Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 – Unboxing

Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 – Unboxing
A video by Have Guitar

Well, it has been awhile since I bought something new and I had kinda promised myself not to do it… and then came along the new 2019 line-up from Gibson and goodbye self control.

I do believe there are quite a few nice new models from Gibson but man… their prices has gone up! The previous Tribute models I have seen has been Les Pauls and in Sweden they have been sold for around 1000 USD. This tribute model has a list price from Gibson 1399 USD! And the High Performance series have increased as well.

But anyways, a Gibson Explorer has been on my “to-get-list” since long before I even started playing guitar and this Tribute 2019 just has a stylistically pure design that just spoke out to me. Makes it look raw and clean! Also the Dirty Finger+ pickups has some good rep around the Internets so here we go! This is only the unboxing video, although there is a small sound example included… a thorough review should be up around end October I hope.

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Equipment used in this video:
Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019
Boss Katana
Harley Benton Vintage Overdrive
Minotaur Checkers Ribbon Strap Black

Gibson website

Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019

BOSS Katana

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Boss Katana & Effect Pedals

Boss Katana & Effect Pedals from Have Guitar!

Finally an answer to a question that has been plaguing savvy Internet guitarists since the Boss Katana was released: how does the Katana take pedals? And here is the answer: as any other guitar amplifier. But. If that is not enough for you – ye of doubtful minds – then watch this video.

So yes, in this video I have selected a few gain pedals from my vast collection (read; four out of five pedals) – EHX Green Russian Big Muff (Fuzz) & Soul Food (transparent overdrive), Suhr Riot (Distortion) and the MXR Zakk Wylde Berzerker (Overdrive). They go into the front of the Boss Katana, which is setup with a “sneaky amp”: Clean Twin. And then… noodling is on. Anyways, if you are interesting in a particular pedal here’s a small index for you:

Index:
03:32 – Clean Twin w/o pedals as a reference
03:53 – EHX Green Russian Big Muff
05:16 – MXR Zakk Wylde Berzerker
06:27 – EHX Soul Food
08:33 – Suhr Riot

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Equipment used in this video:
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Boss Katana 100 watt combo amp
Electro Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff
Electro Harmonix Soul Food
Suhr Riot
MXR Zakk Wylde Berzerker
Kemper Profiling Amp

Boss Katana amps

Electro Harmonix

MXR/Jim Dunlop

Suhr Pedals

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Katana amplifier from Boss – Building a liveset

Katana amplifier from Boss – Building a liveset

So I have played around with the sneaky amps of the Boss Katana and started building a liveset with them. This is it! Or rather, it’s the second take…!

Getting the Boss Katana to sound good isn’t that hard in my opinion. Capturing those sounds, that’s another story. I did a first video awhile back but was not pleased with the outcome so thus this is the second take. In this video I have used both microphones and lined recordings but I still have to say that these sound settings sounds a lot better in real life!

You can find the link to this Liveset below, do download it and try it out for yourself!

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Index:
01:27 – 01 Match Drive, low gain blues/rock tone
04:03 – 02 R-Fire Modern, high gain lead
05:30 – 03 JC-120, Fat clean/Crazy sustain
07:04 – 04 Clean Twin, ambient style
08:40 – 05 Combo Crunch, dirty rock/blues tone
10:00 – 06 Coremetal, metal-ish tone

Equipment used in this video:
Boss Katana 100w combo amp-pack
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)

Download link LiveSet

Boss website

Sneaky amps liveset

FxFloorBoard software

Live Ready Sound (Impulse Responses)

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GT FX FloorBoard v2 for the Boss Katana released

So there is a new “pre-release” out of Gumtowns FX FloorBoard software out for the Boss Katana. If you don’t know about this software it’s like a replacement or alternative to the Boss Tone Studio. One of the good things with the FX FloorBoard is direct access to the “sneaky amps” and much more. This version is as mentioned not the final release but still a step up of course from the previous version.

Forum thread about the FX Floorboard on Vguitar forum

Direct download link FX FloorBoard

Boss Katana sneaky amps and the original amps

So, I got kinda curious about all those ‘sneaky amps’ that is “hidden” within the Boss Katana guitar amplifier. And for that sake, those five amp styles available from the physical knob – what are they based on? Did some searching and didn’t really find a compiled list so I created one. And once that was done, well why not publish it here – hopefully there are other Katana owners that would be interested in this. Anyways here it is:

GT-100 Name – Katana LED
FULL RANGE (Original BOSS amp) – Acoustic
JC-120 (Roland JC-120) – Clean
TWEED (Fender Bassman) – Crunch
5150 (Peavey 5150 Lead) – DRIVE Lead
SLDN (Soldano SLO-100) – Brown

The sneaky amps (GT-100 name – Original amp name)

Acoustic

Custom – Original BOSS amp

Clean

JC-120 Clean – Roland JC-120
NATURAL CLEAN – Original BOSS amp
CLEAN TWIN Clean – Fender Twin Reverb

