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Bad Cat Cub III 15w 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp

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Bad Cat raises the bar and offers an update on the classic Cub circuit. The all-new Cub III features a switchable A or B valve in the first position ...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 01-05-2018

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Bad Cat raises the bar and offers an update on the classic Cub circuit. The all-new Cub III features a switchable A or B valve in the first position pre-amp. You can select between 12AX7 or EF86 pre-amp tube by a toggle or foot switch. This new feature is drastically different sonically in gain structure, and character from any previous Cub models.

Bad Cat have added a selectable gain on the bass and treble tone stack to run hotter, or choose to stay in standard Cub mode. This feature can be used as a classic gain boost. Combine this with the EF86 pre-amp and now you're in territory previously unavailable from older Bad Cat Cub models.

Bad Cat refined the reverb circuit to get a deeper, fuller and more plate-like reverb. A two-button footswitch is included. Button one controls the selection of the EF86 or 12AX7 pre-amp. The second button offers the ability to punch in the added gain on the tone stack. With the footswitch, you can go from chiming clean to crunch, and all the way to the wide open.

Patent-Pending K Master
Gain up the power amp section while leaving the pre-amp sparkling clean? Yes. Imagine getting a full 15 watts of clean headroom out of a 15-watt amp, or a full 30 out of a 30. Turn down the master volume to bedroom low all while maintaining your tone intact. Not only is this possible it's also useful for guitar players.

Power amp gain is different from pre-amp gain. It feels, sounds and even looks different. Master volume has always been misnamed. It should have been called master attenuation. Until now master volumes were unable to do anything, but attenuate. The drive to the power section was always dependent on the drive coming from the pre-amp.

Now Bad Cat has figured out a way to separate the pre-amp from the power amp gain, and calling it the K Master. Before this you couldn't drive the power amp hard without pushing the pre-amp into saturation. The K Master patent-pending technology has allowed us to re-invent the concept of the master volume. Bad Cat is now offering the K Master in the Cub III Series.

  • Made in USA
  • Power: 15W (tube)
  • One channel
  • Speaker: 12" Bad Cat Celestion
  • Impedance: 4, 8, 16Î
  • Tube complement: one 12AX7 or EF86 (pre-amp); two EL84 (power)
  • K Master circuit
  • Cathode biased
  • FX loop
  • Footswitchable boost circuit
  • Footswitch included

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Bad CatCub III 15w 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp

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Boutique quality in every facet

By Caesar Agustus Gloop

from Arizona

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Comments about Bad Cat Cub III 15w 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

From top to bottom, this is a quality, boutique instrument. Obvious care and attention to detail has been put into every aspect of the build, from the components down to the aesthetics.

Tonally, it's difficult to say this amp is overtly trying to emulate another brand, though an argument could ostensibly be made that it is similar to a vintage Vox (12AX7/El84/EF86 structure, bass/treble control, etc.). Though it is thoroughly capable of copping classic Vox and Marshall sounds, this amp truly has it's own signature tone and feel.

The cleans are unreal for a 15 watt combo; rich, full, and, if you want, just a hair of drive on the edges. The versatility to go from 12AX7 to the EF86 front end gives you a wildly versatile and infinitely usable variety of drive/clean/cleanish tones with the flick of a switch. Very good built-in boost with included footswitch. The amp responds beautifully to every pedal I've thrown at it, but I would easily be happy just using the natural overdrive of the Cub and rolling my guitar volume to taste. The K-Master does exactly what Bad Cat says it does; very usable tones at very reasonable volumes, and full power-tube clean without preamp distortion. It's a revelation after playing so many very bad master volume amps.

I'm well past the honeymoon phase with this amp, and I specifically waited to write this review until that point. I've purchased and sold so many amplifiers over the years due to dissatisfaction. Since buying the Bad Cat Cub, I have not once even considered looking at a different option. If you're looking for
1. High quality, boutique build and components
2. Great tones at reasonable volumes, but with plenty of volume available if needed
3. A healthy mix of cleans and overdrive
4. Versatility, yet easy-to-use
5. Reasonable price

then I'm unsure you could do any better than the Cub.

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