A circa 1974 Pignose, Serial No. 13489,
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A circa 1974 Pignose, Serial No. 13489,
Sold for US$ 9,760 inc. premium
Lot Details
A circa 1974 Pignose,
Serial No. 13489,
with internal red and blue label, PIGNOSE INDUSTRIES, INC., LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, MODEL NO. 7 100, SERIAL NO. 13489, US AND FOREIGN PATENTS PENDING, in brown tolex covering, blue and silver plastic logo, black grille cloth, one 'Pignose' rotary control, front and rear jack inputs, 9V adapter input, one 5-inch speaker, speaker cone stamped 234824R, battery-operated


  • First launched at the NAAM show in 1973, the miniature battery-operated Pignose amplifier was used on many classic rock recordings of the 1970s. Clapton said that he had recorded all the guitar parts of his 1974 song Motherless Children using a Pignose amp, which may well have been this particular amp. Other notable examples of recordings with a Pignose include Joe Walsh's Rocky Mountain Way.

    An extract from an interview with Eric Clapton by Dan Forte, Guitar Player, 1976:
    DF: Why do you record at such low volumes?
    EC: There's less interference, less noise. I like to record a lot of tracks as live as possible, including voice. So if you've got a really loud amp, you're going to leak onto everyone else's track, and you won't be able to sing either. I also like to record tracks without cans [headphones]; I like to hear the sound the room is making itself, rather than the balance coming through the board and into the cans. I recorded "Motherless Children" [461 Ocean Boulevard] with just a Pignose mini-amp.

    Photo: Eric Clapton playing his 1975 Telecaster (Ex-Lot 19, Crossroads Guitar Auction, Christie's, New York, 1999) through this lot or a similar Pignose at his home in 1978. Photograph courtesy of Pattie Boyd.

    Further images of this lot are available at www.bonhams.com/clapton
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