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Friedman Brown Eye 100W 2-Channel Tube Guitar Head  Black 

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The Friedman BE100 is a hand-wired, 100-watt, EL34 powered, multi-channel British-style amp. By merely adjusting the gain and master volume controls,...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Incredible boutique tone, and stage-ready power.

The Friedman BE100 is a hand-wired, 100-watt, EL34 powered, multi-channel British-style amp. By merely adjusting the gain and master volume controls, the BE100 can produce a variety of tones, seamlessly transitioning from blues to classic rock or hard rock to metal. To say it is British-styled is just the start of describing this inspiring tone machine.

The BE100 is a critically acclaimed amplifier created for the many musicians who have longed for the Friedman sound in a 100-watt format, as seen on the stages of superstars like Alice in Chains, Pink, Bon Jovi, The Cult, and Foo Fighters.

Plug into to the BE100 and you will instantly notice the huge, tight low-end and rich harmonically detailed chords at any volume, made possible by Friedman's superior
Master Volume control.

Single notes take on that Holy Grail singing quality all guitarists strive to attain but rarely can through most amps. The BE100 cleans up remarkably well with the guitar's volume control, even with the amp on higher gain settings. For a more dramatic clean sound, switch over to the clean channel and dial in the bass, treble and three-way bright switch tone-shaping controls.

All three modes (BE, HBE, CLEAN) can be accessed from the amp's front panel or from the included two-button footswitch. The BE100 was designed to take pedals and loves boosts, ODs, phasers, flangers, tremolos and wahs, while the brand new ultra-transparent series effects loop handles your time-based effects pedals and rack units.
Play through the BE100 and you'll see why this amp has received the prestigious Editor's Pick Award from Guitar Player Magazine (Nov, 2013).

Handwired in the USA.

FRIEDMAN HISTORY:
Dave Friedman is the man behind the signature tones of rock icons Eddie Van Halen, Steve Stevens and Jerry Cantrell. Dave Friedman has been building, modding and repairing amplifiers for many of the world's biggest stars for the past 25 years. Friedman's innovative designs and meticulous construction have made him legendary in the world of professional touring musicians while earning him a loyal clientele from all over the world. One of Friedman's mainstays has been modifying amps to each player's specific tonal palette, and to consult with other established amplifier companies to improve their own designs.

Dave Friedman's extensive knowledge and pursuit of tonal superiority inspired him to develop his own series of production amplifiers under the name Friedman Amplification. In the past, having Friedman build or modify your amp required a certain level of notoriety, but now his sonic wizardry is available to everyday players.

Each Friedman amplifier is hand-wired in the U.S.A. using only hand selected components. You can buy with confidence because Friedman Amps are designed and built to last a lifetime.

FEATURES
  • Power: 100W (tube)
  • Three channels
  • Hand-wired in the USA
  • 4 x EL-34 power tubes
  • 4 x 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • Master volume and gain controls
  • Full EQ consisting of bass, middle, treble and presence (BE, HBE channel)
  • Clean channel featuring volume, treble, bass and 3-way bright switch
  • SAT, FAT, C45 and Voice switches create a multitude of unique textures
  • Line out with level control
  • Ultra transparent series FX loop
  • 4, 8 and 16 ohm Impedance Selector Switch
  • Custom USA made transformers
  • Two- button footswitch with LEDs included
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Dimensions: 8.75" (D) x 29.25" (W) x 12.25" (H)
  • Weight: 43 lb.
  • Hand-wired
  • Made in the U.S.A.

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FriedmanBrown Eye 100W 2-Channel Tube Guitar Head
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Performances (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

New Revision

By Nickname

from US

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Friedman Brown Eye 100W 2-Channel Tube Guitar Head:

      Unknowingly, I received an updated version of the BE100. It isn't yet reflected in the manual/website so I had to do some investigation. I had a BE100 a couple years ago that I loved but I still wouldn't have called it the most versatile amp .. in that it didn't really have much too much of a vintage tone tone to my ears .. BE and HBE always had a hot rodded character to it even with gain and guitar volume in play. Seems like Friedman had similar feedback from the use community. Now there is a 3 way Structure Switch added to the front for the BE/HBE channel (now 4 mini toggles). Middle is like a plexi structure.. lower gain a tad bit darker, left is what I'd call hot-rodded and to the right is full-on BE/HBE. I no longer have the previous version (with 3 mini-toggles on the front) to compare but the BE/HBE channel sounds better (harmonic content seems less affected by the hot rodding to my ears) in this go round so not sure if there were additional tweaks..I now like the SAT switch tones far better than I did previously.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Outstanding tone!

