused tone with rich low end
  • Five unique amp characters, custom-tuned for optimum performance with the Katana-Artist’s cabinet and Waza speaker
  • Choose from 58 customizable BOSS effects and many effect routing configurations with BOSS Tone Studio editor software
  • Eight Tone Setting memories for storing and recalling all amp and effect settings
  • Power Control for achieving cranked-amp tone and dynamic response at low volumes
  • Dedicated panel controls for Cabinet Resonance and Air Feel functions
  • Effects loop with position, gain, and series/parallel operation configurable via BOSS Tone Studio
  • Support for external control with optional footswitches (GA-FC, FS series) and MIDI
  • Stage-ready patches for all music styles available at BOSS Tone Central
About the Katana Amp Series
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.

Refined Tones for Stage and Recording
Built for pro players, the 100-watt Katana-Artist combo features a new cabinet design with front-facing controls and a premium Waza 12-inch speaker. The semi-closed back is ideal for rock tones, and the tight, rugged construction produces rich, full sound with impressive projection. You can further tweak the response for your touch with the dedicated Cabinet Resonance control, which customizes the dynamic interaction between the amp’s output section and speaker. In addition, the sound and response of the Katana-Artist’s five amp characters have been fine-tuned to work in perfect harmony with the Waza speaker and new cabinet.

Waza Speaker: Legendary Tone, Modern Power
A standout feature of the Katana-Artist is its custom Waza 12-inch speaker, which produces tones inspired by the benchmark 25-watt British stack speaker from the 1960s. BOSS set out to fully capture the rock speaker’s sought-after sound and response, but with the practical benefit of greatly increased power handling. Through detailed analysis of original speakers and careful selection of the magnet, cone material, and other construction elements, BOSS has fully realized this goal.

