Bad Cat Amplifiers unsheathes The Paw, a boutique desktop amplifier

Its preamp is based on the brand’s Cub 50/50 all-tube head.

Bad Cat Amplifiers has launched The Paw, a hybrid desktop amplifier that has the same preamp section found in the brand’s larger Cub amp.

The Paw’s all-tube preamp section features a combination of an EF86 and two 12AX7 tubes. Its power amp, on the other hand, is driven by a 60-watt Class D topology. The Paw has a built-in duo of six-inch speakers, but it can also be hooked up to an external cab.

For controls, there’s a gain knob, and bass and treble EQ controls for tone sculpting. The Paw also has: onboard reverb, with its own control knob; a Fat switch for thickening up signals; a Cut knob, which functions somewhat like a presence control, and Bat Cat’s signature K Master Volume circuit, which removes the power amp’s dependence on the preamp’s voltage to reach its output potential, allowing guitarists to play at low volumes without losing tone.

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If you’re curious about how this might affect the sound of an amp, check out Bad Cat’s demo on the K Master Volume circuit below.

The Paw is also equipped with impulse-response loading talents, with 16 IRs preloaded, and the ability to drop in more via a USB-C connector. Further adding on to the Paw’s applicability as a direct recording device are two XLR outputs and a stereo effects loop.

Bad Cat’s The Paw is available at $799, learn more about it at badcatamps.com

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