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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 sound in a small, compact, lightweight, manageable f... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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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  • Free transfer of coverage to a new owner
  • Repair costs covered for up to three years from date of purchase
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FriedmanPink Taco 20-Watt Hand-Wired Head
 
5.0

(based on 9 reviews)

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Portable (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Performances (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely beyond my expectations!!!!!!!

By ABBer

from Ann Arbor

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Experimenting
    • Gigging
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Practicing
    • Professional Recording

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

    When I ordered this amp, I was looking for something that had a different sound than my Orange AD30. Something versatile, that had the ability to give me tighter gains but still clean up nicely. Being that it is hand-wired and Friedman's reputation were also huge selling points.
    Once I ordered it, I began to read every review of this head I could find; and immediately got freaked out that perhaps this wasn't going to be as versatile as I hoped and, perhaps, to 'metally' for my tastes. A lot of comments out there that the PT-20 was a 'One-trick Pony'. That you cannot get good cleans out of it....and so on and so forth.
    However, when I received and got a chance to give it a rip, all those fears quickly melted away. It is simply AWESOME! The 2016 models now come with a 3-way gain selector, like the Friedman Dirty Shirley Mini, which offers a wide array of amazing tones. This amp can do it all and well!
    Using your guitar volume control, you can get awesome, sparkling cleans without a monstrous disparity in volume when you crank it back to gain. I've always been at least a dual channel guy, using the footswitch to go from gain to clean and vice-versa. However, I'm finding the guitar volume control to be just as easy and a lot easier to adjust the tone!
    Then, there is the effects loop! Truly transparent. I've had Marshall, Bogner and other amps with effects loops that I never used because I just didn't like them. The effects loop on the PT-20 is fantastic! All of my modulation and time-based effects sound great through the loop and are infinitely more responsive.
    Which takes me to the text piece. This amp takes effects like a champ!
    Love the tones I'm getting from single-coils on my Strats and Tele, as well as from the humbuckers in my Les Paul. I just could not be happier with this purchase! What a phenomenal amp.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just a beautiful sounding Amplifier

    By Winston from Htek Funkilogic

    from Cincinnati Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • EL 34 Sound from El 84 power tubes
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    This is hands down the sweetest amp I've played. I own a Hiwatt DR-103 It has that warm powerful tight bottom end that EL 34 tubes deliver. If I turn the master volume up past 50% it begins to tear a hole in the time space fabric and chaos creatures start to enter our reality. Thankfully Dave Friedman has brought us the Pink Taco PT-20. I can get that Hiwatt cranked sound, neigh even better than Hiwatt cranked sound at a volume level that doesn't endanger reality as we know it. With the 2016 models there has been an addition of a "3 way gain structure switch" I've just sent my 2015 model back to have this added. (for an extremely reasonable price I might add) I did get some quality time playing with the 2016 model at a local music retailer. It adds two new dimensions to the amplifier. My only minor complaint about the PT-20 was with high output pickups, you really had to dial back the volume to get it to clean up. One of the new gain structure functions dials back the gain so it cleans up with SD blackouts running into it. The other gain structure... Well it's a beautiful sound too. My recommendation is to go try one and hear how it sounds. The effects loop is near well perfect. If your worried about 20 watts not being enough to keep up with the other kids in the band, don't. While it's not the Hiwatt Lead 100 wall of sound unless you are playing a stadium this amplifier has got your back. I have been running two separate 1 x 12 cabinets. One with a a Jenen P12N (8 ohm) and the other with a Jensen Blackbird (8 ohm). This is my gigging rig and it has been plenty enough for the small to mid sized venues I've played. Even outdoors it delivered enough sound to keep up with everyone else. In my studio I like to run it through the 4 x 12 cab that the Hiwatt usually runs and it pushes it effortlessly. There are a lot of good "small" amps out there now. I know I tried a lot of them in my search for an amplifier to keep my aging back from faltering, This is the best!

     
    5.0

    Great Plexi tones

    By JP

    from St. Paul Minnesota

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      This fulfills all my requirements as a Plexi clone. 20 watts is plenty loud enough for all but the biggest stages. Master volume keeps the sound levels under control for recording. Great build quality!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Friedman Pink Taco Delivers Tone in Spades!!

