Divided By 13 boss Fred Taccone has been building amplifiers for around the past seven years in Los Angeles. His amps’ special tones have found appeal with some of the world’s top players, including Rusty Anderson, who you may have seen tearing the house down with Paul McCartney.
Like all of Fred’s amps that we’ve seen, the EDT is built to take a serious pro-level hammering. The cabinet is neatly constructed from multi-laminated birch ply with finger-jointed corners and covered in Divided By 13’s trademark two-tone vinyl, with a contrasting chevron and inlaid piping which starts on the cabinet’s top and finishes on the front face.
It takes real skill to do this kind of work neatly and it’s very neat indeed on the EDT. Just above the point of the chevron is the ‘÷13’ logo, which lights up when the mains is switched on to let you know the amp is cooking. Cool and functional at the same time.
Inside the EDT’s steel chassis, the electronics are built up on a black vulcanised eyelet board – a piece of insulating material with small rivets punched into it at strategic locations, into which the components are soldered.
This is the traditional American way of doing things – Fender made all its amps like this up until the early 1980s, when the Fullerton factory closed. It’s just as tough as the turret or tag-board method of amp building that used to rule in the UK and Europe, and offers more freedom with component positioning.
The EDT might have just one preamp channel, but with a total of seven valves there’s a lot going on inside. By and large the wiring and soldering is very neatly executed, using a mixture of cloth and PVC heavy gauge hook-up, while all the components are of the highest standard.
The EDT’s controls are quite straightforward. The single-channel preamp features volume, treble, bass and reverb level, fed by a pair of high- and low-sensitivity inputs. There’s a pull boost on the volume control, and underneath next to the speaker outlets there’s also a damping switch that varies the amount of negative feedback applied to the output stage.
There are three hefty toggle switches on the front panel – two are for the usual mains and standby functions, while the third switches the EDT between Class AB and Class A modes, varying the output from 29 to 13 watts.
Overall, the EDT13/29 has the same ‘back to the future’ vibe that makes all Divided By 13s so distinctive – it’s a modern amp that looks and almost smells like it was made 50 years ago.