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Bad Cat Cougar 50H 50W Class AB Tube Guitar Amp Head  

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A lean powerhouse with classic controls.

The Bad Cat Cougar 50H is a 50W Class AB guitar amp head. Clean, Lead and Global controls allow you to tweak your tone. Also featuring footswitchable channels and reverb for even more options.

Bad Cat Amplifiers was founded with the purpose of building fine 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
  • Volume, Tone and Master controls
  • Three 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • Two EL34 power tubes
  • Effects send and return patch point
  • Plywood cabinet construction

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Bad CatCougar 50H 50W Class AB Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (16)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Good power output (13)
  • Portable (10)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Oustanding tones everywhere!

This is one of the best amps I've played in years. The clean and OD channels have tone for days with a noticeable solid low end and sparkling overtones. Three dimensional depth and ability...Read complete review

This is one of the best amps I've played in years. The clean and OD channels have tone for days with a noticeable solid low end and sparkling overtones. Three dimensional depth and ability to let your guitar's tone shine through. I used many USA guitars as well as bargain basement types. They all sounded very good but this amp will show any weakness as well. This amps is also touch sensitive and lets the better tone-woods standout more pronounced, where other amps at this price range can color everything, which helps the bargain guitars.

Some comment on a weak clean channel. True, you may have the clean cranked and the OD channel much lower when direct to guitar for overall level balancing. It reminds me of the inputs JCM800 2203, where the low input requires the gain and volume settings much higher to get levels up, but gives a sparkle to clean tones with light OD overtones. The 2203 high input hits fast & hard at substantially lower settings, same with Cougar 50. If you're using a good comp or od pedal(s) with the Cougar 50 clean channel, levels will come up nicely, and better match the OD levels.

Seems solid, being used in a studio. It's been the cornerstone of my rig since getting it in Nov 2012, always running it at every rehearsal, in tandem with one of my other amps (Mesa, Orange, Marshall, others).

Speaker cab makes a big difference with this amp. Running it in a 4x10 cab was not as pleasing as running it though V30 equipped cabs. Present setup is 2x12 Orange v30 open cab and Albion 2x12 closed cab (bargain with VG tones). The Albion fills in where the V30 leaves off and together make the Cougar 50 sing. Like the open 2x12 v30 over the closed 2x12 v30 with this amp.

I would say its in the Brit amp tones versus the Mesa USA types. Other band mate uses a Recto and this amp is vg as opposing cutting tones. Plugging in my old faithful 77 LP custom brought out tones I'd never knew were there.

The FX loop sounds good. Reverb is good, if you like a light touch. If want drippy levels, best to turn it down, and put your favorite through the loop.

For the price when on sale, its an excellent addition for any tone locker.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I Hate When This Happens

I hate to write something like this and I hope it only applies to my amp. When I got the amp it sounded so so and I thought it was a bit weak on...Read complete review

I hate to write something like this and I hope it only applies to my amp. When I got the amp it sounded so so and I thought it was a bit weak on the volume side for a 50 watt amp. I always retube amps when I get one and I thought maybe it had a weak tube in it. I took the chassis out to retube it and low and behold, there in front of me was an output transformer that said Kustom Defender112, 40 watts. I'm in the process of getting the problem worked out with the people at Hanser Music Corp (Don't call Bad Cat in reference to anything about this amp. Bad Cat didn't build this amp and has nothing to do with it. Only the Bad Cat USA built amps are amps produced and sold by the current Bad Cat company. That surprised me also. When you go to the Hanser website they don't even list the Bad Cat Cougar line of amps as one of their many different brands of amps. Hopefully my amp is the only one with a 40 watt output transformer in it but you might want to check yours if you own this amp. You can't get 50 watts out of a 40 watt transformer. I was really surprised when I learned that the current Bad Cat company has nothing to do with the Cougar series amps. I'm not trying to start anything, just informing people of what happened to me. I feel that the amp is alright for the Stupid Deal price I paid for it but if I'd paid the full price for it I would have really been torqued. You might check and see if you have the proper or 50 watt output transformer in your amp if you own one. It'll probably be a Kustom brand transformer also.

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5.0

Classic rock-Metal, brilliant cleans!!!!

By KramerGuy666

from Wherever they send me... those B@$tard$

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

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

If you like rock, any kind of rock, this amp is amazing! You can get the full spectrum of gain sounds. From barely gained or twangy SRV type stuff, to all out scooped mids new age high gain metal, it's all here.

The mid boost switch, tone knob, and presence knob provide a huge amount of flexibility in sound.

Scoop the mids, crank the gain, and pull the treble up a bit and this this thing is an absolute metal monster. There's a vid on utube of it's "metal sound" that is nowhere near what this thing is capable of doing. The vid sounds muddy, kinda early maiden type metal. Let me assure you, you can absolutely get articulate well separated super high gain metal tones. It's awesome! As most others have said, it's more british sounding but the presence knob and treble can manipulate this largely.

Classic rock? Dial the gain back, boost the mids, and drop the treble. Using the afore mentioned controls and the normal tone stack, you can hit it all. Seriously, anything that rocks this amp can do well.

Cleans are shiny and brilliant. Great throughout the range going from smooth jazz like sounds to twangy tele type chickin pickin stuff. I agree with one of the other reviewers about the clean and gain channel volume difference. You gotta crank the cleans to keep up. Should have put a universal master on this guy.

The reverb sounds good, not great. It definitely doesn't have much saturation so if you like that, you'll need a pedal.

I'm running it through a 4x12 with Celestion V12-80's (very similar to V30's) and it sounds fantastic.