      By George

      from Northern NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        Have been playing for 30+ years and have tried more amps than I care to even remember. Add me to the list of believers when it comes to the Friedman Pink Taco. I actually found a used one at Guitar Center Online for a price I couldn't beat. However when it arrived, it was making some type of crackling sound for the first few seconds which would go away once the tubes heated up. The tone coming out of the amp however was great enough to stop me in my tracks and make me seriously consider how I was going to go about having this fixed/repaired. Took the amp to somebody who is knowledgeable in building amps as well as servicing them here in NJ, Andy Fuchs. He told me that whoever had owned it previously had done some biasing that made the amp run extremely too hot which in turn fried the EL84 power tubes. He replaced the EL84 power tubes and re-biased the amp to run in the proper range that it was designed to run in. He told me that it is one of the best built amps he has ever seen. Coming from him that means alot.
        Talk about some of the best tone you will ever get out of an amp-WOW!! Finally an amp that you can plug straight into without having to bog it down with all types of effects. However if you did want to use some effects within the effects loop, this amp absolutely loves pedals. Best part of this amp is that it doesn't require endless tweaking to find a great tone. It pretty much gives you great tone at any setting you dial in. It really is that easy to find your tone. Just like some of the other reviewers said, making use of your guitar's volume knob to clean up the sound will go a long way in the flavor and variety of tones that are able to be achieved. You definitely won't hear any muddy, blanket over speaker type tone or flubbiness coming out of this amp. Can't say enough good things about it. If you're serious about your tone and are done compromising on it, go and check it out for yourself.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Hard to find words, just killer tone, the best I've heard...

        By Watchingtele

        from so-cal

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Nothing Nada

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        It is really hard to find words to describe how great this amp sounds. You have to experience it for yourself. What I Like is its simple, one channel that sounds incredible, crank it and adjust guitar volume to taste, every sound is there, clean to extreme. I did put a Sovtek 5751 {SRV Tube} tube in V1 to increase the clean headroom, worked great, but did not change the sound, which is over the top badsass tone!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing amplifier here!

        By SteveRocks

        from WA

        Pros

        • Heavy Tones Clean Tones
        • Light
        • LOUD
        • Simple

        Cons

        • Doesnt Do Pristine Clean

        Best Uses

        • Seriously Anything

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

        I'm a pro guitar player. I've played just about anything and everything out there. Friedman's are as good as it gets. Just MIND NUMBINGLY STUPIDLY GOOD.
        All I can say is wow. My tone fanatic band mate commented that it sounded like how a produced polished guitar track sounds on a recording. I agree with that. Its unreal.
        If you are curious, the cleans are very good. Couldnt find demos that showed this, but the cleans are very nice when the volume is rolled off.
        I dont hear a single thing about it id change. Its like the sound ive always wanted to hear, but have never heard.

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        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Racing car

        By Mika

        from Helsinki

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

        Oh la la! My 30 year search of that perfect dynamic distorted tone is over! This little fella delivers it to the point. This amp is perfect for those who are looking for those legendary hard rock/heavy tones of the 70's and 80's. The first time I gigged with it I had hard time staying calm and focused since I was so thrilled with the tone that this amp delivers. It's a single channel amp, but in order to make it flexible you need only booster and reverb pedal. Rest is up to your own dynamics. You get the clean tone only by managing the intensity of your playing and adjusting the volume knob. Effects also love this amp. Best amp that I've ever owned. It's a racing car!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        friedman pink taco 20 watt

        By john

        from peekskill ny

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

        what an awesome amp! i was a little reluctant at first with this 20 pound monster but by the second gig this amp is for real. it's true, you really don't need any overdrive pedals with this amp, the sound is unbelievable. it does clean up nice with the P90's when you get the right balance on the volume and gain but it screams opened up. the sound is tight and the low end punch is there . i use a boss compressor which helps to take some of the high end away and a boss SE-50 thru the effects loop for digital reverb and run it thru a marshall 2x12 slant cab. i leave my boogie mark 2IIc+ and my old deluxe reverb with all the other pedals at home. i found my sound again. thank you friedman amps!!!!

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        pink taco equals happy guitar

        By lee rosenblum

        from new york,new york

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

        This amp delivers the goods whether you play gibson or fender style guitars. Small and light enough to take any where with power and volume to spare. I literally stopped using any distortion pedals and am back to controling evrything from the volume knob. now my pedal board really is for effects (reverb,echo,trem and chorus). the gain is absolutely the best ive heard on any amp (I'm a touring backup guitarist and ive heard plenty). im generally a gibson guy but now im using my tele more and more as this amp really brings out the throaty chime in fenders. dont worry about the seperate amp and head as i can carry both (if i need to ) with my guitar and pedal board in one carry!!! Thing weighs maybe 12 pound (head and amp) and is louder than anything else in the room! For those of you who can't ween off pedals i suggest getting a straight clean boost with this amp as , i say once again, the distortion/gain on the amp is unbeatable. BTW, first learned about this amp watching phil x demo a 59 burst with it. he was completely blown away during the demo....i was too,,now i own one and im never going back to fender , marshall or matchless!!!!

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