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Offline BeerGeekGamer

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Beginner Looking For An Amp
« on: February 13, 2018, 03:04:01 pm »
Hello,

I'm starting to re-learn how to play, and I figure the small little amp that came in my guitar package 18 years ago probably isn't the best amp to use. I've seen a lot of recommendations for the Fender Mustang I (V.2), Yamaha THR5, and the Boss Katana 50. I don't really know what would be consider too much/too little, quality/power wise for a beginner, but there is a coworker that is selling his Boss Katana 50 for $160, and I figured it was a no brainier to go with it. Thoughts?

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Re: Beginner Looking For An Amp
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 04:16:07 pm »
You can’t go wrong, the Katana is a great amp and is highly regarded, it’s also got built in power attenuation so can be turned down to practice volumes, go for it!!!
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Re: Beginner Looking For An Amp
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 04:58:25 pm »
I have the Mustang I v.2 and have no regrets whatsoever. 20 watts (more than I need for practice), can't think of a tone that I can't dial up (including bypassed/clean), can plug directly into my PC/DAW via USB, awesome downloadable presets, handles pedals surprisingly well, completely off-the-chain reverb settings, and only costs about $100 US. There is a learning curve, so if you don't like to tinker there might be better options. If you don't EVER want to run out of options on a practice amp it's a great choice.

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Re: Beginner Looking For An Amp
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 06:04:02 pm »
I've seen a lot of recommendations for the Fender Mustang I (V.2), Yamaha THR5, and the Boss Katana 50. I don't really know what would be consider too much/too little, quality/power wise for a beginner, but there is a coworker that is selling his Boss Katana 50 for $160, and I figured it was a no brainier to go with it. Thoughts?

If I were choosing between those three amps, I would get the Katana (even at full, new price).

Don't worry about it being too powerful. You can run it a 50w, 25w, and all the way down to 0.5w for bedroom/late-night playing. And in its 50w mode, you could even play some gigs with it, down the road.

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Re: Beginner Looking For An Amp
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 06:09:26 pm »
 I can't recommend highly enough the Blackstar HT1R. Here's a good overview.

https://youtu.be/tuaurJgwsXc


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Re: Beginner Looking For An Amp
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 09:04:53 pm »
Looks like I'm getting the Boss Katana 50. After watching a bunch of YouTube reviews I was pretty much sold, and couldn't pass up on the price.

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Re: Beginner Looking For An Amp
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 11:16:00 pm »
Do keep us posted on what you like/dislike about this amp. On Amazon I was surprised to find only 18 reviews, and with that small sampling there appears to be issues with the software. There are a bunch of youtube videos but it's hard to tell if they are compensated in some way. Either way, congratulations and keep us posted as it's good to get the perspective of someone that is just starting out.

Amazon review:
https://www.amazon.com/KTN-50-Katana-Combo-Guitar-Amplifier/dp/B01N5MAMVQ/

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Re: Beginner Looking For An Amp
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2018, 06:41:23 pm »
Personally, Amazon would be well down my list of places to buy a guitar amp from.

I suspect others might feel the same way, which reflects in the low number of reviews there.

Better places for reviews IMO are specialist music sites/outlets. Here's a few:

Thomann (60 reviews)
Sweetwater (56 reviews)
Guitar Centre (42 reviews)

I believe there was an issue with the first version of Tone Studio software with Windows 10 to the point where they withdrew the software for a few months whilst they fixed it, but I've not heard anyone have any serious issues with it in the last 12 months or more.

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Re: Beginner Looking For An Amp
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2018, 07:39:25 pm »
There are a couple of different ways to look at online reviews. Best to determine where you are apt to get the most useful/valid opinions. I’m not sure that music vendor sites have verified purchaser reviews like Amazon does. One thing for sure is that not many folks are reviewing Boss Katana on Amazon, the 50 or the 100.

I know Shane over at intheblues loves the 100 - really praises the head room. It might be worth noting why your friend is selling the amp in the first place. Rest assured, I'm in no way dissing or recommending any amp I've never played personally.

At the end of the day, we pay our money and take our chances. :)

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Re: Beginner Looking For An Amp
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2018, 10:30:44 pm »
Regarding the Katana, I recommend you to read some of the excessive thread over at thegearpage. 600+ pages of happy customers and questions asked and answered.
https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/boss-katana-amplifiers.1744135/

Regarding Amazon: I’d never buy anything guitar related other than maybe a book from that site.
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Re: Beginner Looking For An Amp
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2018, 10:41:40 pm »
All of this isn't helping me trying to talk myself out of buying a Katana 50, you rotters : :P




Regarding Amazon: I’d never buy anything guitar related other than maybe a book from that site.

Nothing at all?

Cables (although I make my own), tuners, metronomes, straps, strings, picks..?
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Re: Beginner Looking For An Amp
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2018, 10:43:50 pm »
Hi

I upgraded my first practice amp about 5 months ago. I bought a Fender Mustang GT40. I don't claim to know a lot of tech about amps, but this thing is fantastic. It is packed full of presets, over 200 i think. or you can make your own effects up. It links to your wifi to downloads updates to keep it all up to date, a bit like your mobile phone. I would certainly recommend it. Like I said I have had it for about 5 months and am still exploring all it can do. But the main thing I like is its relatively simple to use from a beginner/intermediate point of view.
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Re: Beginner Looking For An Amp
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2018, 05:59:57 am »
Nothing at all?

Cables (although I make my own), tuners, metronomes, straps, strings, picks..?

No, not really big on Amazon at all. I have a well equipped guitar shop in Copenhagen which I visit more or less everytime I am in that neighbourhood which is at least once a month. Other than that I usually buy from Thomann in Germany.
I regard Amazon like a Supermarket and I like getting that kind of stuff from specialised stores with extended product knowledge.
/Jesper

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Re: Beginner Looking For An Amp
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2018, 05:54:05 pm »
Justin demos his amp recommendation for beginners:
https://www.justinguitar.com/en/GG-602-FenderMustang1.php

I don't think he offers any advice regarding Amazon. :)

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Re: Beginner Looking For An Amp
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2018, 06:23:33 pm »
Justin demos his amp recommendation for beginners:

...from 6 years ago, with the caveat "Of the few amps I've tested so far".

I don't think he ended up testing many amps in the end.

He's certainly not updated this based on testing any of what could be considered modern amps, such as the later Mustang models, Marshall Code, Boss Katana, Blackstar Core:ID, etc.

I'm not dissing the original Mustang I amps, they were amazing at the time they were launched, and are still good amps. But things have moved on a lot in the last 7-8 years, and there are a lot of other great amps that have come onto the market since then.

Cheers,

Keith

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Amps: Bugera G5 Head, Boss Katana 100
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