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    100 watts of cathode biased loudness

    Bad Cat Hot Cat 100 HeadPublished on 08/03/11 at 15:30
    - 100 watts
    - Four EL34 power tubes
    - Four 12AX7 pre amp tubes
    - Solid State rectified
    - Two channels (accessible via AB pedal)
    - Class A
    - Cathode biased
    - Half power switch
    - Point to point wired

    UTILIZATION

    You have two different inputs, one for the clean channel and one for the gain channel. You can emulate channel switching via an AB or ABY box. The R version of the amp does have built in channel switching (I also believe it's available as a custom option, as well). There are some real benefits of this as you can easily separate effects you only want to use with the clean or gain sides. The clean channel only has a volume knob and a shared Brilliance knob. The R v…
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    - 100 watts
    - Four EL34 power tubes
    - Four 12AX7 pre amp tubes
    - Solid State rectified
    - Two channels (accessible via AB pedal)
    - Class A
    - Cathode biased
    - Half power switch
    - Point to point wired

    UTILIZATION

    You have two different inputs, one for the clean channel and one for the gain channel. You can emulate channel switching via an AB or ABY box. The R version of the amp does have built in channel switching (I also believe it's available as a custom option, as well). There are some real benefits of this as you can easily separate effects you only want to use with the clean or gain sides. The clean channel only has a volume knob and a shared Brilliance knob. The R version also has a five way tone selector switch.

    SOUNDS

    The clean channel has distinct Vox sound to it. It breaks up really nicely when pushed and can sound really great. The only problem is the lack of any EQ knobs other than the shared Brilliance knob. The clean channel tends to be very bright where as the gain channel tends to be a little dark. You can tame the clean channel with an EQ pedal.

    The high gain channel is somewhere between Mesa/Boogie and Marshall territory. You have three different knobs that control the gain. There is a Gain knob that does what you'd expect. There is an Edge knob that adds or subtracts the sizzle in the gain. For those who think that the amp is too fizzy, turn the Edge knob down to 3:00. Then there is a Level knob that controls the amount of gain signal. This knob is different than the Master Volume knob. You can get classic overdriven tones but turning them down, or crank them to get thick and meaty modern tones. The Treble knob works as a high pass filter that allows you to get a very shreddy thinner sound. There is no Mid knob, but it’s voiced so well you probably won’t miss it.

    The only sound issue is that there is some white noise bleed through if you have the gain channel Master Volume turned up high.


    OVERALL OPINION

    Despite the limitations of the amp, this is one of the best amps available. It is a very unique amp in the market place, which is probably why the Hot Cat appears to be the best selling Bad Cat amp. My only wish is the Hot Cat 100 were tube rectified like the Hot Cat 30.
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