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Manufacturer's ID: Runt 20 Head
What we say:
Guitarists looking for Dave Friedman’s incredible overdrives and high gain sounds in a portable package should check out the Runt 20 head post haste! You’ll be surprised at how much tone and power comes from this small 20 watt head, 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 head.
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 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.
The Runt was 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. The head cabinet features beautiful black Tolex, with Baltic Birch construction, and is built to withstand the rigors of the road.
FRIEDMAN RUNT-20 HEAD AT A GLANCE:
- From clean to legendary Friedman lead tone
- XLR Cabinet Simulated Output
- Play silently - do not need to connect a cab
- Ultra-transparent, buffered, series effects loop
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.