Boss Katana vs Line 6 Catalyst: Which should you buy?

Boss Katana and Line 6 Catalyst amps next to each other on a wooden floor
(Image credit: Future)

Over the last 10 years or so, we’ve started seeing more and more modeling amps come onto the market. Modeling amps are great as they give us access to tones we’d only otherwise be able to get by owning a selection of expensive tube amps. Modeling amps are versatile, can cater for all sorts of musicians, and are usually reasonably priced too.

The Boss Katana has proven itself to be one of the most popular modeling amps out there, and it’s easy to see why. However, Line 6 has provided a major contender – the Catalyst. Both amps are similar in feature set and price, and really are some of the top modeling amps we’ve ever seen and played. So, what are the differences between the Boss Katana and the Line 6 Catalyst, and which one is better? 

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Richard Blenkinsop

After spending a decade in music retail, I’m now a freelance writer for Guitar World, MusicRadar, Guitar Player and Reverb, specialising in electric and acoustic guitars, bass, and almost anything else you can make a tune with. When my head’s not buried in the best of modern and vintage gear, I run a small company helping musicians with songwriting, production and performance, and I play bass in an alt-rock band.