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Boss Katana Artist MkII - 100-watt 1x12" Combo Amp

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100/50/0.5W 2-channel 1x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier with 10 Amp Voicings, 5 Simultaneous Effects, Line/Headphone Output, Effects Loop, Stereo Link, and USB
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BOSS ups the ante with the latest release to its flagship Katana Artist amp. The Artist MkII put more tones, more features, and more tone-shaping potential right at your fingertips. Katana's five Tube Logic amp models now include an alternate voicing each (accessible via the Variation switch), for a total of 10 core tones available directly from the front panel. And with five simultaneous FX onboard to diversify your sounds, a 3-way mid Contour for smoothing out vintage voicings, and an adjustable Solo boost all within stage reach, the BOSS Katana Artist MkII supplies an even more classic-amp-like playing experience. Despite its simplicity, inside this streamlined 1x12 are the bones of some of the most sophisticated amp rigs on the planet, including MIDI footswitch support and a stereo link to envelop both sides of the stage in lush 3D reverbs, delays, and more. The Artist MkII's Class AB power section delivers 100 watts of that tube amp push and pull. And a custom-voiced WAZA 12" speaker delivers the punch, richness, and harmonics of a British green-backed speaker stack, all with the convenience of a highly giggable 1x12.

BOSS Katana Artist MkII Combo Amplifier at a Glance:

  • 5 distinct amp voicings: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown (derived from the BOSS Waza amp), and Acoustic (for acoustic-electric guitar)
  • Variation switch increases the total number of core amp tones to 10
  • 3-way Contour toggle allows you to tame or enhance midrange characteristics
  • 3 Global EQ presets (available within editor software) allow you to tone stack amp response
  • Adjustable Solo boost increases output for lead work
  • 60 timeless BOSS effects, accessible from the BOSS Tone Studio
  • Variable Power Control allows you to achieve cranked-amp tone at lower volume levels
  • Use the BOSS Tone Studio editor software to customize your effects and amp settings
  • Effects Loop allows you to add effects pedals after the preamp section
  • Power Amp In brings uncolored amplification to your external modelers and preamps
  • Speaker output jacks for connecting external speaker cabinet (2 x 16 ohm, 1 x 8 ohm)
  • Stereo Expand switch for single-cable stereo operation across two Katanas
  • 5-pin MIDI input for integration with MIDI footswitches
  • Full GA-FC foot controller support

10 amp tones plus mid contour

The BOSS Katana Artist MkII packs five distinct amp voicings, optimized for the best possible sound with the updated cabinet and custom speaker. Clean, Crunch, and Lead cover the gamut from chiming clean tones and gritty rhythm tones to solo-worthy high-gain leads. As an added bonus, the Brown setting is derived from the BOSS Waza amplifier — think iconic '80s metal. And finally, the Acoustic mode allows you to plug-in your acoustic-electric guitar too. What's really handy in the Artist MkII is that each amp gives you an alternate voicing with a press of the Variation switch, creating a total of 10 core tones for you to sculpt your sound. And with a 3-way Contour switch to tame or enhance your midrange, there's no end to the tonal variations you can explore directly from the Artist MkII's front panel.

Three custom EQ curves

Our favorite amps are marked by their distinctive tone stacks. The Katana Artist MkII allows you to sculpt the response of your Bass, Middle, and Treble controls within the Tone Studio editor to best suit your amp and guitar choice.

Variable Solo boost

Moving from rhythms to lead work usually requires an output boost to achieve parity levels. Traditionally, this has been accomplished with clean boosts, overdrives, volume pedals, and our personal favorite — the 10' long jump to reach the amp's master volume at the last possible second. The BOSS Katana Artist MkII gives you a footswitchable Solo boost with adjustable output to boost your level to center stage and return you to sensible rhythm levels.

Cab-emulated outputs for silent recording and performance

While the Katana Artist MkII offers a Power Control for getting cranked-amp tone at a low volume level, you can achieve truly silent operation onstage or in the studio by connecting the amp's line output to a line input on your recording device or a PA, completely bypassing the speaker. Cab emulation is available on the USB and headphone outputs, as well, so however you choose to monitor your Artist MkII, it'll feel like you're standing in front of an amp. Selectable cab resonance (Vintage/Modern/Deep) and Air Feel miking emulation (direct, distant, or blended) allow you to tailor emulated tones to taste.

Power Amp In(put)

Got a floor unit or tube preamp you can't live without? You can access all 100 watts of the Katana Artist MkII's Class A/B power section using the MkII's power amp input. Here you bypass everything before the power amp and speakers, so what you hear is exactly what you expect — only live and in living color.

