Ever since I first saw Crossroads when I was a kid, I thought the Pignose 7-100 amplifier was pretty cool and wanted one (along with a Fender Telecaster). I’m not sure why I never bought one since they aren’t exactly cost prohibitive. When I first tried to learn guitar when I was younger we didn’t have the internet (wow, I just felt really old saying that) so it wasn’t like I could go on ebay to find one. My gear selection was limited to the three guitar shops in town and none of them had the Pignose. Well here I am (many) years later and taking up the guitar again and the Pignose 7-100 popped back into my mind and I picked one up.
The amp is pretty crunchy right off the bat. If I have the volume on the guitar turned down with the Pignose volume all the way up I can get a somewhat clean sound, but not at very high volume. And by somewhat clean, I mean not all that clean. Once you start inching the guitar volume up it gets crunchier and crunchier.
If you go full volume on the Pignose and full volume on the guitar then the sound starts getting pretty ugly (at least with my Les Paul w/ humbuckers). But, it’s also very loud and I doubt this would be how you want to use this amp anyway. The Pignose does have a bit of a muffled sound, but I like it.
I found this cool article about vintage Pignose amps. I tried to find some vintage Pignose amps on Ebay but there were none being sold. I wouldn’t mind picking one up and comparing it to the modern Pignose.
What do you think of the Pignose 7-100? Have one? Love it? Hate it?
Here’s a quick video of me (really badly) dicking around with the Pignose (sorry for the lame sill frame the entire time too).