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Roger Rettig


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Post  Posted 11 Jun 2019 6:47 am    
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I just played a show on which the guitar player had a Katana 100 (I think).

Unfortunately it wasn't convenient to try my steel through his amp (we were on opposite sides of the stage) but I remain curious about how well these work for steel guitar.

Any thoughts? Are there certain models that are better suited to steel? I like its compactness and the weight. I'm satisfied with playing through my 80XL Cubes but I'm always pondering another option.
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 11 Jun 2019 12:50 pm    
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Roger, the 100 watter is being sold in Nashville for pedal steel.

Here's a clip.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsXLo3danrc

I think it has a full smooth sound.

If weight is your issue, then not bad for something that is easier on the joints and back.



Historically, Boss (Roland) has never fooled around when it comes to design.
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George Kimery


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Limestone, TN, USA
Post  Posted 11 Jun 2019 4:15 pm     Boss Katana question
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I have the 100 watt head (19 LB) and use it with a JBL D-130 speaker. It sounds really good for steel. I have it set on the acoustic setting. The reverb is very good.It is an amazing amp at a low price.
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Dan Robinson


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Colorado, USA
Post  Posted 11 Jun 2019 9:04 pm    
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I have the 100 watt, 1x12 combo. I like it for steel. +1 on the Acoustic setting.

I expected to be dissatisfied with the stock speaker, but it has acquitted itself nicely.

When I look at my LTD-400 it screams "play me please." But my back says "let's use the 32 pound Katana."
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Bruce Bjork


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Southern Coast of Maine
Post  Posted 12 Jun 2019 6:33 am    
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I’ve been playing through the Katana 100 1x12 for two years now, great PSG sound, acoustic channel, touch of delay & reverb, EQ to taste. Also sounds great with my Tele.
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Fred Treece


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California, USA
Post  Posted 12 Jun 2019 8:44 am    
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Interesting that you all are using the Acoustic setting for steel. I’m going to try that with my Boss GT10.
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Ford Cole


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Texas
Post  Posted 29 Jun 2019 10:06 am     tone options...
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Earlier this week my good buddy, Mark, hooked my Katana 100 to his computer and made big time changes to the overall sound. Seems like I have a new and improved amp. If you have one of these and want to improve the overall sound, find you a computer savvy person and get your amp updated to your liking,
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Bruce Bjork


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Post  Posted 29 Jun 2019 10:15 am    
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Ford: Is there any way you can post your tsl file?
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Ron Hogan


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Nashville, TN, usa
Post  Posted 23 Aug 2019 10:29 am    
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Roger, Here's a sample.

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gary pierce


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Rossville TN
Post  Posted 23 Aug 2019 11:17 am    
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Clean channel for me, the acoustic channel is too muddy.
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Norman Allen


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Victoria, Canada
Post  Posted 24 Aug 2019 3:51 pm    
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Hey Ron. Great band and I think your Carter sounds really good through the Katana. I'm new to pedal steel but I bought a Katana-50 to jam around the house with a few months ago and I just couldn't be happier. I'd love to hang out at Larry's garage with a Bud Light and a cowboy hat.

Cheers, Norm
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Norman Allen


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Victoria, Canada
Post  Posted 24 Aug 2019 4:16 pm    
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Gary. That's my sentiment as well. I play a dreaded Sho~Bud Crossover which has a very rich tone. I find the clean channel works better for my taste.
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Don Kuhn


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Poetry/Terrell ,Texas, USA
Post  Posted 24 Aug 2019 5:01 pm    
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Ron, you had that Cater sounding tough plus the band sounding good to
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Mike Holder


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Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Post  Posted 25 Aug 2019 6:47 am    
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I went a step further, I have a 100 watt combo but I put an Eminence PF-350 in it. ( just barely fits) one of my goals is to download some Boss pedal patches such as the acoustic pedal to hopefully emulate a Pedabro sound or the T Wah for some of that funky stuff Emmons did on Mojo Workin. The one issue in doing this is the Katana doubles in weight due to the speaker but it kicks!!
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Ron Hogan


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Post  Posted 25 Aug 2019 7:39 am    
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Mike, here's one I did on the Katana with Wah.

https://picosong.com/iVNQ/
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Mike Holder


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Post  Posted 25 Aug 2019 7:44 am    
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Ron; Sounds great!!...that's what I'm talking about!!
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Peter Harris


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South Australia, Australia
Post  Posted 25 Aug 2019 3:34 pm    
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I know I'm constantly talking up that forum, but there s a LOT of additional information on the Katana models written up in the vguitarforums...

...certainly worth a good read by anyone using or contemplating a Katana in their rig.

You can start by having a look at:

https://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?board=231.0



HTH

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Gene Tani


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Post  Posted 28 Aug 2019 6:03 am    
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I think Ford Cole is talking about a firmware update and then downloading patches/sims/models.

Before you do this on any electronics, 4 steps: first check firmware version. [2] google and see if people have had problems w/firmware update. Blackstar amps seem to indeed have problems, i.e. dead/bricked amps that wont turn on but Katanas seem to be pretty safe in this regard.

[3] see if the firmware has showstopper bugs, the first rel ease 3 in 12/18 seemed to so people reverted to rel 2

[4] And then back up any patches you currently have on the amp

https://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=19688.25

https://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=22325.0

https://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?board=235.0
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Peter Harris


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Post  Posted 29 Aug 2019 1:12 am    
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Thanks for taking it a step further Gene.. Very Happy

Cheers,
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