Stereo Expandability

You can fill every side of a stage with breathtaking stereo effects using the Katana Artist MkII's built-in Stereo Expand link. Simple master/slave operation by way of a single guitar cable makes setup a breeze. In this mode, you can access choruses that envelop the listener in a swath of oceany motion. Delays that ping-pong from ear to ear. And reverbs that descend like a cloud upon a room.

Powered by the BOSS Tone Studio editor

The Katana Artist MkII supports 60 timeless BOSS effects, and you can load an entire series of them for instant access. The amp's Booster/Mod, FX/Delay, and Reverb controls give you easy one-knob access to up to five simultaneous effects type, with a color-coded button to switch between preset effects. To completely customize your effects and amp settings, connect the Artist MkII to your computer via USB and load up the Tone Studio software. Here you can create your own setup, or download setups created by pro guitarists at the BOSS Tone Studio website. Best of all, the Katana Artist MkII can store multiple custom amp and effects profiles for instant recall, making this combo a versatile multi-channel amplifier.

12-inch "green" speaker excels in tone and handling

The green backing on the Artist MkII's stock speaker communicates more than just color. The WAZA G12W's unmistakable throatiness and presence — a sound which Eddie identified as "brown" — are inspired by a consummate 25-watt British speaker of the 1960s. But unlike the original, this green meanie is engineered to weather all hundred watts of your Artist MkII's power section, without unwanted breakup or limiting. This means whether you're chunking out clean chords or dropping progressive metal powerbombs, the WAZA G12W is able to dish out every ounce of tone your Katana can throw at it. 

"Effectively, it's a remodeled vintage Greenback: higher powered, better magnet, new paper cone. We've redesigned the speaker for the best possible sound."  Matt Knight of BOSS on the Katana Artist MkII's WAZA Craft G12W Guitar Speaker

What BOSS Says...

The Katana-Artist MkII elevates the premier model in the Katana lineup with next-generation features and flexibility. Newly voiced variations for all five amp characters double your tone choices, while onboard effects categories have been expanded from three to five. Exclusive front-panel controls provide even more sound-shaping options, including a three-way Contour switch, Global EQ with three customizable curves, and a Solo boost with adjustable level. And with powerful new dual amp functionality, it's easy to link and control two Katana-Artist MkIIs for massive, ultra-wide tones.

Refined Sound For Professional Performers

Just like its predecessor, the Katana-Artist MkII has been designed with extra detail for discerning pro players. BOSS's custom Waza speaker puts the ultimate vintage rock sound under your fingers, while the cabinet's wide baffle and semi-closed back provide focused, punchy tones with rich low end and big midrange fullness. In addition, every Katana-Artist MkII amp character has been specially voiced for optimum response with the speaker and cab.

Waza Speaker: Legendary Tone, Modern Power

A key element to the Katana-Artist MkII's powerful sound is the 12-inch Waza speaker, developed by BOSS to deliver the wide dynamic response, smooth midrange, and rich harmonic overtones of the benchmark 25-watt British stack speaker from the 1960s. Through detailed analysis of original speakers and careful selection of the magnet, cone material, and other elements, the Waza speaker embodies the full mojo of this legendary speaker while boosting power capacity to 100 watts.

Expanded Amp Characters And Effects

The Katana-Artist MkII features the same core updates introduced with the Katana MkII amps. Variations are now available for the five amp characters, providing 10 different tone options to choose from. And with five simultaneous effects categories, you have the sound-shaping power of a massive pedalboard right inside your amp. Connecting to BOSS Tone Studio lets you dive much deeper if you want—customize the sections with over 60 different effect types, change the order with four different chains, and much more.

Deep Tone-Shaping Tools

On the front panel, you'll find some exclusive features only available with the Katana-Artist MkII. A three-way Contour switch lets you shape the amp's core tone, while three selectable Global EQ settings (adjustable in BOSS Tone Studio) are great for fine-tuning the overall sound for different guitars and styles. A foot-controllable, post-amp Solo boost function is also available, with a dedicated panel knob for fast adjustment.

Integrated Dual Amp Support

Powerful expansion features make it simple to use two Katana-Artist MkIIs together. With Dual Link, you can configure each amp with independent settings and operate them from a single GA-FC foot controller, allowing you to blend clean and dirty tones, create wet/dry setups, and more. Stereo Expand lets you use one amp as the master and the other as the slave, with onboard stereo-compatible effects like chorus, delay, and reverb distributed across both amps for a wide, immersive sound field.

