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Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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15W of tube tone through a Celestion Vintage 30 speaker.

The Bad Cat Cougar 15 combo amp is a 15W tube amp combo that's built in Bad Cat's esteemed tradition. This tube powered combo amp has a Celestion Vintage 30 12" speaker that provides plenty of power and classic tone. It also features Clean, Lead and Global controls that combine to make it super dynamic.

Bad Cat Amplifiers was founded with the purpose of building amps that could rival the classics from the golden age. Superior build techniques are used with assembly and there is no compromise in features or materials.

FEATURES
  • 15-watt Class A Guitar Amplifier
  • Power with Jewel power light
  • Reverb controlled via footswitch
  • Clean channel controls
  • Lead Channel controls
  • Global controls
  • Celestion Vintage 30 12" speaker
  • 3 “ 12AX7 Preamp valves
  • 2 “ EL84 Power amplifier valves

Call or click to get 15W of tube tone in a seriously stylish package.

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Bad CatCougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.4

(based on 24 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (21)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Warm / comfy (17)
  • Portable (12)
  • Good power output (11)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (18)
  • Performances (16)
  • Professional recording (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Amateur recording (10)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Full of pleasant surprises

After having some time to plug and play a little I was impressed with the range of tonal characters available using the 4 position rotary "Tone" selector. This control follows the...Read complete review

After having some time to plug and play a little I was impressed with the range of tonal characters available using the 4 position rotary "Tone" selector. This control follows the gain stage and alters the mids and lows in each of its 4 positions. For my taste, position 1 and 2 are too thin for a good clean sound, however, these settings are useful when the gain is cranked. I found that positions 3 and 4 are best for what I like to hear in a clean sound. Position 3 of the "Tone" selector has a more of a British character and position 4 yields a nice full, Fender-like tone which matched up well to the clean tone of a Fender Deluxe Reverb when I compared them side by side. The Bad Cat has a nice bloom to it's feel as well. Not stiff sounding at all. The Deluxe Reverb has more clean headroom though. The rest of the tone stack is nicely voiced and very powerful.

Pleasant surprise #1: The reverb. The Bad Cat's full size tube driven reverb tank provides a sweeter, more usable reverb than the overly sensitive reverb circuit of the Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue. (I'm tempted to pop a 12AU7 as a replacement for Fender's 12AT7 as the reverb driver in the Deluxe to tame the reverb response...another story I suppose.)

Pleasant surprise #2: The taper and response of the preamp gain are incredible. This is one of the most dynamic amps I've ever played. I already mentioned that the clean headroom on this amp is limited but it dynamically moves into overdrive land in the nicest of ways. Cranking the preamp volume yields an incredibly nice lead tone. No 12AX7 preamp buzz but rather a legit and dynamic tone that would warrant setting the Bad Cat Cougar 15 up with that lead tone and getting an amp switcher to get your clean tone from an amp with more headroom.

I've never owned a Celestion Vintage 30 but have received mixed reviews on them over the years from those whom I respect but this speaker doesn't seem harsh or overly strident which is a bit surprising especially since it's brand new and not broken in yet. Granted, you can dial in very obnoxious brittle tones with this amp if that's your thing but you can also get some sweet & smokey Fender like tones too...bloom and all. It's truly amazing the variation in tones and textures that are available from the controls which only consist of: Volume, 4 position rotary "Tone" selector, Bass, Treble, Master Volume, Presence, and Reverb.

If you're looking for a class A boutique amp and don't have a couple grand laying around, you may be pleased with this new Bad Cat offering. If you're looking for a lot of clean headroom, keep looking.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You get what you pay for?

A great example of "looks good on paper." All the specs are there; Bad Cat makes amazing amps, Tubes are exactly what they should be, Class A power, and...Read complete review

A great example of "looks good on paper." All the specs are there; Bad Cat makes amazing amps, Tubes are exactly what they should be, Class A power, and for my buck Celestion Vintage 30s throw the best tone.

Not sure what happened with this one though...

I knew from the start the Cougar series was a "licensed" Bad Cat, hence the price difference, and wouldn't sound like a Black Cat 15 (which is AMAZING. If you ever have the opportunity to play through one, do it!) I A/B'd the Cougar with my AC30 which is pretty trebly on its own, and couldn't get anywhere near the tone I was looking for from the Cougar. All treble, no low end. Couldn't even get it to a clean stage where it would take pedals well.

