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The Official BAD CAT Thread

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by your name here, May 27, 2018.

  1. Jim S

    Jim S Gold Supporting Member

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    K Master is excellent .

    Lynx is one of the few amps I miss.
    Only sold it to try other amps (1 in 1 out). I anticipate a reunion in the future .
     
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  2. Tele81

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    Curios for those of you with the Cub or black cat. Do you prefer to use the tone selector knob or the bass and treble stack? I’m gravitating towards the tone stack as it seems to be a smoother type breakup set and forget. Also what pedals are you running? I have the amp set up volume at 1:00 amp barely breaking up and boost with a Centura right now. I use fender with low output pups so it’s not a ton of gain. I was thinking a fairly flat drive like an OCD or maybe timmy or lightspeed?
     
  3. Slideman

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    I personally prefer the tone stack due to the flexibility. Other than the Centura, this amp definitely loves cleaner type boosts -- the boost side of a Fulltone FD-3 and a Keeley Katana sound incredible boosting this amp.
     
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  4. Austin_Taunt

    Austin_Taunt Supporting Member

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    So the Bad Cat bug has bitten me well. Got a Hot Cat 1x12 not to long ago and today I ran across a local deal on a Sampson era Cub II 2x10 combo. Picking her up tomorrow at 5pm. Now all I need is a Black Cat combo and I will have the set. Also saw a Mini Cat on reverb for a decent price. How many Bad Cats is too many?!?!
     
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    I've been wondering about this as well. I can't seem to decide which I prefer. They're both very different.

    I'm using a prince of tone, d&m drive and Koko boost. All work well with the cub.
     
  6. s360guitarist

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    Which Cub ii? Rotary switch or the Spectrum/Focused switch? (I have the latter.)
     
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    I prefer using the bass and treble side rather than the tone selector, personally!
     
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  8. el34power

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    Hey all. I just put my hands on a BC50 head. I could use some help for you. I was only able to crank it at band practice last friday. As i had suspected. It didn't seem loud enough to keep up even with just the drumer. We play classic rock, at moderate volumes, nothing crazy. It sounds good but not loud enough. Not even close. Having owned a 72 superbass, 2204, and 2203. I think i can tell what a 50, or 100 watter should push. I was using a Peavey Delta bues 2x10, and it just kills it volume wise.The previous owner replaced all the tubes with JJ's. He didn't re-bias. I am realy hoping that's all it needs. Any help would be amazing. Thanks
     
  9. Austin_Taunt

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    Has the spectrum/focused switch. Any settings you recommend?
     
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  10. Tele81

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    Can anyone speak to the BadCat labeled speaker? Is it just a v30? The speaker sounds great regardless but I can’t help but wonder what a Celestion Alnico Cream might sound?
     
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    Well, perhaps incorrectly, I call it the Spitfire/Lightning switch. The focused switch makes the circuit more mid-forward, i.e. focuses the mids to my ears. Very Voxy to me. The Spectrum switch broadens the tonal spectrum by scaling back on the mids. It is more general of a tone to me. The cut control, IMO, is where it is with this amp, and each flip of the switch will cause you to adjust that cut control.
     
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    Sounds like the tubes are a big issue there. If they aren’t running efficiently they aren’t going to push the power needed. Bad cat uses very large custom transformers that are typically way more powerful than their wattage rating.
     
  13. Slevin

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    I’ve got two creambacks in my cab and it’s phenominal with the cub iii. Didnt really think much about the bc v30 when I had it, as in it didn’t leave an impression one way or the other. Just a good speaker. But I think the g12m-65s are a great paring for it.

    Obligatory amp and cab pic

    [​IMG]
     
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  14. s360guitarist

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    There is more to the speaker these days than a name change. It is a proprietary design with Celestion. Maybe @jbt7764 or @celestion101
    can chime in.
     
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  15. Tele81

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    That’s what I was wondering. Not sure the years matter but my Cub iii 15r is a 2017. Amp sounds great but I’m just wondering if it’d sound that much better with an Alnico Cream. That speaker is so smooth I’d be able to crank up the cut and treble a bit more. Both my strat and tele are pretty bright.
     
  16. sickboy79

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    You can always try the Alnico. I hear the newer Bad Cat speaker is definitely different than the older one (which I have in a 2003 era 1x12 - which sounds great). That said, if you dig it as is....keep it. You can always use the tone controls on your guitar.
     
  17. petty1818

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    I have never really tried any Bad Cat amps but I must say, that new Cub 50/50 head looks and sounds awesome. I can’t believe how light it’s supposed to be. Anyone else digging what they hear so far? Only downside is that right now, it’s exclusive to reverb.com.
     
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  18. bradtfw

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    I need to find a definitive way to tame the brightness/harshness on my 2013 Black Cat 30. I’ve tried different preamp and power tubes, a parametric EQ pedal, using my guitar knobs, using my amp tone knobs, but it just sounds harsh to me with the stock speakers or V30 IRs.

    I’m playing a Tele with a Broadcaster bridge pickup and by the time I get the clarity I want on the treble and cut, it’s harsh sounding in maybe the 3k area? I can dial out the harshness, but then I lose the chime.

    Anyway, I like the Alnico Cream IR with my amp. It’s chimey, but not harsh. However, it also has that sort of ragged distortion alnico thing going on. You might give it a try to see if it’s for you.
     
  19. msquared

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    I am super interested in it. I had been looking at the Orange Rocker 32 because of the dual amp stages but had held off because the cleans aren't really to my liking. I was really surprised when this came up out of nowhere.

    I think if I hadn't been bitten hard by the Swart bug recently I'd have alreday pulled the trigger. But the cubs have an effects loop and the AST Master doesn't....
     
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  20. petty1818

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    I really hope they extend this to dealers. The reverb.com exclusive seems a bit limiting for an amp that I feel would sell well. Apparently they are also working on a super light cabinet to go along with the ligh head.
     
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