Friedman ASM-12 500-watt 1x12" Active Modeler / Profiler Monitor

500-watt, 1x12" Full-range Powered Extension Cabinet, with Tilt-back Design, 12" LF Driver, and 1.75" HF Driver
Friedman ASM-12 500-watt 1x12
Friedman ASM-12 500-watt 1x12
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Friedman Quality Tone for Your Modeler

The Friedman ASM-12 active amplifier modeler/profiler monitor lets you get great live guitar tone through your amp modeling devices. Many of today's amp emulations create spot-on replications to a real amp, but one thing that simply can't be modeled is the feel of a real speaker pushing air. With the ASM-12, you can run your digital emulations into it for the unmistakable sound and feel of a real speaker filling the room. Play through the Friedman ASM-12 and get the most out of your amp modeling devices.

Friedman quality

The name Friedman Amplification is synonymous with high-quality electric guitar products. Dave Friedman has been building and modding gear for some of the most respected names in electric guitar for years. Seeing a trend toward using direct modeled signals onstage, Mr. Friedman answered the call with the ASM-12 active amplifier modeler/profiler monitor. You can have all of the attention to detail, amazingly accurate tone, and premium components that Friedman is known for in an onstage amp for your modeling-based rig.

Class-G amplifier that's anything but digital

At the heart of the ASM-12 is an analog 500-watt bi-Amp Class G power amplifier. This amp design, proprietary to Friedman Amplification, delivers rich, full tone and a wide frequency response. This allows the ASM-12 to not only be used as a guitar stage monitor, but it's also suited for backline, or even as your main PA speaker. And the 500-watt power rating should be enough for almost any situation where you need it to perform.

Low-profile onstage design

Though the ASM-12 can be used in a myriad of ways, it's tilt-back design lends itself to sitting on the floor in front of you, delivering your carefully-dialed guitar tones right to your ears. The benefits of this are two-fold. Instead of your tone hitting the back of your legs (like many amp designs have done for years) you'll hear your sound as it comes out of the speaker. Plus, it looks right at home and is unobtrusive on a performance stage. It'll sit quite happily right next to your main stage monitor.

Friedman ASM-12 Active Guitar Monitor Features:

  • Active modeler/profiler monitor
  • Tuned for guitar with a 12" Celestion speaker
  • Plenty of headroom with 500-watts of power
  • Tilt-back floor monitor design brings the sound to you
  • Line-level out lets you add more monitors
  • Can be pole mounted for use as a PA speaker
  • Durable birch construction

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
Live Sound Monitor Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 500W
Speaker Size 1 x 12"
Inputs 1 x XLR
Outputs 1 x XLR
Height 26.5"
Width 16.5"
Depth 16"
Weight 52 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number ASM-12

Customer Reviews

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Finally found the perfect modeling amp

I have been slightly disappointed with my Axe fx2 that I have owned for 3 years. It is an amazing preamp but I cod never get that true biting growling guitar tone. I first purchased a Mackie dlm12 then jbl srx812p finally I heard a local hotshot guitarist was using the Friedman asm12 and he is known for his tone so I decided to try this. I received mine last week and i have finally found the perfect guitar tone. This Friedman brings out the awesome tones of the axe fx 2 the celestion speaker really makes a difference. it's built like a tank, a bit heavy but that's a small sacrifice for such a great tone

Friedman ASM 12

This FRFR sounds great! Looks great to! Love it!


I've had the ASM-12 for one month now. Each time I fire it up I'm happier and happier with this choice. First thank you to my sales engineer Chris Sonia for giving me the final detail I needed to make my decision. The only other FRFR solution I was looking at was the CLR and after playing my Axe FX II + through the ASM for a month now, I know I made the right choice. The sound is stunning for any amp I've dialed in. I was previously using only my HD650 headphones to enjoy my axe because I felt the sound replication of my studio monitors was good it also sounded a bit sterile. The ASM has the quality of sound you want to put in front of your expense amp sim hands down. Touch, sound, close your eyes and you'll think you've got a 100 of the most amazing amp rigs on the planet right next to you.

Friedman ASM-12

I was a little reluctant to make such a costly didn't seem like much for the money, but to my very surprise I received it from my Sweetwater friends and wow! I was totally blown away! This cabinet sounds amazing! Worth the investment, sounds great! If you don't have one get one you won't be disappointed! Thank you!
Music background: Worship Leader,guitarist,singer,songwriter

Extremely pleased ! Worth the money

I'm blown away with this baby!. I have had it for a little over a month and ran my eleven rack, line 6 pod 500 hdx and Roland gr55 through it and the tones I am getting blows away any of the amps I ran them through. You can hear distincly the difference in amp models making dialing in the tone your looking for a lot easier and accurately .. I used it in my home studio and in a small club with a max occupancy of 200 The power was there and my tone easily sat well in the mix. The unit is heavy as others mention but I'm okay with that. The handle location for me is okay seems easier to pick up verses other monitors I have used with the handle on top. Thanks to my sales engineer Randy for the solid recommendations this is a home run.
Music background: Amature guitarist / home studio enthusiast

Sweetwater Advice

Jozy Franco

I use an Axe-Fx preamp to play music ranging from classical to metal. It was hard to find a speaker cabinet to go with it, but after sifting through countless options, I found the Friedman ASM12. This powered cabinet matches my preamp perfectly! It delivers the wide and accurate dynamic range I need, without sacrificing tone. It's also a real plus that I can use it as a stage monitor or as a loudspeaker.
See also: Amp Cabinets, Friedman, Friedman Guitar Amp Cabinets, Friedman Stage Monitors