      By mike

      from Oregon

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Chimey Clean Channel
      • Dynamic Playability
      • Excellent Bedroom Volume
      • Excellent Sound
      • Quiet Operation
      • Variety Of Tones

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Homeapartment
      • Home Or Apartment
      • Performance Venues
      • Studio

      Comments about Friedman Brown Eye 100W 2-Channel Tube Guitar Head:

      First of all, I've owned a lot of amps. A lot.
      This is THE best *arshall style amp I've ever had the pleasure to play and own. Picking dynamics are incredible. Pick softly for a beautiful clean with a little "hair". Dig in and experience THE plexi sound of your dreams. Adjustable gain allows any Hendrix style up to ZZ Top in BE mode. Use the foot switch to switch to HBE mode and you're into Van Halen territory. Dave Friedman personally checks each amp before they are sent out. Really!
      Do whatever you need to do to earn the money to buy this amp. You'll thank me. One more very important thing: Dave stands behind his work and the customer service is second to none. I've not experienced that from other amp builders or companies.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Hot-Rodded Modern Plexi

      By Taylor514

      from Western Ky

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Friedman Brown Eye 100W 2-Channel Tube Guitar Head:

        There was no way around it. Ever since I plugged into one of these BE100's in Nashville I was blown away. It twas... How do u say... "The sound I hear in my head".... Yea that would be one of many things to say how I feel about this amp. One of the things I love about the amp is that you can dial in so many different tones and they are ALL superb. But the tone I like is that it gets this big fat rhythm tone, but then it just KILLS on leads and solos (yes there's a difference between a lead and a solo). This and the Metropolis Plexi's are the top clones now and if you want straight old school, go Metro, if you want modern-old school with more features, get a Friedman. VERY good QC and Customer Service also.

        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great marshall flavored amp

        By 232cap

        from PA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Great Marshall Tones

        Cons

        • No Level Control On Boost
        • Steep Price Tag

        Best Uses

          Comments about Friedman Brown Eye 100W 2-Channel Tube Guitar Head:

          Great sounding marshall toned amp that can cover a lot of ground. The clean channel works great. A level control on the boost should have been added for the price.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Most amazing plexi style amp ever made.

          By fretmaster

          from Maryland

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Ultimate Hot Rod Plexi

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Friedman Brown Eye 100W 2-Channel Tube Guitar Head:

            If plexi tones old and new, low gain to over the top hot rod are your passion, then it simply doesn't get any better than this. This amp is the king of all plexidom! This IS the best Marshall that Marshall never built - period.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Friedman BE100 - THEE HOLY GRAIL HOT ROD

            By Fretmaster

            from Rawlings, Maryland

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Powerful
            • Unmatched Hot Rod Tones

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Friedman Brown Eye 100W 2-Channel Tube Guitar Head:

              If you've spent your life trying to truly nail (and I don't mean just get close - I mean NAIL) the "holy grail" EVH brown sound from 1977 and beyond or just looking for the ultimate hot rod plexi Marshall tones ever, this is THEE AMP to have. It pure and simply does not get any better than this - period! This is thee "holy grail" amp of all time for any hot rod "Marshall" style tones.

              (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Meets expectations

              By Nickname

              from US

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Great Master Volume
              • Quiet
              • Records Great

              Cons

              • Some Opts Are On Back

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Friedman Brown Eye 100W 2-Channel Tube Guitar Head:

              I've owned my BE100 ( from musicians friend) for close to 1 month now and have spent a good amount of time living with it in a home practice, recording and in a band situation.

              I'd not played a BE100 before so was anxious ( in a good and bad way ) about the purchase. Here are some things that are of concern to me that I'd like to mention in case they are of concerns to you. One, the amp is very, very quiet. No hum from the amp or dancing around finding the right position to minimize EMI noise (like 3rd power amps for example). I hate noise and this amp exceeded my expectations. Two, there are no annoying frequencies or overtones. More on the tone later.. Three, it does sound great at 'bedroom volume' .. the taper of volume is so smooth .. it really goes from very low to loud gradually. Four, it feels great to play.. just right amount of feel and response. Not too stiff and not too giving.

              Tone. the amp is good... crazy good. The cleans have a 3 way bright switch and you have a lot of control with the treble and bass eq for it. It is a good sounding clean.. nothing at all bad with it.. but its not a standout tone. The BE and HBE is really where this amp was designed to be so to have a good clean with the ability to go from a darker jazz to snappy bright country clean is a great thing if your a one amp guy. But, this is built for gain and this amp goes from mild gain to very high gain. The tone is crunchy and smooth but not too smooth.. It isn't as open as my Marshall VintageModern 2466 but thats ok .. because this amp is meant to be punchy. No booming bass.. just bottom end that is super tight ( it NEVER gets mushy and holds together at higher volumes). And part of the reason it sounds great in the internet videos is that this amp records perfectly.. Its truly one of the best amps I've ever owned and I'm convinced it's really one of the best amps ever made.

              Was nice to see my BE100 has D.F. initials on the chassis.

              By the way, the amp comes in nicely packaged with a good, well written manual, high quality footswitch with detachable cable and power cable.

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