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Pignose G40V Tube Amp

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The Pignose G40V Tube Amp is a technical marvel that puts out a screaming 40W of power through a special design 10" speaker. Features two 6L6s and th...Click To Read More About This Product

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Created by acclaimed tube amp designer Dennis Kager.

The Pignose G40V Tube Amp is a technical marvel that puts out a screaming 40W of power through a special design 10" speaker. Features two 6L6s and three 12AX7s and has controls for volume, treble, mid, bass, and presence. As is, it's perfect for the bedroom or practice sessions, and it can drive a 4x12 cab with ease at the gig.

FEATURES
  • 40W of power
  • 10" special design speaker
  • Preamp has 3 - 12AX7s
  • Output has 2 - 6L6s
  • Controls: volume, treble, mid, bass, and presence
  • 14"W x 17"H x 9"D
  • 28 lbs.
  • Designed by Dennis Kager
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4.5

(based on 41 reviews)

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As Good As A Wing Dog

This amp is everything everyone claims it is. I bought one out of curiosity to see how it compared to my old 70's Fender Princeton. Actually PIGNOSE doesn't do clean very well....Read complete review

This amp is everything everyone claims it is. I bought one out of curiosity to see how it compared to my old 70's Fender Princeton. Actually PIGNOSE doesn't do clean very well. However, depending on the guitar(I used a Strat, Tele and Les Paul Special w/P 90's)a very nice gritty clean can be acheived by rolling off the volume. Crunch and high gain settings are the strength of this unit. I play an eclectic mix in my band,covering Delta blues to acoustic Zeppelin and REM and this amp is loud enough and fat enough in spite of the small(10") speaker. The construction is very good, and the tube section is tightly built as well.Anything Dennis Kagan has had a hand in is bound to be good. For those of you who may not know,Mr. Kagan had a hand in early Fender and Ampeg bass amps as well as the boutique Sundance Amps of the 80's. He is one of the premiere amp builders in America. The only thing that keeps this unit from a "10" is the fact that there is no reverb. The EQ is excellent and everything else is extremely user-friendly.I've spent more on a stomp box! Buy it! If it is not your main onstage amp, you will find a use for it.

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An honest review!

I have now owned two G40V?s. The first one needed to have both the input and output transformers replaced and I got rid of it because I got tired of repairing it. I...Read complete review

I have now owned two G40V?s. The first one needed to have both the input and output transformers replaced and I got rid of it because I got tired of repairing it. I recently found one used at a great price, so I decided to give the amp another try. Turned out it also needed a new input tranny! I was off to a poor start with the thing.With a new input tranny I have now played through the amp about 30 hrs. I am a vintage collector and tone pilgrim My other amps include: ?50 TV front Tweed Fender Pro, a 1959 narrow-panel tweed Deluxe, a 1960 brown 2-10 Super, a early ?65 blackface Deluxe Reverb, ?65 Blackface Fender Bassman, ?67 blackface Super Reverb, 1975 Fender silver face Vibrosonic, Original Marshal 45 stack, Mesa MK III (bluestripe), and a bunch of newer stuff, both tube and solid state. I?ve been playing about 30 years and have been a professional recording engineer and producer for about 23 years. I know tone!My feelings? Well, the G40V sounds quite good. I think (hope) the ones made today have more reliable trannys than the earlier ones. However, I would still feel uneasy gigging one without a back-up. They are so cheap that most folks can afford to buy a spare. I recommend replacing the speaker right away. I have had good luck with Celestion 10?s as well as Eminence. However, if you REALLY want this amp to sound full and juicy, put a hemp-cone Tone Tubby in it, you will be amazed. The speaker will cost nearly as much as the amp, but the result will be guaranteed to drop jaws. At that point it?s in the same general category as an early 1-12 Mesa Boogie, for a lot less scratch! For reliability, I would also recommend replacing all the stock tubes.Another recommendation would be to do a google search on this amp and research it a little before you buy. The tone-stack is a bit unique. Most tone coinsures will suggest you start with the midrange just barely up, the bass almost maxed and the treble at a bit less than 12:00. Presence to taste, I usually run it almost all the way down. I also run the input gain fairly low and the master as high as needed for volume. That makes it sound a lot like say for instance my blackface Fender Bassman. The distortion is not bad on this amp, but I greatly prefer to keep the amp clean and have my modded tube-screamers provide the grit.Take all the reviews you read with a grain of salt. I read all of the reviews on the G40V. Some made me laugh; as if they were written by 12 year olds. The G40 V is a great little tube amp with a good design that suffers from being produced in China using cheap Chinese components. With good tubes and a good replacement speaker it sounds like a great tube amp should. It loves pedals like any good tube amp does, and it really excels when given the chance to drive large speaker cabs. When driving a full stack of two Marshall 4-12 cabs, it stands up well compared to actual Marshall heads of a similar wattage and sounds phenomenal.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

An honest review!

