1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

Still one of the greatest practice amps ever...

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by fatboris1, Apr 16, 2021.

  1. fatboris1

    fatboris1 Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    105
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2006
    Location:
    Colorado
    Packing for a move and continue to uncover gold. Before modeling amps these were as good as it could get. Playing with it again, I’m still thinking “This is as good as it gets.” Soooo many possibilities with this thing. It’s making me happy. 29EA3739-35C3-4240-8C7A-27DFDB58E881.jpeg
     
  2. RichCuellarPDX

    RichCuellarPDX Tele-Meister

    Age:
    54
    Posts:
    214
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2019
    Location:
    Portland Oregon
    ive always wanted to try one...
     
  3. Greggorios

    Greggorios Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    3,815
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2016
    Location:
    NY
    Been around almost 50 years. Trivia: Pignose Industries was started by Terry Kath and other members of Chicago in 1972 utilizing the design and patent of the original inventors who sent sample amps to a variety of working musicians of the day including Kath.
     
    DrPepper, TeleBluesMan, Geo and 5 others like this.
  4. fretWalkr

    fretWalkr Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    421
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2019
    Location:
    DFW
    The story goes, Ozzie was auditioning guitar players. Everyone was coming in with Marshall stacks. Randy Rhodes showed up with just a pignose. They put a mic on it and of course he got the gig.
     
  5. Blrfl

    Blrfl Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,238
    Joined:
    May 3, 2018
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    My Mustang Micro has nudged my Pignose off the shelf as the coolest little amp in my collection. The Piggy still gets props for its Kath and Zappa connections, though.

    The MM does a pretty passable impression of a Pignose set to Blue (VOX AC30) / Blue (Darker EQ) / White (Large Hall) / Purple (Effects Bypass) and plugged into the line input of a Bluetooth speaker.
     
  6. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    63
    Posts:
    3,104
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2016
    Location:
    Somewhere
    It even had a convertible open/closed back cab options! Pretty groundbreaking if you ask me!


    I used to work with a guy who had one. His nickname was Deaf Boy Johnson, because loved the blues, and he was deaf, he was very immature for a middle aged man, AND his last name was Johnson.

    He was really trying to become a (too late blooming) multi/instrumentalist. Unfortunately he did not succeed in that endeavor. When I last heard him, he had barely gotten a handle on ANY instrument. He was having fun though, so that’s what matters.

    Fortunately I no longer have to try and play with him.
     
    BB, Greggorios and middy like this.
  7. Silent Otto

    Silent Otto Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    566
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2015
    Location:
    Mo'town, NB
    [​IMG]
     
    guitrr, Mike SS, DrPepper and 5 others like this.
  8. northernguitar

    northernguitar Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,614
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2009
    Location:
    North of Toronto
    Good enough for FZ, on national tv, no less.

     
    guitrr, DeepDangler, irie and 2 others like this.
  9. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    6,749
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2010
    Location:
    Texas
    I love mine...great for busking, too.
     
    Greggorios likes this.
  10. Boreas

    Boreas Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Age:
    65
    Posts:
    3,444
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2019
    Location:
    Adirondack Coast, NY
    Pignose also made a pretty gnarly distortion pedal. I don't use distortion much, but it certainly sounds Piggish.
     
  11. Glen W

    Glen W Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    1,944
    Joined:
    May 10, 2003
    Location:
    CT
    Still have the one I got around 1973. IIRC, the box also had indication of being sold by CF Martin. That's a while ago though...
     
  12. fatboris1

    fatboris1 Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    105
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2006
    Location:
    Colorado
    You can get some cool way effects opening and closing...fun with a friend
     
  13. TeleBluesMan

    TeleBluesMan Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    707
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Location:
    East coast
    Great little amp. I use it with a reverb pedal; that adds a lot.
     
  14. Telecasters84

    Telecasters84 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    57
    Posts:
    191
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2021
    Location:
    USA
    I’ve GASSED for one for years! Always great to uncover buried treasure in your own home... :)
     
    fatboris1 and Greggorios like this.
  15. bowman

    bowman Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,996
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2006
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Hey, I've got one of those! This thread just reminded me that there's a perfectly good one in my closet - now I'm itching to plug into it for the first time in at least a couple of years. I always thought it would be cool to have one each of every Pignose model.
     
    fatboris1 likes this.
  16. BobbyZ

    BobbyZ Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    13,624
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2011
    Location:
    Snellman MN
    As I heard it, (ok read it on the internet) he used a small tweed Fender like a Harvard or maybe Vibrolux. Seen that a few times, never read Pignose until now. But we all know how this stuff gets convoluted on the internet!
    Fact is I wasn't there and I really don't know. :)
     
  17. The Angle

    The Angle Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    996
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2017
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    I recall an interview with Steve Miller in (probably) Guitar Player magazine back around (probably) 1975. He talked about how he kept switching to smaller and smaller amps, and he imagined that in the future we'd no longer see walls of Marshalls behind musicians on stage. Instead, people might play arenas with nothing but a Pignose on a chair next to them, mic'ed through a massive PA. It didn't exactly take an oracle to see that coming, but he wasn't wrong.
     
    srblue5 likes this.
  18. VWAmTele

    VWAmTele Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,956
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2005
    Location:
    FL
    I still have my Pignose which I bought in 1974 - and it still works. My bandmate also had one. We took turns playing with the open 'cab' to help differentiate the sounds from our Les Pauls. My parents and neighbors were very appreciate of this amp as the alternative was my 100 watt Marshall half stack.
     
  19. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Age:
    63
    Posts:
    94,744
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Location:
    Austin, Tx
    I had one when I was a pup.
    Fun amp!
     
    BB likes this.
  20. kLyon

    kLyon Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    814
    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Location:
    US
    They made a bigger one, too, back in the 80's... it had "mix" in the name, if I recall, and it sounded great.
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.