Friedman crams its Smallbox amp head into a pedal

Friedman Smallbox Overdrive
(Image credit: Friedman)

Since 2014, the 50-watt Smallbox has been a staple of Friedman's amp head lineup, offering a plethora of British-voiced tones from vintage Plexi to high-gain. And now, in welcome news for overdrive pedal enthusiasts, the California company has reimagined the amp in a compact stompbox format.

Boasting the same control set as the amp version, the Smallbox Overdrive pedal features volume, gain and presence knobs, as well as a three-band EQ with bass, mid and treble dials.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.