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. The Black Cat Cub II R Combo is no exception, offering 2 channels of bright, direct, and punchy tone. This amp has seen some wear with exterior marks and light scratches, as well as rusting on the corner caps and some screws, but is otherwise in good working condition.
The Cub II gets much of its tonal characteristics from the EL84 power amp valves. EL84s are commonly associated with bright, British-style chime - a focused and clear sound with a tightness that sounds great when overdriven. The EL84s in the Cub II help deliver sounds from bell-like cleans to aggressive grit. This amp also features built-in reverb for adding a little extra life to your sound. Whatever tone you prefer, the Bad Cat proprietary speaker will keep it sounding crisp
The Cub II has the standard volume, bass, treble, and reverb controls you expect to find on an amp but also has some added functionality. A unique feature is the 5-way tone switch. This switch allows you to swap between distinct preset tones - great if you need to change your tone quickly between songs without having to fiddle with several controls. Additionally, there's a master volume control that you can switch in and out of the circuit.
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 saturated valve tone 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.