First seen circa 1970

Duane Allman’s Pignose Prototype

According to Bobby Whitlock, Richard Edlund gave one of the prototypes to Eric and one to Duane during the Layla sessions in 1970. [Bobby Whitlock: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Autobiography, p. 92].

The Pignose amplifier is considered to be the first portable electric guitar amplifier. It’s a five-watt battery-powered miniature amplifier with one five-inch speaker. Richard Edlund gave the prototype version of the amp to a number of the popular guitarists of the era, but the actual commercial version was made available only in 1973 when it debuted publicly at the NAMM Convention in Chicago.

Interestingly, the amp is still available today, and it’s considered by many to be a good practice amp. Although identical in looks, the new version differentiates greatly from the vintage models that Duane and the others had a chance to try out in the early 70s.

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