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Bad Cat Cougar 5 5W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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Overview

  • Power switch with jewel pilot light
  • Volume, Tone and Master controls
  • Celestion Vintage 30 12" speaker
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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
 
3.6

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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    (3)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Portable (8)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Warm / comfy (5)
  • Good power output (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

    Reviewed by 9 customers

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    5.0

    Awesome

    By fecarr

    from MA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      This one of the best sounding 5watt amps I have owned.
      Love having a 12" speaker and the effects loop is awesome for deelays and reverbs.
      Sounds great with pedals overdrive, Wah etc.
      loud enough for small gigs

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      5.0

      GREAT AMP!

      By jack22

      from San Francisco

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Great Construction
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Very High Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gigs
        • Recording
        • Rehearsals

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

        The Bad Cat Cougar 5 is a fantastic amp. I just got mine in yesterday and it has become my favorite amp overnight. This is by far the best 5 watt amp for under a grand. No Vox, Marshall, Fender, Blackheart, or any other amp in a similar price range can compare. The sound is very warm, crunchy, and defined. You can hear every note clearly, even when strumming with a very overdriven sound. The build quality is also superb. I own a few new and vintage fenders, along with other amps, and this amp is by far the best build quality. Very heavy duty handle, knobs, and cabinet.

        I've seen a lot of mixed reviews on this stellar amp that I think that I should clear up. No, this is not the same quality as the USA Bad Cat amps and yes, it is made in China. Though some people can't get over feeling like Bad Cat "betrayed" them, the rest of us can enjoy the fact that they put together a superb sounding, super high quality, awesome amp for a super reasonable price! My amp does have a tiny bit of hum, but I don't notice it unless I'm listening for it and it seems go go away once the amp is sufficiently warmed up.

        I've been playing professionally for years, and this amp will definitely be making it's way around all of the studios and clubs that I play in. Awesome job, Bad Cat!!!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Yes!

        By H-A

        from Upper Peninsula of Michigan

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Effects loop
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • Two Speaker Outs

        Cons

        • Customer Service Strange

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Light Gigging
        • Professional Recording

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

        Alright, so I'd describe this amp as being somewhere in-between a Vox and a Marshall. I really like the sounds I can get from this amp.
        I did lots of research and tried lots of different amps, and I was down to choosing between a Vox AC15 and the Cougar 5. I ended up choosing the Bad Cat because it sounds a lot like an AC15, with subtle differences (which are good differences, if you ask me, more suited for my sound) but unlike the AC15, this has an effects loop and a much better speaker output configuration.
        The speaker in the cab is not hard-wired in, and I like that a lot. It means that I could run a full stack with this little guy (probably never will, but hey, it's nice to have the option!)
        I really like the fact that this amp is minimalistic in a way that is not limiting to what you can do with it. It doesn't have on-board reverb like the AC15, but it DOES have an effects loop in which you can put whichever reverb you prefer. It's only 5 watts, but you can run two cabs off of it, and you'll get a big sound.
        I was nervous about just having a tone cut, with no 3 band EQ, but I've found that I really don't need the EQ, and I spend a lot less time hunched over my amp trying to get it to sound just right. And in the future, I can simply add an EQ to my pedal board if I want more control of the sound.
        This amp doesn't have a lot of gain in and of itself. You can only get up to the edge of what I'd call "crunch" with the gain in the amp, but it responds great to dirt pedals. I'm running a Caroline Cannonball (great pedal) in front of it, and I can play alt metal/hardcore/heavy rock, no problem.
        Don't be deceived into thinking that this thing is quiet. It can blow your face off if you crank it. I haven't gigged with it, but I'm sure it would do fine, especially if you put another cab on it.
        As to the hum that some people have mentioned, I think that some have it a lot worse than others. Mine hums just a little, but it's totally okay. It doesn't affect my sound, and I never even notice it. You might want to play through the one you're going to buy to make sure that it doesn't have this problem. It's not a problem for me, but I don't know if these amps are all exactly the same.
        So, definitely at least give it a look. I play an Epi LP Standard through a Caroline Cannonball distortion into this guy. I play lots of alt metal/ rock/ hard rock/ hardcore kind of stuff, and with the added gain from my distortion pedal, this amp does it with no problems.
        This isn't just for blues, folks. It's a solid hard rock amp. I'm very happy with it.
        God bless!

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Small and yet very big sounding

        By gtrdave

        from Wilmington, DE

        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 5 5W Class A Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          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.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great tone, great amp

          By andybobandy

          from West Bath, ME

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording

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

            I really like this amp. I did notice a hum that some reviewers wrote about but it seemed to fade as the tubes warmed up and became non existent for me. That really isn't an issue for me. This is simply a great little amp that is ideal for my purpose of DIY recording and songwriting.

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            (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Cheap & Noisy

            By elvisvegas

            from Cincinnati, OH

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Noisy
            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

            • Practice

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

            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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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Hum Problem Seems to be Inherent...

            By Ronson

            from Los Angeles

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Loud 60 Hz Hum
            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

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

              This is an update to my previous review: The second replacement arrived yesterday from MF and it too has the hum problem. So, for me, that's three strikes against the Cougar 5W model. Too bad, because this would otherwise be a great amp for recording or home practice.

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              (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              60Hz Hum Spoils a Potentially Great Amp

              By Ronson

              from Los Angeles

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Portable

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

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

                The first amp MF sent me produced a loud 60-cycle hum. The hum was present with or without a guitar plugged in and made the amp basically useless for recording or at-home practice (my two intended uses). I have had several tube amps over the years and never had this issue before; but to be sure that hum wasn't coming from dirty power in my music room, I tried plugging the amp into other outlets in the house, tried switching off computers nearby etc... made no difference.

                So I returned the amp and got a replacement - no hassle and great customer service as usual with MF.

                Unfortunately, the replacement also had the hum problem, which suggests that its inherent to the design of the amp and that they all sound this way. However, its possible that the hum issue was a one-off and that due to some mix-up at the distribution center MF inadvertently sent me the same faulty amp twice.

                Either way, the amp was useless to me so I returned it and am now waiting for a second replacement.

                This whole process has been frustrating to say the least, but I have been prepared to give the amp a second and third chance because the basic tone seems to be very good (although its hard to be sure with the distraction of the hum) and the volume and gain range is just what I was looking for. Also, the build quality of the amp is excellent.

                I will update this review once the next replacement arrives...

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best in class

                By Morgan B

                from Freeport, NY

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording

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

                  This is the Best 5 Watt class A out there.needs pedals for high gain and reverb but the basic sound can only be described as beautiful.

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