Friedman Pink Taco 20-watt 1-channel Tube Head

1-channel, 20-watt Guitar Tube Amplifier Head with 3-band EQ, EL84 Power Tubes, and Effects Loop
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Big British Tone in a Small Package

From years of amp modding and repair experience, Friedman Amplification's Pink Taco all-tube single-channel amplifier head brings you the best of classic British amps in a compact package. Don't let the small footprint of this amp fool you — it has massive tone ranging from warm cleans to molten metal. The Pink Taco has all the punch, sustain, and tone you'd expect from a vintage British amp without the harshness. Powered by a duet of EL84 power tubes, Friedman Amplification's extremely versatile Pink Taco tube amp head is a must-have when you need that classic British sound.

Classic British amp tones in a small package

Loaded with a pair of EL84 power tubes — a favorite of Sweetwater's rock players — and a trio of 12AX7 preamp tubes, the Friedman Pink Taco head delivers smooth cleans, crunchy rhythm, and blazing solo tones that will handle any gig. A 3-position switch lowers your overall gain structure — the highest setting delivers the Pink Taco's original sound while the lower two yield phenomenal vintage-tinged tones. The response and sensitivity of this amp are amazing. When you're rocking out and need to clean up your tone, just roll back your guitar's volume and keep playing.

Handbuilt for exceptional tone

All Friedman Amplification products are handwired to exacting specs to give you amazing tones every time you play. Premium components and attention to detail ensure that your Pink Taco amp head will deliver the sound you want and need onstage or in the studio. It doesn't matter what type of music you're into, a premium, handbuilt Friedman amp has the tonal palette you need to create the sound you're after.

Dave Friedman: amp guru to the pros

For over 25 years, Dave Friedman has been tweaking, building, and repairing amps for some of the biggest names in music. His legendary reputation among touring musicians has gained him a loyal clientele including the likes of Eddie Van Halen, Steve Stevens, Jerry Cantrell, and more. Dave has created his own production amp line utilizing his sought-after skills and talents. Now you can get the same legendary amp tones as the pros with a Friedman Amplification amplifier from Sweetwater.

Friedman Amplification Pink Taco Guitar Amplifier Head Features:

  • Versatile 20-watt, 1-channel all-tube amplifier with British voicing
  • An ideal amp for blues, rock, and metal
  • Dial in your sound with the 3-band EQ
  • 3-position gain structure switch for toggling between modern and vintage tones
  • Powered by 2 x EL84 power tubes and 3 x 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • Handwired amplifier built using premium components including custom transformers and capacitors
  • Dual speaker outputs let you use up to 2 speaker cabs
  • Ultra-transparent effects loop for your favorite pedals

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
Friedman Amps
Friedman PT-20 Tube Amplifier Review by Sweetwater Sound

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 20W
EQ 3-band
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x EL84
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 3 x 1/4" (Speaker)
Effects Loop Yes
Height 8.25"
Width 17.75"
Depth 8"
Weight 19.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number PT Head

Customer Reviews

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Excellent AMP

Purchased this AMP after reading reviews and reviewing YouTube demos. I always expect less than what I find online review wise; however, this is a true exception. Friedman knocks this out of the park. The PT-20 with the three way toggle switch is a monster of an amp. It howls at the wind with mystical tones reminiscent of Marshall amps for years gone by. It can also clean up nicely contrary to what many things I have read stated. It sounds great with single coils, or humbuckers, and just loves classic rock with a hint of modern edge. Everything I could have hoped for and more. Highly recommended! This head can get lean and mean. I have it paired with a Celestion Gold and a Celestion Vintage 30 in a 2 X 12 cab. Two of my favorite speakers. Definitely will be strongly considering another Friedman AMP in the future! Rock on!!

