Victory VC35 The Copper review

Victory takes on USA boutique tone with a world-class EL84-powered head that’s compact and ready to take on any gig

Victory VC35 The Copper review
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Guitar World Verdict

With tones to rival more expensive US boutique amps, and a responsive gain, the Copper is a legend in its own lunchbox.


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    Superb tone and response.

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    In the same league as many high-end boutique designs.

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    Footswitchable effects loop.

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    Robust PCB construction.


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    Longterm availability of the EF184 is not assured.

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Victory Amplification continues to establish itself as one of the UK’s leading boutique builders with an enviable artist roster that includes Guthrie Govan, Richie Kotzen, Rob Chapman and Rabea Massaad among others.

It’s fair to say Victory has the heavier end of the market well taken care of with amps such as The Kraken, but its range is more diverse than you may realize. To underscore that, the company has just released a new head that sits at the lower end of the gain spectrum, with a few special tweaks that make it rather unique. 

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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’.