The new Black Cat could’ve started with an “American” channel and a “British” channel, promising “classic” tones that remind you of your childhood guitar heroes, but you’ve already heard that promise and you’ve already played that amp. The Black Cat promise is different. Sure, we’re going to share some things in common with our forebears, like an all-tube signal path, powerful transformers, familiar controls and premium Celestion speakers, but what’s under the hood is uniquely Bad Cat.
The heart and soul of the new Black Cat is the immediate feeling of connection you get with it. It’s always lively and toneful, never feeling choked or constrained. Driven by a 20W power amp featuring a cathode bias pair of EL84s, it’s remarkably loud with enough headroom to play with a live drummer yet has an effective master volume control allowing for playing at home with no loss of tone.
The Cub was among the original Bad Cat designs – boutique and highly desired, it has been used on countless stages and recordings. Over the years, the Cub’s design has been steadily refined and improved. Every iteration brings something new to the table and our newest Cub is no exception.
A single channel amplifier now with two gain modes, the updated original Cub circuitry is accessed in clean mode, while the overdriven mode features a newly voiced, more aggressive side to the Cub.
The award winning Hot Cat amp was introduced in 2005 to great accolade. As pleased as we are with the original, the time had come for a whole new Hot Cat. We took everything we have learned over the last 20 years and applied it to this limitless reimagining of the Hot Cat.
A two channel amplifier now with two gain modes per channel, the Hot Cat provides virtually limitless gain combinations as well as studio quality reverb, and an all new fully buffered effects loop.
Modern high gain players need tight low frequencies that punch and react quickly to staccato palm muting. They need high frequencies that cut without being harsh and grainy. They need effective midrange shaping with complexity and articulation. Finally, they need blistering gain with none of the noise. The new Lynx is designed to meet and exceed these demands.
The Lynx has two distinct channels and a massive 7 gain stages. A new Lo/Hi switch allows exploration of gain stage topology not yet found in any other amplifier from Bad Cat.
00:00 - John Bohlinger Playing Intro
00:55 - Revamping Bad Cat
02:51 - Retaining Bad Cat DNA
03:43 - Bad Cat Black Cat Specs
05:54 - Black Cat Clean Channel
07:09 - Black Cat Reverb & Tubes
08:42 - Bad Cat & Bonnie Raitt
10:13 - Bad Cat Cub Specs
11:04 - Bad Cat Cub Demo
11:39 - Bad Cat Cub Master Volume Controls
12:30 - Bad Cat Cub Clean Sounds
13:20 - Bad Cat Cub Watts & FX Loop
14:08 - Bad Cat Hot Cat Specs
15:18 - Bad Cat Hot Cat Sounds
17:10 - Bad Cat Durability
19:39 - Bad Cat Lynx Specs
20:29 - Bad Cat Lynx Clean Channel
21:16 - Bad Cat Lynx Clean Channel + Hi Switch
21:51 - Bad Cat Lynx Dirty Channel & "Hendrix Chord" Test
23:51 - Bad Cat Lynx Variable Noise Gate
25:11 - Bad Cat Lynx Tubes & Amp Configurations
25:38 - Bad Cat CEO & Chief Designer Peter Arends