If this is your first amp, It's a great value. Fender doesn't make much that's comparable in this price range. But it's a tough sell. It's far from how an amp with these specs should sound and very far off the Bad Cat product line.

(Note that I ended up returning mine after a few days, so take the review with a grain of salt.)

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Full of pleasant surprises

By OldToneDog

from Erie, PA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      After having some time to plug and play a little I was impressed with the range of tonal characters available using the 4 position rotary "Tone" selector. This control follows the gain stage and alters the mids and lows in each of its 4 positions. For my taste, position 1 and 2 are too thin for a good clean sound, however, these settings are useful when the gain is cranked. I found that positions 3 and 4 are best for what I like to hear in a clean sound. Position 3 of the "Tone" selector has a more of a British character and position 4 yields a nice full, Fender-like tone which matched up well to the clean tone of a Fender Deluxe Reverb when I compared them side by side. The Bad Cat has a nice bloom to it's feel as well. Not stiff sounding at all. The Deluxe Reverb has more clean headroom though. The rest of the tone stack is nicely voiced and very powerful.

      Pleasant surprise #1: The reverb. The Bad Cat's full size tube driven reverb tank provides a sweeter, more usable reverb than the overly sensitive reverb circuit of the Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue. (I'm tempted to pop a 12AU7 as a replacement for Fender's 12AT7 as the reverb driver in the Deluxe to tame the reverb response...another story I suppose.)

      Pleasant surprise #2: The taper and response of the preamp gain are incredible. This is one of the most dynamic amps I've ever played. I already mentioned that the clean headroom on this amp is limited but it dynamically moves into overdrive land in the nicest of ways. Cranking the preamp volume yields an incredibly nice lead tone. No 12AX7 preamp buzz but rather a legit and dynamic tone that would warrant setting the Bad Cat Cougar 15 up with that lead tone and getting an amp switcher to get your clean tone from an amp with more headroom.

      I've never owned a Celestion Vintage 30 but have received mixed reviews on them over the years from those whom I respect but this speaker doesn't seem harsh or overly strident which is a bit surprising especially since it's brand new and not broken in yet. Granted, you can dial in very obnoxious brittle tones with this amp if that's your thing but you can also get some sweet & smokey Fender like tones too...bloom and all. It's truly amazing the variation in tones and textures that are available from the controls which only consist of: Volume, 4 position rotary "Tone" selector, Bass, Treble, Master Volume, Presence, and Reverb.

      If you're looking for a class A boutique amp and don't have a couple grand laying around, you may be pleased with this new Bad Cat offering. If you're looking for a lot of clean headroom, keep looking.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Not a Roland JC-120

      By Anti-noob

      from mars

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        A duo of El-84's isn't really a formula for gobs of clean headroom. This thing is what it is folks ; a blues and rock mini brute that gets superb Brit power tube grit and grind at earlier break up levels along with some respectable clean fendery sounds that might need to be miked for greater volumes . I dig that edgey break up allot so it suits me as I'm not looking to fill the arena up with decibles ( they make PA systems for that don't they ?)

        Over all build quality is impressive at these price levels, and the controls give you lots of good sounds without a lot of fiddling ( I haven't found a bad one yet !) Reverb is great .

        So there you go . If you paired this with a small tweed or blackface type clone; ( something that uses a quartet of 6V6's or 6L6's ) and a ABY box you would have a great , portable set up to cover all the important bases.

        It's important to see that this amp is a specialist and makes no pretense at being that elusive if not impossible "Jack of all trades "

        Well Done misbehaved feline , well done.

        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great amp for the money!

        By NoraStone

        from Orange County, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • May Deter Some Gear Snobs

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        For the sake of full disclosure, I have gigged/rehearsed with a Bad Cat Lynx 50 head and a Hot Cat 15 combo. This amp comes close to, but not exactly to the sound of the American gear.

        That being said, there is also a couple thousand quid in the price difference between the two "worlds" of Bad Cat products. Make no mistake, this amp is fantastic!

