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Bad Cat Cougar 50 50W Class AB Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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The Bad Cat Cougar 50 combo amp is a 50W Class AB guitar combo amp that features a Celestion Vintage 30 12" speaker. The controls allow for you to se...Read More

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A 50W combo with loads of versatility.

The Bad Cat Cougar 50 combo amp is a 50W Class AB guitar combo amp that features a Celestion Vintage 30 12" speaker. The controls allow for you to set the tone as clean or dirty as you want. The plywood cabinet construction and leather handle offer great durability.

Bad Cat Amplifiers was founded with the singular purpose of building guitar tube amps that could rival the classics from the golden age. Superior build techniques and no compromise in features or materials has earned them seven Guitar Player Editor's Pick Awards.

FEATURES
  • Power switch with jewel pilot light
  • Footswitchable channels
  • Reverb controlled via footswitch
  • Volume, Tone and Master controls
  • Three 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • Two EL34 power tubes
  • Effects send and return patch point
  • Plywood cabinet construction

Call or click to go from crystal clean to rich distortion with this stylish package.

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Bad CatCougar 50 50W Class AB Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
3.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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      4.0

      Awesome Amp

      By Chip

      from Boiling Springs SC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 50 50W Class AB Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Let's start by saying I am a tube amp lover and this amp sounds great! I currently own a EVH 5150iii, JSX, Plexi, Jet City and Fender combos for tone comparison and this amp has a tone all of its own (midrange) to cut thru the mix. Give it a try..... I'm glad I did!

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        5.0

        One Bad Cat

        By jsmalleus

        from Frederick, MD

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile
        • Versatility

        Cons

        • Footswitch not included

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 50 50W Class AB Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I noticed that the other reviews for this amp were from folks who bought it blindly and dinged it because they either didn't research it and know what it was, or how to use the features, so I figured I would chime in and try to give a bit more info.

        Yes, this is not one of the hand-wired USA bad cat amps. Bad cat did a licensing agreement with Hanser so that they approved the amp design, and Hanser actually builds the amp overseas in China. The amp is a pcb amp rather than hand-wired. But while it might not be a boutique usa hand-wired amp, it still sounds great, Bad Cat would not allow their name to be used if they didn't think they were good amps. The Bad Cat president himself mentioned so in various forums. This amp is geared at a lower price point, it's not a 2k boutique amp, but you can get a taste of that bad cat sound.

        I actually bought the head version of this amp first and liked it so much I couldn't resist grabbing the combo while it was on sale. When I first tried the cougar 50, my drummer (who runs his own studio, so he sees and tweaks a lot of different amps that come through) and I both were impressed by how good it sounded right out of the box with most controls set around noon. 15 minutes of narrowing down the right tone/mid boost settings and tweaking it from there, and we were blown away. You'd be hard pressed to find another new amp close to the sale price that can touch this thing. My other guitarist has a mesa mark v at the practice space, and while it doesn't nearly match the mesa as far as features go, for straight up jamming and tone it can hold it's own against it. I was able to dial it in so it had that same throaty growl, it has plenty of gain on tap for anything, and the gain does not sound all super fizzy when it's up too high like a lot of amps, it simply sounds like you have the gain up too high.

        I play mostly metal, so for me, the best tones from this amp don't come from using the speaker in the combo, but plugging it into an external cab. This is mostly because the combo is open back, and the music I play just sounds better coming out of my closed back 4x12. A blues or rock player might like the open back set up more though. The good thing is, I can practice with the combo, and then when it comes time to record I can just plug in my cab & get that tighter sound. V30's also sound better once you break them in a bit, and the speaker in the cab is new, so I recommend you play it for more than 10 seconds before you pass judgement and lambast the thing.

        The gain channel is where this amp shines, but the cleans also sound pretty good. I've heard better, but I've heard much worse, and the downside I think is mostly due to the fact that there are not eq knobs for the clean section, just the tone selector. The tone selector and the mid boost each have four settings, which give the amp a different EQ. On the tone knob, to the left is darker, to the right is brighter. The mid boost does just what it sounds like it does, it boosts the mids, letting you choose the scooped mids route to the left, or boosting them up to the right. On the gain channel, that mixed with the EQ knobs lets you get pretty much whatever you want out of this amp. On the clean channel, you're going to have to select the best tone setting you can and then if you are particular, adjust the knobs on the guitar or add a separate eq to get you the rest of the way there. It still sounds good as-is though.

        My only two wishes would be for a footswitch to be included, and eq knobs for the clean channel. At the price I got it for, it's still a five star amp without them. At the list price, I'd want those things or I'd ding it a star or two. If you're looking for a great amp without breaking the bank, this amp is stoopid good for the price. Just remember that you can plug it in to other cabs too if the sound you are going for calls for them. I'm extremely pleased with the amp, I bought the friggin thing twice because I like it so much. I might even try to put a video up on the utubs at some point to show what it can do, it's definitely a sleeper amp.

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        2.0

        You get what you pay for

        By Shy Willy

        from Mpls, MN

        About Me Professional Musician

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              Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 50 50W Class AB Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              I should have known that this wasn't going to be the overbuilt hand wired Bad Cat like the Cub.. These are better than the Blues Jr though. Anyway, I returned it and bought a real Bad Cat!

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              3.0

              Concur with other review

              By Trower Still_Rox

              from Columbus

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

                Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 50 50W Class AB Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                As stated in the other review, I too purchased this amp without hearing it first. It is well constructed and would be a great purchase for someone seeking very middy tones. I found both the high and low end lacking, the clean channel offers very little in available sounds. Not sure why a couple tone knobs are not on the amp. Quality amp, just not what I was looking for.

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                (9 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Screaming Deal, Not For Me

                By ARG

                from Phoenix, AZ

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Bad Cat Cougar 50 50W Class AB Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                Bought this on a Black Friday deal without auditioning the amp. I have been using either a Fender Vibrolux or a POD XT Live. I was looking for an amp that would give me lots of clean headroom, and it does a great job of that. Really good rock tones as well. But I am mostly a blues based player, and it only did an ok job of getting blues tones, no matter what I tried, and ok isn't good enough for me. I'm sending it back. Nothing really wrong with the amp, it's just not for me.

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