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Friedman Phil X 100W Signature Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Head   

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Session and touring guitarist Phil X is the go-to guy for heavyweights like Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Bon Jovi, Avril Lavigne and Tommy Lee. Phil is ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A heavy-hitting tone monster that's ready for the stage.

Session and touring guitarist Phil X is the go-to guy for heavyweights like Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Bon Jovi, Avril Lavigne and Tommy Lee. Phil is particular about his tone to say the least and would settle for nothing less than perfection when collaborating with a builder for his new signature amp. Enter Dave Friedman; sound architect to some of rock's most recognizable superstar names and their iconic tones.

To satisfy wild man Phil X's thirst for sonic superiority, Friedman served up a single channel 100-watt beast simply dubbed the Friedman Phil X. This EL34-powered rock machine is more than just a guitar amp - it is the sound dreams are made of. This versatile amp will allow you to go from a dynamic clean tone to a crunchy rhythm sound by merely rolling on the guitar's volume knob. Take it to the stratosphere by kicking in the foot-switchable boost for a searing lead tone. The front panel also features a gain structure switch to further dial in your sound. Combine all that with a handy line out and the ultra transparent series effects loop, and you've just punched your ticket to aural nirvana.

The hand-crafted, hand-wired in the U.S. Phil X head features black Tolex encasing the tongue and groove Baltic birch construction and is built to withstand the rigors of the road.

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)
  • Tubes: three 12AX7 (preamp); four EL34 (power amp)
  • One channel
  • Handwired in the USA
  • Two master volumes and one gain control
  • Full EQ consisting of bass, middle, treble and presence
  • Gain switches varies the global gain structure of the amp
  • Switch to select high and low voltage (think variac)
  • Line out with level control
  • Ultra transparent series FX loop
  • 4, 8 and 16 ohm Impedance selector switch
  • Custom USA made transformers
  • Single button footswitch with LED
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Dimensions: 8.75" (D) x 29.25" (W) x 12.25" (H)
  • Weight: 43 lb.

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FriedmanPhil X 100W Signature Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Head
 
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5.0

Seriously, this IS the one to get!

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Friedman Phil X 100W Signature Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Head:

I've tried or owned a few Friedmans.. BE100, Dirty Shirley, Small Box, SS100 and now I own the X. To be honest, this is hands down my favorite of the bunch. This one has that punchy friedman tone but in a more open, crunchy, lively flavor. I'm not in a band unfortunately but after 15 minutes with this one I was thinking this would sound so good with other instruments. This is really the tone I want to hear from a guitar player.

The amp is incredible quiet for a high gain amp.. and the two option switches are great to have. The voltage + and voltage - the switch has more to do with the feel of the amp.. with the voltage - it has a bit of give to it.. and the + stiffen's up the feel and provides more of a bark. Both are great and I find myself switching between them. The 3 position Cut switch is very cool and useful. With it you get the best tones to match your guitar. This amp sounds great with single coils.. nice and immediate with detail depth, and crunch and various levels of saturation. This is really the first amp i've had where I like the tone of the gain dimed.

By the way.. when I got it I wished it looked a little more traditional.. but after you hear it and you love what it does you start to really like the quirky look and actually now I wouldn't want it to look any different.. the look now says "hey i'm different and special" Seriously, in my opinion this is the one to get as it does the dirty shirley, small box and brown eye tones better than those models!!

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