“Partnered with a decent Stratocaster, it’s sonic dynamite that can cover Hendrix, SRV, John Mayer and many more”: Victory The Deputy Compact Head review

Victory joins forces with Peter ‘Danish Pete’ Honoré once again to produce a compact signature model loaded with classic sounds

Victory Amps Deputy 25 watt
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Aimed at players after a satisfying vintage tone experience, The Deputy is ideal for professional and serious amateur use. For an amp that’s designed and handmade in the UK, we reckon it’s great value for money, too, and should give some far more expensive boutique exotica a run for the money.


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    British-design and build using top-quality components.

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    A vintage tone goldmine.

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    Highly responsive dynamics.


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    More could be done with series effects loop.

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    Lacks ability to adjust the bias voltage separately for each output tube.

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There’s been a flurry of activity from Victory recently, with a new MKII version of The Kraken lunchbox amp, designed in collaboration with Rabea Massaad. Just a few months later and here we are looking at another new ‘designed in collaboration with’ Victory amp. 

This time it’s Peter ‘Danish Pete’ Honoré, formerly a world-class session player (working for artists such as Lionel Richie and Tom Jones), and now video manager and YouTube presenter for the well-known guitar store Andertons. Victory is continuing the USA law enforcement nomenclature, calling its new tube amp The Deputy. 

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Nick Guppy

Nick Guppy has been a regular contributor to Guitarist magazine for over 20 years, mostly writing reviews on guitar amps and related products. He built his first valve amplifier at the age of 12 and has since bought, sold and restored many more, with a particular interest in Vox, Selmer, Orange and tweed-era Fenders, alongside Riveras and Mark Series Boogies. When wielding a guitar instead of soldering iron, he’s enjoyed a diverse musical career playing all over the UK, including occasional stints with theatre groups, orchestras and big bands as well as power trios and tributes. His favourite musical genres are ‘anything that’s good’.