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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 8225
    TTBZ said:
    Gigging is overrated anyway, especially if you're in a typical cover band where you mostly play to a few unappreciative people in a crap pub. The bigger gigs at events and functions are better though. Luckily for me my band are more interested in getting an album written and recorded then see what gigs come from that, if any.

    It's easy to get jaded but even that's really exciting if you haven't done it before

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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 2364
    Well I've got my Katana!

    Had a noodle for a bit, very impressed so far, so much amp for £169, and makes some great tones.
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  • TTBZTTBZ Frets: 659
    edited March 2017
    TTBZ said:
    Gigging is overrated anyway, especially if you're in a typical cover band where you mostly play to a few unappreciative people in a crap pub. The bigger gigs at events and functions are better though. Luckily for me my band are more interested in getting an album written and recorded then see what gigs come from that, if any.

    It's easy to get jaded but even that's really exciting if you haven't done it before

    That's true, I enjoyed maybe the first year of it, but 3-4 years in a cover band was too much!
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  • DulcetJonesDulcetJones Frets: 410
    TTBZ said:
    Gigging is overrated anyway, especially if you're in a typical cover band where you mostly play to a few unappreciative people in a crap pub. The bigger gigs at events and functions are better though. Luckily for me my band are more interested in getting an album written and recorded then see what gigs come from that, if any.
       The band I'm in is currently writing and will be recording soon, we only play a short gig every couple of months on bills with similar acts.  While that is a lot of fun I also go to open jams at local bars, one in particular that favors blues and is packed everytime.  I get to pull off some blues leads and quite often the bass player gets me to take over for him while he takes a smoke break.  Way more fun than playing a cover band gig(and I've done lots of those).  If you've never been to one of these, go and check it out just to see what it's about, you might find yourself saying, "I can do that" once you see what other people do. 

    Whoever called it "rush hour" should not be allowed to name anything else.

    Dulcet Jones Creepy Music Blog http://dulcetjones.blogspot.com/

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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 2364
    If you've never been to one of these, go and check it out just to see what it's about, you might find yourself saying, "I can do that" once you see what other people do. 
    Anyone know of any of these around Northants?

    I do know a couple of folk music themed ones, but unless it's really filthy I don't like folk music...
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  • TTBZTTBZ Frets: 659
    edited March 2017
    If you've never been to one of these, go and check it out just to see what it's about, you might find yourself saying, "I can do that" once you see what other people do. 
    Anyone know of any of these around Northants?

    I do know a couple of folk music themed ones, but unless it's really filthy I don't like folk music...
    I'm in Northants as well, don't think there's much about here! The Hut in Corby does jam nights and I think there might be one somewhere in Northampton once a week. Sawyers in Kettering used to be the best jam night nearby but that closed down ages ago :(
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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 8225
    TTBZ said:
    TTBZ said:
    Gigging is overrated anyway, especially if you're in a typical cover band where you mostly play to a few unappreciative people in a crap pub. The bigger gigs at events and functions are better though. Luckily for me my band are more interested in getting an album written and recorded then see what gigs come from that, if any.

    It's easy to get jaded but even that's really exciting if you haven't done it before

    That's true, I enjoyed maybe the first year of it, but 3-4 years in a cover band was too much!
    Yeah i did it for about 8 years before becoming completely jaded.
    Handsome_Chris said: Like white Nile Rodgers. 
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  • I'm in my seventh year of gigging in covers bands in crap pubs and thoroughly enjoying it
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  • GrahamGGrahamG Frets: 45
    edited March 2017
    Jaded ?too much?how old are you guys?.
    I'm 72 in a couple of months,did my 1st pub gig(paid)when i was 14 & have been doing it ever since & still am,what else am i going to do on Friday & Saturday?,go to the pictures or play dominoes?.
    Of course there's always the motivation that my long suffering wife is glad to see the back of me
    Crappy covers in crappy pubs?,love it.
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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2622
    See, and this is quite depressing to admit, but I dont play live and I dont really have, ahem, friends... and my wife and kids aren't about ot learn.

