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The Friedman Pink Taco is the baby sister to the critically acclaimed BE-100, created for the many musicians who have been begging for the Friedman s...Click To Read More About This Product

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Monster tone in a tiny box.

The Friedman Pink Taco is the baby sister to the critically acclaimed BE-100, created for the many musicians who have been begging for the Friedman sound in a small, compact, lightweight, manageable format.

The Pink Taco is a super versatile hand-wired, 20-watt, EL84 powered, single channel fire breather that is capable of producing many styles of music from blues to classic rock to heavy metal by merely adjusting the gain and master controls.

Many people don't believe a 20-watt amp can deliver the tight bottom end and midrange that a 100-watt amp can produce. The Pink Taco proves otherwise! Friedman designed this amp to sound like a 100-watt monster, utilizing custom transformers and the cleanest possible signal path.

Plug into the Pink Taco and you will instantly notice the harmonically rich detailed chords and resonating single note lines. This amp cleans up exceptionally well with the guitar's volume knob, even with the amp on higher gain settings.

The Pink Taco was designed to take pedals well and loves boosts, OD's, phasers, flangers, tremolos, wahs. The brand new ultra transparent series effects loop takes time-based effects pedals and rack units equally well. The handcrafted in USA Pink Taco features beautiful black tolex, tongue and groove Baltic Birch construction and 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
  • Hand-wired in the USA
  • 20-watt all tube head
  • One channel
  • 2 x EL-84 power tubes
  • 3 x 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • Gain, Master Volume, Bass, Middle and Treble
  • Ultra transparent series FX loop
  • Speaker Outs: 1 x 16 Ohms and 2 x 8 Ohms
  • Custom USA made transformers
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Dimensions: 8.25" (D) x 18.25" (W) x 8.5" (H)
  • Weight: 20.5 lb.
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FriedmanPink Taco 20-Watt Hand-Wired Head
 
4.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Portable (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Tone!

By Duvel

from Raleigh NC

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Friedman Pink Taco 20-Watt Hand-Wired Head:

    I have been playing guitar and chasing tone for 30 years and this is the best sounding amp I have ever owned or played.. For a 20 Watt amp this thing is very loud.. It can deliver gain for days if that's want you want and cleans up nicely when you back off your volume knob. The high gain tone isn't overly compressed like some other high end amps. The tone knobs actually do something when you adjust them so there you can dial in a lot of diffent tones.. Sounds great at low volumes too but trust me.. It sounds so good it's hard not to crank it up! I'm currently running it through and old Marshall 1960a with GT75s.

    I also currently own a Soldano HR50+, Blackstar HT60 and have owned Marshall JCMs, Peavey 5150s, Mesa Dual Rect.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Low watter out there at any price

    By dbrocker75

    from IL

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Friedman Pink Taco 20-Watt Hand-Wired Head:

    Great amp. This is my second time owning this model. The original one was great but I really wanted 2 channels so I sold it. After failing to find anything that came close to the tone and portability of this amp, I had to get another one. It's very close to the big brother BE100 which I've also owned. Aside from the lack of a clean channel or boost, it's perfect for what it does. Everything from slightly edgy clean plexi to hot rodded 80s metal tones. It's got a thickness and warmth to the single notes that's better to me than any other hot rodded m style amp. It's also got that classic upper mid crunch that's not too brittle like some plexi style amps can be. Also very touch sensative and with the volume knob you can get a lot of tones without touching the amp. The loop is also very good and you don't miss it not having any level controls, etc.

    (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best of the Best

    By SeaBoss

    from Laguna Niguel California

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Brown
    • Loud
    • Loud Amazing Tone
    • Original
    • Quality
    • Real Blues Tone
    • Real Rocktone

    Cons

    • Its Perfect
    • None

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Friedman Pink Taco 20-Watt Hand-Wired Head:

    other amps i have so you get an idea that this one is at my top of the list now
    1976 Marshall
    1986 jcm 800
    1994 jcm 900
    1995 peavey 5150
    2003 Soldano hot rod 50
    2012 EvH 5150 lll
    2013 Friedman Pink Taco

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Yep. It's awesome

    By brownovich

    from Colchester, Essex

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Awesome Tone
    • Excellent Sound
    • Great At Low Volume
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Simple
    • Versatile
    • Very Loud

    Cons

    • Honestly Can't Think Of 1

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Friedman Pink Taco 20-Watt Hand-Wired Head:

    The other reviews are not exagerating, this really is an amazing amp. Any concerns about power on this can be dismissed. I played a large Theatre recently with the volume on 4. I was almost a bit too loud. Regular gig volume is about 2-3.

    The tone is absolutely exceptional for Classic Rock but it's also surprisingly versatile. Turn up the gain and scoop the mids and you are presented with a great Thrash sound. Turn the mids up a bit for AIC type grunge. For me though the sweet spot is Bass 10, Mid 4-5, Treble 8 with Gain on 8. Rich harmonics and a real clarity to the tone that often gets lost. I use an OD Pedal to give it some more balls to when needed and use the volume pots to clean it up. That's it. Tone. SORTED!

    This has genuinely changed the way I play. At first I was a little concerned that moving from a 3 channel amp to a single channel would be limiting, but within half an hour of my first gig with it I realised I'd been doing it wrong all these years. I'm not having to go stamping around the floor and can concentrate on my playing. You don't even need to touch the volume pots that often either as this is so responsive to your playing that just using a lighter touch is often enough to get a clean tone.

    The other thing to consider with this amp is that if like me you like to collect guitars, it gives you a great excuse to expand your collection! It highlights the tone of the guitar you're using unlike any other amp i've ever used. I've got 2 Les Pauls, (A trad and a Custom) and you can really hear the difference between the two on this.

    So stop reading this and just buy one.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I stopped searching for the tone in my head.

    By Big Al

    from East Boston.MA

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Friedman Pink Taco 20-Watt Hand-Wired Head:

      This is the sound I have been looking for both home recording and home use and the sound in my head. I can get any Marshal sound out of it.From the brown sound to 80s speed metal with a touch of Randy Rhoads to power metal. So smooth and warm at low TV levels and when cranked. I have all top amps from Marshals to Engls to Mesa to Peavey's.Friedman is the new standard. Period.

      (3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Expensive for what you get

      By Ripper

      from Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Price

      Best Uses

        Comments about Friedman Pink Taco 20-Watt Hand-Wired Head:

        Put this up against the Marshall DSL5C, the Marshall DSL40C, and the Marshall DSL100H all through the same single Vintage 30. To me the 5C sounds almost as good, the 40C better and the 100H WAY BETTER at almost half the price.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Friedman PT-20

        By Cool

        from Pennsylvania

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Friedman Pink Taco 20-Watt Hand-Wired Head:

          The volume comes on slow and smooth! Allows you to play ultra quite to wide open with no spikes in volume! Sounds like the professional vintage amps that were modified for the Pro"s! Creamy and Crisp with articulation! Effects loop is very transparent. Just can't say enough about this amp! It's breath taking!

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