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Bad Cat takes a 'no compromise' approach when designing and producing amplifiers. Our goal in each classic style, hand built amplifier is to achieve great tone and sturdy construction. Bad Cat Amplifiers are designed and built entirely in Southern California. Each step of this process is where the quest for perfection really begins. Our team gets really excited about what sets Bad Cat apart. We call it the ‘Bad Cat Difference’. Meticulously paying attention to each component affecting the sound and performance of our amplifiers is a journey we love to undertake every day.

Our users benefit from our passion every time they plug in and crank up their favorite Bad Cat amp. Since we also play what we build, it is truly gratifying for the Bad Cat Team to be a part of bringing each product to light.



Whether you are playing in stadiums or garages,
your search for the best ends here.



As a working guitarist himself, company owner John Thompson knew that he was not alone in the need for a device that would allow him to play any gig at any volume through any wattage tube guitar amp. He also wanted to build something for guitarists that would enable them to rehearse, record or go direct on stage without a speaker if needed. And like most gigging guitarists, John thought it would be useful to have an external unit that added a lead boost and an effects loop to any amp...  but of course he wanted all of these functions in one small lightweight enclosure. Since there was nothing even remotely close to this Swiss army knife of solutions on the market he started from scratch. Two years, four engineers and a team of beta-testing pros later the ultimate re-amplifier/attenuator for the working guitarist was born. 


Tour Proven

Everyone loves an old vintage amp but let's face it, those amps were not engineered to take the beating that touring musicians, session guitarists and studio engineers demand. Bad Cat is your solution. Built like a Sherman tank these amplifiers are made to take a beating and sound good the entire time. Borrowing upon time tested, tour proven vintage designs, Bad Cat amps combine premium components, 13 ply cabinetry, custom over-sized transformers and UK Built Celestion Custom Speakers, these amps are the perfect way to get that vintage tone you have been looking for with the durability you demand.