Unbelievably Great

Never have I ever achieved the kind of tone I have with this amp and although I thought I was doing good with various other amps and effects through the years I really didn't know much about the classic Plexi/Higher Gain Marshall sounds, mostly because I figured they were all too loud for my purposes. Anyway long story longer is this amp achieved better tone to all of the classic rock stuff I have been playing with no pedals or anything. The three way switch really adds a lot of flexibility and I found myself loving the middle gain selection set to around 9 and then use of my guitar volume to clean things up. I wound up sending it back after having read that the Smallbox 50 was even better at low volumes but I have to say don't believe that because the PT-20 was much better at lower volumes through my open back 1 x 12 Cabinet loaded with a Celestian Creamback (Alnico). I'm keeping the Smallbox because at louder volumes I can tell it's going to be better than the PT-20 however I wish I could keep them both. If you are looking for something primarily for the bedroom and like me are wondering between the PT-20 and anything more powerful then I would strongly recommend the PT-20. There is a tonal difference betwen the PT-20's EL84s and the SB-50s EL34s and I am sure that at louder live playing situations the PT-20 may leave some wanting more but don't get me wrong it is plenty loud even without driving the output tubes and so it really is incredibly awesome and versatile. Search the web fro Freddy Hau and Pink Taco and listen to the tone he's getting, there can be no doubt.

One Hell of an Amp!

When I picked up the Sweetwater box off the front porch my first thought was, "This is too light". "There can't be a tube head in here". Sure enough, upon opening the outer box and packing material I found a beautiful little gem of an amp head. I own a Friedman PT112 cab but it's being used as part of another rig with a 65 Ventura and an ISP subwoofer so I plugged it in and connected it to a Mesa Boogie Mini Rectifier cab with a single Vintage 30 12" Celestian. I followed the instructions to the letter and also watched the Sweetwater video review. I tried a bunch of different settings on two guitars. A 2005 PRS 20th Anniversary 22 and my 77 Strat. WEvery setting I tried was incredible with either guitar and the PT20 brought out a side of my Strat I have never heard before. The articulation and sensitivity to pick attack make this one a true musical instrument. So light, so simple and so much fun to play.
Music background: Guitarist, singer, songwriter.

Tonal Bliss

The pink taco head is amazing. Huge sound in a small box. I would highly recommend this head to anyone who is serious about there guitar tone. Friedman amps are amazing !!!!!!!!

Incredible Amp

This really is an amazing amp like all of the other reviewers confirm, so I won't spend as much time on those positive aspects. Instead, here are a few pieces of useful information that might not have been covered yet. The PT-20 head I received has the new for 2016 updated 3-way gain stage switch like the Dirty Shirley Mini. Nice, unexpected feature. This amp actually has a really nice clean tone, especially on the new low gain setting. I feel like this toggle can also let you swim in different decades of rich, full plexi gain. Dave Friedman just keeps getting it right amp after amp, mod after mod. He's nailed the recipe for awesome tone partly by keeping the EQ ranges dialed into the sweet spot. No extreme transients to keep dialing out. No need for resonance or presence controls on this amp. Another angle I wanted to touch on was speakers that were used for play through. I swapped out four Celestion speakers (2 made in England, 2 made in China) into a 1X12 closed-back cabinet for comparison purposes. My signal chain was a PRS Studio with a 57/08 bridge humbucker, and an Asterope cable. I believe that two of these speakers were used in an online video review for speaker comparisons, but I felt a few words about comparing all four might benefit someone out there. So, the four speakers used were the EVH Blackback (15 ohm), Greenback (8 ohm), G12H-30 70th Anniversary (16 ohm), and Vintage 30 (16 ohm). The EVH sounded best for clear chords with the bass below noon, and gain not more than 75%. The Greenback had more clarity, and sounded great at lower to medium gain settings without any harsh treble frequencies. Both of the heavy magnet speakers, the G12H-30 and the Vintage 30, brought rich, full clarity, along with the thump. No harsh frequencies, both clean and dirty, and more of everything good. I'd have to give the all around nod to the Vintage 30. It just seems to be the best voiced speaker for this amp, out of these four, in a 1X12 setup. A combination of two of these, in a 2X12, could be sweet for both vintage warmth and modern tight bass. Bottom line, there is not a bad sound to be found here, just increasing levels of good. A guitarist's jackpot. I can't wait to explore the transparent effects loop. Much thanks to Ed Needler and the Sweetwater staff for next day delivery. My experience with Sweetwater service has always been first class.
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