    So its me on my lonesome and it just feels like all the amp I'll need.  To be honest if I got in a band and started playing gigs I'd be so happy id happily hit my savings up for a whacking great valve amp.

    Edit:  Could get myself the 50w from Amazon - has anyone tried the 50w and is it a good balance between home use and giggability?

    Thanks
    Are you me?!?!!'
    Haha.. I don't really have friends either.. I know, hard to believe, isn't it..  =)
     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • TTBZTTBZ Frets: 659
    Haha I'm only 28, there's only so many times you can play Dakota or Summer of 69 before you lose the will to live. I'd actually like to do a 90s-00s cover band but don't think anything that different would go down too well.
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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 2364
    usedtobe said:
    See, and this is quite depressing to admit, but I dont play live and I dont really have, ahem, friends... and my wife and kids aren't about ot learn.

    So its me on my lonesome and it just feels like all the amp I'll need.  To be honest if I got in a band and started playing gigs I'd be so happy id happily hit my savings up for a whacking great valve amp.

    Edit:  Could get myself the 50w from Amazon - has anyone tried the 50w and is it a good balance between home use and giggability?

    Thanks
    Are you me?!?!!'
    Haha.. I don't really have friends either.. I know, hard to believe, isn't it..  =)
    Modern disease I think.
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  • CabicularCabicular Frets: 2194
    TTBZ said:
    Haha I'm only 28, there's only so many times you can play Dakota or Summer of 69 before you lose the will to live. I'd actually like to do a 90s-00s cover band but don't think anything that different would go down too well.
    You can go quite niche
    I know what you mean, I spent a couple of years in a wedding band and it got really formulaic 
    Yiu can make even that interesting though. I introduced Mandolin, keyboards and blues harp into it and learned on the job as it were.
    Ive done a couple of tributes which are fun up to a point and currently playing in a 90s metal band
    i did the whole original material stint when I was in my twenties and it was hard to get gigs then. Nowadays it seems to be door money and multiband line ups
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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 2364
    So my Katana 50 is great, was playing through headphones of all things last night on the "Brown" setting and it has an amazing heavy tone.  The attentuator is brilliant as you can crank the master on the 0.5w setting and get a much better tone.

    One negative, god is it sensitive to mains pollution.  Turn on my crappy living room light fitting and it picks up a horrific hum, anyone else suffered from this?
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  • TTBZ said:
    Haha I'm only 28, there's only so many times you can play Dakota or Summer of 69 before you lose the will to live. I'd actually like to do a 90s-00s cover band but don't think anything that different would go down too well.
    lol, and sex on fire and sweet child  o mine, im 54 and im sure il be still playing them when im 74
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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 502
    TTBZ said:
    Haha I'm only 28, there's only so many times you can play Dakota or Summer of 69 before you lose the will to live. I'd actually like to do a 90s-00s cover band but don't think anything that different would go down too well.
    lol, and sex on fire and sweet child  o mine, im 54 and im sure il be still playing them when im 74
    Once again, I resemble that remark.

    The thing with the "handful of disinterested onlookers" scenario is that it only takes one "packed out room full of happy punters leaping around like loons and singing along to everything" night to wipe the memories and give me a big enough buzz to get me through quite a few more...


    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 502
    ...and I'm still thinking that a K100 with the proper remote footswitch might be a VERY handy thing to have around as an alternative to the "full monty" 100 watt head + 2x12 + large pedalboard rig for rehearsals, tight stages, fast-in and out, or short set gigs...
    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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  • Musicman20Musicman20 Frets: 619
    edited March 2017
    Just FYI, I bought a Katana 100 and I think it is one of the best amp bargains on the market. I have two tube amps, but I love this amp! Great for low or high volume. At the moment I tend to use it for super quiet home use to test pedals etc.
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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 2364
    Just FYI, I bought a Katana 100 and I think it is one of the best amp bargains on the market. I have tow tube amps, but I love this amp! Great for low or high volume. At the moment I tend to use it for super quiet home use to test pedals etc.
    I love it through headphones, the pre-amp does a great impression of a driven valve amp, and the default booster pedals (models of a blues driver, an overdrive and distortion) are excellent.