        My current gig is a metal/hard rock band (think A7X meets Stone Sour) and I use this amp for recording demos and rehearsals. It is easy enough to grab and go when I don't want to take an entire rack of gear.

        As for sound, this amp kills! The gain knob is a little touchy on the drive channel. I've found that even with the gain set very low (8 o'clock) you can still get a pretty heavy crunch suitable for more mellow or classic rock sounds. The midrange is very nice, and detailed. Even with the gain in a range suitable for my style of play, the individual notes of large chords can still be heard, which is a perk you would usually have to fork over some serious coin to get on a high-gain amp.

        The clean channel is very straight forward, the sounds on each of the knob settings are usable but I find myself sticking to either the far-right setting or one behind that. The reverb is subtle. Even when cranked, it won't wash out your sound. It seems to just sit pleasantly underneath what you're playing, rather than fighting for space in the front.

        I'm able to get very usable sounds out of this amp, and since it was on sale when I bought it, the price was right. Even when it isn't on sale it's worth the money.

        Bottom line, it's a great amp. If you're a boutique amp kind of player, this may not exactly be your cup of tea, but it's a very good cup of tea nonetheless.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        1/2 off SDOTD, yes. Full price, no.

        By rnappi

        from NY,NY

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

        • Quality control

        Best Uses

        • Guitar Amplification

        Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        First thing's first, the amp sounds great. You get a spectacular tone without having to take out a second mortgage on your home. I have no problem with the fact that this is a knock off import that uses PCBs rather than point to point wiring. As long as it sounds good, who cares?

        That said, there' a known issue with the power supplies causing the 15w and 5w models to hum, even with nothing plugged into the amp. You can send the chassis to the Hanser Group(they make the amp, not Bad Cat) and they will do a capacitor mod for free. Beware, some say this changes the tone. Mine only hums when I use the reverb, so i'm not taking the risk, I have other outboard reverbs.

        I bought this amp for half off during a Stupid Deal of the Day, so I have no regrets. For full price, I would definitely go for a used hand wired amp instead.

        (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        great rockin' tone

        By Dee Griffith

        from Asheville,NC

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

        • No Clean Headroom
        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I really wanted to like this amp,but for my purposes it's just a one-trick pony.It's a great trick if you want a touch sensitive,overdriven rock sound.Sounds great with my teles,strats,335s and Les Paul guitars.But hardly any clean sound above 2 or so on the gain knob.I have an AC-15 handwired to compare it with.The Vox is a much more versatile amp with plenty of headroom in the 1st channel.BTW,they claim the Cougar is a channel switching amp,it's only 1 channel with no gain boost or anything that would provide a 2nd,footswitchable channel.I had hoped the Badcat would sound similar to my Vox,but in a smaller package.I would need to bring a separate amp for my rhythm and clean playing,so I had to return it.Nice build quality and the lead sound is great.I just wish it had a little more clean and less gain so that I could use it on a gig.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        No bells or Whistles, Pure Vintage Sound

        By Michael Best

        from Darwin, NT

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Its a simple plug and play unit. There is plenty of headroom but as mentioned previously its not clean past about 10.30 on the dial. From there on its crunchy rock to all out scream. The tone knob is the interesting variation. Position 1 is very thin. Plenty of Bass and volume needs to be added. Also use this variation for some low volume clean jangle or funk. Position 2 is probalby best for that classic distored rock tone. From there on the tone thickens up. Its not until you reach tone 3 that you get a lovely lush full clean sound. Great for the clean tone. Turn up the volume for grat crunchy rock rythym. Position 4 can get rather rock, metal raunchy. Overall I prefer position 3. Speaker is great. Reverb sparkles.

