Loyal Pignose users continue to write us and rave about our products and services. Thanks to Rebecca Wave and Mark Vigil for sharing their "Pignose" stories with us...read them below.
Pignose user Rebecca Wave writes:
Just wanted to post a grateful acknowledgment to Howard at Pignose.
My Hog 30 amp was out of warranty and had a defective input jack (both front and back, actually). I've been all over the web and local repair shops with either no response or ridiculous price ($125 repair for a $139 amp). I've also read posts in several forums about how unresponsive Pignose is.
Finally, out of desperation, I e-mailed Pignose yesterday and told my sad story, asking for a repair shop referral. Same day (Sunday), I got a reply from Howard offering to repair the amp free-of-charge. Turns out, to save me the cost of shipping the whole unit, he's sending me a new chassis--TODAY. I'm psyched!!
Pignose user Mark Vigil writes:
Hi Howard, thank you for your answer regarding my Hog 20. Believe it or not, in the 10 years I have owned it, I never have tried a distortion pedal together with the squeal. I either played it with clean tone, or if I wanted to play rock or metal through it, I would plug my Korg Pandora guitar fx while the Hog 20 was set to clean tone and it sounded just great. So now that you told me it was safe to play a dist. pedal and squeal together, I tried it today with my Boss Distortion and didn't like it, it muddied up the sound. The squeal tone sounds just great by itself, sort of like a vintage Electro-Harmonix Big Muff!
The Hog 20 squeal has a very unique sound. If there was a section on the Pignose site titled "Tell Us Your Pignose Story", this would be mine on how my Hog 20 really came through for me. You see, about five years ago I drove 150 miles from Santa Fe NM, (my hometown) to Taos NM to sit in with a local country band who needed me to play pedal steel guitar for them. (I own a simple 10 string pedal steel with three foot pedals and knee levers, and I can play it fairly well).
This was an important New Year's eve gig, and there was going to be a big audience. So I took my Roland Jazz Chorus amp (the model with two ten inch speakers) as this was my favorite amp to play my steel through, and during the first set it started crackling and shorting out the sound. It didn't do this during our set up and sound check earlier in the day, why now? The band members all glared at me, as if i was ruining their gig, and the leader said to the crowd, that we were having technical difficulties and had to stop playing to correct it.
So there I was up the creek without a paddle. We tried patching my steel direct into the mixer from from my delay pedal, but it sounded weak and distorted. I needed an amp to play it through! (Sh**t, what am I going to do now?) People were started to leave! Then I remembered, that my Hog 20 was behind the seat of my truck in the protective canvas bag I carry it in, (cause' the day before I had taken it to my job so I could jam during lunch hour) and the batteries were fully charged! So we put my Hog 20 on a milk crate and then placed a Shure SM57 mic in front of it, and I connected my Carter steel guitar to my volume pedal, and the volume pedal to my Ibanez analog delay pedal, and the delay to the Hog 20 and the night was saved!
I had never tried playing my steel through the Hog 20 before and since this was an emergency, I found out that it sounded just great! My Hog 20 put just the right amount of clean tone and volume to let my steel sing out, and the pa did the rest. So the crowd partied down, we had a good gig, and I earned those 200 bucks fair and square. Thank You Pignose!
And now these days when I record my pedal steel to multi-track, I play it through the Hog 20, cause I like the sound! That night I could have patched it to the board with the headphone jack, but I was in such a panic, I just grabbed the first mic I found. So when I record my steel to multi-track, I still mic the Hog 20.
PS. Today at the local music store (Candyman) in Santa Fe, NM, I tried an original Pignose amp for the first time. I had never heard one before, so I took a Squier Strat off the wall, and I had my trusty Ibanez AD9 analog delay pedal with me, and I played the lead to Dire Straits "Sultans Of Swing", and I fell in love with Pignose all over again! That is one bad-ass little amp!
It is loud and produces clear tone, and it looks bitchin'. Sort of like an old-style sailor's trunk. And I saw that when you open the case in different amounts the tone changes! I was able to get bassy jazz tones, bright rock tones, heavy rhythm sounds, and even Big Muff fuzz tone! So, I then told the sales guy to stash it in the back, till next payday, because I gotta have that little amp! I can't believe it sounds that good with only one control knob and one input jack.
And the best part about this little amp, is it challenges your creativity! I found out that you have to make your own tone by using the controls on your electric guitar and also by opening the Pignose case in different amounts and placing it in different positions. In this modern day of digital do-everything-for-you music equipment, it is refreshing to know that music making products that challenge you to use your brain, are still made and the Original Pignose is one of them.
Roger O' Donnell who is the keyboardist for "The Cure" recently recorded a solo album using only one Mini-Moog to play all the parts on all the songs, and a Mini-Moog only plays one note at a time, chords are not possible on it, I know this because I have one. That is just one example of a musician using their creativity to make good music instead of cheating with digital equipment, that does all the work for you!
I myself have a Korg 16 track digital machine with a hard drive in it, but I prefer recording my tracks through my 1998 Mackie 1604 analog mixer and into my two ADAT XT 20 eight-track tape machines, because when it is played back it just sounds better, that's all there is to it! All the great rock and country albums of the 70's 80's and 90's were recorded on 16 or 24 track tape reels, and to me that is multitrack recording in it's purest form. I know nothing about Pro-Tools!
Well, I suppose this letter was as long as a novel, and I hope I didn't bore you too much, but I had to once again express my great appreciation for my Hog 20, and soon I will have me an Original Pignose amp of my own, also. Bye now, and long live analog!