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Open-Box Pignose Hog 30 Amp

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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 Fun...Click To Read More About This Product

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(Open Box) Designed especially for bass and keyboard players.

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.

FEATURES
Battery/AC powered
Recharges when you plug it in
Runs for hours on a single charge
Heavy-duty 8" speaker
30W
Squeal overdrive
3-band EQ
2 instrument inputs
Headphone jack
Includes adapter/recharger cable
SPECIFICATIONS
13-1/2"W x 17"H x 9-1/2"D
28 lbs.
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PignoseHog 30 Amp
 
4.1

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

74%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (21)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Good power output (10)
  • Warm / comfy (10)
  • Excellent sound (7)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Limited functions (3)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Performances (11)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Hog 30 Amp - Perfect at what it does.

If you want instructions, you'll be sad. If you have some chops and aren't afraid to experiment "carefully" to push it and see what it will do, you shouldn't...Read complete review

If you want instructions, you'll be sad. If you have some chops and aren't afraid to experiment "carefully" to push it and see what it will do, you shouldn't blow the amp and will find that for small venues (30-50 people or 100 ft or so), coffee houses,street corners, living rooms will be a blast. Time will tell for me on the batteries and its' general longevity. I hope it will be good for 3 years and more. We'll see.
1st let me say a 10 rating in my book is rare and involves walking on water or in simpler terms knocking my socks off. This amp is perfect at what it does, and that is it runs off battery power (so far over 5 hrs without a sign it is slowing down at 2.5-3.0 VOL) and provides great sound for bass and/or acoustic guitar. I did not try a keyboard (yet). A mic is fine for simple busking or jamming with an acoustic (because they both get EQ'd the same), the mic gets muddied for my preference after a bass is EQ'd. But that's OK cause we use a Crate TX15 for the main voc mic and acoustic guitar (the Crate has 2CH,Bal and Line input). So a <$200 bass with a active EQ and PJ pickups ranged from warm to punchy to slap happy. Our bass players were happy with the range of setups. Also with a battery powered bass or acoustic pedal even more setups are available. In fact if you can get the bass EQ'd before the amp, suddenly the mic is more viable.
In general for the $152 (on sale) this is a great portable bass amp.
Too soon to tell. First thing I'll tell you is the manual stinks. There are no instructions regarding the EQ setups. Like does the front setup affect the back channel two?? Sounds like maybe it does, sure would be nice to KNOW. I can also say the back channel connection started out with a bit of static but settled down more or less. I also checked out the battery replacement. Pignose folks say to send it in, but you can get to them okay if you can locate the same batteries online or elsewhere. Maybe Pignose will sell just the Batt's. I don't know what the cost is to send it in but I am guessing the shipping one way is at least $20 or so, making it a loosing game unless you have a local dealer. Right now I am hoping they last the three yrs plus they should (with care) and then I'll deal with it.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

At least they give you lots of stickers

I've heard other harmonica players talk favorably about the smaller pignose amp. But I needed something bigger. I was looking for an amp that I could use with a wide range of instruments and...Read complete review

I've heard other harmonica players talk favorably about the smaller pignose amp. But I needed something bigger. I was looking for an amp that I could use with a wide range of instruments and microphones in settings where there is little or no AC power available. So far, the battery has worked well. But the saying "you get what you pay for" comes to mind with this inexpensive amp. The disappointment started when I opened the box. As I removed it from the package I noticed that the vinyl skin on the back was peeling loose at the seams. Perhaps a little glue will take care of this. The first time I played it I noticed a rattle in the speaker. At first I thought the speaker was blown. It turns out that the metal grill covering the speaker is where the rattle is coming from. The amp hums when used in ungrounded locations. But the battery option takes care of that. Aside from the problems with quality there are some design issues that I should have thought about before I purchased this amp. The worst of these is the location of the controls. Because all of the controls are at the bottom of the front of the amp I find it necessary to get it off of the floor by placing it on an amp stand or stool. Otherwise the controls are hard to reach and harder to see. If I were asked to redesign this amp I would 1.) move the controls to the top, 2.) use a 12 inch speaker, 3.) rethink the grill on the front, and 4.)replace the vinyl covering with something that won't peel away after a few years. In the end, I will probably wind up doing a little repair work on this amp and try live with it. At least it came with a lot of stickers.

