The legendary, solid state, Bluesy, Pignose 7-100 Portable Amplifier, is the perfect dedicated slide guitar combo amp.
The Pignose 7-100 Portable Amplifier is the only solid state on this list, but don’t let the lack of tubes fool you; this amp is legendary! This combo amp is portable, weighs less than five pounds, and runs on six AA batteries.
It’s not too clean, and not too dirty, just bluesy. The Pignose’s five watts and five-inch speaker are loud enough to produce some nice reverb in that back alley littered with garbage, and it doesn’t drain the batteries too fast so you can get plenty of playing time in between changes. The only knob on the amp is the volume control, and the sound gets dirtier — in a lovely way — as you turn it up.
Probably the coolest thing about the Pignose 7-100 Portable Amplifier is that it is built into a sort of briefcase, so you can open it to change the tone (or have a friend open and close it while you play to get a wah-wah sound). At only about $100 the Pignose is perfect for a dedicated slide guitar combo amp.