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Friedman Runt 50w All Valve Guitar Amp Head

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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 50w of all valve power 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

One of the big issues of small amps is a 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.

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.

Here's what Friedman say about the Runt 50w Head

The Runt-50 is a 50-watt all tube head that delivers Friedman's legendary tone in a versatile 2-channel amp. The Runt-50 power section is driven by two EL-34s, with four 12AX7s in the preamp. The American-inspired clean channel features volume, bass, treble, and a three-position bright switch that delivers anything from pristine cleans to a slightly broken-up blues/country tone.

The heart and soul of the Runt-50 is the overdrive channel, which will take you from classic rock to all-out assault. 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 is ideal for many styles of music from blues to classic rock and heavy metal by merely adjusting the gain and master controls.

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 a 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 XLR output includes a ground-lift, level, and center/edge of speaker cone simulation switches.

This Runt was designed to take pedals well and 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. 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 build or modify your amp required a certain level of notoriety, but now his sonic wizardry is available to everyday players.


  •  Rich, sparkling American-style clean channel
  •  Overdrive channel delivers legendary Friedman lead tone
  •  XLR Cabinet Simulated Output
  •  Ultra-transparent, buffered, series effects loop


  • Model:  Friedman Runt-50 1x12" Head
  • Type:  All Tube - Assembled in USA
  • Channels:  2 Channels
  • Total Power:  50 Watts
  • EQ:  Clean Channel - Volume, Bass, Treble, and 3-position bright switch.  Overdrive Channel - Gain, Master, Bass, Middle, Treble, and Gain boost switch.  Global Presence Knob.
  • # of Tubes:  6
  • Preamp Tubes:  4 x 12AX7
  • Power Tubes:  2 x EL-34
  • Inputs:  1 x 1/4" instrument
  • Outputs:  2 x 1/4" (8/16 ohm impedance switch),  1 x Cab Simulated XLR - with Ground, Level, and Center/Edge Axis switches
  • Footswitch I/O:  Yes, Channel Select Switch
  • Effects Loop:  Yes, buffered Series FX loop
  • Warranty:  5 Years
  • Height:  9.25"
  • Width:  22.5"
  • Depth:  8.75"
  • Weight:  31 lbs



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