The JEL-20 is a 2-channel, EL-84 powered all-tube fire breather. In Lee’s own words, “this amp puts the two specific tones I use to create my sound in one head: The sweetness and warmth of a classic Plexi and the more aggressive slant of the master volume amps of the ‘80s -- all tweaked to my taste. Dave has an innate understanding of where I’m coming from as a player and we’re alike in the way we hear tones. Dave doesn’t hear things as a technician, he hears things like a musician, and that made him really easy to work with. I grew up in the ‘70s and those muscular, articulate rock tones were the tones I always sought, but I made a name for myself in the ‘80s when you needed a little more aggression and a little more scream. I’ve always tried to retain a little of that ‘70s heart and I still do, and that’s what this amp does -- though it’s got plenty more on tap if you need it!”
Jake’s tonal choices provide the evolutionary glue between the sonics of those two great eras. This new signature amplifier brings those tones in a user-friendly 20w package with features normally only found on the very highest end amplifiers. Dave Friedman has done it again.
Cab Simulated XLR
The Jake E. Lee 20 Head features 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 JEL-20 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.
Legendary Effects Loop
The ultra-transparent buffered, series effects loop takes time-based effects pedals and rack units equally well. This is the exact same FX loop Friedman uses on all its amplifiers including the legendary BE-100.
20-Watt All-Tube Head
Foot Switch included
Classic Tube Amp Configuration
3 x 12AX7 Preamp Tubes
Push-Pull Hi/Lo Gain switch
Ultra-Transparent Series Effects Loop