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The flagship Katana-Artist combo takes Katana performance to new heights, offering all the latest series features along with numerous refinements tailored for the needs of professional players. 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.

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. Delivering rich, resonant tone with wide dynamic range, the Waza speaker brings the ultimate vintage rock sound to a compact 100-watt combo amp for the very first time.

Leave Your Pedalboard at Home
With its built-in BOSS effects, the Katana-Artist lets you perform anywhere with just a guitar and amp. Connecting to BOSS Tone Studio via USB provides access to 58 fully-customizable effects, and you can load your favorites into the amp's various effects sections. Going beyond standard distortion, delay, and reverb, the selection includes powerful tone-shapers like pitch shifting, ring mod, channel and global EQs, and many more. There's also an effects loop for patching in that external gear you can't live without. And via BOSS Tone Studio, you're able to move the loop's position, adjust input/output gain, and select series/parallel operation as needed.

Grab-and-Go Operation
While the Katana-Artist includes many advanced features, it's amazingly simple to operate. Familiar controls for gain, presence, and the three-band tone stack let you dial in sounds quickly, while essential effects parameters are adjusted with a simple knob twist. And with the convenient Power Control, you're able to roll back the overall volume while retaining the expressive tone and feel of a cranked-up amp. The Katana-Artist also features line, USB, and phones/recording outputs with cabinet simulation, allowing you to send mic'd up amp tones to a PA system, computer DAW, or headphones. Using the panel's Air Feel knob, the spatial character of the cab simulation can be instantly adjusted to suit different songs or styles.

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-Artists 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 Line Out 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 sold separately) and MIDI

  • Stage-ready patches for all music styles available at BOSS Tone Central

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)
CABINET RESONANCE switch (VINTAGE, MODERN, DEEP)
LINE OUT AIR FEEL switch (REC, LIVE, BLEND)

[AMPLIFIER]
AMP TYPE knob (ACOUSTIC, CLEAN, CRUNCH, LEAD, BROWN)
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

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

Accessories: Owner' s manual, power cord, GA-FC sticker

Size and Weight
Dimensions (W X D X H): 630 x 248 x 515 mm (24-13/16 x 9-13/16 x 20-5/16 inches)
Weight: 19 kg (41 lbs 15 oz)

If Versatility is Important to You, Then Look No Further1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
In my opinion, Boss really hit the nail on the head with this amp. It sounds absolutely fantastic and definitely raises the bar for solid state amps. The included Boss effects provide endless creative possibilities; and, being able to switch between .5, 50, and 100 watts makes it a viable option almost anywhere. It also sounds great through a good pair of headphones, for those of you wondering about that. My only gripe is that it has to be usb-connected to a laptop to use the tone software -- an iPad app would have been ideal.
Posted by Rob Chatelain on Jun 21, 2019
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Better than the 212 Katana 1007 of 8 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBurlington, Ontario
I had the Katana 212 for couple of months but it had some issues so I had to take it back. Instead of going with the 212 again I decided to try this beast. This is easily the best amp I have ever owned. The Kat 212 sounded really good when it worked properly but there was something missing no matter what I did with the parametric eq. The Artist sounds better out of the box and using the parametric/10 band eq. The Waza Craft speaker seems to have more character including tighter low end (though a bit less), more natural mids and highs. Some other bonuses are being able to switch the cab resonance without using the software and a speaker out so you can use it with a cab. The only problem I have with this amp is the price to performance ratio is not as good as the 100 112, but I still find it's worth the price for me. This amp is honestly amazing, it's extremely simple to use with the front facing controls but extremely deep using the Bose Tone Studio. The sound is by far the best I have ever had in any rig that I have owned.
Posted by Chris Ashley-Smith on Aug 7, 2018
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