New beat up amp day

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  1. DrBGood

    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    Katana 100 combo. I got it today.

    It was very well packed. I had seen the photos on GC, it looked in rough shape but I took the chance anyways. For $130 I figured I'd live with the aesthetic ... or the lack of it you could say. With freight and everything, it comes down to $245 CND (is $470 new), that's $190 US. About half price, I can live with that.

    The speaker grill has seen many stickers with thick rubbery glue. Top of cabinet is covered with velcro, enough for 4 or 5 pedals. There's a line of black glue/goo along the chassis where it meets the cab. Had caster underneath screwed on all crooked. So it lost it's rubber feet. I'd say that was a gigging amp and it has seen many car trunks and stages in its lifetime. It now found a nice cosy studio to spend the rest of its life in.

    Haven't downloaded the manual yet.

    First play, with the P90 Epi Special and the Epi LP Ultra. Presets are probably from previous owner, yikes, brutal ... not for me. Clean and crunch channels are the ones that speak to me for the moment. Speaker is nice and rich, probably well broken in already.

    Looking good.
    Peavey Studio Pro is leaving for sure.
     
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    Happy new amp day!

    Seems to be good value for money.

    Two questions:
    1. Is this USB jack for preset configuration via the software editor only or does it also include a usb interface for recording?
    2. Can you get to low bedroom volume levels with that power control?
    Oh and pictures or didn't happen :D
     
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    1. Yes to both
    2. With the 0.5W setting, it's whispering.

    Looks like something the cat brought in, but I don't care.

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    When I saw the title, I thought you were going to talk about relic amps :p
    Great price on that! I'm sure most of it can get cleaned up with a bit of elbow grease and lighter fluid.
     
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    There you go, that's what I'll call it. Limited Edition Custom Shop Relic Boss Katana 100.

    See ... it's now worth twice what it was new. Should I try to put it on eBay as such and then get a new one with change in my pockets ?
     
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    Happy NAD! I kinda like it, it's got mojo from all that adhesive and Velcro. :dude:

    Clean, crunch, and brown settings are excellent, but the trick is to the keep the master volume up and the adjust volume with the volume knob. It also helps to keep the gain down and get your saturation from the pedal models - the "Blues Driver," "Treble Booster" and "Guv'nor" models are particularly good.

    The other surprise is how well the preamp takes pedals - there's ample headroom. I pretty much exclusively use the clean channel with just a touch of Blues Driver dialed in to fatten up the cleans, then use the OCD for light, touch sensitive crunches or the Gunslinger for Marshall-esque grind, or together for searing leads and heavy chugging.

    The clean channel of my Peavey Bandit always sounded thin and hollow with pedals; the Katana sounds massive and cutting. The clean channel alone, along with the effects, are worth the price of admission, even if you never plan to use a built-in amp model. Personally, I think it's one of the best SS amps ever made.
     
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    Sounds about right ahahah
     
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    I made an Artist out of my combo. I semi-closed the back and it does improve low frequencies a lot. Tighter and more of them. I don't play in a band, so I need all the frequencies I can put my hands on.

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    I ended up closing the whole back.

    It's getting better all the time ...

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    With the backplates can't you at least:
    Paint them?
    Stain them?
    Tolex them?
     
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    :cool: Why ? It's nice cedar, smells good and everything. :naughty:

    I like it, it brings a warmer tone, kind of woody you know ? The amp is pretty beat up anyway, so it gives it a homy look. And it's a theme, wood and black, matches my other amps and cabs.

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