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Friedman Small Box 50W 1x12 Hand Wired Tube Guitar Combo

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Amazing boutique tone in a convenient 1x12".

Dave Friedman's Small Box 50 Watt 1x12" Combo was designed for guitarists that want the classic tones reminiscent of great vintage plexis as well as Friedman's more modern high gain offerings.

The Small Box combo features two channels, the first giving you those classic plexi tones that clean up nicely with just a twist of the guitar's volume knob. It goes from clean to crunch to that full-blown plexi roar. The second channel features the modern high gain tone on which Friedman has built his reputation. This hand crafted in the USA combo features beautiful Tolex encasing tongue and groove Baltic Birch construction built to withstand the rigors of the road.

At the heart of the Small Box combo is a 16 ohm, 12" Celestion G12M Creamback speaker which delivers the bass, mid response and signature sound you would expect from a Friedman amp.

The Small Box combo was designed to take pedals and loves boosts, OD's, phasers, flangers, tremolos and wahs, while the brand new ultra-transparent series effects loop handles your time-based effects pedals and rack units.

The Friedman Small Box delivers all of these remarkable features into a mind-blowing 50-watt 1x12" combo package.

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 hand selected components. You can buy with confidence because Friedman Amps are designed and built to last a lifetime.

FEATURES
Power: 50W (tubes)
Tubes: three 12AX7 (preamp); two EL34 (power amp)
Two channels
SPeaker: Celestion 16 Ohm G12M 12" Creamback speaker
Two master volumes and two gain controls
Shared channel EQ consisting of bass, middle, treble and presence
Clean channel (think Plexi) has a 3 position bright switch
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: 9.5" (D) x 24.25" (W) x 22" (H)
Weight: 52.5 lb.
Handwired in the USA

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FriedmanSmall Box 50W 1x12 Hand Wired Tube Guitar Combo
 
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5.0

My search is finally over.

By Skinvoyager

from Cincinnati, OH

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Pros

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

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    Comments about Friedman Small Box 50W 1x12 Hand Wired Tube Guitar Combo:

    I can truly say after playing semi-professionally for almost 25 years that this is the best amp I've ever owned. I've had close to 60 amps: everything from the typical big names to the top boutique amps in every price range. Many were killer amps. But there has never been one, until now, that has let me honestly believe my search is over.

    Here's why: there's a huge difference between how an amp sounds at home or in the music store, and how it sounds, feels and performs on stage. I can get satisfactory, even excellent tones with cheap gear. But those same tones usually get lost in the mix or sound dull and thin in a live situation.

    In addition, while many high gain tones can sound big and intense and "wow" you at first, they lose a lot of dynamics because they're overly compressed.

    The Friedman Small Box sits in the mix like no other amp I've used. The mids are PERFECT. Both channels are voiced to cut through. Just put all the knobs at noon and go. There's not a bad sound in this amp.

    Channel one can get you into serious crunch, or it can have that mid-forward super clean EL34 tone that just punches through. It can get very clean, but the ability to add some gain makes your cleans come alive more. I actually prefer the Small Box clean to the cleans on the other Friedman amps (BE and Jerry Cantrell) that are much more expensive (in fact, price aside, this is hands down my favorite of the Friedmans).

    Channel two is absolutely amazing. At first I was surprised. It didn't have as much gain as I expected. Don't get me wrong, it's high gain. I just thought it would be more over-the-top. I'm glad it's not, because now I realize that any more gain would kill the dynamics. As stated, the mids are where it's at for this channel. It's ridiculously responsive. For a 1x12 combo, it's got a huge sound. The low end is just plain big, and puts my other combos to shame. Through a 2x12 or 4x12, the tone is just MASSIVE. It really is that in-your-face, hot-rodded Marsh*lly sound that so many of us crave. The Friedman Jerry Cantrell is equally impressive on the dirty channel but in a different way. It has more gain, and sounds meaner, more modern. But I prefer the Small Box dirty channel. It's simple, raw, uncompressed and just BIG.

    I've also come to the conclusion that a 2-channel amp is perfect for me. I'm using a Fulldrive 3 on the front end, which gives me essentially two additional tones per channel.

    And I actually LIKE having a shared EQ for both channels. While having separate EQs sounds more flexible in theory, in practice I found on those amps that I'd set the EQs so similarly, that there was really no point in having two sets of tone controls (not too mention I hate having too many knobs). And, if you set the EQs differently, I find that it's hard to get a good balance in volume. I like the idea of clean and dirty having the same base tone, just with a lot more balls and gain on the dirty side. It's a more seamless experience when switching tones, and in a live situation your levels can be more easily matched.

    The build quality of this amp is outstanding. Just turn a knob or flip a toggle switch, and you can feel the difference between this and cheaper amps.

    Of course, Friedmans aren't cheap. But if I factor in all the money I've lost buying and reselling lesser amps and pedals, I could've saved a ton of money if I had this amp years ago.

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