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Friedman Runt 20 2 Channel 20w 1x12" Combo Amp

Celestion G12M 65 Creamback

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Jed Van Wyngaardt

The Friedman Runt is the latest in small sized amplifiers from the boutique kings of British rock tones. Handmade in the USA this premium little amplifier has 20w of all valve power running through a single 1x12" speaker which may not sound like much but wait until you heard the volume and feel the low end coming out of this little thing.

2 Channels

The heart and soul of any Friedman amp is in the overdrive. While they do replicate the best of classic black and gold British clean tones with a modern twist as well, the overdrive is where Friedman really shine. With 2 channels you get the best of both worlds in this amp with a powerful and loud overdrive channel as well as a beautiful midrange heavy clean channel that man rockers love.

Crystal Clear

There are two problems with a lot of smaller amps. One of the big ones being lack of string definition when using a lot of gain. While a lot of classic rock and metal styles don't mind losing out on that for the extra distortion some modern players want clarity in their notes. By using the cleanest signal path possible Friedman have managed to tune the Runt so you can hear every individual note even in massive chords. This also helps single note lines really push the amp and sing.

Plenty Of Power

The other big issue with smaller amps is that generally they lack a lot of the low end, midrange and volume that guitarists need. Not with the Runt. Even at 20w this amp is very, very loud. Honestly I can't think of many situations where this wouldn't have enough power as by the time you run out of volume you would already be using a mic on the cab...or maybe not with this amp.

Cab Sim Out

Wait what? A cab sim out on a boutique amp like this? Yep Friedman have spent a long time working on this part of the amp to make sure it is usable in every situation unlike some other direct outs. Plus it even has an internal load box so you don't even need to use the speaker. Just set up as normal, plug the XLR in to the back, run that off to front of house and you are ready to rock. With two different 'mic positions', level controls and a ground/lift switch you may be surprised just how many times you use this feature.

Pedal Lovers Dream

Is there anything this amp doesn't do! This amp loves pretty much any pedal you can chuck at it. From overdrives, boosts and fuzzes in the front end (especially pushing that overdrive channel set to a light crunch), to chorus, reverb, delay, and pretty much anything else in the ultra clear, series effects loop. Everything you would want to use with this amp will sound great.

1x12" Combo

This is the 20w combo version of the amplifier meaning it uses a pair of EL84 power amp tubes and a trio of 12AX7 tubes to push all of that lovely tone through the single Celestion 16 OHM G12M Creamback speaker. You also have the ability to run out to external cabs as well using the 2 X 1/4" jacks on the back with the option of 8ohm or 16ohm.

Here's what Friedman say about the Runt 20

The Friedman Runt-20 1x12" 20-watt combo delivers Friedman's legendary tone and versatility in a compact 2-channel amp. The Runts power section is driven by two EL-84s, with three 12AX7s in the preamp.  The simple clean channel features a volume knob and 3-position bright switch that delivers anything from pristine cleans to a slightly broken-up blues/country tone.

The heart and soul of the Runt is the overdrive channel, which gives that legendary Friedman overdrive that ranges from vintage rock crunch to modern high gain tones.. Use the Boost switch and Gain knob to dial in the perfect amount of overdrive. A global presence control shapes the high-frequency response of the Runts power section.

The Runt delivers the tight bottom end and midrange that is typically only found in much higher-wattage amps by utilizing custom transformers and the cleanest signal path possible. The Runt-20 is ideal for many styles of music from blues to classic rock and heavy metal by merely adjusting the gain and master controls.

When plugging into the Runt, 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.
This is the first amp Dave Friedman has ever made with an internal load and cab-simulated XLR output. Comparing this analog circuit to some of the most intricate computer-based IRs, Dave achieved a direct output you can proudly send to front of house or use in the studio. The Runt also allows you to play "silently," meaning you can safely play the amp WITHOUT having a speaker cabinet connected. The XLR output includes a ground-lift, level, and center/edge of speaker cone simulation switches.

At the heart of the Runt combo is a 16-ohm, 12" Celestion G12M 65 Creamback speaker that delivers the bass, mid response, and signature sound you would expect from a Friedman amp.

The Runt was also specifically designed to take pedals well, and it loves boosts, ODs, phasers, flangers, tremolos, and wahs.  The ultra-transparent no tone loss buffered, series effects loop takes time-based effects pedals and rack units equally well. This is the exact same FX loop Friedman uses on all its amplifiers including the legendary BE-100. The head cabinet features beautiful black Tolex, with Baltic Birch construction, and is built to withstand the rigors of the road. 

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. Two of Friedman's mainstays have been modifying amps to each player's specific tonal palette and consulting 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

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