Victory V1 Series review

In collaboration with ThorpyFX, this new range of pedals from Victory aims to capture the tones and performance of its current amp range in a solid-state stompbox format

Victory V1 Series
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Our personal favourite is The Copper, but all five have their own distinct characters, which in itself is an impressive achievement and means there should be a V1 to suit all tastes. In a practically infinite ocean of boutique overdrives, Victory’s new V1 range could well make a significant splash.


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    Good-looking design.

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    Unique artwork to match the full-size amps.

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    They capture the original amp design’s character.

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    Made in UK.

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    Design collaboration with pedal guru Adrian Thorpe.


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    Not the cheapest of overdrive pedals.

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Victory has enjoyed considerable success in recent years with its compact V4 preamp and guitar amplifier ranges, the latter loaded with features including a 180-watt Class D power stage, built-in Two Notes cabinet emulation, digital reverb and balanced outputs. 

While the V4 format defines what many of us want from a modern guitar amplifier, there are legions of guitarists who get their sounds purely from pedals and don’t need amplifiers to do anything more than just make them louder. That’s where the new V1 range comes in: five analog solid-state pedals that distil the essential tones of Victory’s award-winning amplification range into compact one-button, DC-powered stompboxes.

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Nick Guppy

Nick Guppy was Guitarist magazine's amp guru for over 20 years. He built his first valve amplifier at the age of 12 and 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 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. He passed away suddenly in April 2024, leaving a legacy of amplifier wisdom behind him.