    I got the 50 for £169 and I can't think of anything on the market that compares.
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  • KiniooKinioo Frets: 17
    Morning All,

    Well, TBH I am really interested in getting one of these... 50W or 100W...

    It looks like its very versatile amp, can be run on lower power - which is good for bedroom practice and can be loud enough for small gigs/rehearsals!

    However, is it really THAT good ??

    Can I get the following sounds out of it (I use PRS SE with 2 x HBs):

    1. Good clean sound;
    2. Nice warm bluesy tone;
    3. Heavier Marshall-ish sound a'la AC/DC...
    4. Heavier (bit more high-gain) sound a'la Iron Maiden... 
    5. Even heavier sound - i.e. for all dropped D or lower tunes to play some 'hard' stuff ???

    I understand that the 'effects chain' (CH1/CH2 & CH3 & CH4) can be 'bespoke programmed' to my liking using Boss software and this can be then controlled via (optional) foot switch ???

    Or am I missing something ?

    Thanks,

    Chris
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  • Musicman20Musicman20 Frets: 619
    Honestly, for £250, just get the 100W 1x12 and you will be surprised at how good it is!
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 9345
    It will do pretty much all of the above, especially with the built in boost/overdrive pedals. 

    I'm thinking of selling my 100w combo if you're ever near Wales. 
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  • andyozandyoz Frets: 675
    edited January 10
    Kinioo said:

    1. Good clean sound;
    2. Nice warm bluesy tone;
    3. Heavier Marshall-ish sound a'la AC/DC...
    4. Heavier (bit more high-gain) sound a'la Iron Maiden... 
    5. Even heavier sound - i.e. for all dropped D or lower tunes to play some 'hard' stuff ???

    I understand that the 'effects chain' (CH1/CH2 & CH3 & CH4) can be 'bespoke programmed' to my liking using Boss software and this can be then controlled via (optional) foot switch ???

    Or am I missing something ?

    Thanks,

    Chris
    From experience it will do all 5...regards the last 3 on your list Boss aimed for an EL34 type Marshally sound on the gain stuff and succeeded IMO.  The things wants to push out pinch harmonics all day.  With recent v2 firmware update it'll even do EVH tone if you ever need it!

    If you've got a TS type pedal to put out front even better (I use a Prince of Tone and it eats it up).  All the internal modulation stuff is fine but an external drive pedal just gives it that something extra and I really can barely tell it from a valve once it's dialed in.

    I've barely looked at the software but that's where there's some real magic apparently.

    Buy one....and the footswitch.
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  • grungebobgrungebob Frets: 1147
    I have a K50. And use a PRS S2 standard 24 a Vela and a ‘91 custom 24. 
    It can and does do everything you’ve listed. 
    I can go from ultra clean to Hendrix to full on chug 
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  • Anyone used a Katana as an interface? If I just want to record guitar, would it be an acceptable substitute to a proper Digital Interface such as a Focusrite etc?
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  • randellarandella Frets: 1925
    edited January 11
    beowulf said:
    Ha this is me exactly, keep umming and ahhing about gig-ability, but as you say if I ever was in that situation then a) it'd probably do fine for the first few, and b) if I got past the first few I'd be more than happy to buy something more suited.

    And it's not depressing to admit, I'm 26 and have been playing on-off for 12 years and would consider myself not anywhere near to gigging. Just keep at it.
    I think we are more common that we both probably think.  I love playing guitar and I love guitar based music and as a community I think guitarists can be pretty accepting of the fact we are all in it for the love of it, regardless of raw talent.

    That said, I was being ten-thumbed in a guitar shop (that can remain nameless, they are normally really good) the other week, trying some little valve amps which ultimately I didn't like,  and some of the staff were actually a bit funny.  They didn't mean anything by it but it does really hurt your confidence.

    I'm 35 almost 36, to be honest I shouldn't care what anyone thinks who isn't my direct employer or my kids, but I guess I really care about guitar playing.

    Back on-topic, thats kind of what I'm after in an amp, something that like some of my guitars just inspires me to plug in and make some tones, and the Katana just seems to be a good fit.
    1) Balls to the guitar shop staff.  They probably didn't mean to hurt your feelings, but I've been there and it does.  Don't let it.  By god I've heard some screeching and wailing in guitar shops, and I'm always just happy that folk are into the hobby and want to make a noise.  The next time you go in you'll wail an incredible lick and stop someone in their tracks.