        It all depends what you are looking for. This is a plug and play blues/rock amp.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I Can't Get My Work Done

        By Spongeworthy

        from Central Coast

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        Pros

        • Cutting Tone
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • Straight Forward Controls

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • No Channel Switching

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        This amp is a nice simple straight forward design. It lacks the bells and whistles many small combos have. Therefore it is somewhat limited. Either you have to set it up to play clean or set it it up for a dirty sound. The thing I love about this amp is how the amp sounds when it is driven. It has high gain potential, but the tone is extremely articulate when driven. I have been setting it up to get a nice driven tone, when I play soft it cleans up. It has been working out nicely at the local blues clubs. When you back off on the pick you can play chords with nice flavor. When you go to a solo you can dig in and make this thing scream like a banshee. I have playing this thing non stop since it arrived. I simply can't get enough.
        I know there has been some diologue about the fact that it is made in China. Although I am not completely happy with the fact alot of companies import manufacturing to foreign countries, it is a fact of life. The quality of this amp is boutique all the way.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Bad cat cougar 15

        By Me

        from Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Very Well Built

        Cons

        • Cant Think Of Any So Far

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I was upgrading from a blues jr and I have to say this blows the fender out of the water. The construction quality is flawless. The one thing I do have to say about it is that it's bigger and heavier than the blues jr but not as bad as an ac15. Overall it's an awesome buy

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        You get what you pay for?

        By analogdebut

        from San Francisco, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • Quality Parts
        • Value

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        A great example of "looks good on paper." All the specs are there; Bad Cat makes amazing amps, Tubes are exactly what they should be, Class A power, and for my buck Celestion Vintage 30s throw the best tone.

        Not sure what happened with this one though...

        I knew from the start the Cougar series was a "licensed" Bad Cat, hence the price difference, and wouldn't sound like a Black Cat 15 (which is AMAZING. If you ever have the opportunity to play through one, do it!) I A/B'd the Cougar with my AC30 which is pretty trebly on its own, and couldn't get anywhere near the tone I was looking for from the Cougar. All treble, no low end. Couldn't even get it to a clean stage where it would take pedals well.

        If this is your first amp, It's a great value. Fender doesn't make much that's comparable in this price range. But it's a tough sell. It's far from how an amp with these specs should sound and very far off the Bad Cat product line.

        (Note that I ended up returning mine after a few days, so take the review with a grain of salt.)

        (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        electronic's are microphonic and nosiey

        By guitarman

        from ny ny

        About Me Professional Musician

        Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I was hoppinh this amp would be at least a decent bad cat.it's built well for what you can see.but what you cant see is the problem.super nosiey. ..microphonic..returned it..its too bad..the cab and speaker is great.concept was great.guyts were not great..I really hopped it would be good.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Excellent gritty tube tone!

        By Dan1125

        from Minneapolis, MN

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I bought this since it was on sale for cheap! pretty much expected it to sound good, and I was not disappointed. Sure, it's a "one-trick-at-a-time" pony, but can be used in many different settings.

        It has a very good range of tone, from sparkly-ish clean to pretty saturated OD. Every gain setting sounds really good and gutsy.

        The tone switch is kinda cool. It changes the character of the EQ quite drastically, and there is no way someone can;t find their tone on this thing.

        Good reverb, effect loop (yes, it has one, even if it's not well ducmented) and plenty of power.
        If you're looking for a Fender Twin kinda clean tone, this isn;t the best choice. But I absolutely love the clean sound on this, with a tiny bit of breakup.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        OMG! Amazing Amp at an Amazing Deal!

        By SigE

        from Texas Underground!

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Been burned more times than I know when making a online purchase gamble. Well, this one paid off big time. I didn't even need to to a tube upgrade, and I'm really picky. Rock on!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I'm loving this

          By MusicByDesignStudio

          from Tek-Sis

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I was really wanting a Fender Princeton 68 reissue but just couldn't see popping out that much moola at the moment so I stumbled upon this jewel on sale for half a grand at MF and finally decided to give it a whirl. Some users claim theirs is noisy (which would be a big issue with me) but mine is almost silent with nothing plugged in and the volume up. The reverb does add a touch of noise but its way low and very acceptable even in a bedroom studio environment like I have. I like the front controls (I hate top controls on amps) and I use the last tone selection which is full and fender-like. I won't buy an amp if it doesn't have great cleans because that is where tone starts and this amp has true Fender cleans to my ears and I use to have a Deluxe Reverb Limited Edition. I keep my volume low so I imagine if you are cranking this bad boy up, the cleans may get a bit more overdrive going but its such a nice sound either way. This is a huge amp compared to what I thought it was going to be. Its like 44 pounds and not very portable but I keep it right in the studio where it will stay like new. It loves my favorite pedals which was crucial for me. Those pedals are :
            Electro-Harmonix - MetalMuff
            T-Rex -Tone Bug Distortion
            Mad Professor 1,
            RedWitch -Fuzz God II
            Lovepedal - Les Lius
            Earthquaker Devices - Dispatch Master

