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Bad Cat Cougar 15 15W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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
 
4.5

(based on 21 reviews)

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    (16)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (19)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Portable (10)
  • Good power output (9)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (16)
  • Performances (14)
  • Professional recording (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (7)

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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5.0

One awesome beast of an amp !!!!

By 

from Spartanburg, SC

About Me Experienced

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.

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5.0

Superb amp

By 

from Hesperia ca.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

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!

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    5.0

    My Second Review

    By 

    from Tek-Sis

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    Ask me a question

    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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      5.0

      One of the best deals out there, for sur

      By 

      from Ft,. Worth, Texas

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      Pros

      • 45
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        OK, to start with, I like amps in the 15-20 watt range--because I like to over-drive "naturally." So take my review in that perspective. There's nothing like my 59 Tweed Deluxe, but I had been using a Vox AC-15 as a backup. Once I tried this, I sold my Vox (which is a very good amp). This amp has a very good class A tube pre-amp and good old EL-84 power tubes--the right combination for rock or blues. Excellent variations in sound using the master and volume knob in conjunction with the multi-position preset tone setting that goes from a Marshall-like sound to an AC 30 to a Black Cat AA type sound to a Fender twin sound. It's not a "modeling" amp, but this knob adjusts the eq levels to closely approximate those amps. Very handy for quick changes and great sound out of the Celestian. Overall, a best buy for sure at the price you can buy them right now. The amp is solid as a rock and nice looking. Black Cat has this made by Kustom in China, but it's to their specs and the pres of Black Cat has publicly stated that they "are very proud of this amp." For good reason-- You get near-Black Cat boutique American sound quality out of an amp costing about 1/4 of what you'd pay for the US equivalent. Really amazing job. I heard that the run of these they did the first 6 months had some problems, but all of that is apparently fixed. This amp is a dream for that price. I doubt you'll find an amp in this price range that compares to this one.

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        5.0

        A very wise investment

        By 

        from Detroit, Mi

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

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

          I picked up this amp as I filled in on guitar for a local modern country cover band. Everywhere we play, I am constantly receiving compliments on the tone this amp generates.

          The build quality seems excellent.

          I would recommend picking up an extension cabinet for live / rehearsal purposes as I have trouble hearing myself in a full band setting without micing the amp up.

          Only downside is that this amp is VERY BRIGHT. I play a telecaster and have to dial back the guitar volume, set the treble to about a "2" and the presence to about a "1". That resolved the issue.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          You get what you pay for?

          By 

          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.)

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I'm loving this

          By 

          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.

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            5.0

            Great Workhorse Amp

            By 

            from Cairo, NY

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            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound

            Cons

            • Reverb Dwell

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Band Setting
            • Events
            • Professional Recording

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

            At the sale price, these amps are a steal, at the full asking price, there are many other options to consider. Great tone and all the basics: reverb, effects loop, EQ.
            The tone is chimey but with a rock edge. Somewhere between a Vox and a Matchless. Definitely it's own thing. The tone is lush and dimensional and it loves pedals too.
            Some players may find it a bit bright, but it is voiced to cut through the mix. Perfect little amp for a small band or club gig. That said the EQ is generous enough to let you get great tone at any volume.
            My only complaint is the reverb dwell is a bit much. The reverb itself is good but it can linger and wash out the tone. Pretty minor complaint overall. This amp can do anything from Blues to Country to Rock. Definitely worth looking into.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesom

            By 

            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.

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              (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              electronic's are microphonic and nosiey

              By 

              from ny ny

              About Me Professional Musician

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                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    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.

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