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Legacy Hand-Wired Series

These are the amplifiers that the Bad Cat name was founded upon. Meticulously crafted piece by piece these amps is wired by hand, point to point works of art, using only the finest components and materials available.  

All of these components and wiring come to life with our custom Bad Cat transformers that are built right here in our factory in Orange County California. 

Used on stages and studios by some of the biggest artist in the world. The Bad Cat sound is legendary. Our hand-wired Legacy amplifiers have a super sensitive attack and feel that can only come from a properly designed point to point hand-wired amp.

Match that all with a custom designed UK Built Celestion 30 Watt Speaker and you have an amp that will sound like nothing else and last a lifetime.
 

USA Player Series

Historically paying less for an amp has meant sacrificing on tone and feel. To lower costs, amplifier manufacturers have moved away from point to point hand-wiring to turret board or PCB type construction methods. These amplifiers usually get the overall tone of a hand-wired amp but often times lack the dynamics and feel of a true point to point hand-wired amplifier. Until now.

Our USA Player series are constructed by hand in our Orange County factory using the same attention to detail and premium components as our Hand-Wired series but feature a PCB wired construction to bring the production cost down. These amplifiers come with the heart and soul of our hand-wired Legacy amps.

They offer the same USA built transformers, speakers , baltic birch cabinetry and components of our Legacy amps. Only with a more approachable price point. 
 

CUSTOM SHOP

Over the years, we have had the privilege of building a few custom amps for artists including the ever popular Jeffrey Kunde Luca and James Duke Stella models. Other custom shop models that are available for immediate order include the ultimate blackface Classic Deluxe and the 50 watt high-gain, class A Lynx. These models are all point-to-point hand-wired and are made to order.

In addition to this existing custom shop lineup, we are always open to exploring custom features and ideas with our customers. Contact us with your ideas and custom features and we would be happy to chat with you about a build. In the end we want you to have the amp of your dreams.


 
 

USA Player Series vs. Legacy Series Amps

Both are hand built in our California shop by our experienced crew using the same chassis, components and transformers. Components on our Legacy amps are connected with meticulous point-to-point solder joints. Identical components on the USA Player Series amps are through-hole mounted on a military grade circuit board. Still constructed by hand, the PCB construction offers time savings, build consistency and the ability to isolate grounding planes for reduced noise. This method of construction requires a different style of jacks, potentiometers and tube sockets, but no expense is spared. We use Cliff jacks, premium grade sealed pots and shock mounted ceramic tube sockets to maintain the same level of quality as our Legacy Series. All Bad Cat amps are housed in the same finger-joined cabinetry and equipped with our proprietary Bad Cat UK Celestion speaker. 

 
 
 
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Below are the specs for a Cub 15 amplifier with reverb from both the Legacy Hand-Wired Series & the USA Player Series.
The small differences in construction are highlighted with bold text

 
 
 

USA Player Series
Cub 15R

Construction: Hand-Built Military Spec PCB Board
Chassis: Welded Powder-Coated 90mm Aircraft Aluminum
Cabinet: 11 Ply Baltic Birch
Power: 15 Watt - 2 EL84
Rectifier: Solid State
Preamp: EF86/12AX7
Foot Switchable Features: Preamp tube EF86/12AX7 & Fat Boost
Effects Loop: Yes/Passive
Reverb: Digital
K Master: Yes
Tone Selector: N/A
Impedance Selector: 4|8|16
Front Panel Controls: Volume, Bass, Treble, Reverb, Cut, K Master
Transformers: Proprietary Bad Cat Design 10005 & 10006
Manufacturing Location: Southern California, USA
Pricing: Head - $1199  / Combo - $1399

Legacy Hand-Wired Series
Cub III 15R

Construction: Point to Point Hand-Wired
Chassis: Welded Powder-Coated 90mm Aircraft Aluminum
Cabinet: 11 Ply Baltic Birch
Power: 15 Watt - 2 EL84
Rectifier: GZ34
Preamp: EF86/12AX7
Foot Switchable Features: Preamp tube EF86/12AX7 & Fat Boost
Effects Loop: Yes/Passive
Reverb: Tube Driven Tank
K Master: Yes
Tone Selector: Yes
Impedance Selector: 4|8|16
Front Panel Controls: Volume, Tone Selector, Bass, Treble, Reverb, Cut, K Master
Transformers: Proprietary Bad Cat Design 10005 & 10006
Manufacturing Location: Southern California, USA
Pricing: Head - $1799  / Combo - $1999