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Bad Cat Cougar 5 5W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Big sound from a small package.

The Bad Cat Cougar 5 combo amp is a 5W guitar combo amp with standard controls and a Celestion Vintage 30 12" speaker. Great for practice and recording this combo delivers pure class A tone. The plywood cabinet construction and leather handle offer great durability.

Bad Cat Amplifiers was founded with the singular purpose of building tube amps that could rival the classics from the golden age. Superior build techniques are used and there's no compromise in features, material or performance.

FEATURES
  • Power switch with jewel pilot light
  • Volume, Tone and Master controls
  • Celestion Vintage 30 12" speaker
  • Effects send and return patch point
  • Plywood cabinet construction
  • Two 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • One EL84 Power tube

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Bad CatCougar 5 5W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
3.8

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (17)
  • Portable (17)
  • Excellent sound (12)
  • Warm / comfy (12)
  • Good power output (6)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Performances (8)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Small and yet very big sounding

I picked up a Cougar 5 when MF had it on a 'secret sale' (sale price didn't show until you "add to cart"). I had done a little research...Read complete review

I picked up a Cougar 5 when MF had it on a 'secret sale' (sale price didn't show until you "add to cart"). I had done a little research on the Bad Cat Cougar series prior to my purchase and I understood that they were designed by the folks at Bad Cat USA, but were made in China and used PC boards and components from Kustom and had plywood cases, etc...but for the price I paid, how bad could it be?
Let me be clear; this is possibly the BEST amp for the money out there. I've tried the Class 5 and AC4TV and Blues Junior and LP Jr. amp and many others and it just smokes them all. It compares much closer to a USA Bad Cat Mini Cat or Cub, amps that cost way more even on the used market.

With only 3 controls (Master, Volume, Tone) you'd think it would be limited in available tones, but those three controls allow for a wide array of sounds, from near-shimmering cleans to full-tilt beautiful tube-squished overdrive and much in-between. I've already done one studio gig and two live gigs with the Cougar 5 and it brings the goods and then some.
The sound from 5-watts (Class A) all-tube power into the Celestion V30 speaker is a wonderful thing.

This amp is a keeper. I'll end up getting a genuine USA Bad Cat in the future, but the Cougar will remain with me for a long, long time.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cheap & Noisy

Bad Cat should be embarrassed to have their name on this product. Right out of the box I noticed the cheap construction...even the control knobs are light weight plastic. I can only...Read complete review

Bad Cat should be embarrassed to have their name on this product. Right out of the box I noticed the cheap construction...even the control knobs are light weight plastic. I can only imagine how cheap the interior components are. Plugged it in and immediately had a very loud, unacceptable hum. The amp sounds OK, but for the price, it should be better. I know this is not a USA made Bad Cat, but at this price point the quality is subpar. I returned it and will not be testing my luck again.

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5.0

Class A Kitten

By fecarr

from MA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 5 5W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Great amp for the studio or small gigs.
    Takes pedals well the effects loop sounds great too

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    4.0

    Very nice warm but a bit of a hum

    By harvey

    from poconos

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    Pros

    • Good Warmth

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 5 5W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        This amp sound really warm with lots of tones. Like it a lot. But it seems to enjoy playing hum and electric noise as well. A HumX and good line filter seem to help. A keeper even with the hum.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great little amp

        By Jerry

        from NYC, NY

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Grab And Go
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 5 5W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Have seen this on sale before but based upon the overall ratings I passed it by. Last time it came up for sale I actually read the ratings. Seemed that the negative ratings all referenced the same hum. That' was it.. Typical problem with imported tube amps.
          Either tubes are bad or most likely one was jostled loose during shipping. I took a chance and only regret not doing so sooner. My amp is dead quiet, I need to double check that it's on sometimes. I play single coils 99% of the time and out of a 1/2 dozen or so name brand low watt amps in my house this is the most quiet.
          There seem to be haters out there that was t to compare this to a hand wired american amp. IDK I judge my gear by the way it works, not how much it cost or warped political bias based upon where it was built. Good is good regardless and this amp is a keeper and at the price I bought it for its also a bargain.
          If these guys that tanked the reviews based upon the hum were the experienced guys they claim to be they would have recognized the problem immediately. I guess MF has their reason for not suggesting they reseat the tubes themselves but if you own tube amps it's just something you learn to do regardless of the brand name or the cost.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AWESOME,

          By Jerry

          from NYC, NY

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Effects loop
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Great price
          • Light weight
          • Portable
          • Quiet
          • Sweet Sound
          • Takes Pedals Well

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bedroom
            • Home Studio
            • Living room

            Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 5 5W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            This amp is dead quiet.. I play mostly single coil fenders and even after running it through boost pedals the amp is silent. I saw some reviews complaining about hum, first thing that comes to mind is that a tube needed to be reseated. Pretty common issue with tube amps, boxes get jostled pretty well during shipping. Happens with tube amps from any manufacturer.
            I have several low powered amps and never could find the tone I was looking for in a practice amp at home volumes. This amp is exactly what I have been looking for. I've seen it on sale many times but avoided it because of many negative reviews. After some research I realized that most of the negative reviews were from people that had unrealistic expectations or haters that don't like the idea of a manufacturer using modern build methods to get an affordable amp to their customers.

