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NAMM 2020: Victory reveals V4 The Duchess - a portable and compact 180W powerhouse

NAMM 2020 (opens in new tab): Victory has unveiled V4 The Duchess - a portable and compact amp in a pedal format - at this years trade show. The company hopes to enable guitar players to achieve the classic Duchess tone at a more affordable price and in a more compact and lightweight design.

V4 The Duchess features an all-valve preamp and 180W Class D power section, all housed within a small pedal-sized form factor. The amp weighs just 1.7kg / 3.75lbs, so will inevitably appeal to guitarists seeking portability while maintaining the tone of a much larger head.

In 2019, the company introduced the V4 pedal preamps, an ideal solution for players who want a pro-standard valve preamp/front end to augment their existing amps.

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“The new V4 Guitar Amp was the obvious way forward: let’s add a lightweight power section to that all-valve front end," said Martin Kidd, Victory's Chief Designer. "We knew we could design a superb sounding amp that wasn’t compromised by a lack of power, lifeless tone or burdened with endless options that you never use."

The amp also features an effect loop, an onboard digital reverb and a tremolo for ambience.

Victory has intentionally opted to exclude speaker emulation and IRs from the unit. Kidd said of the decision: "Everyone we talk to seems to prefer their own personal IR solution, whether that’s hardware or software. There are a great many options available and the pace of development in that world is vertical."

For more information, head to Victory (opens in new tab).

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Sam is a Staff Writer at Guitar World, also creating content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar (opens in new tab).