First launched at the NAAM show in 1973, the miniature battery-operated Pignose amplifier was used on many classic rock recordings of the 1970s. Clapton said that he had recorded all the guitar parts of his 1974 song Motherless Children using a Pignose amp, which may well have been this particular amp. Other notable examples of recordings with a Pignose include Joe Walsh's Rocky Mountain Way.more
"This is the Pignose amplifier that was responsible for the bulk of the nasty guitar tones found on the Apostrophe(’) and Over-Nite Sensation albums. This little piggy couldn’t escape modification, as evidenced by the two XLR jacks on the back. Zappa appeared on The Mike Douglas Show in 1976 (below), where he can be seen walking onstage to perform “Black Napkins” with this Pignose in one hand and the “Baby Snakes” SG in the other."more
Beginners will be drawn to all the whistles and bells of modern portable digital modelling amps but Pro's will appreciate the pignose's zen like simplicity and the warmth of it's old school analogue transistor circuitry. The Pignose is now my go-to portable amp despite the fact that I already have the popular Roland Microcube and Vox DA-5. As well as my guitar, I also use the pignose for filthy Chicago style harmonica, which my digital amps just can't seem to process without nasty overtones. The pignose handles the crazy harmonica signal waveform effortlessly. It also plays well with my preferred effects pedals; another reason to choose it over the generic built in effects of modern portables. Other amps may go to market but this little piggy will stay at home!