Bad Cat Guitar Amplifiers

Original Transformers

Tranformers are perhaps the single most important component in an amplifier, coincidentally it is also the first place manufacturers look to cut costs. At Bad Cat, our custom wound transformers are designed by Bad Cat engineers and manufactured right here in Southern California in our facilities. Our transformers are wound using a proprietary design that is a well guarded industry secret.

You may notice them being much larger than other amps of similar power ratings because they are built to be over spec for durability. Our Transformers are wound with components normally found in high-fi tube audio design and rarely seen in guitar amplifiers. Our transformers impart a sonic clarity that is truly unique to Bad Cat. From our most expensive hand-wired custom piece to our Player Series amplifiers all Bad Cat Amplifiers use our hand built transformers.
Military Spec Components

We take such pride in our craft that we believe that each amp and it’s components should be made right here in our own facilities. While off the shelf components are okay for other manufacturers they are not for us. Here are some of the custom components that we design, manufacture and use in our amplifiers.


Custom Voiced Speakers

A well crafted amplifier is only as good as the speaker that it is connected to. We believe Celestion builds the best speakers in the business. Each amp in our line comes with what we believe to be one of the finest speakers ever built for a guitar amplifier.

Custom built specifically for us in a joint collaboration between Celestion and Bad Cat, Celestion builds them in their UK facility. They come in at 60 watts and while sharing certain characteristics of vintage Celestion Blue Alnico and vintage greenbacks, they have been voiced to bring out extra clarity, mid-range punch and of course that famous Bad Cat snarl and growl.

The Bad Cat Celestion is in every speaker cabinet and combo amplifier we build.

11-Ply Cabinet Construction

While everyone sets out to take care of their amplifier and keep it in pristine condition accidents happen. We believe that an amp should be able to take a bump or even a drop without cracking. That is why we use 11-ply baltic birch and italian poplar cabinet construction and all of our cabinets are built right here in our factory in Santa Ana, California.

Not only does our cabinet construction methods make a sturdy cabinet, but our cabinets also have been designed for the ultimate in sonic resonance and tonal qualities.

The Paw

Bad Cat Paw amp


60 Watts Per Side (Stereo)
Tube Pre-amp
Class D Power Section
16 Selectable preset Impulse Responses
USB C connector to load and save IRs
2 Speaker Outputs (60 Watts per side)
2 XLR Direct Outputs suitable for Recording or PA use
Stereo FX Loop (Balanced)


Power: 60 Watts Class D
Pre-amp – 1x EF86, 2x 12AX7’s


2x 6″ Speakers
Drives External cabinets


Compact Desktop Cabinet

Hot Cat 30r USA Player Series Combo

Bad Cat Hot Cat 30r USA Player Series Combo


Other configurations available

30-Watt, 2 EL34 power tubes

Military grade PCB construction.

Hand-wound, output transformers.

Class A, Cathode biased, Plug and play power tube swaps

Proprietary Bad Cat UK Celestion Speaker

2-Channels, foot switchable
Effects Loop

Patented K Master volume circuit on each channel

Digital reverb

Hot Cat Cub 40r USA Player Series Combo

Bad Cat Cub 40r USA Player Series Combo


Other configurations available

-40 Watt Class A (2 x EL34)
-Cathode biased
-K Master® circuit
-Foot-switchable 12AX7 or EF86 pre-amp tubes
-Foot-switchable boost circuit
-4, 8, 16 ohm selector
-Studio grade plate reverb
-Effects loop


The USA Player Series Cub preserves the purity of the original Cub circuit while offering increased flexibility. This improved design offers the ability to select between a 12AX7 or EF86 pre-amp tube using the mini toggle on the faceplate or the included footswitch. This new feature offers far more gain and versatility than previous Cub models.

We also added a selectable tone stack boost in both modes to give this pure single channel amp four unique gain stages. It can achieve everything from the traditional Cub 12AX7 chime to complex EF86 gain tones that were unachievable on earlier versions of the Cub.

A two button footswitch to select the EF86 or 12AX7 pre-amp tube and engage the boost is included.

Hot Cat Classic Pro 20r USA Player Series Combo

Bad Cat Hot Cat Classic Pro 20r USA Player Series Combo


Other configurations available

The Classic Pro R is the 6L6 powered amplifier Bad Cat enthusiasts have been begging us to build for years. This blackface beauty is the latest addition to the USA Player Series.

This Classic Pro is expertly hand-built by our team in our Southern California shop using the same components and materials as our point-to-point Legacy Series amps.

Incorporating Bad Cat’s patented K Master circuit the amplifier offers big headroom, beautiful string to string note definition, incredible smooth break-up and rich harmonics. The American style punch and sparkle is here and yet we don’t comprise the Bad Cat signature sound.

Dual K Master volumes that can be selected via foot switch allows individually controllable rhythm and solo levels.

-Welded, powder coated Aluminum Chassis
-Solid State Rectifier
-Grid Biased
-Digital reverb
-Hand-wound paper bobbin output transformers
-UK made proprietary Bad Cat celestion speaker
-One Button Foot switch for dual K Master rhythm/lead levels (included)