            Anyway, the onboard Reverb is interesting and fun to play with although I usually leave it off. I haven't tried the FX loop in the back yet and so far just running the pedals from the front. This amp doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles but I kind of like it that way. If you want built-in overdrive, just turn up the volume and down the master and you'll hear its own overdrive character which is great to have and if you mix a bit of that with your own pedals you discover a whole new rocking sound to enjoy. This thing may have came from China but so did pretty much all the Macintosh and PC computers out there. This amp has great simple looks and I finally found the amp that tickles my ears and is boutique for a great deal.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesom

            By Spaff-Daddy

            from Anchorage, AK

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • It's A Bad Cat
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              It's a bad cat and thus a quality product. Awesome for practicing or smaller
              Venues.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great tone for the $$$

              By LiamN

              from Northern California

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                My main instrument is bass, but I play guitar for demos and recording and I had been using a solid state Marshall which was inexpensive, but always sounded horrible. Have been wanting a tube amp forever, finally decided to take a shot on this one and I couldn't be happier.
                Great tone for the price. Went with Bad Cat having seen Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree numerous times and was always impressed with the tone he had. We'll see how it holds up over time, but initially it seems very impressive.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Cougar 15 15 watt class A Guitar Combo Amp

                By ralylark

                from Crescent City Florida

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  This amp sounds great with many choices for sounds. At the price. it can't be beat without spending $2300. or more and I'm not sure the more expensive amps are better...maybe not as good.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Loves pedals!

                  By Mark of the Beast

                  from Hades

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    Great pedal platform. Could easily gig this amp with a rooster and a strat. Little noisy, but is not overbearing and dissapears in the mix. Want a great single channel amp that is spanky, sparkly and chimey.....this is for you. Want metal.....go elsewhere. 5-star tone, 4-star craftsmanship, no deductions for noise (sometimes inherent). 4-1/2 stars overall.
                    Marshall Bluesbreaker w/blue alnicos, Valvetrain 318, Marshall 50watt plexi, Vox 15watt night train, Mesa Boogie Mark lV.......

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    One awesome beast of an amp !!!!

                    By Rick

                    from Spartanburg, SC

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    Absolutely one of the best sounding guitar amps that I've ever owned. It's so versatile, and it's simple to dial in just the right tone whether it's rock, blues or jazz. The warm tube tone paired up with the Celestion G-12 speaker brings your sound right on home. The Bad Cat "Cougar" is now my go to amp for guitar.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Superb amp

                    By felonieous fonk

                    from Hesperia ca.

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                      I was using a100w fender dual showman. All of the drive or add. Tone/sounds came from drive/effects. The Bad Cat cougar 15 changed everything! Now it's just guitar And amp and it sounds better than ever! From crystal clean to a muddy crunch. Just roll back guitar Vol. and it's all there. This amp is an instrument not just a speaker. Maybe I just never new it? Thanks Bad Cat!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      My Second Review

                      By MusicByDesignStudio

                      from Tek-Sis

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Good Warmth
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                        This is my second review on this product but I felt it important to mention something since some people are saying this amp sounds thin or lacks bass.

                        First find and read my other review but I would like to add something about the tone controls which are really unlike any amp I have ever seen or used. Usually with most amps you turn up the treble and bass and and your done. Not so with this amp, My favorite fender-like setting is to put the tone knob on the 4th (last) position. Then have the Bass & Treble knobs pointing toward each other. Yep, have the chicken head knobs pointing towards each other which is usually pretty much opposite you would think for the Treble, but these knobs are not like a standard bass & treble but more like a strange eq. Try this and you'll see what I mean. This achieves the clean fender sound and if you turn it up you'll get some fender-like overdrive. This setting also works well with pedals and is the perfect starting place for any pedal I have tried so far. Yeah!

                        These are going to get harder to find as Bad Cat seems to be ending their affordable amps made overseas. I think these are pretty cool amps and love the build quality and look. Sure I would love a US made one but I just didn't have a grand or two laying around, haha.

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