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Bad Cat Hot Cat 30 Reverb USA Player Series 30W Valve Guitar Amp Head

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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 introduced the Hot Cat into their USA range and it’s developed into an advanced, incredibly versatile high-gain amp.

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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 quality components such as hand wound output transformers to enhance the sound.

Two EL34 tubes produce a familiarly outstanding tight rhythm with smooth highs and a prominent midrange push. It’s extremely easy to get the Hot Cat to saturate on the second channel. This is, after all, an amp made to snarl. Both clean and dirty tones are controlled by a two and three-band EQ respectively with a dedicated reverb dial on each.

K Master

The Hot Cat packs a refreshing take on timeless sounds thanks to the K Master dial; an original approach to power amp management. The K Master controls voltage, current gain, harmonic clipping and signal amplitude in order to retain gain levels at any volume. That means whatever volume you’re playing 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

  • 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 in combos
  • 2-Channels, foot switchable
  • Effects Loop
  • Patented K Master volume circuit on each channel
  • Digital reverb
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