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I’m a hard rock guitarist with heavy influence from American 80’s glam metal and British Classic Rock. I’m also looking to get a somewhat affordable 4x12 half stack that produces “classic tones” and can play at volumes from dead quiet to insanely loud. I’ve tried the Marshall Origin 50H and BOSS Katana 100W Head, and I was amazed by both of them. I’m stuck on which one to get.
I’m looking for a tone with a lot of midrange, more gain than AC/DC, but less gain than Modern Metal bands (Don’t think the Marshall Origin 50H won’t do, since I can always put a boost in front of it). What should I choose? Feel free to also suggest a 4x12 cabinet to use with the amp.
 

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That's quite a different pair of amps.

The Katana is something of a one-stop amp. A wide variety of tones, built-in effects, loud enough to gig, I think the head even has a little speaker built in for practice. More tweeking available if you connect a computer. And relatively light, as all SS amps are.

The Marshall is a bit of a one trick pony, compared to this. But what a trick. With the Marshall, you'll probably want to add an overdrive pedal(s) to get the range of tones you want - and some mod pedals down the road. So the Marshall is like one part of a system you'll have to assemble yourself. But it will be your system, not the same system as all other Katana owner's have.

So I have only two questions for you. Red pill or blue pill? And how deep down the rabbit hole do you want to go?
 
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The Katana is something of a one-stop amp. A wide variety of tones, built-in effects, loud enough to gig, I think the head even has a little speaker built in for practice. More tweeking available if you connect a computer. And relatively light, as all SS amps are.
I have the 112 combo and GA-FC foot controller.
I've spent more time tweaking/programing the pedal selections through the computer than actually playing the amp. lol
That's the beauty of it. Access to all Boss pedals and also updates online.
There's also a pretty cool Katana community where you can download patches and get other info.
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That's quite a different pair of amps.

The Katana is something of a one-stop amp. A wide variety of tones, built-in effects, loud enough to gig, I think the head even has a little speaker built in for practice. More tweeking available if you connect a computer. And relatively light, as all SS amps are.

The Marshall is a bit of a one trick pony, compared to this. But what a trick. With the Marshall, you'll probably want to add an overdrive pedal(s) to get the range of tones you want - and some mod pedals down the road. So the Marshall is like one part of a system you'll have to assemble yourself. But it will be your system, not the same system as all other Katana owner's have.

So I have only two questions for you. Red pill or blue pill? And how deep down the rabbit hole do you want to go?
I’ve tried the Marshall Origin 50H three times, and the BOSS Katana Head 2 times, using a 4x12 for both amps. Every time I used the Marshall Origin, I placed a pedal in front of it. The first time, I used the MXR MC402, second time, Ibanez Mini Tube Screamer, 3rd time, BOSS BD-2. I got good results out of all of them. When I tried the BOSS Katana Head, I just used the amp. I plan on setting one medium gain tone, which I’ll include an overdrive pedal to boost if needed, rolling down my guitar volume to clean up, sometimes turning on a mod effect in the FX loop when I clean up, and using the BOSS GE-7 I have through the FX loop to turn on for a lead tone, then bypass it to go back to my rhythm tone.
I’ve also lifted both of them before. I feel that I can lift both of them conveniently.

Ps. I have a drive pedal already.

I play lead guitar at church, but I plan on starting a rock band. The frontman of the church band plays rhythm guitar, and when playing with him, I feel like I’m playing unmixed with a drummer while using a Line 6 Spider V practice combo.

I currently use a Fender Mustang V2 15W, which I feel has insufficient built in distortion. It also offers no control over midrange or presence, which are both crucial to the sound I like to use. I also like the sound and response of a tube amp, and the lack of speaker-induced weight in a head. If I were going for a big amp like the two I’m trying to choose from, I’d probably want to use a head, since it’ll be lighter than a combo.

Ps. I don’t really plan on making much use of the Katana Head’s built in speaker.

About Mod Pedals, I would like to have the BOSS DC-2w, which I still have yet to try. Your average chorus effect is quite wobbly, while I’m looking for the more crystal clear sound of the Roland Dimension D, which was adopted by the BOSS DC-2, and recreated in the second mode on the BOSS DC-2w.
 

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I have the 112 combo and GA-FC foot controller.
I've spent more time tweaking/programing the pedal selections through the computer than actually playing the amp. lol
That's the beauty of it. Access to all Boss pedals and also updates online.
There's also a pretty cool Katana community where you can download patches and get other info.
VGuitar Forums - Index scroll down a bit.
I’m using my phone’s web browser, because my computer is broken.
 
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