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Today I reluctantly went into Guitar Center looking to kill some time. I have been thinking about buying a new amp. I have had my eye on the Fender Hot Rod deluxe III, in a 1x12. There was a guy playing on the amp next to it and he had it cranked up so loud I could hardly think. While I was waiting for him to finish I was circling the racks and a I saw a Bad Cat Cougar 5. Once again, a youngster and his buddy were occupying the amps on both sides of it.I wandered around the store for almost 45 minutes and the three little savants never budged. I went home and researched the Bad Cat amp and found where they make a 5, 15, and 50 watter all in a 1x12. Also, I discovered these amps aren't really made by Bad Cat. They are Chinese. A seal of approval and the name is about the only thing they get from Bad Cat. On to my question:

Has anyone had any experience with these amps? Likes? Dislikes? Problems?

I was really wanting a hand wired amp with the features that these two amps have, but not wanting to spend multiple mortgage payments on an amplifier. I have always though highly of the Matchless and Bad Cat amps, but never could afford one. I am going back tomorrow when they open and hopefully I can get the seat time with both amps.
#2
They are made by Kustom amps. they even use PT/OT's that say Kustom on them. Your paying a premium for the name.
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I recorded a few songs using a Bad Cat 30. It cranked and honestly I thought it was incredible. A little while ago I went in with high hopes of the Cougar, just because of my previous experiences and the whole, see high price, ASSUME high quality. I liked it but it was nothing that made me consider it over another amp. I didn't think the price was worth it for what I wanted it for, just something to play with at home and MAYBE use for band practice instead of unloading the whole trailer. I was a little unimpressed with the drive I got out of it, even completely cranked, and just didn't 'feel' it

It wasn't for me.
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Quote by Robbgnarly
They are made by Kustom amps. they even use PT/OT's that say Kustom on them. Your paying a premium for the name.


Yup. Bad Cat US wasn't terribly happy with them either, IIRC. They're okay amps, but worth a couple hundred max. MF/GC blew them out super cheap some time last year.
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a lot of makers do this to try to play in other markets. you think the cheaper line of PRS amps is made in the US? i bet my bottom dollar no.

bad cat US amps are friggin awesome though.
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a lot of makers do this to try to play in other markets. you think the cheaper line of PRS amps is made in the US? i bet my bottom dollar no.

bad cat US amps are friggin awesome though.

No the cheaper PRS amps are made in Asia they sound decent, but your paying a premium for the PRS badge.

The Bad Cat Cougar series is not a Bad Cat amp, nor do they sound the same. They are basically made with Kustom Defender parts. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but the product is not worth the price.

Even BadCat was not happy with the way the amps turned out that says something there
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Quote by Robbgnarly

The Bad Cat Cougar series is not a Bad Cat amp, nor do they sound the same. They are basically made with Kustom Defender parts. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but the product is not worth the price.


Yep, I like the Kustom "The Defender" amps (The newer top controls v. the older front control units), but if the Cougar is a Defender with altered visuals that's somewhat shady.

It would explain why they discontinued the Kustoms though...and why I got a V50 for less than the cost of the speaker in it.
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