Bad Cat ‘Black Cat’ Amplifier

Like Matchless, Bad Cat are a boutique manufacturer of custom hand built amplifiers and Billy uses a 2×12 Black Cat 30 combo, explains;
“Although I don’t use it live when I’m recording in the studio I also use a Bad Cat combo which was designed by Mark Samson one of the original founders of Matchless.”

This is the one that started it all! The Black Cat’s pedigree is well known. The amp of choice for countless arena acts. Huge chimey 3-D cleans. A sound so delicate yet ferocious when pushed. You have never heard lows like this come from an EL84 amp. The 12AX7 side gives lush sweet and complex mid-range that works from warm punchy cleans through tight crunchy growl. Engage the master volume and get the dirt at any level. Switch over to the EF86 and get a lesson in why the Black Cat is revered by so many diverse artists. Shimmering cleans that can be pushed lightly to fill the room with ghostly octaves and harmonics. Rev up channel two a little harder and push your sound into Class A nirvana. Note definition, highs that spray around the hall and a bottom end that never gets loose.