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Pre-order limited run! Friedman JEL-20 Jake E Lee Signature 20 Watt Tube Guitar Amplifier Head - Black

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Limited Custom Run! Now offering the best selling Friedman JEL-20 Amplifier Head in Black!

Jake E. Lee ranks high on the shortlist of influential gunslinger guitarists that emerged as the heroes of a new generation in the early ‘80s. Best known for the burning guitar work and innovative songwriting, Lee contributed to two of Ozzy Osbourne's most revered albums, 1983’s Bark at the Moon and 1986’s Ultimate Sin.

With Ozzy, his post-Ozzy band, Badlands and most recently, with his own group, Red Dragon Cartel, Lee’s playing embraced the athleticism of the ‘80s while remaining firmly rooted in the hard rock fundamentals of the ‘70s. Jake’s tonal choices provide the evolutionary glue between the sonics of those two great eras.

Following the massively successful release of the limited edition JEL-100 signature head, Jake E Lee and Dave Friedman have teamed-up again again combined their legendary ears and talents to create the new Jake E. Lee 20 Head, a signature amplifier that offers Lee’s ultimate tones in a compact 20-watt package.

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 (the Jake E Lee) 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 taste. Dave (Friedman) has an innate understanding of where I’m coming from as a player and we’re alike in the way to 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!”

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.

The Jake E. Lee effects loop was specifically designed to take pedals well, especially boosts, ODs, phasers, flangers, tremolos, and wahs. 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. The rigid Baltic birch head cabinet is presented in a beautiful signature red Tolex with contrasting white piping.


• 20-Watt All-Tube Head
• Two Channels – Foot Switchable
• Assembled in the USA
• Custom Made Transformers
• 2 x EL84 Power Tubes
• 3 x 12AX7 Preamp Tubes
• JEL Channel - Gain, Master, Bass, Middle, Treble
• Push-Pull Hi/Lo Gain switch (JEL Channel Only)
• Plexi channel - Gain, Volume, Shared EQ and Bright Switch
• Global Presence Control
• Ultra-Transparent Series Effects Loop
• XLR Cab Simulated Output with Ground Lift, Axis and Level Switches
• You Can Record Without Your Speaker Connected.
• SAT Switch AddsGain, Compression &Saturation
• Single Button Foot Switch for Channel Selections
• 8 & 16 ohm Impedance Selector Switch
• Limited 5 Year Warranty
• Dimensions: 8.5" (D) x 18" (W) x 8.25" (H)
• Weight: 22 lbs