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Friedman Vintage Collection Plex 50-Watt Amplifier Head


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From Friedman:

The PLEX is a “verbatim sonic-twin” of Dave’s all-time favorite amplifier – that special ‘68 JMP. Sparing no expense in time and effort, Dave took great care in defining and utilizing the best modern construction techniques, sourcing the exact parts and finding the perfect tubes to reproduce this amp’s character. The Friedman PLEX is, in Dave’s own words “my favorite”.


Independent volume and gain for each channel.


The Friedman PLEX is, in Dave’s own words “my favorite”.


The PLEX is the first model in the Friedman Vintage Collection.

Dave Friedman’s personal 1968 JMP Super Lead “Plexi” kicked off his lifelong quest for tone and inspired the entire Friedman Amplification product line. Friedman has earned the reputation of a master amp builder and capturing the magic of this unique amplifier has been his unrelenting passion-project for years. The Friedman PLEX head is the realization of that dream.


The PLEX is the first model in the Friedman Vintage Collection – a series of unique amp designs based on the classic amplifiers that influenced and shaped Dave’s Friedman tonal signature. The Vintage Collection captures the sonic nostalgia and authenticity of yesteryear, while infusing decades of Dave’s knowledge into each design.


The Friedman PLEX features internal channel jumpering, replicating the external blending technique used with vintage Plexi amplifiers. This feature lets you easily blend the Lead and Normal channels to perfection with the turn of a control knob. It’s a seamless and convenient sound-shaping method that pays homage to the amp’s history.


A modern twist on the PLEX’s vintage heritage is Dave Friedman’s master volume control. As the Normal and Lead channels’ gain increases, so does their volume. Dave’s innovative approach lets you bring the amp back to manageable levels, without sacrificing the tone or dynamic feel, he worked so hard to replicate. This unique post-phase master volume design ensured that, whether you’re unleashing the PLEX’s full power, or dialing it down for quieter settings, the amp’s inherent character and tonal richness remains intact.


The PLEX is a 50-watt, 2-channel, EL34-driven design that meticulously captures the genuine Plexi tone and feel of Dave’s revered 1968 JMP Super Lead. Distinct Lead and Normal channels, each equipped with their own Volume controls, replicate the non-master volume performance of its predecessor perfectly. The harder you push these channels, the more the amp responds with increased saturation, harmonic richness and sustained brilliance.


Completing the PLEX’s sonic palette is a vintage-style tone stack comprising of Presence, Bass, Middle and Treble controls. This tone stack and the inclusion of Hi and Low instrument inputs allows you to sculpt a wide range of sounds and gain levels. The 3-position Bright switch further enhances the PLEX’s flexibility, fine-tuning the amp’s top end to different guitars, pedals, and pickups.

True to the Friedman standard, the PLEX boasts a bullet-proof design, unwavering build integrity, and top-tier components, guaranteeing that it will be a lifelong companion on your musical journey


  • 50-Watt All-Tube Head
  • Inspired by Dave Friedman’s favorite ‘68 JMP Super Lead Plexi
  • Channel 1 Volume (Lead spec channel)
  • Channel 2 Volume (Normal spec channel)
  • Internal Channel Jumpering
  • Post-Phase Master Volume Control
  • 3-Way Bright Switch Per Channel
  • Bass, Middle, Treble, And Global Presence
  • 2 X EL34 Power Tubes
  • 3 X 12AX7 Preamp Tubes
  • 4, 8, And 16-Ohm Impedance Jacks
  • Custom, USA-Made Transformers
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Dimensions: 8.75” (D) X 24” (W) X 10” (H)
  • Weight: 33.5 Lbs.
  • Assembled in the USA

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Refunds will be issued minus all related shipping expenses, if free shipping was initially given, the cost we incurred to get the item to you will be deducted from your refund. A 10% restock fee will also be deducted from your refund. Restock fees will be waived for full value exchanges.

Here are exceptions to our return policy.

  • Custom orders of any kind are non returnable and non refundable. We often charge a deposit before we will place a custom or special order. All special order deposits are NON REFUNDABLE, no exceptions.
  • Microphones, Harmonicas, In-Ear Systems and any other items that come into contact with your mouth or ears.
  • Items labeled as BLOWOUT, are non-returnable. These are often being sold below cost and are considered “all sales final”.
  • Software (this may also include hardware that includes software), unless still in shrink wrap with barcode affixed.
  • Guitar strings, blank media, and other disposable merchandise.
  • Guitar or bass pickups that have been installed or used in any way.
  • Any item advertised as “USED” is non returnable.

*Payments for music lessons are non refundable, no exceptions.

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