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Friedman Jerry Cantrell Signature 100W Hand Wired Tube Guitar Head  

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The undeniably crushing sound of Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell has sent countless guitar players on a quest to achieve his signature tone. Dave Fri...Read More

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Crushing tone made for the Man in the Box.

The undeniably crushing sound of Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell has sent countless guitar players on a quest to achieve his signature tone. Dave Friedman has captured lightning in a bottle in the form of the Friedman JJ-100, a collaboration between Friedman and Jerry Cantrell.

The JJ-100 is a 100-watt, two channel, EL34 powered beast that takes no prisoners. Saturated, complex, harmonic overtones create a tight response to assure no notes are lost over the full spectrum. These features are paired with AC30-like cleans and an ultra dynamic response to right hand attack, beautifully recreating Cantrell's iconic Seattle sound.

Jerry Cantrell and Dave Friedman spent years perfecting the JJ-100. This is Cantrell's first ever signature amp, so he went to the best. The hand-crafted in USA head utilizes tongue and groove Baltic Birch construction and is built to withstand the rigors of the road. If you are looking for a heavy-hitting powerhouse, plug into the Friedman JJ-100W.

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)
  • Tubes: four 12AX7 (preamp); four EL34 (power amp)
  • Two channels
  • Master volume and gain controls
  • Dirty Channel featuring full EQ consisting of bass, middle, treble and presence
  • Clean channel featuring volume, treble, middle, bass and 3-way bright switch
  • JBE voice switch for a higher gain more saturated sound
  • Line out with level control
  • Ultra transparent series FX loop
  • 4, 8 and 16 ohm Impedance Selector Switch
  • Custom USA made transformers
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Dimensions: 8.75" (D) x 29.25" (W) x 12.25" (H)
  • Weight: 43 lb.
  • Hand-wired
  • Handwired in the USA

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FriedmanJerry Cantrell Signature 100W Hand Wired Tube Guitar Head
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (3)
    • Performances (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
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    5.0

    Simply The Best Amp Ever

    By Dr. Rocker

    from Columbus, Ohio

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful
    • Spectacular Tone

    Cons

    • Jbe Needs Master

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • From Metal To 80' S-70's
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Friedman Jerry Cantrell Signature 100W Hand Wired Tube Guitar Head:

    This is it boys and girls! NO BS! This is THE ONE! I own a Herbert, a Marshall, and the popular expensive modeler. They are all great sounding. BUT NOTHING TOUCHES THIS TONE MONSTER! It is far too expensive and worth every penny. If you can afford it buy it. If not, steal it. OK don't steal it because that is wrong. Seriously, I have been a tone chaser for the 50 years I have been playing. It is largely in the fingers. But...the other variance is in the amp. You will easily nail Alice songs, dropped tuning, etc. with the JBE setting. Unfortunately, there is a significant drop in volume and the channel does not have a separate Master volume. Foot switching can not occur between the brown eye and J brown eye channels. But Mr. Friedman offers a mod that will allow foot switching for those 2 channels or the J brown eye and the clean channel or the Hairy brown eye and clean channel. He installs a separate Master volume. Jerry did not need this as he uses two of the amps! The clean channel is also amazing and breaks up well and sounds like heaven. Buy this amp now and if you are gigging, send it to Friedman for the mod. This is the one...the one you have been searching your life to find. Trust me ...you will not be sorry.

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    5.0

    Absolutly Amazing Tone Monster

    By Vegavex

    from Winthrop, MA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Friedman Jerry Cantrell Signature 100W Hand Wired Tube Guitar Head:

      Sold my other amps this is the only one you need. Make sure you get the Friedman Cab to get the full potential. Beautiful clean tones and beautiful distorted tones from blues to metal. I cannot express how happy I am and the tone is so cool its already got me making up new song ideas. I will never own another amp. You like Metal get some emg 81 85 (which I just installed in my axe) and you can sound like a metal god too ;)

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      An amplifier for guitar aficionados!

      By Jeff

      from Glastonbury, CT

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Extremely Versatile
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Friedman Jerry Cantrell Signature 100W Hand Wired Tube Guitar Head:

      This amp is the best of the best all in one and truly suited for guitar aficionados. This is not a "one trick pony" that only nails AIC tone (and it does perfectly by the way). Minutes after unpacking and plugging into it, I was cranking out Van Halen and ACDC tones easily with all the knobs at 12 o'clock. Turn up the bass and gain and you get into thrash metal territory. Back off the gain and you get one of the best classic rock tones ever. Roll back the volume knob on your guitar and switch to your neck pickup and now you're in blues/rock territory. Upon switching to the clean channel I was pleasantly surprised to hear Vox AC30/Fender Twin tones. I love this amp!

      If I were to describe the amp in one word, it would have to be "dynamic". The tone spectrum is very wide and a slight turn of a knob can change the sound significantly. All the while, the punch and tightness never fades. It never gets dark and muddy or on the other end, buzzy or piercing. I've owned Mesa, Marshall, Orange, Fender and many more. This amp puts them all to shame right out of the box. It's well worth the money because it's better than the rest and probably the last amp you'll ever need to buy.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Probably the best Tube Head I've played

      By JC-Tonequest

      from San Antonio, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Great clarity

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

        Comments about Friedman Jerry Cantrell Signature 100W Hand Wired Tube Guitar Head:

        Great clarity and not separation even at the highest gain settings. Responds well to picking dynamics. The FX loop is very transparent and the Master Volume works great allowing the amp to sound good at bedroom volume. The clean channel was also a pleasant surprise. It's very clean and chimey. Overall probably the funnest amp I've played. It puts a smile on my face every time I plug in. The only complaint I have is I wish the BE and JBE Modes were footswitchable with their own master and and gains.

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