Boss’s new Katana MkIIs include just about everything you could want in a modern guitar amp

Boss Katana MkII guitar amps
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Boss’s Katana series has been a revelation in the budget guitar amps under $500 arena, and the Japanese effects giant has seen fit to equip it with a whole load of new features and increased versatility for 2019.

The MkII line-up - which comprises 50W, 100W and 100W 2x12 combos and a 100W head - adds new voicing variations to the five original guitar amp characters, spanning clean to high-gain, plus dedicated acoustic-electric voices.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.