Friedman Mini Dirty Shirley DS-20
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Friedman Mini Dirty Shirley DS-20

(5 Ratings)
  • Technology: Valve
  • Power: 20 W
  • Channels: 1
  • Gain Levels: 3
  • EQ: Bass/mids/treble
  • Inserts: Series
  • Pre Amp Valves: 3x 12AX7
  • Power Amp Valves: 2x EL84
  • Impedance: 8/16 ohms
  • Dimensions: 45,1 x 21 x 20,3
  • Weight: 8,9 kg
  • Country of Origin: Handwired in USA
  • Gain Taper Switch (3 Gain steps)

Friedman Mini Dirty Shirley DS-20 · Guitar Amp Head

The Mini Dirty Shirley DS-20 Guitar Amp Head is an ultra-phat sounding classic rock amp. According to "Premier Guitar" The Friedman Dirty Shirley sounds like "Jimmy Page on the first Led Zeppelin recordings". The idea for this amplifier was on one of our visits to the United States. At the LA Amp Show, after two inspiring drinks, it was clear that this thought had to be put into action! 6 weeks later Dave Friedman announced that he had managed to plant the sound of the great Dirty Shirley in this mini format. Initially planned as a limited edition for Music Produktiv, the first amplifiers were delivered. The global response to this Amp Head was so overwhelming however that the Mini Shirley is now available as a standard model of the USA Handwired series.

The Friedman Dirty Shirley is the ultimate classic rock amp that covers everything from beautifully shimmering clean sounds over vintage style crunch sounds ála Led Zepplin, ZZ Top and Van Halen to smashing fat lead sounds simply by using the volume of the guitar or the pick dynamic on the strings.

The initial initiator of this small Friedman sound miracle is the Dirty Shirley DS-40, a quasi Marshall JTM45 with master volume. Unlike the bigger brother, the Gain Taper Switch determines where the journey is going, 3 gain levels are available. The diversity of sounds ranging from crunchy shimmering clean sounds to impressive dynamic Vintage crunch tones, Classic Rock and singing smacking lead sounds. There's no way to get a "bad" sound out of this Amp.


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Mean little devil

Erik Bech on 17.08.2016

The 20 watt is more then enough for club gigs, also if you set it to clean. I've had it for 2 weeks now and used it on 3 gigs and it sounds and feels fantastic. And with less than 10 kg you back is happy.

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Vintage to Classic to Modern Rock amp

Littlehandsaysitstimetorockandroll! on 23.02.2016

A very exciting amp to use! Put in the hard work practising and you'll easily be rewarded with superb tones from this little amp!

The gain 'voicing' switch works very well, especially combined with different guitars like the Esquire, LP Junior and Super Strat. I'm really happy the master control hasn't been too harsh for low volume practise, it doesn't sound thin when playing quietly.

The build quality is very nice, and I'm sure dropping it down the stairs wouldn't do anything to it at all! I won't be doing this!

I'd say it's the best value Friedman amp out there and this moment in time. Maybe they will update the PT-20 (Pink Taco) to have a 3 way gain switch to make it a bit more 'flexible' but I haven't tried that one yet!

Overall I'd happily buy it again and I am very tempted to shift some gear to do so!

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Andreas on 19.02.2016

Ich hatte vom Hype um die Friedman-Amps gehört und mich dann entschlossen, die Wahrheit rauszufinden. Also bei MP einen Mini Dirty Shirley bestellt, an die Bogner 1x12 gehängt und eingestöpselt. Zunächst mit einer Strat, Gain-Switch am Amp in der Mittelstellung. Ich habe selten einen so organischen Cleansound gehört. Dann mit einer Les Paul in den weiteren Gainstufen: Rockt wie die Sau. Übrigens auch leise, dank des sehr guten Mastervolumes. Perfekt - trotzdem bin ich sauer. Warum? Weil ich eigentlich nur eine Bestätigung wollte, dass Friedman Amps total überbewertet sind. Nein, sind sie leider nicht. Und ich muss jetzt zu Hause mit der besten Ehefrau von allen klären, warum ich die kleine schmutzige Shirley nicht zurückschicken kann.

This item was given an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. In total, 3 reviews were submitted. The comments are not the opinion of Musik Produktiv, they are the subjective opinions of our customers. 2 ratings exist without a text or these reviews are written in another language.
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