NAMM 2020: Victory’s V4 The Duchess amplifier looks just like a pedal

The V4 The Duchess packs 180 watts of class D power and an all-tube preamp.

NAMM 2020: Victory Amplification has unveiled the ultra-compact V4 The Duchess, a 180-watt single-channel guitar amplifier that’s also pedalboard-friendly.

The V4 The Duchess features an all-valve preamp section made up of one EC900 and three CV4014 tubes, as well as controls for an onboard digital tremolo and reverb section. At only 1.7kg, the V4 The Duchess can be easily used by both studio and touring musicians. Victory also claims that its latest amp is a good platform for pedal-based tones, making it a suitable choice for guitarists looking for a neutral-sounding amp.

Users can easily navigate the simple control scheme of the V4 The Duchess. A three-band EQ is accompanied by two controls for input and output volume. The amp’s tremolo effect can be manipulated with the depth and speed knobs for the right amount of lushness, while the reverb knob can be used to add ambience. An additional footswitch jack allows the tremolo effect to be triggered remotely if the chassis footswitch is not desired.

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Other features of the V4 The Duchess include a send and return jack for a series effects loop, which lets users place their modulation effects outside of the amp’s main circuit, thereby preserving the modulated signal’s integrity. There is also a balanced line out, which allows the V4 The Duchess to be connected directly to a speaker simulator or front of house.

The V4 The Duchess also comes with an optional V112 Neo, a complementary 250W 1×12 speaker cabinet that’s loaded with a Celestion Neo 250 Copperback. The V112 Neo is covered in a cream-coloured tolex which pairs beautifully with the V4 The Duchess’ off-white finish.

Watch the official demo video here:

The Victory V4 The Duchess is now available at £699 / €839 / $799. For more information, click here.

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