Full-Throttle Sound Every Time You Plug In

Backed by BOSS's Tube Logic approach, the Katana-Artist MkII delivers the authentic output distortion characteristics of genuine tube amplifiers, with the sound and feel becoming richer and more responsive as you turn up the volume. But unlike that classic tube amp, our variable Power Control lets you fly in the sweet spot without getting fired from the gig or kicked out of the house. Just throttle back the overall volume as needed to enjoy inspiring, cranked-amp sound anywhere you play.

One-Touch Recall Of Custom Setups

With onboard Tone Setting memories, you can store your favorite amp character and effects setups for instant recall. After you've dialed in a sound with the panel controls, simply save it to the desired memory with a quick button hold. Eight Tone Settings (two banks of four) are available, with fast selection right from the panel. And for hands-free operation on the gig, just connect external footswitches or the GA-FC foot controller.

Ready-To-Mix Direct Tones

Line, USB, and phones/recording outputs feature mic'd cabinet emulation, letting you send mix-ready amp tones to a PA system, computer DAW, or headphones. The direct sound can be shaped with three different Air Feel settings, which are accessible from BOSS Tone Studio. Two-channel USB audio is supported, allowing you to track in true stereo with many of the Katana-Artist MkII's mod, EQ, delay, and reverb effects.

Compact Gig Commander

The optional GA-FC foot controller is the perfect partner for the Katana-Artist MkII—it connects with a single cable, requires no external power, and has a slim, rugged profile that takes up minimal space. With six footswitches, you can recall Tone Settings and turn the five effects sections on/off. The GA-FC also supports external footswitches and expression pedals, with default assignments that include tap tempo, bank selection, foot volume, and Pedal FX. Assignments can be customized via BOSS Tone Studio, including pedal control of up to three parameters at once.

BOSS Tone Studio Enhancements

BOSS Tone Studio has also evolved alongside the Katana MkII amplifiers. The interface has been updated with a refreshed look, and many parameters have been consolidated into the main screen for faster workflow. There's also a dedicated Pedal FX category, making it easier to assign wah and pedal bend effects to a connected expression pedal. And if you're a first-gen Katana owner, it's possible to import your custom patches and use them all with the Katana-Artist MkII.

    BOSS Katana Artist MkII Combo Amplifier Features:

    • Professional 100-watt combo amp with enhanced tone and exclusive features
    • Custom Waza 12-inch speaker realizes classic British stack speaker tone and response with increased power handling
    • Tube Logic design approach produces class-defying power, authoritative punch, and cutting presence
    • Robust analog class-AB power amp section delivers authentic tone and highly musical response
    • Ultra-solid cabinet construction and semi-closed back for tight, focused tone with rich low end
    • Five amp characters with five variations, plus Booster, Mod, FX, Delay, and Reverb sections with three variations in each
    • Three-way Contour for shaping the overall tonal color and Global EQ switch with three settings (customizable in BOSS Tone Studio)
    • Switchable Solo function with level control
    • Integrated dual amp expansion functions for GA-FC control and true stereo effects
    • Updated BOSS Tone Studio editor software for customizing sounds with over 60 BOSS effects; newly added editor features include pre and post EQs, dedicated Pedal FX, and more
    • Series/parallel effect loop, external speaker outputs, and power amp input for preamps, modelers, and multi-effects
    • 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
    • Mic'd cabinet emulation on the line, USB, and phones/recording outputs, with three Air Feel settings available in BOSS Tone Studio
    • External control support via GA-FC foot controller, footswitches, expression pedal, and MIDI

            Type Solid State
            Number of Channels 2 x banks, 4 x tone channels
            Total Power 100W (50W/0.5W power settings)
            Speaker Size 1 x 12" Waza Craft speaker
            Inputs 1 x 1/4" (instrument), 1 x 1/8" (aux in)
            Outputs 2 x 1/4" (16 ohm), 1 x 1/4" (8 ohm internal speaker), 1 x 1/4" (headphones/record out), 1 x 1/4" (line out with Air Feel)
            Effects Boosts, Modulation, Delay, Reverb and more (58 total effects)
            Reverb Yes
            EQ 3-band EQ
            Amp Modeling Acoustic, Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown, Cabinet Resonance
            MIDI I/O In
            USB 1 x Type B
            Effects Loop Yes
            Headphones Yes
            Software Boss Tone Studio Editor
            Footswitch Included No
            Footswitch I/O 2 x 1/4" (GA-FC, channel select/expression)
            Construction Material Semi-closed back cabinet
            Height 20.3"
            Width 24.8"
            Depth 9.8"
            Weight 41 lbs. 15 oz.
            Manufacturer Part Number
            KTN-ART-2

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