Magazine article Guitar Player

Victoria 20112

Magazine article Guitar Player

Victoria 20112

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THE 5E3 "NARROW PANEL" FENDER DELUXE is one of the most sought after vintage combos due to its proven performance as a blues/roots-rock amp par excellence. Victoria's recreation of this 14-watt tweed classic is the model 20112 ($2,095 retail), which features the original-style cathode-biased circuit using two 6V6GT tubes (Russian-made Tung-Sols), and--in our test model--a NOS CBS-made 5Y3WGTA rectifier, a NOS GE 12AY7 in the preamp, and a TAD 12AX7 phase inverter. The beautifully crafted combo shows superb attention to detail in all areas, including the tidy handwired circuit on a vintage-style fiber board, which sports high-grade Sprague Atom electrolytics, custom "orange drop" audio caps, and carbon-comp resistors. Phenolic tube sockets and U.S.-made transformers round out the chassis accouterments. An Eminence Legend 12" speaker is rear mounted in the finger-jointed solid-pine cabinet, which is covered in tweed cloth and lacquered for beauty arid durability.

Though the controls are simple--Bright and Normal channel Volumes, and a master Tone knob--a spectrum of tones is available depending on which of the four input jacks you plug into. Each channel has two input jacks, and the inputs are padded differently so that a guitar will sound a bit louder (or quieter) depending on which one you plug into. Plugging straight in to the Bright channel, you can dial up a ballsy overdriven tone by cranking the Volume knob to 7 or higher and then backing off the volume on your guitar for a crisp, gritty rhythm sound. …

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