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Bad Cat Hot Cat 30W Handwired 1x12" Valve Guitar Amp Combo

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Cian Hodge

One of the best amps ever made. It’s not just us saying it - the Hot Cat was presented the award at the Summer NAMM instrument retailer show back in 2004. Since then, Bad Cat have kept the winning formula fresh with a number of outstanding updates to the already incredible package.


The two-channel class A Hot Cat boasts pure British style tone, ranging from sparkly cleans right the way through to the heavy rock arena and all the crunchy goodness in between. No stone has been left unturned in design, using only the very best components and hand-wired with masterful precision.

The two EL34 tube produce a prestigious tight rhythm, smooth highs and a prominent midrange push. Channel one boasts punchy cleans and a healthy dose of crunch even when using single coil pickups. It’s extremely easy to get the Hot Cat to saturate and produce rich drive on the high-gain second channel. This is, after all, an amp made to snarl. It’s dripping in complex mids and excellent note definition clarity.

K Master

The Hot Cat is a refreshing take on timeless sounds thanks to the K Master dial; an original approach to power amp management. The K Master dial controls voltage, current gain, harmonic clipping and signal amplitude in order to retain gain levels at any volume. That means whatever volume you’re set at, you’re getting the same responsiveness and presence you’d expect from a loud tube amp.

Wait, it does more! Push the K Master past 2 o’clock to saturate the power section independent of the preamp gain. This opens up even more tonal possibilities, such as big cleans with loads of harmonic content.

Key Features

  • Dual K Master circuit
  • LED Channel Indicator
  • Bass and Treble controls along with the K Master on the Hot Cat Series give you a more flexible clean channel
  • Simplified Gain channel: Bass, Mid, Treble Tone stacks
  • Separate Reverb controls for each channel (reverb optional)
  • Effects loop
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