Looking for Classic Amp that delivers a classic tone in a portable package?

by Christopher Volpini on February 11, 2019

 A constant challenge for musicians is getting gear to the gig in small cars or public transportation. Instruments are not usually very cumbersome, but amplifiers can be a bear. As technology advances, companies are beginning to meet the demand for smaller gig-worthy amplifiers that don’t sacrifice the depth of tone provided by tubes. Enter the Friedman Runt 50 1X12.



 This is a 112/50Watt combo amp voiced with a Celestion G12M Creamback. It has 2 channels, 2 EL-34s and 4 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section. The Clean channel has a volume, bass, treble, and a 3 way bright switch that offers a variance that can get a desired tone out of any guitar. The Lead channel has a gain, bass, middle, treble and master volume and an added boost. There is also a presence knob that moves across both channels. Just in case you need someplace to go after 10, or if you’re just a big fan of Spinal Tap, this amp does indeed go to 11.

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 A notable aspect of this amp is that the lead channel does not have a volume. Friedman designed this amp for players to set the Master volume to the desired level on the Lead channel, and adjusting the clean channel volume accordingly. It also has that completely transparent effects loop, XLR out, foot switch jack, and an Axis control to change the angle of the mic to the amp cabinet. Every room is different and this Axis control allows you to get more adjustability and get your tone in every room.


This is a classic amp that delivers a classic tone in a more portable package. Weighing in at around 50 lbs, it is easily transported and has a manageable stage footprint. This all comes in handy when the club owner shoves you in a corner next to the DJ booth.

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