By Von

from Nashville, TN

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I have now owned two G40V?s. The first one needed to have both the input and output transformers replaced and I got rid of it because I got tired of repairing it. I recently found one used at a great price, so I decided to give the amp another try. Turned out it also needed a new input tranny! I was off to a poor start with the thing.With a new input tranny I have now played through the amp about 30 hrs. I am a vintage collector and tone pilgrim My other amps include: ?50 TV front Tweed Fender Pro, a 1959 narrow-panel tweed Deluxe, a 1960 brown 2-10 Super, a early ?65 blackface Deluxe Reverb, ?65 Blackface Fender Bassman, ?67 blackface Super Reverb, 1975 Fender silver face Vibrosonic, Original Marshal 45 stack, Mesa MK III (bluestripe), and a bunch of newer stuff, both tube and solid state. I?ve been playing about 30 years and have been a professional recording engineer and producer for about 23 years. I know tone!My feelings? Well, the G40V sounds quite good. I think (hope) the ones made today have more reliable trannys than the earlier ones. However, I would still feel uneasy gigging one without a back-up. They are so cheap that most folks can afford to buy a spare. I recommend replacing the speaker right away. I have had good luck with Celestion 10?s as well as Eminence. However, if you REALLY want this amp to sound full and juicy, put a hemp-cone Tone Tubby in it, you will be amazed. The speaker will cost nearly as much as the amp, but the result will be guaranteed to drop jaws. At that point it?s in the same general category as an early 1-12 Mesa Boogie, for a lot less scratch! For reliability, I would also recommend replacing all the stock tubes.Another recommendation would be to do a google search on this amp and research it a little before you buy. The tone-stack is a bit unique. Most tone coinsures will suggest you start with the midrange just barely up, the bass almost maxed and the treble at a bit less than 12:00. Presence to taste, I usually run it almost all the way down. I also run the input gain fairly low and the master as high as needed for volume. That makes it sound a lot like say for instance my blackface Fender Bassman. The distortion is not bad on this amp, but I greatly prefer to keep the amp clean and have my modded tube-screamers provide the grit.Take all the reviews you read with a grain of salt. I read all of the reviews on the G40V. Some made me laugh; as if they were written by 12 year olds. The G40 V is a great little tube amp with a good design that suffers from being produced in China using cheap Chinese components. With good tubes and a good replacement speaker it sounds like a great tube amp should. It loves pedals like any good tube amp does, and it really excels when given the chance to drive large speaker cabs. When driving a full stack of two Marshall 4-12 cabs, it stands up well compared to actual Marshall heads of a similar wattage and sounds phenomenal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great tube amp for beginners

By stratman420-HhjJo

from florida

this amp is great, i bought it because it's all tube and the price tag is real neat. It sounds alright, for the price, but the speaker really stinks. This speaker must be made out of hand-made paper or some cheap cardboard, because it really just sucks. My advice, buy a marshall 4x12, and use this amp's head to drive the cab.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect rock 'n blues tone

By Celso

from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A perfect small amp for everyday situations. If you need more sound, just put it through a cabinet. 40 watts is a lot.The sound is beautiful. Pretty straightfoward amp. Un input... Gain, Master, Treble, Mid, Bass and Presence... what else do you need??? ok, a guitar with a volume knob and you're set to go.I used to put a lot of pedals before the amps I used, until I got this little piggy... now all I put is booster, maybe an overdrive, and in sometimes an analog delay or a vibe...cleans up nicely with the guitar volume knob.. but it also wants/likes to rock!!! a lot!!!amazing amp, specially for it's value and size

 
5.0

I TRY TO FIND ONE OF THESE FOR A LONG TIME. GREAT AMP!!!!

By john

from Ma

Pros

  • PORTABILITY - STUDIO - LIVE - BEDROOM - SOUND

Cons

    Best Uses

      As i mentioned this amp sounds best clean I keep my Master vol up but main, and all the EQ does low. I found several pedals work great with it and the gain iso when its under 12 o'clock. Best found using the baby pignose 7-100 as a preamp into the G40V. (trust me) it drives this amp with the growl you will want and provides the extra volume you may need in some live events. I have several different amp and been a sound/Recording Engineer for many years. This and the little piggy work great together.

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      5.0

      Let it rip

      By Moondog

      from Fall river ma

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      I use this amp with my gibson S/G.And smother a shure green bullet mike with my blues harps through it. Clean and punchy with the treble but a little more depth with the lows would be nice. Of course the absence of a headphone jack and reverb are the typical complaints with this amp. So stop complaining and get a reverb pedal. Very good amp.

       
      4.0

      Wow!

      By Product

      from Hollister, CA

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      A wonderful piece of equipment. My friends laughed at the size of the amp, and I was able to turn it half vulome and master to over take a line 6 spider II and a Fender Hot Rod. The cleanest and brightest sound, I have ever played through. Good job Pignose.

       
      5.0

      Works for me!

      By David Rossi

      from Bandon Oregon

      I use a Johnson j station in front of it and it works for giggs as well as home studio.if your not happy with this sound you cant play guitar.the only draw back I can see is no line out.I also own two Marshalls. so I can give what I think is a honest evaluation.Dig it!!

