Designed to emulate the V40 Duchess, the V1 pedal is a collaboration between Victory and award winning pedal builder Adrian Thorpe MBE. The brief was simple to build the truest representation of the Duchess sound.
The V1 Duchess is built to be versatile but simple to use, you can use the pedal to add a vintage American clean sound, a clean boost or a surprising amount of American style gain to your pedalboard.
While the Duchess range is known for Clean headroom and edge of break-up sounds, this pedal can also be used as a gain pedal.
Powerful bass, middle and treble controls. These have been designed to have a significant effect on the gain character and drive levels – just like a guitar amp.
“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.”
“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.”