Friedman Amplifiers was one of the stands that everyone was watching at last year’s NAMM Show. That repeated itself this this time around, with this boutique amp builder branching out into pedals and even guitars. So, what did they have new for 2017?
The Friedman Facebook page has a few teaser images of new products on their stand for this year, but as yet no official details are listed on the company website. We will have to wait and see exact specifications, which will probably be announced when all the craziness of NAMM dies down.
What we do know is they have only released two new amps at the show. One of those is a 1×10″ combo version of the delicately named Pink Taco. Of course, I can confidently predict it will sound good, as I bought one of the PT 20 heads last year and they are really versatile.
I can imagine the new combo will have all the tones that I am used to, just in a neat combo format. They appear to be using the Celestion G10 Greenback speaker, which should sound pretty sweet.
Firedmann are also producing a mini-Dirty Shirley with the same 10″ speaker in a combo format as well. Again, they have already released great amps as an amp head format, which should translate into a popular combo.
Valve Dirt Box
The new Fuzz Fiend pedal was also shown at their booth. As yet, no real details have emerged, so we will update you when more information becomes available. All we know is that this is a red, valve-driven fuzz pedal with Fuzz, Bass, Middle, Treble and Volume controls as well as two footswitches. It looks nice and can self-oscillate apparently.
The Motor City Drive is their fat, warm overdrive pedal and has a very classic, almost ’70s rock sound to it. The Buxom Boost is also to be made available this year, with a 3 band EQ. It looks like Dave Friedmann has been a very busy man indeed.
We also hear Friedman has been working on three new, two-tiered pedal boards for 2017 and some sort of buffer bay for the instruments’ inputs and outputs. Power supplies are going to be offered, too. Dave Friedman is already known for making bespoke power supplies and pedal boards, as his career started out in that field before the company really took off with its amps.
Now, then! Here come the guitars. We all knew Friedman has been dabbling with making guitars for some time now, but it looks like full production is due to begin in 2017. Below is an image taken from Friedman’s Facebook page showing a plethora of Twin Humbucker Custom Tele style guitars called the Vintage-T that comes in a variety of of new finishes for 2017.
Designed in a collaboration with Grover Jackson, there are also two other new models being released this year which are not in the picture. One is called the Cali and is a hot rodded Super Strat-style guitar with a pair of humbuckers and a Floyd Rose. Then there’s and a set-neck carved top single-cut called the Metro D, which sounds like Friedman’s take on a Les Paul.
I’m looking forward to hearing more details next week and I will, of course, keep you all up to date as soon as I find out. For now, just drool over the photos and check out the video below for a few details from Dave himself.