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Musicians "friend"? Defective product won't replace

By Disappointed

from Washington DC

Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

I purchased this from Musician's Friend and it doesn't work- won't even turn on. I asked for a replacement and they said they could replace it for another 50 bones. No thank you! Never going to buy anything for musicians friend again. Be warned!

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

At least they give you lots of stickers

By Bob

from Jackson, MS

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Pros

  • Portable

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Weak

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio

Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

I've heard other harmonica players talk favorably about the smaller pignose amp. But I needed something bigger. I was looking for an amp that I could use with a wide range of instruments and microphones in settings where there is little or no AC power available. So far, the battery has worked well. But the saying "you get what you pay for" comes to mind with this inexpensive amp. The disappointment started when I opened the box. As I removed it from the package I noticed that the vinyl skin on the back was peeling loose at the seams. Perhaps a little glue will take care of this. The first time I played it I noticed a rattle in the speaker. At first I thought the speaker was blown. It turns out that the metal grill covering the speaker is where the rattle is coming from. The amp hums when used in ungrounded locations. But the battery option takes care of that. Aside from the problems with quality there are some design issues that I should have thought about before I purchased this amp. The worst of these is the location of the controls. Because all of the controls are at the bottom of the front of the amp I find it necessary to get it off of the floor by placing it on an amp stand or stool. Otherwise the controls are hard to reach and harder to see. If I were asked to redesign this amp I would 1.) move the controls to the top, 2.) use a 12 inch speaker, 3.) rethink the grill on the front, and 4.)replace the vinyl covering with something that won't peel away after a few years. In the end, I will probably wind up doing a little repair work on this amp and try live with it. At least it came with a lot of stickers.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hog 30 Amp - Perfect at what it does.

By RW

from TX

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Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

If you want instructions, you'll be sad. If you have some chops and aren't afraid to experiment "carefully" to push it and see what it will do, you shouldn't blow the amp and will find that for small venues (30-50 people or 100 ft or so), coffee houses,street corners, living rooms will be a blast. Time will tell for me on the batteries and its' general longevity. I hope it will be good for 3 years and more. We'll see.
1st let me say a 10 rating in my book is rare and involves walking on water or in simpler terms knocking my socks off. This amp is perfect at what it does, and that is it runs off battery power (so far over 5 hrs without a sign it is slowing down at 2.5-3.0 VOL) and provides great sound for bass and/or acoustic guitar. I did not try a keyboard (yet). A mic is fine for simple busking or jamming with an acoustic (because they both get EQ'd the same), the mic gets muddied for my preference after a bass is EQ'd. But that's OK cause we use a Crate TX15 for the main voc mic and acoustic guitar (the Crate has 2CH,Bal and Line input). So a <$200 bass with a active EQ and PJ pickups ranged from warm to punchy to slap happy. Our bass players were happy with the range of setups. Also with a battery powered bass or acoustic pedal even more setups are available. In fact if you can get the bass EQ'd before the amp, suddenly the mic is more viable.
In general for the $152 (on sale) this is a great portable bass amp.
Too soon to tell. First thing I'll tell you is the manual stinks. There are no instructions regarding the EQ setups. Like does the front setup affect the back channel two?? Sounds like maybe it does, sure would be nice to KNOW. I can also say the back channel connection started out with a bit of static but settled down more or less. I also checked out the battery replacement. Pignose folks say to send it in, but you can get to them okay if you can locate the same batteries online or elsewhere. Maybe Pignose will sell just the Batt's. I don't know what the cost is to send it in but I am guessing the shipping one way is at least $20 or so, making it a loosing game unless you have a local dealer. Right now I am hoping they last the three yrs plus they should (with care) and then I'll deal with it.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Hog 30 Amp

