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Boss Katana 100 MkII Guitar Amp Head

Turbocharged with more sounds and effects for increased versatility

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Elliot Stent

Boss' original Katana amps received worldwide acclaim for their authentic tube tones, high-quality built-in effects, unparalleled versatility and brilliant value. Building on this best-selling formula, Boss has unveiled its next generation of flagship guitar amplifiers - the Katana MkII series! Enhanced with more sounds, effects and connectivity options; Boss Katana MkII amps are the ultimate all-encompassing tone tools for the studio and stage.

The Boss Katana 100 MkII Head is packed full of modern features and perfect for pairing with any amp cab. However, this thoughtfully-designed head is also fitted with a custom 5" speaker; making it a fantastic practice amp for the home without a connected cabinet.

Boss Katana MkII | All the Tones in 10 Minutes!

Broad Tonal Palette

Picking up where the originals left off, Boss has expanded the amount of sounds available to users with its Katana MkII amplifiers. Newly-voiced variations are now available for all five amp characters, ultimately doubling the amount of tones at your disposal! Changing their feel and response, this 'Variation' function can be engaged via a simple button placed above the 'Amp Type' control.

If you're unfamiliar with the Katana's amp types, this immensely versatile combo offers five primary amp sounds that cover everything from organic vintage clean tones to modern high-gain onslaught. There's even a dedicated voice that's optimised for electro-acoustic guitars! And with Boss' Tube Logic technology, the Katana 100 MkII Head delivers the convincing feel and harmonic content of genuine tube amplifiers.

Diverse Built-In Effects

Boss are most renowned for their guitar pedals, and the company has crammed a bunch of its high-quality effects into its Katana amplifiers. Taking it to the next level with the MkII series, you can now use five different effects simultaneously rather than just three - giving you the power of a massive pedalboard inside your amp!

Independent boost, modulation, FX, delay, and reverb sections come loaded from the factory, and with three variations of each, you have 15 ready-to-play effects to choose from! And by connecting to the accompanying Boss Tone Studio software via USB, you can dive much deeper and customise the sections with over 60 different effect types. Change the order with four different effects chains, and deep-edit parameters.

If you want to use your own external stompboxes in conjunction with the Katana 100 MkII Head, an effects loop allows you to make use of your favourite ambient, time-based and modulation effects without compromise.

Save Your Favourite Settings

With incredible digital processing power, the Boss Katana 100 MkII Head can store your favourite amp and effects setups for instant recall. Simply dial in your favoured sound, and use the dedicated 'Panel' button to save and store. Eight preset slots (two banks of four) are available, which can be switched on the control panel or via a compatible external footswitch (GA-FC foot controller recommended - sold separately).

Amplify Your External Gear

The Boss Katana 100 MkII Head is an incredible, feature-rich standalone amp. However, it can also be used as a powered cabinet for preamp pedals, modellers and multi-effects units! With a 'Power Amp In' jack at the rear, you can bypass the Katana MkII’s preamp and effects, letting you connect straight into the Tube Logic power section. With Boss' Tone Studio software, you can also optimise the input to suit your particular gear with a high-pass filter and adjustable gain.

Connect & Control

The speaker out on the Katana Head MkII supports connection to your preferred 8-ohm or 16-ohm cabinet. And with the handy built-in monitor speaker, you’re able to check tones and practice anywhere without having to hook up a cab at all. Advanced players will also appreciate the MIDI input, which provides easy integration with MIDI controllers and pedal switching devices like Boss' ES-5 and ES-8.

Speaker-Emulated Outputs

The Katana 100 MkII Head features USB and phones/recording outputs with mic’d cabinet emulation. This lets you send mix-ready amp tones to a computer's DAW for direct recording, headphones for silent practice, or even a front-of-house PA system for live performance.

This direct sound can be shaped with three different 'Air Feel' settings, which are accessible from the Tone Studio too. Two-channel USB operation is also supported, allowing you to track in true stereo with many of the Katana MkII's modulation, EQ, delay, and reverb effects - for an engulfing, three-dimensional sound.

Boss 'Tone Studio' Updates

Alongside the evolution of their Katana amps, Boss has also evolved its accompanying Tone Studio software. Featuring a refreshed interface, a number of parameters have been consolidated into the main screen to enhance workflow for users. Boss has also made a dedicated 'Pedal FX' category, which makes it easier to assign wah and pedal bend effects to a connected expression pedal. If you own a first-generation Boss Katana, it’s also possible to import your custom patches and use them all with a Katana MkII!

