Victory V4 The Kraken review

In collaboration with Rabea Massaad, this compact guitar amp from Victory combines versatile high-gain overdrive with world-class cabinet simulations. Stand back!

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

Guitar World Verdict

A ferocious gain monster in a backpack and pedalboard-friendly format, complete with some superb Two Notes emulation tech, the Kraken is an incredible amp for the stage, studio and home.

Pros

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    Compact and very portable.

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    Devastating medium to high-gain overdrives.

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    Valve warmth and more than enough power.

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    The built-in Two Notes emulation is superb.

Cons

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    Apart from needing a desktop to edit the Two Notes presets, it’s hard to find fault with V4 The Kraken.

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Victory’s innovative V4 preamp pedals have proved to be a runaway success. The clever design adds a new foot-switchable front-end to any guitar amp with an effects loop, transforming many a tired rig into a modern tone monster. 

Early last year, Victory took the next logical step with its V4 The Duchess guitar amp, cramming the Duchess electronics into a similarly sized pedal, together with a special power stage capable of delivering up to 180 watts into a suitable enclosure. 

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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’.