“IR-X isn't simulating a Friedman tube preamp. It is one”: This new pedal amp puts boutique tube tone on your ’board – for under $500

Friedman IR-X pedal amp
(Image credit: Friedman Amplification)

Recently, players have been spoiled for choice when it comes to pedal amps. However, boutique builder Friedman has unveiled an enticing new option that combines 12AX7 tube tones with IR and power amp simulation – and does it all at a highly tempting price point.

Friedman Amps was founded by modder and amp guru Dave Friedman. The firm that bears his name is predominantly known for its Marshall-style tube builds, beloved by the likes of Jerry Cantrell and Steve Stevens.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.