By Rob

from Albany, NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

  • Rattle At High Volumes

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

I got a Hog 30 for Christmas. The amp had a good charge out of the box so I was able to play it right away. The sound quality is good. This is a portable amp so it is not going to sound like an SVT, but I found the sound to be warm and surprisingly good bass response for it's size. The EQ is great for fine tuning the sound. I am using it with a Kala U-Bass, which makes for an extremely portable rig. This will be great for camping and playing outdoors in general, as well as jamming with acoustic instruments. I have read some of the other reviews and agree that it can have a slight "rattle" at higher volumes, which could be easily be resolved with some acoustic insulation. The cabinet is easily accessible. Battery life seems good as well. For what I wanted it for, it certainly does the job well.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works Fine

By daddyplaysbass

from Arizona

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth
  • Lightweight
  • Long Life Battery
  • Portable
  • Small

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Practice
    • Performances
    • Small gigs

    Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

    At first seemed to have poor tone and some distortion. After working with it (and maybe the speaker had to be "broken in") it has an acceptable sound as long as you know it's limitations. I turn both levels to about 2 o'clock, bass to 9, treble and mid to 5 I have used it once at an outdoor houswarming, background music type gig, Guitar, Drums, Fiddle, Vocals and me on bass. Works fine for home practice along with the stereo or TV.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very portable and sound good

    By Bruce

    from Vermont

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practice With The Band

      Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

      I was bringing my 90 lb tko every week to practice.One arm was getting longer than the other from carrying it.I just started using it for my upright bass . It can keep up to the cubes and other small amps the guys use.Sounds good and is very portable.I'll still use my big amp for gigs but works well for my weekly playing and my knuckles have stopped dragging.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great little amp for camp fire jams.

      By NautiPaul

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

        Love playing my acoustic bass thru this amp at outside jams, by the camp fire, by the lake, on the boat, inside a tent... Anywhere acoustic pickers are playing and electricity is not available.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A fine battery bass amp

        By Thestatue1

        from Philadelphia, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Control Knobs Too Low

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

        Loud enough for low-volume bands, indoors or indoors, good battery life before needing charging, Pignose does not carry covers for this amp, I had to order one custom-made to fit, a bit pricey for a cover.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        the bigger Pignose surpasses expecttions

        By Mike eCee

        from San Francisco Bay Area

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Exceeded My Expectations
        • Litterally - A Grab Run
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • No Onboard Reverb

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Great To Tske To The Park

        Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

        I purchased it to use with my acoustic bass to get a little more bottom end filled in when accompanying other acoustic instruments when up camping or at the park. I find that the sound quality is much more than I expected and does well with my other acoustic guitars, as well as electric!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        The name says it all "The Hog", works gr

        By galeogg54

        from El Cajon, San Diego, Ca

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

        This unit works great for practices and small venues has good power the batteries last longer than I expected a definite plus

        (4 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Junk...really

        By OldSchoolGig

        from Iowa

        Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

        I ordered the HOG 30, and it arrived defective. The amp had no clean sound at any volume, only blown speaker distortion. I asked for a replacement, and it was worse - missing the charger, the cabinet was cracked in half, and it also only played with blown speaker distortion. Poor quality control and cheap materials. Avoid this product.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        DO IT!

        By GreenKoval

        from NJ

        Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

        This was a risky buy... I wasn't sure how the quality of the sound would be and thought it would be built cheaple, BOY WAS I WRONG! As a bassist I am extremely proud of the sound quality of this amp. The "funk" option realy helps out when your playing chilli peppers or any funk type of music. This amp is also built like a tank! The day i got this amp I charged it for the seven hours and have been playing it non-stop. The charge life is amazing... with hard playing it lasted a few days. The picture makes the amp look small but its not. The only bad thing I could say about this amp is, it's 28 pounds, and for portability thats a lot. The weight is worth it though... BUY IT!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Cool little bass amp.