    2) So what if you don't play live?  I've been in a band these last five years solely because the woman I sat next to at work whittled away at me until I eventually capitulated and went for a rehearsal with her crew.  Now it's fun and I love it, I really do - but here's the thing: you'll never know where the offer will come from.  None of my friends play an instrument.

    As re. the Katana, if you think you'll like it and you've got the dosh, why not?  For the first two years in the band I used a modeller, a POD X3 Live, which due to the ever-advancing technology in these things would I imagine sound poor next to a Katana.  I would've killed for a lightweight all-in-one box that good only five years ago.

    Anyway, no use on the amp front but I'd hate to see you beat yourself up for 'only playing at home'.  It's what I did for the 20 years between being in my teenage band at school and being in the band I'm in now.

    When you get to gigging, you'll realise it's just a load of standing around in an unfamiliar pub untangling cables and bickering over whose mic is feeding back anyway.
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  • siraxemansiraxeman Frets: 1924
    Anyone used a Katana as an interface? If I just want to record guitar, would it be an acceptable substitute to a proper Digital Interface such as a Focusrite etc?


    There's a Rob Chapman vid where he's going direct into his laptop via USB from his Katana 100w head...

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  • simonksimonk Frets: 1172
    randella said:

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    When you get to gigging, you'll realise it's just a load of standing around in an unfamiliar pub untangling cables and bickering over whose mic is feeding back anyway.
    So true!
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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 8225
    Kinioo said:
    Morning All,

    Well, TBH I am really interested in getting one of these... 50W or 100W...

    It looks like its very versatile amp, can be run on lower power - which is good for bedroom practice and can be loud enough for small gigs/rehearsals!

    However, is it really THAT good ??

    Can I get the following sounds out of it (I use PRS SE with 2 x HBs):

    1. Good clean sound;
    2. Nice warm bluesy tone;
    3. Heavier Marshall-ish sound a'la AC/DC...
    4. Heavier (bit more high-gain) sound a'la Iron Maiden... 
    5. Even heavier sound - i.e. for all dropped D or lower tunes to play some 'hard' stuff ???

    I understand that the 'effects chain' (CH1/CH2 & CH3 & CH4) can be 'bespoke programmed' to my liking using Boss software and this can be then controlled via (optional) foot switch ???

    Or am I missing something ?

    Thanks,

    Chris

    It will do all that stuff.

    I'm very happy with mine.

    The thing to keep in mind is that everyone is so excited about them because it's amazing that they are so good and giggable considering what they cost. An AxeFX or decent valve amp and nice pedals is going to sound better, but the magic of the Katana is you can gig one down the Dog and Duck get a decent sound without breaking your back, or needing a degree in computer science and if some pissed up punter dumps a pint on it you aren't going to go into a period of mourning.
    Handsome_Chris said: Like white Nile Rodgers. 
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  • randellarandella Frets: 1925
    edited January 12
    simonk said:
    randella said:

    <snip>

    When you get to gigging, you'll realise it's just a load of standing around in an unfamiliar pub untangling cables and bickering over whose mic is feeding back anyway.
    So true!
    To expand on this theme a little.

    I have a Mesa amp head, 1x12" cab, and a pedalboard.  To stop the aforementioned feedback (or at least my contribution) I've got a Red Box.  So - guitar to pedals, power to pedals, pedals to amp, amp effects send to pedals, pedals to amp effects return.  Amp to Red Box, Red Box to speaker cab.  Red Box to desk.

    I could replace 90% of this rat's nest with something that weighs the same as my cab on its own, and would get me a good enough tone in the mix that I'd be happy and the punters (who generally don't give a rat's arse anyway as long as they can recognise the intro to Money For Nothing and have a beer and a dance) wouldn't even notice.

    For £163.

    Whether you play at home with a view to getting in a band, or you're already in a band, I reckon that's an enticing prospect and I can see why they can't shift these things fast enough.
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