I'm going to need an attenuator for sure so I don't get the cops called on me. With the gain cranked, and the master barely on, it's ear bleedingly loud.

I wish it had a separate tone stack for both channels and a universal master volume. Switching channels requires tweaking.

If it had separate tone stacks and a universal master this thing would get six stars.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty amazing for the price

By Ren

from Austin

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Reverb A Tad Weak

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Performances

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

Aside from the weak reverb this amp really rocks. I got mine at 50% sale and would say it is well worth it. The OD channel is a bit too OD for my taste, but I can roll it back far enough to use it well. If you are into strong OverDrive you will love that channel. And with the reverb, the effects loop will let you add a better one anyway.

The clean channel is it's strong point by far. That they could get it so right at this price point is the big story. Sparkling crystal clean if you roll off the volume on the guitar with the amp turned up, crank the guitar volume and the warmth starts coming in.

I am running it through the Bad Cat Unleash and into an Orange Slant 4 closed back and it sounds awesome in my home. Take the Unleash out and this thing will shatter windows easily. I would not want it any more powerful.

I use a series of Gibson ES's, LP's (and Junior), Collings I-35 and City Limits and this amp just sounds great with them all. It does very well with Fender type offerings as well.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a GREAT AMP!!

By azjman

from phoenix, az

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    i freaking LOVE this amp. I have a nice collection of Mesas and several Marshalls and some other boutique and not so boutique amps. The tone that comes out of this is just incredible. CLEAN. cleans and PLENTY of gain. LOVE the notched mids. 4 position switched with some REALLY nice pre EQed tones dialed in. I play this through a newly acquired VHT tweed ?!?!? 412 cab with 3 english greenbacks and 1 GT75 in it and it sounds like god (little g). Really warm but can get NASTY! Can you tell I LOVE THIS AMP? This is Chinese, says so right on the back but...MAN this sounds good!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    GREAT SOUND

    By jlai

    from florida

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth

    Cons

    • No Foot Pedal
    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    Great price for all tube, great sound, doesn't seem like it has 50 watts of power, and has no lights on channel selections, on and standby switches are on rear, harder to reach, and no foot pedal !

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Bad Cat Cougar 50H - Rock Mayhem!!

    By MrRnFR

    from Madison, WI

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful
    • Tube Power

    Cons

    • no footswitch
    • Tube Cage

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

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

    The Bad Cat Cougar 50H head is a very capable rock guitar head. I replaced the stock Chinese tubes with JJ's "btw, this uses four 12AX7's, not three" and it totally rocks! The tube cage surrounding the EL34's took a few minutes to get off, and I will leave it off now. Yes, this does have a Kustom power transformer, but it is rated for 50 watts. I picked up a used footswitch and hooked this amp up to a 2x12 cabinet, and I am totally impressed! The distortion is fantastic, and I only use a boost pedal for leads. I picked mine up as a used for dirt cheap from MF and couldn't be happier with the money spent!!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Didnt Stand Out From The Pack

    By Mud Dog

    from Corunna Mi

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

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

      Had to try at MF Price,I Play in Weekend Cover Bands,You Know Oldies Now They Call em
      Classic Rock...Wanted to Try one with the Bad Cat Reputation and at That Price had to try
      Well I'm Sticking to my Egnater and Crate BV..
      Sent it back ,Maybe I didnt spend enough time with it but...I know what I Like to Hear...It Wasnt There

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One Hot Cougar!!

      By MrRnFR

      from Madison, WI

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      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful
      • Solid Build

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • no footswitch

      Best Uses

      • Rock And Roll

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

      Just got the Bad Cat Cougar 50 head as a used amp for under 500 bones, and you could never tell. Straight out of the box this thing is a beast! I did quite a bit of research, and even though this is a Chinese made amp, it is well worth the money! Once I get a set of JJ tubes in this amp, it's going to brutal!!

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      ......NICE!......

      By deth clock

      from disgusta,ga

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

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

        Full size head, covering isn't the super best quality, but it's applied very well, gold piping looks nice, chicken head knobs are cool! Clean channel is VERY clean. I'm using a E/H LPB1 and a digital delay with it and it's Sick. Clean won't break up, but you can turn the gain down on the O/D channel and cover medium gain blues, etc.BUT this amp was born to ROCK! 50 Watts of pain! Deep EL34 bottom, plenty of gain for metal, back off and it cleans up nicely. Controls are unique, Reverbs OK, i use it, meh. Got it on sale, from a great company, I give it 4.5 stars, footswitchable, not included. Need to get one. Yayuh.

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GREAT BUY FOR THE MONEY !

        By Tommy 2 Shoes

        from Mobile, Ala (Gods Country)

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clean Chanel Is Supper
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Clean Band Width
        • The Dirty Needs More

        Best Uses

        • Performances

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

        TOTALY CONFUSED WHY THIS AMP IS BEING CLEARED. I CAN ONLY FIGURE THAT THE SALES OF THE AMP PUT A HURT ON THE U.S. MADE LINE and James H. REALIZED THIS AND HAD IT OUT WITH HIS NEW PARTNER. CONSIDERING VERY FEW OF THE STORES THAT CARRY THE (U.S. MADE BAD CAT AMPS) KEEP ANY IN STOCK.
        I have owned 3 U.S. made HOT CAT 15s and I'm in LOVE with the import 50watt A/B.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent head!

        By Chris W

        from Valencia CA

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Any Genre

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

          I think this head is smooth like a Budda head with plenty of punch. I have it plugged into a Orange 1x12" cabinet, for portability with plenty of power.

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