        By Letalis Maximus, Esq.

        from Oklahoma.

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        Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

        I like pretty much everything about this amp except the hard plastic "legs" on the bottom. They should be rubber or soft polymer. Period. Hard plastic breaks, you knotheads! Easily. Change this aspect of the design.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        decent little practice amp

        By NautiPaul

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practice at home

          Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

          home practice and playing with very small gatherings with friends...

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Does It's Job Well

          By daddyplaysbass

          from Arizona

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          Pros

          • Decent tone
          • Durable Hardware
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Warmth
          • No Unwanted Noise
          • Portable
          • Vintage Look
          • Well balanced

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Busking
          • Events
          • Home Practice
          • Quiet Practice

          Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

          Had it over 3 months now, so it's time to review. Decent tone and it can be turned up to play along with stereo or TV; tone at low vol is fine. Not a tone monster but it did well on a couple of outdoor party and busking type gigs. Kept up with electric guitar, vocals, fiddle and drums. Looks good, eesy to control. Batteries seem to hold charge a long time. I played my harp thru a mic and it would make a good harp amp for a blues guy. Covering looks good and cleans up well; I protect it with car tire shine. I never need the headphones but the sound thru the headphones is good; using either input. Two inputs is a nice feature,although I only use one. Headphone jack out to board or another amp works well. Someone was concerned about the input jack at the bottom; mine is fine but I found that if it's a concern just put it on it's right side and the input jack will be at the top.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Ugly but lovable house pet

          By Grampzka

          from Athens, Georgia

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

            Warm and clear tones at low to moderate (for small amp) device but rattles a lot at higher settings. Battery = excellent. Simple to set and control but access to knobs is down low. 1/4 inch tear in "leather" near handle and poor glue job at upper back seams. Retro look is great but it oinks a lot and eats too much.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Had this for 20 + years

            By Albin Gregory

            from Rice Lake, WI.

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Cheap Battery Amp
            • Easy To Use
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Pretty Much Parties

              Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

              Dont worry about the batteries guys! Batteries are lead- acid batteries. You won't overcharge them. I don't use mine much. I LIKE POWER! Replaced batteries after 7 years with identical emergency lighting batteries for commercial building exits. They charge 100 % of the time! My second set sits 99.9 % of the time and can still play for hours!
              The speaker is THE biggest Pignose you are going to get. The thin-ness is just due to the fact we are used to the V4B and a 4-12. If portable is your game, this is the only viable option! If you want to jam on your strat, get a Danelectro - Honeytone running on a 9-volt. Very fun! Get something acoustic boosted with THIS. Remember electric basses are just going to have so much LESS drive movin air thru this little speaker. That said, tone is actually very user-friendly adjustable. Overdrive is better off using a pedal if you are going with a guitar. BUT, it does SQUEAL!
              Bottom line - - - It IS actually the only CHEAP battery amp I have heard that ACTUALLY can sound like something. It does what it is supposed to at low volumes.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Portability - can play my bass anywhere!

              By Old Country Drummer

              from Somewhere down South

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable
              • Powerful
              • Stays Charged A Long Time

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Busking On The Streets
                • Performances

                Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

                I have 4 basses - from acoustic to electric - it makes them all sound good. For a Lady, it's a little heavy - 20+lbs, but with a portable dolly and a bungee cord, I can take it wherever I go.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Look Ma, no plug!

                By Cbassist

                from Hernando Mississippi

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backyard jams
                  • Campground jams
                  • Intimate acoustic gigs
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

                  I've been looking for a battery powered bass amp for a while, finally found one that stands up to the task, portability, good sound quality, and enough juice to play a whole night or afternoon without having to find a place to plug in.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Amp

                  By Mike

                  from Minneapolis

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

                    Have been using pignose 30 everyday busking at the park-run my acoustic/elec baritone uke-mic & voice harmonizer through it-ac voice harmonizer runs off marine battery & small tru sine inverter-amp batteries last a long time-good product

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