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Pignose G40V Tube Amp  

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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.

    Pro-quality amp, small enough to make 'em laugh when you walk in, powerful and toneful enough to blow minds when you crank it up. Order today.

     
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    4.5

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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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    5.0

    For the price you have to buy it

    By teamhex

    from Houston, TX

    I bought this puppy used but in mint condition. The guy that had it before me put in an eminence delta demon 10" speaker and mesa power tubes. The amp is great. Its got great cleans and can really crank out some sound. If you get this thing I highly recommend getting at least a 2x12 cabinet. Why? Well its 10" speaker in a 40watt tube amp...its just to much for that speaker. You don't get good cleans at louder volumes. That's my only complaint is that its 10" speaker. Some would complain their not many features, but I love it for that reason. Its down and too the point. You can still find these in a few places, im thinking about converting mine from a combo into a head.

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    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

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    5.0

    GREAT amp with some simple mods

    By WhiteHead49

    from Mobile, AL

    I got my first Pig in New Orleans about 7 years ago, and added a couple more not long after. It sounded crappy until replacing the speaker and tubes. I Used a Celestion 10" and Sovtek tubes. It took on a whole new life of its own then. Sounds great at low volume, and really shines with preamp about "1 1/2" and master 3/4 up. Tone controls function best w/ mid no higher than 2. All my effects work really well with this amp, as well as every guitar I've used with it. Sound men love it, though they snicker when I first set it up on a large stage. Most bands I've opened for have had to stick their heads in the back and take a look after our set. You won't find another amp this size with the sound and power that will make you leave the rest at home. It will allow for massive controlled feedback, if you desire, and nice punchy clean tones, too. Did I mention I LOVE these amps? Both of mine didn't seem to like Groove Tubes, so will stick with Sovteks and save the $. The GT's seemed to cause a huge buzz. The Sovteks are nice and quiet. The Pig will push the crap out of larger speaker cabs w/out breathing hard, as well. Try one.

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    3.0

    An honest review!

    By Vaughn

    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.

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    4.0

    Big Tube Sound

    By TheJimmyJames

    from Fayetteville, AR

    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.

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    5.0

    Pignose Solution

    By Ogunhe

    from Silver Springs, NV

    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!

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    4.0

    The Perfect Amp

    By WhiteHead49

    from Mobile, AL

    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!

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    5.0

    well worth the money

    By Paul-tinjl

    from santa cruz, CA

    Great little tube amp. I really love the tone of this amp and how I can overdrive it at low levels with my tele. I've had a few Marshall heads and it compares nicely. Fell in love with it immediately. The EQ knobs do some interesting things, you have to play around with it. I checked the amp with my real time analyzer: flat response from 60 hz to 3khz if you set it right. I'm considering plugging it into a PA speaker for keyboard use. As is I'm sure I could drive a 4x12 bottom with my guitar and really do well in a concert setting. Just the built in speaker is enough to get me evicted. It's like a vintage amp but with an extra gain stage in the preamp, very sensitive and easy to overdrive if you want to. This amp is a real keeper for blues players and hard rockers especially, but I like the clean tone as well.

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    4.0

    great tube amp for beginners

    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.

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    5.0

    Let it rip

    By Moondog

    from Fall river ma

    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.

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