Before he was 20, David Friedman moved to California to pursue a career in music.
Long before the first amp with the Friedman logo was ever produced, he came to Los Angeles
and started his first job in the music industry, equipment cartage, and he moved along a rising trajectory,
hitting milestones, meeting and working with rock stars and marking off achievements along
the way. Talent is of course important to these outcomes, drive and passion, but so are the
formative experiences which Dave always credits for his success. A lot of things helped him not
just get the Friedman brand to where it is, but just inspire him to move across the country in
the first place, to find his purpose – first on the Sunset Strip and then the unlikely home of tone,
North Hollywood, in the San Fernando Valley.
Growing up outside of Detroit, he went to a lot of concerts, picked up a guitar and developed
an appreciation for rock, all of which influenced his career choices. He did a lot of this with his
childhood best friend, Marty Minui who Dave describes was almost like a brother to him, so
much time was spent at one another’s home and in the company of the other’s family. Dave
went on to Los Angeles, got a job doing equipment cartage, working with Andy Brauer Studio
Rentals, then Make’n Music and eventually launched Rack Systems, and Marty started his own
business – Motor City Guitar. Located about half an hour northwest of Detroit in Waterford, MI,
Motor City Guitar is like a giant candy store for musicians, with all imaginable gear and
accessories, all there behind the two huge crossed guitars adorning the front entrance. Motor
City Guitar is a unique retail destination, that serves the community with knowledgeable,
passionate staff and Marty’s exemplary guidance. Dave and Marty ended up on two sides of the
same industry – Dave founding the Friedman brand and manufacturing exceptional gear, and
Marty providing a stellar experience for the retail customer. Now Motor City Guitar carries the
Friedman product line and things have come full circle.
We wanted to bring you a few words from these two old friends and great successes in their
specific arenas, having gained extraordinary knowledge from years of experience and brought
together, then and now, by a shared passion. And if you’re in the Detroit area, be sure to attend
the October 27th clinic at Motor City Guitar, featuring Dave and Friedman artist Steve Stevens.
Blood, Sweat & Tubes Fall 2018 Clinic Tour
We’re excited to share that this month Dave Friedman is headed to select cities in the Northeast and Midwest to conduct in-store clinics with Friedman retailers. Dave will be joined at each stop by Friedman artist Sammy Boller, and on limited dates by Steven Stevens (see below for full info) to help demo and discuss products. Each clinic is an opportunity to find out more about Friedman products and get insights into Dave’s design inspiration and process, get in-depth knowledge about our newest releases and hear some killer playing! The clinic tour is falling right between two new pedal releases, the Gold-72 Wah which is available now, and the Golden Pearl, coming next month. Dave will be discussing these pedals as well as other new and established products, so get your questions ready! We’re starting out in Cleveland on October 13th, and traveling East from there, then heading to Chicago and ending in Dave’s hometown, Detroit. We’re called these store visits the Blood, Sweat & Tubes clinic tour because that encapsulates the work & passion Dave puts into Friedman every day, and we can’t wait to bring it out to all of you.
What to Expect
The schedule, including dates, times and locations is below, but we strongly recommend that you contact your retailer for information such as RSVP’s, arrival times and anything else you may need to know about the event. Each clinic will be about 2 hours long, and will include a performance by the Friedman artist(s) in attending, a Q&A, Product Spotlight and Meet & Greet, AND a Raffle/Giveaway.
12AX7 TUBE POWERED PEDAL!
Designed by legendary tone guru Dave Friedman, the Motor City Drive utilizes an actual high-voltage (220-volt) 12AX7A preamp tube to deliver a fantastically smooth, organic feel. The 12AX7 tube naturally compresses, clips and adds complexity to create a 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 with incredible sustain.
12AX7 TUBE POWERED PEDAL!
Designed by legendary tone guru Dave Friedman, the Fuzz Fiend utilizes an actual high-voltage (220-volt) 12AX7A preamp tube to deliver a fantastically smooth, organic feel. The 12AX7 tube naturally compresses, clips and adds complexity to create a more harmonically rich tone than most transistor or digital devices.
PROFESSIONAL ISOLATED HIGH-CURRENT 9V PEDAL POWER SUPPLY!
The Power Grid 10 offers ten isolated outputs and delivers super-quiet 9v power – a professional turnkey solution that includes all necessary cables. Designed by renowned tone guru Dave Friedman, the Power Grid addresses the deficiencies Dave encountered with power supplies from other brands during his 27-year history of designing and building pedalboards for the world’s biggest touring guitarists and studio producers.
Alright ladies n' gents, it's that time, GIVEAWAY! Friedman Amplification & Premier Guitar are proudly giving away a full Buxom Betty stack (head & combo) to one lucky winner. Best part, it is FREE to enter!
This is a $3299.00 + value, included to the winner in additional is Buxom Betty Rack-Jack wall hanger, an item exclusive to this contest.
Contest begins 7/21/2015 & ends 09/21/2015.
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That's right, the biggest giveaway in Friedman history ends today at noon! We are giving away a Buxom Betty head & a Buxom Betty matching 1x12 cabinet autographed by Dave Friedman. The contest is free to all, worldwide, no restrictions. It is quick & easy to enter, because the contest is almost over now. Here is your chance to walk away with a new Friedman Amplification rig, for FREE!!!! Enter before time is up!
Bill Kelliher of the band Mastodon performed last night on Jimmy Kimmel live, showcasing two of his Friedman 4x12 vintage cabinets & playing his BE-100 head. Check out the video of the band performing 'The Motherload' below.
Guitarist Sean Ashe demos the new Friedman Amplification Small Box 50 amplifier with his Anderson Angel guitar in this new demo video. Sean adds 'Definitely my personal favorite amp that I've played. It's extremely responsive to what you do and how you play, and very versatile. Also, the 'biggest' sound I've ever had, and big is good! :) '
Friedman Amplification would officially like to welcome guitar virtuoso Wes Hauch to the team as one of our newest artists. Wes will be playing the JJ-100 & matching cab out on tour with Thy Art is Murder as well as in the studio this year with his band Glass Casket. Welcome on board Wes! Official photos & video coming soon. (Photo credit Thomas Savage)
Wow I can hardly believe it has been as long as it has since NAMM ended, but we survived, how about you? We had such an amazing time getting to know & hang out with all of you. It was such a tremendous pleasure seeing new faces, old friends...there was so much talent! Now begins the long process of editing through all of the NAMM video/audio/photography footage & putting together something special for all of you to feast your eyes & ears upon.
The new website is up & running now folks, feel free to check back regularly as new/updated content will be added daily as well as new product photos/videos/demos/manuals. Enjoy & let us know what you think.