       
      5.0

      very good amp some things couldve made it a bit be

      By charly024

      from SALINAS, CA

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      very good amp if it had a standby switch and overdrive button it might be a little bit better but at this price bitching about overdrive when i can just toggle around with it to get distortion would make me an ingrate nothing within 300 dollars of a price difference can compare with it

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      giant killer

      By Barny Carhamich

      from White Heath, IL

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      I've been completely impressed with this little amp. It has great tone, with a warm sound and great low end. It can cut over live drums if you need it to, but the single 12" speaker is probably better served as a practice amp or small gig amp (UNLESS you're planning on miking for a house PA). My only real complaint is the lack of an overdrive channel.

       
      4.0

      Big Tube Sound

      By TheJimmyJames

      from Fayetteville, AR

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      I've owned the G40V for about five years now, and it's served me flawlessly. It's loud. Can't say much else about that. The gain (called Volume) can give some really, really nice sounds with a Gibson style guitar, but, IMO, it just sounds tinny and waaaay too needly-sharp with a Strat. The presence control is nice, but again, it makes it sound sharp, adding a really papery high-end rasp. I've had no reliability issues from mine. What I really love is that I can plug in a Les Paul or SG, crank it up and nail the guitar tone from Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4". Understandable, since Chicago's guitarist in the 70s, Terry Kath was one of the first Pignose endorsers.

       
      5.0

      Pignose Solution

      By Ogunhe

      from Silver Springs, NV

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      I was having probs with my G60VR and I went through a few techs and they said "do the dumb stuff first." I was lucky it was just tube replacement, but in the process I talked to the Pignose man in Arizona,he said the prob with the few 40's is,one run of them had a 1amp fuse in place of the 10amp that is supposed to be in there(watts or amp's I can't remember, open her up and look for the burned out fuse) the dude putting them together had a box it said 10amp so he started the assembly. As I said before I think amp but just read the burned fuse, you'll figure it out. No matter what ANYONE says these tube amps rock it hard!

       
      4.0

      The Perfect Amp

      By WhiteHead49

      from Mobile, AL

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      I've been using these amps for about 5 years now, and haven't used anything else live in that time,unless backline is offered. They sound great, they're light, easy to repair, and will keep up with most amps three times the size. Hook the amp up to a 4-10, or 4-12 cab, and you'll love what it can do. I replace the original tubes with Sovteks, and put a Celestion speaker in it. The original tubes and speaker were pretty bad. Filter caps had to be replaced about 3 years after I got the amps, but no big deal there. I've used them on big shows and in smaller clubs with no problems at all. The preamp volume is a little sensitive, but not a problem. I use them with my 335, SG, and Dean V. Main pedals are TS9 and analog delay. As with any amp, you'll have to fool around with them a little, but the sustain they provide with most guitars is beautiful. Love 'em!

       
      5.0

      Unbeatable at the price

      By gregmo

      from Gainesville, FL

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      great tone, especially with humbuckers. Haven't had a chance to try it with an extension cabinet but as-is it's plenty loud in our practice space - and I can walk away with it in one hand. Didn't seem to be able to get it "right" with my strat, but my custom guitar sounds really really good.

       
      3.0

      Pignose tube

      By Henrystrez

      from South Carolina

      I had high hopes for this little guy, but it didn't deliver. It has good punch and decent tube tone for mids and highs, but no bass to speak of and you gotta have the bass for that chunky sound. It also had an annoying hum. I sent it back. Spend a little more and get a Fender Blues, it's worth the little bit extra.

       
      5.0

      wonderful!

      By Aaron-m2aIy

      from Opelika, AL

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      i bought this for my first gigging amp. it definetly has the power and volume. and its got that classic marshall sound that no one can beat, just turn up the bass. If you need something able to do gigs without spending $$$ then this is the amp for you!

       
      5.0

      My main amp now

      By Snakes

      from Belleville, IL

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      I usually play through a Peavey 130 watt amp, until one gig I decided to use the pignose because it was a small bar crammed for space. I set the master to 1/2 and the volume to 1/4 and used several pedals and it was one of the best gigs I ever had. The little amp screamed when I needed it with true tube warmth. Check the specs and you'll realize you get the same package as many high cost similar sized amps. I use a 12 inch scorpion 4 ohm speaker along with the built in 10 inch pignose and it delivers loud and clear.

       
      4.0

      First PigNose

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      This is a simple amp with qulaity tube sound. It has a slight buzz but it is not noticable when you are playing. Overall the loudest amp of it's size, that I've ever heard. Great amp for the money.

       
      4.0

      pignose g-40

      By dayzztripper

      from north pekin, IL

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      small and packs a wallop,play it alone or power a cabinet sounds good,its a tough little amp

       
      5.0

      Whatta Amp!!

      By JAzmaz88

      from Payette Id

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      I've had this setup a year now and its stood the test. I have a Stratocaster and a GNX3 and thats it. I get any tone from the GNX run it into the clean (as clean as it will get) set up amp. And it cries, screams, talks, sings, and a whole lot more. I could use a better speaker but I'm not messin with a good thing. Since I got this set up my gigs have trippled. It really cuts the mustard.

       
      5.0

      g40v

      By ramgod_17

      from Granite Bay, CA

      See all my reviews

      It's just a down and dirty kick a* amp! Loud for its size and power, too.

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