Product Reviews

Read the Detonator S.P. Review from a Recent Issue of Guitar World Magazine:

With its brown leatherette covering, hog snout-shaped knobs and decidedly Seventies-retro "Pignose" logo, the Detonator S.P. looks like it could be a novelty pedal for nostalgic old rockers who want to relive the battery- and bong-powered sounds of their wild youth. Actually, the Detonator is a surprisingly useful device for gigging musicians who desire an alternative to overpriced overdrives and dysfunctional distortion.

The Detonator S.P. seems rather lean when it comes to bells and whistles; its spare control set consists of knobs for intensity (gain) and volume and switches for bypass switch and "Extra Snort" (boost). Yet, there is plenty of meat in this porker. The volume control boosts the signal starting at the nine o'clock position, providing a significant boost at its highest setting. The Extra Snort switch boosts the level even further - no more worries about anemic-sounding leads or getting lost in the band's mix when you use this device on stage.

Although the Detonator has no tone controls, it preserves your guitar's natural tone so well - providing just a little extra bass "whoomp" - that extra tone controls would just mess things up. Instead, this pedal operates like extra gain and boost channels that are already part of your amp. If you're happy with your tone but just want more distortion and boost from your amp, the Detonator S.P. is an affordable and convenient alternative to an expensive and possibly irreversible amp mod.


Read the Pignose Pedals Review from a Recent Issue of Music Connection::

It's about time Pignose started showing everyone how to make a guitar stomp pedal! The Piggy-In-A-Box unit puts the 30-year veteran Pignose 7-100 amplifier circuit into a stomp box. This is a guitar amp powered by (count 'em) six AA batteries (or wall wart power supply--not supplied) that will drive a small, eight or ten-inch speaker to surprisingly loud volumes. At $119.95, you can also use this pedal as a pre-amp to your regular guitar rig by connecting the Pre-Amp out jack into your pedal effects chain like any other pedal. As a pre-amp, we found this pedal/amp to sound exactly like our old favorite porcine friend only much louder by way of our Fender Twin Amp.

The Detonator S.P. distortion/power boost unit produces the basic Pignose sound but goes on to add a warm and found overdrive and distortion. The Extra Snort control adds a much hoggish distortion as you can stand. We had to keep one hand on the amp's volume control when kicking in Extra Snort--it will rip your face off! For step outs and solos, the Detonator S.P. provides great extra power. Suggested retail price is $139.95.

I found both these units well made and ready for the road with the same leatherette covering found on the Pignose amp.