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Friedman Runt 50 Head 2 Channel 50 Watt Head

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Manufacturer's ID: Runt 50 Head

What we say:

Guitarists looking for Dave Friedman’s incredible overdrives and high gain sounds along with some excellent cleans should check out the Runt 50 head post haste! You’ll love how much tone and power comes from this 50w beast, especially in the low end.

There are two channels available here. The clean channel simply has a volume and a three-position Bright switch to bring a selection of expansive cleans with plenty of headroom to begin with and a more compressed, slightly hairy sound at top volume.

The gain channel is tremendous: full of dirt, chewy thickness and harmonic richness. You’ll get plenty of mileage out of this channel by merely experimenting with the volume and gain levels.

There is also, for the first time on a Friedman amp, a built in DI with cab simulation for sending to an audio interface or front-of-house. This amp has loads to recommend it, not least one of the best high gain sounds we’ve ever gotten from such a small amp. This amp provides more clean headroom than the Runt 20 and the same superb gain.


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.


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

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.



Friedman Runt-50 1x12" Combo


All Tube - Assembled in USA


2 Channels

Total Power

50 Watts




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


Preamp Tubes

4 x 12AX7

Power Tubes

2 x EL-34


1 x 1/4" instrument


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


5 Years








31 lbs

Customer reviews

Overall Rating 5 (1 reviews)

Paul M. - 20/11/2020