Pignose 7-100 amplifierThe Happy ukulele is going electric and we just ordered our new amplifier. It’s a Pignose battery-powered, portable amp that looks just too cool! Look at the volume knob, it’s a chrome pig snout!

Since I know almost nothing at all about amplifiers I started reading about them and this little retro-looking box comes with a big reputation. I was going to buy it because it was less than $100 and only has one knob, but as it turns out, this thing apparently rocks! I found lots of reviews from people who’ve been using them for decades. I also found lots of info on YouTube, like this super helpful video from a guy named Eric Zukauskas who has a really informative music site. According to Eric, Frank Zappa and many other legendary musicians used a Pignose during their careers. Well if it’s good enough for them, it should be good enough for this ukulele newbie. Awesome! Can’t wait until it gets here.

Smile when you play that!™

Postscript: Just got an e-mail from the Pignose store. The amp is on the way but the cable is backordered! So I’ll have the amp and no way to plug it in! Boo.