One of the best things a guitarist can do to improve his/her playing is to experiment, experiment & experiment. Other experiences that boost ’em skills include jamming with other musicians, touring and practicing on your own at the wee hours of the morning. And what do you need to carry out all of these actions? A portable amp, of course!
Let us introduce you to the amp that we totally fell in love with. This portable guitar amp, my friends, is none other than the Pignose 7-100. It’s powered by 6 AA batteries (yes, you heard that right!) …else there’s always an optional AC adaptor. This mini guitar amp gives you total mobility since it weighs only 2.7kg…plus you can carry it around like a bag and sling it over your shoulder, allowing you to perform anywhere. Sounds great, right?
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Wattage – 5 watts
Speaker – 5-inch
Battery powered Amp- 6 AA batteries which are not included. Can be powered by an optional AC adapter which needs to be purchased separately.
Dimensions – 6-1/4″ x 5″ x 9-1/2″
Weight – 2.7kg
A legends’ favourite (owners include Frank Zappa, Ronnie Wood and Johnny Winter), this small amp features a slightly overdriven, bluesy rock tone and delivers an astonishingly loud performance. The clean guitar sound is also quite loud, allowing you to plug and play without a lot of unnecessary tweaking.
Apart from the specifications outlined above, the Pignose amp doesn’t have any additional features. In reality, there’s not much a guitarist really needs other than a sturdy amp that does its job. This amp is a busker’s dream since it’s a battery powered guitar amp as well as small in size.
What’s more – its electronics are built to last, meaning that you don’t need to worry if you’re lugging it around on trains and buses. It’s also super resistant to different climatic conditions such as humidity (which, by the way, usually ruins amps.) The battery option is an excellent choice since it further increases the player’s mobility. And did we mention its charming aesthetic? Also, in case you’re wondering, it’s shaped like a pig’s nose!
The Pignose 7-100 is:
A practice amp: practising doesn’t need to involve super high volumes and super expensive equipment. Practising should solely be about the player’s skills. This portable guitar amplifier allows you to turn any location into a personal rehearsal space. Its features make it the best practice amp that you can ever own.
A first amp: This guitar amp is especially useful if you’re taking your first steps as a guitarist. It’s a one-time buy that accompanies you on your musical journey. Its preamp out-jack allows you to connect the Pignose to a more powerful amplifier…meaning that you will always find a use for your Pignose amp.
A performance amp: This amp makes regular appearances in live performances. Connect the Pignose to a larger and more powerful amp to blow the venue’s roof off.
A Studio amp: Pignose also promotes the 7-100 as a studio amp. After we tried it out, we can say that this is a genuine claim. You can use this mini amp to record demos in your home studio. Else you can take it with you to a more professional, high-end studio to make use of the Pignose’s signature bluesy tone. Connect your Pignose to the board to get started.
Not-just-a-guitar amp: You can play any other instrument through a Pignose. Whether it’s an electric violin or your voice, the Pignose’s use is as limitless as your imagination.
Using the Pignose 7-100
We know a lot of players who insist that the guitar’s control knobs should never EVER be touched. However, this is a complete lie. Truly great guitarists know that the guitar’s tone and volume knobs are there for a reason. The Pignose 7-100 elevates your game because you are forced to use them. This mini amp becomes your teacher since it forces you to take dynamics into consideration. Believe us; one mini amp is enough to change the way you perceive your guitar’s knobs.
To maximise this amp’s potential, you can either turn the amp’s volume to the max and dramatically decrease the guitar’s volume. Else you can crank your guitar’s volume to the max, while simultaneously reducing the Pignose’s. From there, you can fine-tune and adjust both the amp and guitar’s knobs to achieve a tone that is uniquely yours. On the other hand, if you commit the gravest sin, i.e. if you crank everything to the max, we can 100% assure you that you’ll be severely disappointed.
The Pignose 7-100 ticks all of your boxes if you’re looking for a small, versatile and straightforward amp. It’s safe to say that it’s one of the cheap guitar amps on the market. However, the fact that it has been used by some of the greatest guitarists ever to exist means something. Therefore, if you prefer vintage sounds, and ‘mobile’ is the main word that you use to describe your lifestyle, we highly suggest that you add this battery powered amp to your basket on Amazon.
The fact that it’s portable is a big pro. Whether you’re a young and aspiring musician who practises at home and out and about with friends, or a veteran touring musician who is fed up of hauling heaving amplifiers, you’ll unquestionably find a use for this small guitar amp. Its price-tag is also very appealing since it’s super cheap when considering its superior quality. If you’re on a tight budget, the Pignose is the best small guitar amp that you can ever buy
On the downside, its bluesy rock sound may not be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s not ideal for guitarists who are suckers for a clean tone since it’s naturally overdriven (especially at full gain). However, a mellower sound CAN be achieved by reducing the guitar’s volume.
The Roland Micro Cube and Vox Pathfinder are two solid, all-around contenders. They’re in the same price-range, are produced by more well-known manufacturers and also come in highly recommended. However, if you want to stand out from the crowd (and show everyone that size doesn’t matter), the Pignose 7-100 is surely the best mini guitar amp for you!