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.


GroundGuitar counts on your criticism and feedback. In case you notice anything wrong with the information posted on this page, or you have knowledge of something that you would like to share, be sure to leave a comment below.

In case you want to talk to me directly and privately, please use the Contact Form and I will get back to you as soon as possible. (Dan)

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments