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Bad Cat Luca 40 Handwired 40W 1x12" Valve Guitar Amp Combo

Description

Bad Cat have been making professional-level, hand-wired, boutique amps in the USA since 2000, building a reputation for their high build and sound quality - and this amp is no exception. Originally an artist build, the Luca the folks at Bad Cat felt it was just too good to not to offer the general public. With its single channel, powerful EL34/12AX7 tone, and straightforward tone shaping controls, its easy to see why they had to offer it to a wider audience.

Sound

The EL34 power amp valves provide the Luca with much of its tonal character. These tubes are most commonly associated with classic British amps that helped define the sound of rock in the 60s and beyond. EL34 offer a great clean tone, but it's their overdriven sound that makes them so beloved. Crank up the volume and watch the Luca deliver a gut punch of raw, powerful gain. While the Luca can handle a wide range of styles, it'll really excel at dirty blues through to hard rock. The power amp tone is complemented by the 12AX7 preamp valves which adds a midrange emphasis that thickens up the tone for extra punch. Whatever style you're going for, 12" the Bad Cat custom Celestion speaker will keep it sounding crisp.

Controls

The Luca is a pretty straight-forward rock machine, however this plenty of control here when it comes to shaping your tone. One interesting feature is the 5-way tone switch. This switch allows you to swap between dinstinct tones that vary from dark and thick through to bright and biting - great if you want need to change your tone quickly between songs without having to fiddle with several controls. If you prefer to dial in your sound the traditional way you can simply flip the switch next to it and you can use the Bass and Treble controls.

 On the rear of the amp is a Full/Half power switch; use full power if you need high headroom and the full 15-watts of power, or drop it down it to half-power and get great gain sounds at a lower volume. There's an onboard FX loop which allows you to place certain effects (usually modulation) in between the preamp and power amp sections of the amp - especially useful if you like amp distortion but don't want to distort your modulation effects. You also get a variable impedance switch so you can use the Luca with a wide range of extension cabinets.

Specifications

  • Power: 40 Watts
  • Power Amp Valves: 2 x El34
  • Preamp Valves: 3 x 12AX7
  • Rectifier Valve: GZ34
  • Channels: 1
  • FX Loop
  • Variable Speaker Impedance
  • Speaker: 12" Bad Cat Celestion
  • Baltic birch construction
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