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Not sure if it's just nostalgia or what but I love the Pignose. Portable, super colored sound, super fun to dial in the drive-yeah, it's just fun but also entirely practical to use in the studio-re-amping whatever. It's just a lil' box of fun. I still buy batteries from Costco in bulk. Awesome & possibility maybe an under used piece lately of my collection.
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Much more than the sum of it's parts...
Beginners will be drawn to 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. Besides my guitar, I primarily use the pignose for filthy Chicago style harmonica, which my digital amps just can't seem to process without nasty dissonant overtones. The pignose handles the crazy harmonica signal waveform effortlessly, and delivers a presentable harmonica honk directly from my Bottle o Blues harmonica mic. Distortion is controlled by balancing the ratio between the mic (input) volume, and amp (output) volume, just as with guitar. It also plays well with my preferred effects pedals; another reason to choose it over the generic built in effects of modern portables. A final bonus is that the Bottle o Blues stows neatly inside the case along with 5 harmonicas and a 2 meter instrument cable.
My other amps may go to market but this little piggy will stay at home!
Legendary for good reason
Everybody should have this amp, essential kit. We can use it for practice/dressing room amp, as a preamp with a larger amp or as a standalone recording amp.
If you plug straight in, the tone is really great. The unit sounds cool with the door open or closed. Once I read an article somewhere that suggested placing the pig nose inside of a washing machine and mic'ing it up, the perforated aluminium drum inside delivers a really cool effect, has to be done, just make sure the washing machine has drained and no excess water is sitting there.
This will not break the bank, but a mains adaptor is critical if you want to avoid poor performance owing to reduced battery power after a short time.