The Blues Cube, Katana and Nextone amps are all aimed at quite different players and all offer something unique. None of them are tube amps which seems a strange thing to say in a guitar world dominated by vintage and boutique style tube amps but these 3 different models all hold their own in a unique way and prove that rules were made to be broken.
The Boss Nextone is a perfect example of this by packing Four Analog Class-AB Power Amp Circuits all into a single unit – something that hasn’t been done before. This allows you total tonal and creative control over your amp sound.
There’s no denying the success of the Boss Katana range either as it hit the perfect sweet spot between having loads of great features, being really affordable and working as both a gigging amp and a home practice or recording amp.
Then you’ve got the Blues Cube which was released under Roland (Roland and Boss are part of the same company if you weren’t sure of the parallels there) and the Blues Cube was a hit with players who wanted an affordable, powerful, giggable amp that could be attenuated, that maintained real “feel and response” without having to lug a heavy valve amp around.
Boss Nextone Amps
The Boss Nextone amps are a new take on a classic design. Normally you’d only ever have one power amp and you’re stuck with that voicing. However, Boss have cleverly added 4 analogue power amps into this unit that’ll allow you to choose your exact sound and response from the amp. You’ve 6V6 for American combo cleans and 6L6 for higher headroom, cleaner tones that American sound with more gain. Or EL84 for glassy, chimey British sounds or even EL34 for classic British distortion.
The power amps are class A/B which means they’ve got equivalent valve power according to their wattage. So, the 40w Nextone amp will hold it’s own next to a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, however it has got attenuation which will take it from 40w to 20w to 0.5w! This not only adjusts output volume, but it also changes the amps response to that of a lower powered amp.
Having this flexibility in the power amp section allows you to completely control how the speaker breaks up under distortion and also how your amp responds to your pedals. You can even dial in two different channels with two different power amps using the Nextone editor allowing 6V6 for clean and EL34 for lead for example.
The Boss Nextone amps are great for when you want total control over your sound and exactly how the speaker responds to what you’re playing and what you put in front of it. I wouldn’t be surprised to see these amps on stages all around the world in a similar way to other 40w valve amps, except without the tube amp vulnerability issues. Boss products are built like tanks!
- Four Analog Class-AB Power Amp Circuits inside one amplifier
- 40w and 80w version that’ll hold their own at any gig
- Brilliant with pedals and highly tweakable with the computer editor
- Effects on-board including Reverb, Delay, Trem and Boost