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Vintage Battery Powered Guitar Amplifiers

The Pignose is probably one of the most famous and oldest battery powered amps and is still currently being manufactured and sold.

Pignose-Front

 

The Pignose has been used as not only a practice amp but also for performing and studio recording.

Pinose-Side

 

It’s small size coupled with the portability of battery power makes it the ideal amp for practicing at low volumes.

Pignose-Back

 

The amplifier uses a 5 watt circuit and is powered by 6 AA batteries or an optional 9 Volt adapter.  The amplifier utilizes a 5 inch speaker and weighs in at about 5 Pounds.

Pignose-Inside

 

Here is a Vintage “Pygmy” Amplifier.  This was built from a kit that was sold by PAiA in the early 80’s that was very similar in looks to the classic Pignose Amplifier.

 

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The pygmy had a very unique feature.  You could add a a accessory that turned the Pygmy into a “talk box”.  You placed a plastic cover over the speaker bezel on the amplifier that had a small hole where you connected a flexible plastic tube that carried the sound from the speaker to a microphone.  You would then use your mouth to produce wah wah effects made famous by artist such as Peter Frampton or Joe Walsh.

 

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2014-12-31 10.48.24 HDRThe big difference between this amp and the Pignose is the circuit being used.  The PAiA Pygmy used a LM380 Integrated circuit where the Pignose used a Transistor circuit that incorporated a push-pull configuration in the power amp that utilized two transformers.

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