The Runt-20 is a versatile 20-watt head that delivers Friedman's legendary tone from a compact two-channel amp. The Runt-20 power section is driven by two EL84s, and the preamp features three 12AX7s. The "simple" clean channel features a volume knob and three position bright switch that delivers singing cleans to slightly broken up tone. The heart ... Click To Read More About This Product
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The Runt-20 is a versatile 20-watt head that delivers Friedman's legendary tone from a compact two-channel amp. The Runt-20 power section is driven by two EL84s, and the preamp features three 12AX7s. The "simple" clean channel features a volume knob and three position bright switch that delivers singing cleans to slightly broken up tone. The heart and soul of the Runt-20 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 Runt-20.
The Runt-20 delivers the tight bottom end and midrange that is typically only found in much higher wattage amps. Dave achieved this 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.
Plugging into the Runt-20, 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 has an internal load and XLR cab simulated output. Comparing this analog circuit to some of the most intricate computer based IRs, Dave achieved a record output you can proudly send to front of house or use in the studio. The Runt-20 also allows you to play "silently," meaning you can plug and 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.
This Runt was designed to take pedals well and loves boosts, ODs, phasers, flangers, tremolos and wahs. The ultra transparent, buffered, series effects loop takes time-based effects pedals and rack units equally well. The head cabinet features beautiful black tolex, Baltic Birch construction and is built to withstand the rigors of the road.
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.
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Comments about Friedman Runt-20 20W Tube Guitar Head:
I purchased this amp in July, and used it for a gig in my town's park the day it arrived. I did a sound check and wow was it loud for a 20 watt head. I mostly play the amp at home, and it really does have a full sound a low volumes. Just boost the bass a bit at those lower volumes and it maintains it's fat sound. At practice and gigging volumes it's even better. It nails the tones I go for (think Green Day's American Idiot album and their current live tone, and Rise Against's live tone). It dirty channel cleans up extremely well, but it's also nice to have it's own dedicated clean channel. Don't be put off by the fact that the clean is just a volume knob and bright switch (plus the global presence control). It's a really nice clean channel that's quite versatile and takes pedals rather well. The XLR output doesn't sounds as nice as the amp does through the cab, but it's still a decent sound. If you want to use it for silent playing or recording with a sound pretty much as good as using a cab, look into getting some type of loadbox+cab sim like a TwoNotes Torpedo Live. I still use the XLR output often, but I prefer using a cab. I took off a star for that as well as the amp coming with a scratchy presence knob. I talked to Guitar Center about this within the return policy and they said I could return it and get a new one or stick with it since I didn't get pro coverage. I decided to stick with it because I love the sound of the amp and it's not a huge deal, but minorly frustrating.
Overall. This amp is amazing, and I think I'm going to be sticking with Friedman for a long time.
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