Friedman Small Box 50-watt 1x12" Tube Combo Amp

50-watt 2-channel All-tube Guitar Combo Amplifier with Custom Transformers, 3-band EQ, Line Out, and Effects Loop
Friedman Small Box 50-watt 1x12
Friedman Small Box 50-watt 1x12
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Big British Tone in a 1x12" Combo!

Friedman Amplification's Small Box is an all-tube, 2-channel combo amplifier that brings you the best of British Plexi tones in a ready-to-rock package. The Small Box has all of the punch, sustain, and tone you'd expect from a vintage British amp without the unwanted harshness. The sensitivity and response of this amp will blow your mind. You can clean up or dirty up your tone with the twist of your guitar's volume knob. Powered by a pair of EL34 power tubes, Friedman Amplification's extremely versatile Small Box combo tube amplifier is a must-have when you need that classic British sound.

Friedman Amplification Small Box Combo Guitar Amplifier at a Glance:
  • Big British sound in a versatile amp
  • Handbuilt for exceptional tone
  • Dave Friedman: amp guru to the pros
Big British sound in a versatile amp

When you're looking for versatile Plexi amp tones, the Friedman Small Box combo amp is the way to go. Loaded with EL34 power tubes - a favorite of Sweetwater's rock players - and 12AX7 preamp tubes, this amp delivers smooth cleans, crunchy rhythm, and Friedman's famous high-gain tones that will handle any gig. With 50 watts of all-tube power, the Friedman Small Box combo gives you killer classic rock tones through a single 12" Celestion Creamback speaker. Two separate channels let you create your ideal rhythm and lead tones. A global presence control and 3-position bright switch on the clean channel let you further tweak your tone to perfection. The response and sensitivity of this amp is amazing. When you're rocking out and need to clean up your tone, just roll back your guitar's volume and keep playing. No channel switching or amp knob twisting needed. Players ranging from Neal Schon to Billy Duffy to Chris Shiflett use the Friedman Amplification Small Box on tour and in the studio. If you're looking for the ultimate modded-Plexi sound, this is the amp!

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 Small Box combo amp 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 Amplifications amplifier from Sweetwater.

Friedman Amplification Small Box Combo Guitar Amplifier Features:
  • Versatile 50-watt, 2-channel all-tube combo amplifier with British voicing
  • An ideal amp for blues, rock, and metal
  • 1 x 12" Celestion Creamback speaker
  • Dial in your sound 3-band EQ and presence control
  • Handwired amplifier built using premium components including custom transformers and capacitors
  • 3-position bright switch lets you tweak your tone to perfection
  • Dual speaker outputs let you use up to 2 speaker cabs
  • Line-out with level control for feeding a mixer or recorder
  • Ultra-transparent effects loop for your favorite pedals
  • Includes single button footswitch
Rock the stage with the 50-watt Friedman Amplification Small Box combo guitar amp!

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Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 50W
Speaker Size 1 x 12"
EQ 3-band
Preamp Tubes 2 x EL34
Power Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Inputs 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (Footswitch)
Outputs 2 x 1/4" (Speaker), 1 x 1/4" (Line)
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 22"
Width 24.25"
Depth 9.5"
Weight 52.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Small Box Combo

Customer Reviews

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The one!

This is it. They tone chasing ends. Very simple amp but sounds so good. You haven't lived until you jam on a plexi style clean channel with the gain cranked. And to be able to go for some higher gain and searing solos with the 2nd channel is a bonus! This amp is so quiet, no hum or hiss, and my pedals in the loop have never sounded better. No more overdrive or distortion pedals needed. Maybe just to hit once in a while for a solo . Don't know what else to say , but like most people I've been through many amps which makes it easier to know when you've found the one. This is it! Expensive ? Yes. But if I found this years ago it would have saved me a ton of money. Go for it !
Music background: 30+ years

Baddest Combo Around

Ok so over the years I have played a lot of amps and have recently settled on playing combos under 20 watts as I am mainly a basement player. More recently I have been buying so many upper end guitars such as Gibson's Historic line and a few Fender CS Strats that I wanted to try something that would really rip and instead of skimping on an amp and buying another guitar I decided to drop the coin on one of these bad boys. I couldn't be happier. I'll be honest, they're not cheap. I usually wouldn't spend this much on an amp. However this was 100% worth it. Classic Plexi tone on Clean and crunch on gain. Bright switch can make it sound like a Fender or VOX. The gain is what you've come to expect out of Friedman. The amount of tone control you get my actually using the volume and tone controls on the guitar is unmatched. Never experienced such a change in tone. Loud as all hell, built like a tank and great looking. I put it on a tilted stand to get it off the ground and it sounded even better. By far the best amp I have ever played and would buy another if I needed to, however I won't since Friedman has a lifetime warranty. Props to Dave for building quality amps and to Chris Carter my rep for getting me one. If you're looking at this and thinking, don't hesitate and just go buy it. Worth every penny.
Music background: Guitar Player 5 years-Late Starter

Freidman Small Box combo rocks

Only the price knocks this down 1/2 point in my mind. It may be a bit early for me to rate this amp, as I am still in the romance stage of the relationship, but I love this amp. The plexi/clean chanel gets plenty clean, but like another review I saw, I like the gain cranked and if I a need bit cleaner tone, I roll off my guitar volume a bit. The higher gain chanel is great too, but the plexi with a simple tube screamer in front of it works great for classic rock. I haven't tried all my other overdrive pedals yet. The effects loop works well, and this amp has all the volume I will ever need at any gig I will play. At 52 lbs, it isn't too heavy. I play bars and parties /classic rock, and i'm 55, so I've got plenty of experience with lots of gear throughout the years. Never had an amp this expensive, but I had a Boogie Mark II C plus, 68' Fender Vibrolux, Bassman's, 70's Marshall 50 watt combo (which is closest to the Friedman) etc. This Friedman is keeper, and will likely be my go to amp till death do us part. The note articulation is superb. As long as you play cleanly, it sounds great. Mistakes are amplified/stick out more too though. I record my band rehearsals, and I notice just how consistent/pure my tone is vs my other rig. You get what you pay for with this amp. When i'm on, I sound better with this amp and it motivates me to want to play. If I'm not feeling it, or sloppy, it is also apparent. Can't have too many beers at the gig!
Music background: Local ocasional gigging, 35 yrs of experience
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