The Pignose Hog 30 Amp uses an 8" speaker and a 30W amp to help reproduce the low-end needed for keyboard and bass players. Kick in the legendary Funk Bass switch for extra punch and depth. Features v... Read More
The Pignose Hog 30 Amp uses an 8" speaker and a 30W amp to help reproduce the low-end needed for keyboard and bass players. Kick in the legendary Funk Bass switch for extra punch and depth. Features volume and master volume controls as well as a 3-band EQ. Batteries will provide hours of portable playing, and playing time is extended when using headphones. Rear panel features a headphone jack, line out, and second input. Includes an adapter/recharger cable.
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I bought two of these for my band. We play all original Rock/ Blues/ Jazz. We do a lot of outside practicing along our beautiful Rock River or we pop into one of our local breweries and jam instead of in the garage. These little guys work great. Last night was our first real jam. Guitarist used one with a mic plugged into the 2nd input and me with a bass into the other and a drummer on a cajon. Instant band with no electricity needed. Portability with no power cable. Fantastic! This opens the door for open stages and outdoor jams never conceived before. Thanks Pignose!
So, look... If you are a busker or do wee little gigs like coffee houses, bookstore cafes, want a jam-amp or want to jam with your acoustic buds outdoors (like, oh, the yard or one of those tiny "parks" where the avenues cross in NYC), or just want a decent, cheap home practice/beater amp that does more, this is a great choice. I've had mine for about 4 years. The charge doesn't hold like it did, but it still goes, if you don't be stoopid with bass and volume cranked, for a LONG time. The exact replacement battery is easy to find, and if you're a bit crafty, you can slide more amperage in. That means more time between charges, folks! Back comes off easily so you can do your wicked power surgery with ease. Needs no other real changes except perhaps to put felt on the edges of that back panel so it won't buzz. Build is like a real, big combo amp. The "piggie" Tolex looks good, hasn't peeled yet, the corner guards are holding up fine and I like that it's chair height (really) so you can sit upon your Cordless Throne O'Bass and feel what you're playing so as not to kill your jam-mates. Pignose specs this at 28 lbs. Even your teen daughter can handle that, and as an oldefying fartois (term courtesy of a young guitarist) with arthritis making my legs miserable, that low weight matters. Is this a 4x10 stack with hundreds of watts behind it? No, of course not. But it actually does 30W on batteries, the only amp I've seen that does not kick down to 5W or less on batteries, and it does it, as I said, for a long time (hours) if you aren't being stoop. You COULD bring a car battery and wire a jack up on the amp and make a little power harness to run the thing for a couple of long, bass-heavy days if you wanted. It sounds pretty good, with that never quite crystal clear Pignose sound, the tone controls are decently thought out, gain AND volume lets you sound loud quietly, and there's the Funk Bass thing. Meh. It's pretty mild. You might like it, but since I use a modeler and other processing sometimes, it's not a big thing... besides, I've had an original EH BassBalls since the 70s, so owning that makes anyone else's attempt to outdo it pretty pedestrian. So, nothing has broken. Yay. It hasn't smoked out, cut out or freaked out. I've overdriven it a couple time with an active bass, but, hey, that's what gain controls are for. Speaker's paper, so it sounds fat. There is no tweeter, and with an 8", especially for the purposes this is made, who needs it. If you want a small practice (headphone jack, kids, so moms won't come in swingin'!), rehearsal, jam, party amp (I've done outdoor parties with pickup bands, worked great), that can gig a very small venue/room with a Line Out (not a DI) so you can send that piggie-sound through FOH, and you ain't got no dough cuz you's be broke, this is a GREAT amp to get. AND, you can get a busker's license and go make you some moneh and buy a better gigging amp for larger venues, baby. It's cheap, it's sorta cute, if you like amps that look normal and different, sounds really decent, is louder than you expect and can do a bit of growling. It's not an Orange stack (ooh, baby) but as a first/learner, it's a great choice and easy to move around and live with. You'll like it and keep it even as you get bigger, better amps. You'll see.
I've got the regular Pignose and love it, so after reading reviews on the Hog 30 I thought why not? I can use it for practice with my bass. I don't know if mine is defective or what, but this is a buzzing machine! The sound is awful and it has an anoying vibration. I can only speak of my experience with mine, but it is a piece of junk. I started to send it back, but thought what the heck I'll just put it in the kids room so they can plug up an old Fender 6 string electric and bang away. A few years ago I bought a small Yamaha bass amp on a closeout from Guitar center. I paid thirty dollars for it and it will kick this Hog's tail. Oh well, maybe mine is a bad one.
Perfect for street musicians. Great battery life, very dependable and has a decent speaker. It does what they say that it will do. What more can you ask for? Not cheaply constructed, it even has a little bit of heft to it. Weight in an amp IS actually a good thing. It's the light ones that are a waste of money. I'm planning on having years of fun playing bass outdoors with my buds w/o the hassle of plugs.
It's loud, I'll tell 'ya that. I play guitar in a high school marching band (I'm not making this up) and this is what I was given to use for band purposes. Me & the bass player have amps like this with backpack straps screwed on so they can be carried around. That's one of the small number of good points about this amp. It goes anywhere. I use an Epiphone G400 SG with a Seymour Duncan JB in it. The sound is too treble-heavy, but it works. The Preamp Volume acts as a volume on/off switch, not a power switch for the amp, but it goes from 0 to 10 in the space of 0 to 1. The batteries on the bass player's amp had to be replaced, because they couldn't hold a charge at all. There was a short in my amp, causing the plastic around the DC input to melt, which ended up burning my finger! OW! Great for versatilaty, but little else.
I could not find a more versatile amp. Not only do I use this with my 6 string Epiphone electric but I've also used my Fender Precision bass and my Fender acoustic/electric. Extremely reliable, clean sound and the fact that I don't have to look for an outlet except to charge the battery is incredible. The volume is also incredible, who knew you could get this much sound out of such a little and lightweight amp. Wish I would have bought this years ago.