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Friedman Motor City Drive Tube Overdrive Pedal

$299.99

Built in the USA

Many pedals strive to emulate the tone and signal path of a tube using solid-state or digital circuitry.  The Friedman Motor City Drive has an actual high voltage (220 volt) driven 12AX7A preamp tube.  The result is a true natural feeling pedal, unlike any solid state-signal path pedal in production.  The 12AX7 naturally compresses, clips and adds more harmonically rich tone than most transistor or digital devices.  

Named after Dave Friedman's home town, the Motor City Drive delivers rich tube tone that takes you from light overdrive to rich higher gain tones, that sustains for days.
The wide-range gain knob allows you to dial in the right amount of saturation and distortion while the Bass, Midrange and Treble controls are a true tube preamp style tone stack.
Since tubes require more current to operate than transistors, this pedal requires a specific power supply source with at least 350-400mA of current.  If your power supply does not have this amount of juice, a universal 12V power supply is included.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 • 12AX7 Tube Overdrive Pedal
• Gain, Bass Middle, Treble and Volume Controls.
• True Bypass
• Included Universal 12V Power Supply
• Voltage Requirements: 9-12vDC - Minimum of 350-400mA of current
• Dimensions: 6" x 4.5" x 3"
• Weight: 1 lbs.

Dave Friedman is the man behind the signature tones of rock icons Eddie Van Halen, Steve Stevens and Jerry Cantrell. Dave has been building, modding and repairing amplifiers for many of the world’s biggest stars for the past 25 years. Friedman’s innovative designs and meticulous construction have made him legendary in the world of professional touring musicians while earning him a loyal clientele from all over the world. One of Friedman’s mainstays has been modifying amps to each player’s specific tonal palette, and to consult with other established amplifier companies to improve their own designs.

Dave Friedman’s extensive knowledge and pursuit of tonal superiority inspired him to develop his own series of production amplifiers under the name Friedman Amplification. In the past, having Friedman build or modify your amp required a certain level of notoriety, but now his sonic wizardry is available to everyday players.

Each Friedman amplifier is built in the U.S.A. to Dave's exacting standards using hand selected components. After a rigorous burn in process, Dave inspects, tubes, plays and signs the chassis of every amplifier before shipping.

ROOTS IN DETROIT
David Friedman was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.  On a recent trip home, the Friedman crew shot some footage, we’d like to share with you. Detroit is a city with a rich history, not exclusively, but especially, when it comes to music. So it’s no surprise that while growing up there David Friedman was inspired by Detroit’s heady music scene and it’s legacy.  Detroit has been the seat for so many iconic musicians that represent a wealth of genres, from the soul and R&B artists that gave it the nickname Motown, to blues, punk, hip hop, pop, rock and it’s even been cited as the birthplace of (believe it or not) electronic dance music. I n fact, it’s impossible to talk about American music history without prominently featuring Detroit.  In recent decades Detroit has fallen into decay and disrepair.  But the heart and soul of Detroit are it’s people, who are unwavering in the task of rebuilding it, and who are certain that it can return to the greatness for which it was once known.  This video includes shots of downtown Detroit, including the community-based art installation the Heidelberg project and , Motor City Guitar in Waterford, MI, which is owned by Dave’s childhood best friend. Beyond the images of deteriorating and forgotten places, you can see the gleam of hope, nowhere does it shine brighter than in Detroit.  After all it’s the place whose motto, written in 1805, is: “Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus”.
 

 



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