DECEMBER 22, 2023 | by Jon Bingham
As we bid farewell to the tumultuous journey that was 2023, Bad Cat Amplifiers stands tall and defiant, ready to reflect on a year that exceeded expectations, dealt with doubters, and solidified our position as a force to be reckoned with in the world of guitar amplification.
Conquering Early Doubters:
The journey began with skepticism from select retailers and on-line chatter from naysayers who scoffed at our changes and doubted our power to innovate. With unwavering determination, Bad Cat worked harder, showcasing the resilience and commitment that define our brand. From the first note to the last chord, our amplifiers became a testament to the relentless pursuit of excellence.
Premier Gear Award for the Black Cat:
The first accolade came in March when Bad Cat’s Black Cat emerged victorious, earning the Premier Guitar “Premier Gear” award. This recognition was a testament to the unrivaled tone, and thoughtful design that defines every Bad Cat amplifier. The Black Cat stood tall among the competition, a symbol of our commitment to pushing the boundaries of sonic innovation.
Welcoming Musical Titans:
A year of triumph wouldn’t be complete without the addition of remarkable artists to the Bad Cat family. Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders, Mark Ford, Nick Lee of Moon Tooth, Ford Thurston, and Serj Dimitrijevic of Earth, Wind, and Fire joined our ranks, bringing their talent and swagger to the Bad Cat family. Their choice to stand beside Bad Cat is a tip of the cap to the uniqueness and quality of our amplifiers.
Biggest Year in Company History:
Despite a shrinking retail year, 2023 witnessed Bad Cat Amplifiers achieving unprecedented heights. We shattered company records, surpassed milestones, planted our flag in the dirt, and announced our arrival. This wasn’t done alone, as our artists, allies and retail partners played a crucial role in making it our biggest year in company history. Your dedication to showcasing Bad Cat amplifiers to a broader audience has been instrumental in our shared triumphs. This year stands as a testament to the loyalty of our customers, the dedication of our team, and the undying spirit of the Bad Cat family.
Hot Cat Named in “Best Amps of 2023”:
The Hot Cat earned recognition in Guitar.com’s “Best Amps of 2023,” affirming its place in the industry. This acknowledgment wasn’t just about accolades; it was a declaration that we’re not here to follow trends—we’re here to set them. That’s two.
Black Cat Named “Gear of the Year” by Guitarist Magazine:
The grand finale of our triumphant year came with the Black Cat being crowned “Gear of the Year” in the amplifier category by Guitarist Magazine. This prestigious accolade is a culmination of the passion poured into every Bad Cat, as well as a nod to our commitment to building better amps. That’s three.
A Warm and Genuine Thank You
As we embark on a new year, Bad Cat Amplifiers extends a heartfelt thank you to each artist, customer, reviewer, and retail partner who has been an integral part of our journey. Your dedication, passion, and belief in Bad Cat are the cornerstones of our success. Together, let’s continue to defy expectations and reach new heights in the pursuit of sonic excellence. The journey may have been challenging, but it is the challenges that define us, and in defiance, we rise.
Bad Cat Amplifiers is a leading boutique guitar amplifier manufacturer, renowned for tonal quality, innovative design, and commitment to craftsmanship. The manufacturer is based in Costa Mesa, California.