How much does the Boss Katana 50 Amp weigh?
About 25 lbs. 10 oz.
Solid state amps are generally lighter than tube amps, especially when you compare matching wattage. The 50-watt Boss Katana weighs in at about 25 pounds - which is pretty normal, considering it's a mid-sized combo amp.
The Boss Katana series has several different wattage variations. In guitar amps, wattage seems to have the most say in regards to what the amp ends up weighing. Speaker count and size is another big factor. Currently there are three main versions of the Katana with the following wattage/speaker variations:
- Boss Katana 50 (1 x 12): 25.5 lbs
- Boss Katana 100 (1 x 12): 32.6 lbs
- Boss Katana Artist 100 (1 x 12): 42 lbs
- Boss Katana 100 (2 x 12): 43.6 lbs
Not surprisingly, the combo with two speakers and the higher wattage is the heaviest in the series. There are some head versions that we haven't covered here, instead focusing on just the combo amps.
Of the series, the Katana 50 is the lightest, dropping roughly seven pounds off the Katana 100 1 x 12" weight.
Compare Boss Katana 50 Weight to Similar Combo Amps
It might also be helpful to look at the Boss Katana 50 weight in comparison to other similar amps. We'll set up a comparison table with the Katana 50 and three other 50-watt combo amps.
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Boss Katana 50
Quilter Labs Aviator Cub 50
Fender Mustang GTX 50
Marshall Code 50
We've found that the Katana 50, and the Katana series in general, are middle-of-the-road when it comes to their weight. You can use the compare buttons in this table to look at additional features of each amp and compare dimensions (though we'll go over dimensions below).
Pricing from Multiple Vendors
You can view pricing from multiple vendors here, for those of you trying to focus more on buying or shopping for a Katana amp (or others).
Whenever possible, we embed Bonedo's gear demos. This dude does a great job and doesn't talk at all. Just tone. He goes through the Boss Katana 50 here and covers all the effects.
What about the Boss Katana 50 dimensions?
Here are the dimensions listed for the Boss Katana 50:
- Height: 15.6"
- Width: 18.5"
- Depth: 9.3"
This is fairly typical for a 50-watt combo amp with a single speaker. It's nearly squared off, coming in just slightly wider than it is high.
Weight in solid state amps is usually not prohibitive
As we've already pointed out, solid state amps are almost always lighter than tube amps. For example, the Friedman Small box - which is also a 50-watt combo amp housing a single 12" speaker - is a whopping 52.5 pounds.
The Marshall JVM205C is even heavier at 65 pounds.
All this to say that solid state amps in this weight range are really easy to transport, especially when you compare them to the 50-60 pounds that some of the tube amp combos run.
Again, that's not every tube amp combo, but the weight of the Boss Katana 50 is a non-issue.
If you want a lighter amp, go down in wattage, perhaps to something around 20-25 watts.
For combos, make sure you stick to a single 12" speaker, because going to 2 x 12" really runs up the weight. Like we said, the Katana 50 is pretty "normal" for a solid state amp of this size, so we think you'll be fine with the weight and that it won't be an issue for you, at least not for basic use and transport.
If you have questions, the comments section is good to go.
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