Designed in collaboration with Adrian Thorpe of ThorpyFX and hand-built in the UK, the Victory V1 The Jack is a high-end amp-in-a-box version of the company’s actual guitar amp by the same name that was designed in collaboration with guitarist Guthrie Govan with the goal of creating some sort of “jack of all trades” amp (hence the name), and that some find to have some sonic affinity with the Fender Tweed line of amps. It’s part of the first line of compact pedals released by the British builder.
The Tweed sound is associated with a smooth and warm clean tone that can produce a pleasing low gain overdrive, but this pedal, with its wide gain range, delivers that and more.
The 3-way EQ section allows plenty of sculpting and/or amp/pickup tailoring.
There are two other pedal versions of the Jack: the preamp (v4 preamp) and the pedal-amp (v4 amp) one.
Victory V1 The Jack, Builder’s Notes
Victory and Thorpy FX collaborate to make the ultimate Victory ‘amp in a box’ stompbox based on the V30 Jack MKII. The Jack is a mixture of crunch gain sounds through to screaming leads.
A Victory classic in a pedal! Based on the V30 Jack designed in collaboration with Guthrie Govan, the V1 is stompbox that takes all the elements of the VC30 MKII Jack and squeezes it into a pedal.
The V1 series is a collaboration between Victory and award winning pedal builder Adrian Thorpe MBE. Designed and built in Britain, the Jack is a true collaboration between two British companies.
The V1 Jack can do low gain, barky sounds, all the way through to over the top gain. It’s a perfect way to add the Victory sound to your pedal board.
All Jack Tone
The V1 Jack pedal emulates the gain sounds of the V30 Jack Amp, which was designed in conjunction with Guthrie Govan.
Dynamic Gain Control
There is a lot of gain on tap with searing solo leads, tight articulate rhythm sounds and everything in between!
The three band EQ is perfect for sculpting your sound with whichever amp or setup you choose to plug your V1 Jack into.
HOW THE COLLAB CAME TO BE…
“The idea of a collaboration was something that made a good deal of sense, as we (Victory) were to an extent, venturing into the unknown…
At Victory, we have the knowhow, of course; however, being able to make use of Adrian’s (Thorpy’s) experience and the various subtleties of his design ethic, enabled us to better appeal to the player who likes a clean amp platform; getting their various sounds from pedals.”
MARTIN KIDD, CHIEF DESIGNER AT VICTORY
“We were keen to make the V1 pedals sound as close to the full-bore valve amps as possible but working with Martin and the team meant that we had to be even more precise to do their amp designs justice in solid state pedal form. It took a long time and many times we had to go back to the drawing board.
Despite this, maintaining an uncompromising nature of what the Victory sound is, means that pedal fiends worldwide can enjoy these pedals, no matter what their flavour preferences.
I’m proud to say we worked on these V1 pedals.”
ADRIAN THORPE MBE, THORPY FX