Any Beefs with the BadCat CubII ??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by TimH, Jun 14, 2005.


  1. TimH

    TimH Supporting Member

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    I have one coming in one trade tomorrow and can buy it for $1980 CND (about $1585 US). I need a more reliable amp for country, pop, rock and blues. I'm not a jazzer or metalhead. Just wondering if anyone has anything negative to say about it. I have played it briefly before and it was great (not with my axes though). I will get a chance to use it all this week before making the final decision. Any input it valued.
     
  2. elambo

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    No beef whatsoever - I love mine. It records beautifully as well. I bought the reverb version but haven't used it much.
     
  3. wsaraceni

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    i had one and loved it but ultimately sold it to get a hot cat 30r. i think it was a great sounding amp. go for it.
     
  4. tthompso7

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    I've owned two Cub's now and I loved them both. The first one I let go and 6 months later I wished I had it back so I bought another. $1500 is a good price and about what you'd pay on ebay so I'd say go for it.

    I've never had a problem with either....great amps


    My Cub IIR

    My Cub 15 (the original)
     
  5. Cokemachine

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    Tim, now this is just my opinion & I'm basing it somewhat on what I know you like...

    The Cub is a cool little amp, but the Hot Cat is more up your alley, but even then it's not going to do everything that you want it to do. I don't think any of the Bad Cats are a perfect fit for your needs.

    I think your choice is obvious... stop beating around the bush & just give James a call :dude . A 50w dual channel with the clean pre-amp and the classic overdrive pre-amp has all the versatility and tone that you're looking for. It's much more amp for about the same $$$. You've heard the amp in many different configurations and know what it & James can do. Don't let the "no combo" thing on the Peters put you off.
     
  6. TimH

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    dude honestly it's not the no combo thing that bothers me. It's the finances more than anything. I don't have the cash up front and I can't afford to wait untill I save all the money. I've got 2 bands barking up my tree so I need something that's reliable. I also want something that is a good investment...that WHEN (notice not if) i don't dig the amp anymore I can sell it for what I have into it. If James' amps were in my store I'd have bought one a LONG time ago. I simply haven't had the cash to hand to him and say "here bud...I want this amp". James makes probably the nicest amps I've ever seen in person. It's just not for me right now.
     
  7. tthompso7

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    Neither the Hot Cat or Cub are channel switchers but the Hot Cat does offer more flexibility with the addition of an A/B/Y box. I'm playing stonesy stuff and I mostly use my guitar vol to clean up. The only other effects I use are a Fat-Boost and OCD for varying levels of drive.

    Yeah....the new Bad Cat amps look cool but man are they WICKED expensive! The Cub is a great value.
     
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    Gotcha on the finances thing. I didn't realize that this was a "in-store" purchase;) .

    Remember to let James & I know when that TAG Atom shows up. How's your new TAG treating you?
     
  9. TimH

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    My Cobra is awesome! It's a great axe. Just need to get the strat up to snuff now and I'll be happy.

    I will let you know about the ATOM. Last I heard they were having some issues with the neck on that guitar so it was backed up.
     
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    the hot cat does offer more flexibility but if you dont need anything metal, than really the cub with some pedals is more than enough. the cub is a real cool amp and worth every penny. i agree that bad cats are expensive, but they are also well built and sound amazing.
     
  11. tthompso7

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    Amen...I think the Bad Cat amps are some of the best out there and they're built better than anything I've seen. The cub has great cleans and all the drive I'll ever use. I'm very interested in moving up to the Black Cat at some point. I'd jump all over a used one if I could find it. I dig the half power option which essentially gives you that cub tone.

    I'm also interested in Sampson's new line of amps. I have the Nova 5 watter and it's just killer. I'll want to check out the Blues Star and Sirius Reverb when he starts producing those. I've seen a few Gain Stars out there but that's it.
     
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    How are the two versions of the Cub different? I've been led to believe that I would prefer the original Cub due to less gain (I play clean to barely breaking up).
     
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    I had an original cub 2-10 and it was a very nice sounding amp. My only complaint was that it farted out some dimed, otherwise everyone that played it loved it. It held up very well at loud jam volume unless you wanted clean, not much headroom but beautiful at lower volumes.

    I traded mine for a carr slantv6 because the carr had more clean headroom but it doesnÂ’t have that sweet overdrive the cub had.
     
  14. tthompso7

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    I'd say the IIr with 1 x 12 has a bit more bottom end then the 2 x 10. I play in a four piece and if anything I have a hard time turning it up past 2 or 3. The cub has less headroom than the Black Cat or any other 30 watter so it breaks up a lot quicker, but that's the beauty of it. I prefer the 12 to the 2 x 10. The reverb is also a nice add and so it the push/pull master which esentially gives you a clean channel option that only breaks up at much higher volumes. Say like around 5 or 6? And it only gets more dirty from there. The natural breakup/overdrive is awesome on the both the cub and cub IIr. Just remember it's not the high gain that the Hot Cat offers.
     
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    Thanks, guys! I appreciate the thoughts. It sounds like a Cub would be a great amp for me.

    Nice acoustics, Ted. I love a good dread :dude .
     
  16. tthompso7

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    Thanks man...I searched long and hard for both!
     
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    For me, I loved the amp for recording and playing at home, but LIVE, it never cut through the mix. It was always just "a little" too quiet.

    Great sounding amp, but ultimately, just not loud enough for me.
     
  18. TimH

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    Brought this home today...not mine yet but I'll keep you all updated as I make my decision.

    Tim
     
  19. TimH

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    messed around with it yesterday...nice but I was in my office and so I didn't wind it out.

    Can anyone who's played or owned one suggest some settings...the tone controls are so interactive that I'm having a hard time tweaking it. I want a mostly clean sound and that nice high end complexity ala the sound on Keith Urban's records.
     
  20. tthompso7

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    What are you using for a guitar, single coils, p90's, humbuckers?
     

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