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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...Read More

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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 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.

Designed especially for bass and keyboard players.

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Hog 30 Amp

  • 13-1/2"W x 17"H x 9-1/2"D
  • 28 lbs.
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PignoseHog 30 Amp
 
4.3

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (19)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Excellent sound (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Performances (9)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), 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.

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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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5.0

Great little amp

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from Tullahoma, TN

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

    This amp was actually more than I expected. I thought it would be a great practice amp but I have found myself using it more and more for street venues (one man band etc.). The only thing negative I can say is "Hey Pignose - Lose the Funk bass and substitute an electronic reverb." Being a harp player I can't see any use for the Funk bass and I can't see how the amp could be any use for a bass player with an 8 inch speaker. Tailor this for harmonica players and you could make this a fantastic amp. I love my Pignose!

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    5.0

    Pignose is no bull!

    By 

    from Egg Harbor Twp,NJ

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • No electric venue
      • Performances

      Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

      Great for " small amp " practices as my band calls them. Also excellent to amplify my acoustic bass when playing against acoustic six strings!

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      3.0

      decent little practice amp

      By 

      from Raleigh, NC

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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...

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Does It's Job Well

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        from Southwest

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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.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        low wattage - poor tone quality

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        from Asheville NC

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        Pros

        • Portable
        • Rechargable Battery

        Cons

        • All Midrange - Weak Bass
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Pignose Hog 30 Amp:

          I bought this amp for it's portability, but after playing various basses through it I found the sound quality extremely midrange & lacking any bass response. Maybe I was expecting too much from a battery powered amp?

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          5.0

          Works Fine

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          from Southwest

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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.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Ugly but lovable house pet

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            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.

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              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              At least they give you lots of stickers

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              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.

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              5.0

              Very portable and sound good

              By 

              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.

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                5.0

                Had this for 20 + years

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                from Rice Lake, WI.

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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.

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