Product Specifications
Boss Katana Artist Guitar 1x12 Amplifier Specifications
  • Rated Power Output: 100 W
  • Nominal Input Level:
    • Input: -10 dBu (1 M ohm)
    • Aux In: -10 dBu (20 k ohms)
    • Return In: -10 dBu (100 k ohm)
  • Speaker: 30 cm (12 inches) x 1
  • Controls:
    • POWER switch
    • MASTER knob
    • PRESENCE knob
    • POWER CONTROL switch (STANDBY, 0.5 W, 50 W, 100 W)
  • Amplifier:
    • GAIN knob
    • VOLUME knob
  • Equalizer:
    • BASS knob
    • MIDDLE knob
    • TREBLE knob
  • Multi Effect:
    • BOOSTER/MOD button
    • DELAY/FX button
    • REVERB button
    • TAP button
    • BOOSTER/MOD knob
    • DELAY/FX knob
    • REVERB knob
  • Tone Setting
    • BANK button
    • CH1 button
    • CH2 button
    • CH3 button
    • CH4 button
    • PANEL button
  • Indicators: 
    • CLEAN
    • CRUNCH
    • LEAD
    • BROWN
    • DELAY/FX
    • REVERB
    • TAP
    • CH1
    • CH2
    • CH3
    • CH4
    • PANEL
  • Connectors: 
    • INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
    • AUX IN jack: Stereo miniature phone type
    • REC OUT/PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
    • SEND jack: 1/4-inch phone type
    • RETURN jack: 1/4-inch phone type
    • LINE OUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
    • SPEAKER OUT 16 ohms A jack: 1/4-inch phone type
    • SPEAKER OUT 16 ohms B jack: 1/4-inch phone type
    • SPEAKER OUT 8 ohms jack: 1/4-inch phone type
    • EXP PEDAL/CTL CH1/CH2 jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
    • GA-FC jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
    • MIDI IN: connector
    • USB port: USB B type
    • AC IN: jack 
  • Power Consumption: 77 W
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 24-13/16 x 9-13/16 x 20-5/16 inches (630x248x515mm)
  • Weight: 41 lbs 15 oz (19 kg)
  • Accessories:
    • Owner' s manual
    • Power cord
    • GA-FC sticker
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  323-890-3700 Warranty:  BOSS Compact and Twin Pedals: 5 years parts, 2 years labor; BOSS (other): 1 year parts, 90 days labor
ruben Trevino, Submitted: 10/15/2018
Product Rating
Excellent Amp
Product Rating
What is your opinion of this product?
Just received the new Boss Katana Artist amp. It’s nice, it’s better than the other Katanas. Waza speaker sounds excellent. Really cuts through! Purchasing the amp with the GA-FC footswitch is a no brainer. Portable, light weight enough for gigs, and the Boss Tone Studio is great for managing presets, effects, and tweaks. This Artist version is the best value for players, don’t really see a need a reason to spend for the Waza amp rig as its cost is prohibitive. The Artist is more than sufficient to gig, practice, record etc. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!
Rich Submitted: 10/10/2018
Product Rating
Boss is king!
What is your opinion of this product?
I’ve had the katana 50, katana 212 100 And this amplifier is head and shoulders above those. The interface is essentially the same so there was no real learning curve. The tone however seem to be more professional level. I’m not sure if this is too to the speaker cab design or software but probably a combination of all three. All of the settings were absolutely usable but has a responsive equalizer and the effects are great. I have an old dog new tricks don’t go over well so I didn’t play with the software but I felt like I didn’t have to, but it’s good to know it’s there if I really want to week. Highly recommended!
Jonathan Marrero Submitted: 10/4/2018
Product Rating
Best amp I ever bought
What is your opinion of this product?
This amp has everything I need. If you get the roland ga fc you will most likely not need any additional effects. This thing has it all for me. Love it better than my tube amp. Even on a half watt this thing is so loud cant wait to take it out gigging
Navy Mark, Submitted: 9/27/2018
Product Rating
Great alternative to a tube amp...
What is your opinion of this product?
I thoroughly enjoy owning a tube amp and the Boss Katana. She creates wonderful sounds and I'm happy she is in my arsenal
William Pilkin jr Submitted: 9/27/2018
Product Rating
Great investment
What is your opinion of this product?
This is a great item. I was kind of Leary of buying this at first but after playing on it for a few days I’ve found this thing does so many things from in your home to the studio or live shows. Boss has really out done their self on this one I will be purchasing the half stack very soon.
Bill Pasdeaux Submitted: 9/26/2018
Product Rating
So far so awesome
What is your opinion of this product?
Well-worth the upgrade from my K-100 (for which I got top dollar on resale and plowed back into budgeting this puppy), especially on no-pain time payments... just sounds beautiful! so many sweeetspot settings for so many different types of guitars. loud as a muthuh! The expanded treasury of stompboxes and rackmounts come at no additional cost except the time and fun of tweaking them. The software is friendlier than my dawg. Front facing controls are boss AND bitchin'! Connectivity is versatile and quality. a FIVE-STAR amp that gets four stars because the footswitch is limited, there's no built-in tuner, no looper and no wi-fi.
Skip Benicky Submitted: 9/20/2018
Product Rating
Monster in a box!
What is your opinion of this product?
Right out of the box this amp sounds great! Now mind you, you will tweak it with different guitars and pickups BUT you have a lot to work with. Now I know most will say 'but it's not a tube amp!' But it sounds and responds like one! I have only taken it on one gig (just got it) had no time to tweak and got more complements on the sound then I have in awhile considering it sounds like that out of the box that's exciting itself. Now I'm not saying I won't tweak it because I know what I want to hear for my taste. But you have a ton of possibilities!
Rob G, Submitted: 4/23/2018
Product Rating
Well worth the wait and the cost.
What is your opinion of this product?
I am totally impressed with both the Artist and AMS. My amp got here in less than 24 hours from when I placed my order - with the FREE shipping! As for the amp, I love it. Still just scratching the surface with all the options and possibilities, but I have already found tones I love on this thing. I waited to see if Boss was coming out with an upgraded version of the Katana because the speakers weren't that great and the 100 combo didn't have all the features I wanted. This thing is everything I wanted. No complaints. Wonderful tones.
Mike G Submitted: 3/5/2018
Product Rating
Great amp even better now!
What is your opinion of this product?
I had the 100 watt 1-12 Katana and it was a very good sounding amp, the Katana Artist takes it up another level, it sounds bigger and better, and has more features. I've been playing guitar for over 40 years, gear has dramatically changed in that time, no it's not as good as some tube amps, but it's better than some, and more versatile than many other amps especially for the price. And it's Boss, so it should be built to last for a very long time.
JamnThang Submitted: 2/23/2018
Product Rating
FINALLY, every REAL TUBE TONE at your fingertips at HALF PRICE of tubes!
What is your opinion of this product?
For two decades I've owned several of every other make and model, searching for this much real tube tone, and variety .Now, finally Roland delivers the goods in their first honest effort from their Katana line of Boss amplifiers. I began with a Katana 100 combo; added a Katana 100 Head to crown my Mesa Mini-Recto Celestion Vintage 30 speaker cabinet; AND, now I've hit the mark perfectly for just a couple hundred dollars more with this 2018 Winter NAMM release of the Katana Artist Amp combo with its Wasa custom speaker offering. To my thrill, thE Katana's Acoustic Amplifier selection affords me a genuine lush, articulate variety of real acoustic tones with my acoustic guitar, as well as the acoustic of my Godin xtSA 3-Voice guitar. The other 4 Amp selections (Clean, Crunch,Lead and Brown) make my PRS Custom 22 sing and sustain for days! KUDOS, Katana from BOSS!
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