Victory V4 The Copper Preamp Pedal review

Victory’s new preamp pedal adds a modern twist to vintage Brit tone with spec-beating tubes onboard

Victory V4 The Copper Preamp
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Compact, built tough and featuring some of the finest valves and components, The Copper is another triumph for Victory's V4 preamp pedal series, placing that evocative British chime and crunch in one pedalboard-friendly unit.


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    Wide range of AC30-inspired tones available.

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    Superb Treble Boost drive mode.


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    We felt the Treble Boost mode could have done with a touch more gain, but that’s all.

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Since their debut a couple of years ago, Victory’s award-winning V4 series of preamp pedals has proved very popular, distilling full-sized Victory tone into a pedalboard-sized steel case, with real valve power at proper high voltages. 

This issue, we’re looking at the new and much-anticipated V4 pedal version of Victory’s very impressive VC35 The Copper head, a modern boutique-flavoured tribute to the AC30 that’s full of vintage Brit chime, jangle and crunch. 

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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’.