The amp has got 5 different amp styles that you can choose from:
Clean – Crystal clean sounds
Crunch – A touch of overdrive with mild breakup
Lead – Higher gain for stinging blues solos or fast shred!
Brown – Super high-gain sound taken from the Japanese Boss Waza amp
Acoustic – Amazing acoustic setting so that you can use the amp with your electro-acoustic guitar
So once you have chosen your amp sound and set your EQ (Bass, Middle, Treble) you can choose the effects you want to run. The amp has got effects on board but you also have access to 55 other effects through the BOSS tone studio app. You can connect your amp to your computer via USB and then upload the specific effect you want on the amp and save it as a preset. A maximum of 3 effects can run simultaneously but you can choose what those effects will be. If you want simple drive, chorus and reverb you can do so. But if you want to be more experimental by combining ring mod with a slicer then you can set that up with the Tone Studio.
It has 4 memory slots for you to save you favourite sounds and quickly recall them. For example, you could load up a mild rhythm overdrive on tone slot 1 and a screaming lead with loads of delay on tone slot 2 etc. This amp has 2 more slots than its little brother the Katana KTN50.
If you want to use a foot controller to switch between your favourite sounds, the Boss GA-FC can act as a channel switcher and the amp takes your pedals really well too.
The power scaling is an idea borrowed from the Katanas Blues Cube brother where you choose if you want the amp to run at 100w for full volume and power or down to 0.5w for late night bedroom use. It makes the amp really useful if you want one unit that can do band practices, as well use it at home without waking the neighbours. And because it has 2 12" speakers, you can play in a band without losing too much low end or worrying about your guitar sounding too thin in the mix.
If you decide that scaling the power down isn’t quite enough, you can also plug in a pair of headphones for practice.
Here’s what Boss say about the KTN100 212
Katana — the traditional sword carried by the historic samurai of Japan — is a symbol of honor, precision, and artistry in Japanese culture. Adopting the majestic sword’s name with pride, the Katana series presents guitar amplifiers with smooth, cutting tones honed by generations of dedication and expertise. Born of the development process behind the acclaimed Waza amplifier, these innovative amps embody BOSS’s determined pursuit of the ultimate rock sound. Featuring proprietary circuit designs and meticulous tuning, the Katana series combines traditional craftsmanship and breakthrough functions to produce true next-generation rock amplifiers.
With 100 watts of power and two custom 12-inch speakers, the Katana-100/212 delivers a commanding range of gig-worthy tones that gracefully slice through any band scenario. The amp also excels for home playing, with a uniquely efficient design and innovative Power Control that provides inspiring sound and response at low volumes. In addition, the Katana-100/212 includes integrated access to 55 BOSS effects, which are customizable using the free BOSS Tone Studio editor software. Up to 15 different effects can be configured in the amp at one time, enabling you to bring fully prepared tones to the stage in one amp.
Stage-ready 100-watt combo amp with two custom 12-inch speakers
Five unique amp characters: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown (derived from the Waza amp), and Acoustic (for acoustic-electric guitars)
Choose from 55 customizable effects with BOSS Tone Studio editor software
Store 15 different effects on board, with three effects available simultaneously
Dedicated gain, EQ, presence, and effects controls for adjusting sounds quickly
Four memories for storing and recalling all amp and effect settings
Power Control for achieving cranked-amp tone and dynamic response at low volumes
Built-in tilt stand for optimal monitoring and sound projection
Pro setups available at BOSS Tone Central
A Refined Amp with Inspiring Tone
Designed for guitarists who are serious about their sound, the Katana-100/212 offers exceptional tone and touch response for stage playing, recording, and simply practicing at home. Two custom 12-inch speakers are driven by a special method developed for the flagship Waza amp that optimizes the speaker and cabinet character. This gives you authoritative punch and cutting presence previously attainable only with high-end amp designs. In combination with the five selectable amp characters, the Katana-100/212 produces class-defying power and expressiveness to meet any playing situation.
Five Original Amp Characters, Honed for Rock Playing
Sharpened to perfection by the BOSS engineering team, the Katana-100/212’s five amp characters offer everything from organic vintage tones to modern high-gain sounds. Clean is natural and transparent, while Crunch offers satisfying grit and response. Lead has a wide gain range to suit many styles, from fat, stinging blues solos to fluid legato shredding. With DNA inherited from the Waza amp, Brown delivers refined high-gain tone sought after by the world’s greatest rock players. The Acoustic character further enhances the Katana’s versatility, providing optimized tone that makes acoustic-electric guitars sound stunningly natural.
Leave Your Pedalboard at Home
With its built-in BOSS effects and recallable Tone Settings, the Katana-100/212 lets you perform anywhere with just a guitar and amp. Connecting to BOSS Tone Studio via USB provides access to 55 effects that are fully customizable for your needs. Going beyond standard distortion, delay, and reverb, the selection also includes powerful tone-shapers like pitch shifting, ring mod, slicer, and more. You can load 15 different effects in the amp at one time and use up to three simultaneously. Four Tone Settings let you store custom amp and effects setups for instant recall, and you can always jump to the current panel settings at the touch of a button. It’s also possible to connect optional footswitches and expression pedals for hands-free control on the gig.
While the Katana-100/212 includes many advanced features, it’s amazingly simple to operate. Dedicated knobs for multiple gain stages, three-band EQ, and presence allow you to quickly dial in your tone by ear, just as you would with a standard tube amp. Essential effects parameters are adjusted with a simple knob twist, and memories can be stored with a brief button hold. The Power Control is great for throttling back the volume for small stages and home playing, and also includes a Standby setting that mutes the sound for switching guitars or taking breaks. And by flipping out the integrated tilt stand, you can easily angle the amp back for better sound projection.
BOSS Tone Central
At the BOSS Tone Central website, you’ll find numerous free amp and effects setups for the Katana series. Created by pro guitarists, these setups provide ready-to-play sounds for various music styles, and also make great starting points for building your own sounds. They load into the memories in a Katana amp via the BOSS Tone Studio editor software, which is also available at the site. In addition to Katana effects selection and customization, BOSS Tone Studio gives you a convenient way to organize all your Katana setups for different gigs, recordings, and practice sessions.
Rated Power Output
Nominal Input Level
INPUT: -10 dBu (1 M ohm)
AUX IN: -10 dBu (20 k ohms)
RETURN IN: -10 dBu (100 k ohm)
30 cm (12 inches) x 2
POWER CONTROL switch (STANDBY, 0.5 W, 50 W, 100 W)
AMP TYPE knob (ACOUSTIC, CLEAN, CRUNCH, LEAD, BROWN)
INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
AUX IN jack: Stereo miniature phone type
REC OUT/PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
SEND jack: 1/4-inch phone type
RETURN jack: 1/4-inch phone type
LINE OUT jack: 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
USB port: USB B type
AC IN jack
670 (W) x 248 (D) x 484 (H) mm
26-7/16 (W) x 9-13/16 (D) x 19-1/16 (H) inches
43 lbs 11 oz
Options (sold separately)
Footswitch: BOSS FS-5L, BOSS FS-6, BOSS FS-7
Expression pedal: Roland EV-5, BOSS FV-500L, BOSS FV-500H
GA FOOT CONTROLLER (GA-FC)