Up for sale, a Friedman Runt 20 guitar amplifier head in near mint condition and in perfect working order. The Runt is a 20-watt all tube head that delivers Friedman's legendary tone and versatility in a compact two-channel amp. The power section is driven by a pair of EL-84s, with three 12AX7s in the preamp. The head features smooth black tolex, Baltic Birch construction, gold piping, and an offset faceplate evoking a JTM 45.
The "simple" Clean channel features a Clean Volume knob and 3-position Bright switch that delivers a range from pristine sparkle to barking bite, while the Overdrive channel transitions from classic rock crunch to all-out saturated assault, with a Boost switch and Gain knob to tailor the level of drive to taste. A global Presence control shapes the high-frequency response of the Runts power section, and the channels are governed by a three band EQ.
The Runt delivers a tight bottom end and midrange that belies the amp’s compact size and low wattage by utilizing custom transformers and the cleanest signal path possible. Harmonically rich and detailed, the Runt 20 is ideal for a broad range of genres. Additionally, the amp cleans up exceptionally well with a guitar’s volume knob, even with the amp on higher gain settings.
This is the first amp built by Dave Friedman 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 the ultra-transparent, buffered, series effects loop takes time-based effects pedals and rack units equally well.