Key Features

  • Light and portable 100-watt guitar amp head with powerful, gig-ready sound
  • Integrated five-inch monitor speaker for practice without an external cab
  • Tube Logic design approach produces class-defying power, authoritative punch, and cutting presence
  • Five unique amp characters (Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown, and Acoustic), plus newly voiced variations for each
  • Five independent effects sections (Booster, Mod, FX, Delay, and Reverb), with three selectable variations in each
  • Dedicated Pedal FX for foot-controlled wah and pedal bend
  • Updated BOSS Tone Studio software for customizing your sound with over 60 different BOSS effects, channel and global EQs, adjustable routing, and much more
  • Power Amp In for preamps, modelers, and multi-effects
  • Stereo Expand out to link with a second Katana MkII (available on 100-watt models only)
  • Eight Tone Setting memories for storing and recalling all amp and effect settings
  • Power Control for achieving cranked-amp tone and response at low volumes
  • Three Cab Resonance options (Vintage, Modern, and Deep), selectable from the panel or BOSS Tone Studio
  • Mic’d cabinet emulation on the line, USB, and phones/recording outputs, with three Air Feel settings available in BOSS Tone Studio
  • Optional GA-FC foot controller provides complete amp control, including Tone Setting selection, effects on/off, expression pedal control, and more
  • Connections for up to two footswitches or an expression pedal, plus MIDI input for Tone Setting selection and effects on/off from a MIDI foot controller
  • Effect loop, with selectable series/parallel operation and adjustable level in BOSS Tone Studio
  • Pro setups available at BOSS Tone Central

Specifications

Rated Power Output

  • 30 W (Using internal speaker)
  • 100 W (Using external speaker)
  • Power Consumption: 77 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

  • 12 cm (5 inches) x 1

Controls

  • POWER switch
  • MASTER knob
  • PRESENCE knob
  • POWER CONTROL switch (STANDBY, 0.5 W, 50 W, 100 W)
  • CAB RESONANCE switch (VINTAGE, MODERN, DEEP)

Amplifier

  • VARIATION button
  • AMP TYPE knob (ACOUSTIC, CLEAN, CRUNCH, LEAD, BROWN)
  • GAIN knob
  • VOLUME knob

Equaliser

  • BASS knob
  • MIDDLE knob
  • TREBLE knob

Multi Effect

  • BOOSTER button
  • MOD button
  • FX button
  • DELAY button
  • REVERB button
  • TAP button
  • BOOSTER knob
  • MOD knob
  • FX knob
  • DELAY knob
  • REVERB knob

Tone Setting

  • CH1 button
  • CH2 button
  • CH3 button
  • CH4 button
  • PANEL button

Stereo Expand

  • STEREO EXPAND switch

Indicators

  • VARIATION
  • ACOUSTIC
  • CLEAN
  • CRUNCH
  • LEAD
  • BROWN
  • BOOSTER
  • MOD
  • FX
  • DELAY
  • REVERB
  • TAP
  • CH1
  • CH2
  • CH3
  • CH4
  • PANEL

Connectors

  • INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
  • POWER AMP IN jack: 1/4-inch phone type
  • LINE OUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
  • SEND jack: 1/4-inch phone type
  • RETURN jack: 1/4-inch phone type
  • SPEAKER OUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type (Minimum 8 ohm)
  • REC OUT/PHONES jack: Stereo 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
  • AUX IN jack: Stereo miniature phone type
  • USB port: USB B type
  • MIDI IN connector
  • AC IN jack

Dimensions

  • 470 (W) x 228 (D) x 215 (H) mm
  • 18-9/16 (W) x 9 (D) x 8-1/2 (H) inches

Weight

  • 8.8 kg
  • 19 lbs 7 oz

Accessories

  • Owner's manual
  • Power cord
  • GA-FC sticker

Options (sold separately)

  • Footswitch: BOSS FS-5L, BOSS FS-6, BOSS FS-7
  • Expression pedal: Roland EV-5, BOSS EV-30, BOSS FV-500L, BOSS FV-500H
  • GA FOOT CONTROLLER (GA-FC)
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