Desktop amps go boutique with the launch of Bad Cat’s tube-driven Paw

Bad Cat The Paw desktop guitar amp
(Image credit: Bad Cat Amps)

Bad Cat Amplifiers has launched The Paw, an altogether boutique-vibed take on the increasingly popular desktop amp format.

The Paw combines an all-tube preamp - one EF86 and two 12AX7s, based on the company’s Cub combo - with a 60W Class D power amp, yielding American-voiced clean and grit.

A pair of six-inch speakers are onboard, but The Paw can also drive up to two external speakers, as well as offering a pair of direct outputs and two FX loops.

Speaking of, the amp offers the ability to load and save impulse responses, with 16 in-built, and a USB input to connect to your Mac or PC.

The Paw also boasts Bad Cat’s trademark K-Master control, which provides full output whether the preamp is driven or not, affording a wider dynamic range than you might expect.

This is a genuinely exciting development in compact amps - the ability to use this at home and at a gig makes it a unique proposition in the desktop arena.

The Paw is available to preorder for $799. For more info, head over to Bad Cat Amps (opens in new tab).

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).