Boss Unveils the Katana Bass Amps

Boss releases the first bass guitar models in the Katana amp lineup, the Katana-100 and Katana 210.


Offering three unique preamp types, assertive class AB power amps, versatile tone-shaping tools, onboard BOSS effects, and more, these stage-ready combos deliver sound and advanced features designed for the needs of serious bassists. Introduced in 2016, the Katana guitar amp series has become a staple for players around the world. Combining great tone and feel with rich versatility via selectable amp characters, built-in effects, and recallable sound memories, the evolving Katana lineup continues to be a favorite for everyone from home hobbyists to pro stage performers. With the Katana-110 Bass and Katana-210 Bass, BOSS now brings the innovation behind the Katana series to bass players for the first time.

Each model features an efficient bi-amp design backed by time-tested class AB power, plus a variable Power Control for achieving optimum sound at any volume. Vintage, Flat, and Modern preamp types are available—each with a powerful three-way Shape switch to fine-tune the character—providing the perfect voice for any style or genre. The Katana-110 Bass features 60 watts of power, a 10-inch woofer, and a tweeter, making it ideal for home/studio playing and small stages. The Katana-210 Bass features 160 watts, two 10-inch woofers, and a tweeter, offering extra power and fullness for larger performance setups. The tweeter provides high-frequency definition for slap and other modern styles and can be disabled for a more traditional sound if desired.

Boss Katana Bass Amplifiers | Introduction

The Boss Katana-110 Bass and Katana-210 Bass amplifiers will be available in the U.S. in April for $399.99 and $649.99 respectively. To learn more about the Katana-110 Bass and Katana-210 Bass amplifiers, visit www.boss.info.

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Scads of cool tone combinations. Articulate pickups. Relatively light. Balanced and comfortable. Well built.

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