Crunch

TWEED Crunch – Fender Bassman 4×10
COMBO CRUNCH – Original BOSS amp
STACK CRUNCH – Original BOSS amp
PRO CRUNCH – Original BOSS amp
DELUXE CRUNCH – Fender DeLuxe Reverb
VO DRIVE – Vox AC-30TB Drive sound
VO LEAD – Vox AC-30TB Lead sound
MATCH DRIVE – Matchless DC-30 left input

Lead

5150 DRIVE – Peavey EVH 5150 Lead channel
HiGAIN STACK – Original BOSS amp
XTREME LEAD – Original BOSS amp
CORE METAL – Original BOSS amp
BG LEAD – Mesa Boogie IIb combo amp lead sound
BG DRIVE – Mesa Boogie IIb with treble shift on
MS1959 I – Marshall Plexi channel I
MS1959 I+II – Marshall Plexi with channels paralleled
R-FIRE VINTAGE – Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Ch2 Vintage mode
R-FIRE MODERN – Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Ch2 Modern mode
T-AMP LEAD – Hughes & Kettner Triamp 3
BGNR UB – Bogner Uberschall

Brown

SLDN – Soldano SLO-100
POWER DRIVE – Original BOSS amp
ORNG RB – Orange Rockerverb

You can download a liveset from Vguitarforums to access all the sneaky amps except the “CUSTOM amp”. Just import this liveset and use/tweak the included tone settings based on those amps to your liking, then you can save it to your Katanas preset slots or your own liveset. This liveset includes all the sneaky amps and separate BRIGHT settings – a total of 30 variations.

Liveset at Vguitarforums

Another option is Gumtowns Katana FxFloorBoard editor that gives direct access to 29 amps. It also has a bunch of other nice features – follow the link to read all about it. There’s been some compability problems with the new Katana firmware updates but it works as it is for both Mac and Windows.

Gumtown’s Katana FxFloorBoard Editor

Boss Katana: Discover the FxFloorBoard editor

Lo and behold – Gumtowns FxFloorBoard for the Boss Katana! There’s a good chance you will already know about this alternative software editor but I’m thinking there are probably some people out who hasn’t. This video is for those poor uneducated souls.

This video is actually also like a first impression for me, shot it as I installed the editor and tested it for the first time. So please, don’t expect too much of it – it’s basically me looking around and showing off the capabilities of the FxFloorBoard.

There’s been a high level of Katana activity on Have Guitar! this week – next Thursday it’s time for a new Kemper video.

Equipment used in this video:
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Boss Katana 100w 1×10

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This video in SvedishDenna video på svenska:

https://youtu.be/c9QrXHZVI8g

Boss website – Katana Amps

Vguitar Forums (have dedicated sub forums for the Boss Katana)

Vguitar Forums – GumTown’s Katana FxFloorBoard Editor

(An alternative software editor that gives you direct access to the ‘sneaky amps’ and much more!)

Boss Katana @ The Gear Page

Tone Settings from Guitarpatch.com

Review of the Boss Katana in English

Svensk recension av Boss Katana

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Boss Katana 100 watts 1×12″ – Review & Test

So here’s another review from Have Guitar – the Boss Katana amplifier. Is tubes? No. Is it a digital modelling amp? Not really. The Boss Katana goes its own way and its goin’ is good…

This review is about the Boss Katana 100 watts with a 1×12″ speaker, five different amp setting ranging from acoustic to high gain, power control and much more. Watch my review for a runthrough of the Katanas feature, sound examples and Have Guitars opinion about this amp!

English review:

Recension på svenska (Swedish review):

Equipment used in this video:
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Boss Katana 100w 1×10
EHX Big Muff Russian Green

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Boss website – Katana Amps

Vguitar Forums (some sub forums dedicated for the Boss Katana)

Vguitar Forums – GumTown’s Katana FxFloorBoard Editor

(The above is an alternative software editor, gives direct access to the ‘sneaky amps’ and much more!)

Long thread on the Boss Katana @ The Gear Page

Tone Settings from Guitarpatch.com

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Unboxing / First impression: Electro Harmonix Russian Green Big Muff

Have Guitar is happy to present an unboxing and first impression video of the Electro Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff. This pedal should not be unfamiliar with any guitarist and this reissue of the russian version certainly will bring fatness and sustain to your sound palette.

So this is not an in-depth review or test, just as stated; the unboxing and my first impression of the Green Russian Big Muff and it certainly gave an impression on me! It looks great and it plays great and it can alter the sound of your amplifier more than I had expected. Very cool indeed!

And yes, that is a t-shirt from the KISS reunion tour 96/97. I have had that for 20 years and it’s still in great shape – you gotta love quality like that!

Equipment used in this video:
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Electro Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff
Boss Katana 100w 1×10

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Green Russian Big Muff @ Electro Harmonix

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