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M Elise12/05/2008

M Elise's review

Pignose G40V
This is a tube amp with a solid state rectifier. There are 3 12AX7 preamp tubes and two 6L6 power tubes. The amp is unusual in that it delivers 40 watts of power through only a 10 inch speaker. There are jacks on the back for connection to either a 4 or 8 ohm speaker or cab. There is no effects loop or reverb. There are treble, mid, bass and presence controls. There are volume and master volume controls for dialing in gain at low volume levels. Because of its size and weight the amp is easy to transport. I rate this amp high for characteristics because its a fact that simple amps with simple circuits generally produce better tone than complicated ones and that's what I care about.


This is a simple straightforward tube amp modeled somewhat after vintage designs and that is really part of the amp's appeal and good tone. The 10 inch speaker is really a mismatch for the 40 watts if you plan to crank the amp up or play in a band because 40 watts begs for a 12 inch or 2 or more speakers. But for practice the 10 inch speaker is great because it keeps the amp compact,light weight and portable.
Its easy to get a good sound out of the amp if you keep the midrange control at zero or 1 or 2. For some reason this amp (and the Pignose 60) are voiced on the trebly side so you've got to keep that midrange knob way down.


This amp is a poor man's Fender amp. It is suitable for country,blues,jazz,and classic rock. It is not suitable for modern high gain rock/metal. I've used the amp with many different guitars and for many different styles. I also own a Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue and a blackfaced 72 Fender Super Reverb. The Pignose does not sound as good as the Fenders nor does it contain near the same build quality but the sound is close and has the nice benefit of master volume that the Fenders don't for getting some grit at low volumes. The sound from the Pignose in comparison to the Fenders is thinner, less rounded, less clean, less shimmering and there is a feel that is missing due to the solid state rectifier. But it is still a very good tube sound that beats the pants off a transistor amp. The amp's sound can be improved by switching to better tubes (which you can do yourself and does not require re-biasing) and using better or larger/more speakers.


I highly recommend this amp especially if you can find it used. I bought mine used for $150.00 many years ago and have had no problems with it. The amp is great for that kind of money. In fact I know of no other tube amp that offers such classic 6L6 tube sound in a push/pull configuration for anywhere near this kind of money. What I like most about the amp is its simplicity, master volume and small size. Its a great Fender type compact practise amp if you can't afford a Deluxe Reverb or really want a compact size.
And you can easily haul it to a friends house or hook it up to bigger speakers for loud playing.

MGR/j0k3r2k2's review"Pignose G40V"

Pignose G40V
I bought this wholesale for like 250 dollars.

The tubes are sweet for such a cheap unit, they sound good undistorted. The thing is so loud, it can really haul ass.

The first time I tried to mess around with my settings, I got confused by the lack of a distortion knob or button. In order for you to get distortion out of it, you must twiddle with the volume and master knobs, no small feat because unless it is perfect, it will just bitch and whine at you until you fix it.

The thing is built rock solid, with open back construction and a nice leather-over-wood finish.

If you dont have a distortion pedal, and you want distortion, I don't reccoment this to you. However, if you have effect units at your disposal, and you want a cheap thumper, I say go for it.

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deltaprime's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

Pignose G40V
The Pignose G40V is an all-tube amp (there is a three 12AX7 and two 6L6) 40W (they are). There is a input jack on the front and two speaker outputs to plug in a 4 or 8 ohms at the back. There is a volume control preamp, a master volume, 3-band EQ (bass, middle and treble) and a presence control. Note that you can not find a button on / off, despite the fact that it is an all-tube amp, there is no standby button.
I put 9 in the abscence of reverb


Configuration very simple, its a very easy to get (due to the low setting), manual non-existent, but useless, so no regrets
9 for the abscence of the booklet


Playing a lot of blues and this amp suits me a wonder, we have many little blues sound, the more fat than crystalline, we arrive without any difficulty having the sound of John Lee Hooker Boom Boom. I played with a Washburn N2, not super responsive and we already have a great sound, and then one day I tried it with a Stratocaster, and it's happy, we take for Clapton ^ ^.
10 for the sound was nothing wrong (but to use the registry blues / rock, with loadings up to and punk, but do not try to play metal with, you will be disappointed)


I use it for six months, I like the ease of adjustment, its sound, its dynamics
The only criticism he can be is the abscence of a second channel, but it's good to have the vintage sound (sound beatles have a fairly easy)
Having bought € 400, I found an unprecedented value for money (try to find an amp of this quality, this power in any lamp, is a price), I would do is choice without hesitation.

stanlea's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

Pignose G40V
Amp 40 watts lamps - rglages gain, volume, bass, mid, treble, presence
Exit 4 and 8 ohms, can sprinkle a 4x12 cabinet
No line output
Bought not too expensive (220) it seems to me abroad in a country that shall remain nameless.


Yes yes yes


I am not a great guitarist trs (1.70 m) but I wanted something cheap that sends and I'm not. Standard sound in a small bote and even changing the original lamp and it parat bowl that's huge.


I use it for an hour. Some grsillements (but I have lamps and rotten jacks). Sound, but sound ... huge for bte. Same attention when: it is not the mtal is typ plutt blues and rock. Other precision later.