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            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Very Poor Quality

            By ACH

            from Sacramento

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Limited Functions
            • Poor Sound Quality
            • Weak

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording

            Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 5 5W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I had to leave a review for this amp after purchasing it new from MF. It is terrible in my opinion. If you have money to burn go for it. If you are a beginner this might work for you. But if you care about your tone at all avoid it. I am a bit surprised by its poor tone. I read a number of reviews, Vintage Celestial speaker, tube quality... whatever the case, it was terrible and I immediately returned it. There is just no quality to it whatsoever. Hope it helps.

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            (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Cheap construction and noisy

            By rider7

            from NYC

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            Pros

            • NONE

            Cons

            • Poor construction
            • Poor Sound Quality
            • Weak

            Best Uses

            • Paper weight

            Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 5 5W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Return the amp as this was very noisy. Contact BadCat tech support and they point me to Hanser instead.

            Save your money and by the real thing and not this. The only thing this has in common with the real Bad Cat is the name.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            beautiful sound indeed

            By jams

            from Hampton, virginia

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Vintage 30 Speaker

            Cons

            • Expensive

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Mic Too Pa System
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Play Great Clean Tones
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 5 5W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            First I remove sino el-84 and replaced with a GE el-84 .
            The pre amp tubes were very sweet sounding and could not improve the tone it had , my NOS 12ax7 had more gain but less sweetness !
            The amp loves pedal overdrives and the FX loop is fantastic for my pedal delays and reverb and chorus.
            It sounds like a good 12 string with chorus but I am playing a 6 string.
            No el-84 hum problems , but like all tube amps crank the gain way up and your single coils will cause some hum.
            You do not notice this on 30 watt amps as much because you do not have to crank it as high.
            Fantastic practice amp for me.
            I never had a thought to send it back , but I recommend a change for the el-84 tube for reliability.
            I bent the cover screen on the tube section back some and was able to switch tubes without removing chassis.
            It is self bias class A so its plug and play.
            The speaker is perfectly matched for the tone I like !
            Its a very nice and expensive combo, but if you love great clean tones and no overdrive pre amp tube stack it is for you.
            You may overdrive it with a nice treble booster or OD pedal or even higher gain !
            You pay a lot but get a lot too , a tone that is awesome .
            Fact is it has the best clean tones I have ever gotten out of a amp.
            This amp plays music where others try but can not match the 5 watt cougar combo.
            Other brand amps has no clean tones this good in my opinion.
            Experience with this amp I consider invaluable too me.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great amp. Classy. Tone Machine

            By welkers

            from colorado

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 5 5W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              I've almost hit my 30 year mark of guitar playing, and naturally I've played thru many amps over the years. This is not a high gain amp by any stretch but it is a great sounding, easy to use amp. It can get great country to 70's, Southern Rock over drive. The stock speaker is a little on the darker side and I believe the amp maybe that way itself as well. This is not a Fendery bright or thin sounding amp. It is generally very warm sounding and full since it has a 12" speaker onboard. Overall build quality is solid and clean. The covering and grille clothe look great.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Fabulous except in one facet-

              By Brian C. Butler

              from Wisconsin

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fabulous Dirty Sound
              • Portable

              Cons

              • Clean Tone Sounds Boxy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 5 5W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                There is only one thing wrong with this amp- they put it into a box that is too small. I don't know why makers do this. Blackstar 5 watt made the exact mistake. So did Fender with the Blues Jr., I think. It has no bass at all compared to a larger cabinet.

                Other than that, which doesn't mean anything to some players, this amp is magnificent. The clean tone is very crisp and great-sounding (if you can get around the "no bass" thing). And when you turn it up it is a monster. The tone of the dirt as the Gain knob goes over half is about as good as I've heard. If an American-made Bad Cat sound better than this, I'm pleasantly surprised.

                But in my opinion, the boxy sound of that tiny cabinet is way too close to a deal-breaker.
                I'm keeping mine, but just barely. :)

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I'm a fan

                By Will Work For Tone

                from Central Coast California

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 5 5W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Great little amp. Nicely built and it has excellent tone. Very simple and straight forward controls. This amp does not play the guitar for you. You are definitely going to notice your playing. This little amp works out well in smaller clubs. Guitarist are inevitably too loud, we are trying to get to the sweet spot on our amps. This amp gets to that point at reasonable volumes. Many reviews reported unwanted hum or noise, the one I received is quiet. Overall this amp is a great value. You can pay a lot more money and still not get the quality of build and tone. These are not point to point hand built boutique amps, but they sound like they are.

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