Victoria DoubleDeluxe

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by ahab, Jan 18, 2008.


  1. ahab

    ahab Member

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    Hi all,
    Just played a Victoria Double Deluxe and I must admit that I am totally blown away. It's been a long time since I played a tweed type amp, and I forgot how much I like, and miss, them. Does anyone have any gig experience with these amps? How do the work in a full band setting? I am really into the alt-country/americana/roots/folk/blah blah blah sounds, and I am sure that this amp can deliver the tones, but what about the volume and projection?

    Thanks
    Ahab
     
  2. M I K E D.

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    bump

    I would love to hear some experienced players chime in on this forgtton thread!
     
  3. Teleking

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    I've had a lot of experience with both a Victoria Deluxe, Double Deluxe and a Bassman.

    In my alt-country band, I'm the vocalist and rhythm player with the occasional solo. I first bought a deluxe and used it exclusively for solos, and for recording. Great recording amp.

    I loved that sound so much that I wanted the same sound bigger, so I could play rhythm with it. It worked pretty well, but I felt I was missing a few things.

    So I bought the Bassman, which is what I currently use, although I have a Vox Heritage AC30 arriving today.

    If I could classify things, I'd say the Deluxe and Double Deluxe are more lead player's amps. They sound fantastic for lead players. A single deluxe will work for a lot of places, but the double will sound incredible anywhere, plus more bass if you don't mic your guitars where you play--which was a big plus for our lead player.

    As a rhythm guy, I felt I needed more control over my tone because I use a lot of different guitars. I use Teles, Casinos and Rickenbackers, so I needed an amp to make all three sound great, and the Bassman did that for me.

    I'm hoping this new Vox will be what I think it will be.

    If you wan recommendations on pedals to use with these amps, I'll be glad to offer my thoughts.
     
  4. M I K E D.

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    thanks for the post! i've been combing the forums looking for the info you shared re: the double deluxe-

    If you could post your thoughts on pedals w/ these amps that would be great- thanks...
     
  5. bluesbreaker59

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    Mine works great and I'm finally completely happy with the speaker combination in there. Now I've got two Jensen reissues a C12N and a P12Q. Mine sounds wonderful with my Tele, Les Paul, Dano U2 and my 335. I especially enjoy it with the 335 and the Tele. I play in a 4 piece blues / R&B band, and I've also used this when sitting in with a blues band with a 3 piece horn section, and also with a 4 piece roots rock band, and in a duo situation.

    My other amps are a Vicky Bandmaster, and a 5E3 kit amp. I use them all for different applications.
     
  6. bug0711

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    I used one for a couple of years, every weekend in a classic / hard rock band. Loaded it with Vox Blues and NOS tubes.

    It took pedals really well. I mainly set it up for a nice warm clean w/ pedals, both miked and unmiked. I used it at a blues jam with Larry McCray and he and quite a few other guys put it to work ... it got cranked and sounded in credible, although it did piss off the soundman ... even with a plexi panel sound barrier in front of it. It is very loud when pushed.

    All in all, it's one of my favorites of all time. I don't currently own one, but I wouldn't think twice about pulling the trigger if I ran across a nice one at a good price.
     
  7. M I K E D.

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    thanks for the feedback guys...

    this is why I love TGP.
     
  8. Teleking

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    I use pedals for two things. I have OD and Distortions I like for rhythm and those I like for leads. I think there's a difference for each application (lead/rhythm) and why my pedal board is full of these stupid things. Here are my thoughts on both.

    The most unique tone I got out of it was with a Hotcake with a toggle switch. I liked this better than the Hotcake with the tone knob for some reason. This was the holy grail, especially as a rock distortion rhythm. It also cut through very nice in leads. If you're into rock, this was a great sound.

    I tend to like my overdrive a bit bright and like Fulltone sounds to classic TS9 sounds. Especially for leads.

    For lead tones, the Lovetone Eternity was very nice. It has a very unique sound minus the bass a bit and that really makes it sing for leads.

    I used an RC boost and a Zvex Super Hard On as my boost pedals. Both work great.

    My favorite overdrive for rhythm overdrive was an MI Audio Blues Pro. In fact, this is probably my favorite rhythm overdrive for almost all my amps. This is the best damn pedal for that sound I've ever found, but that's me. And it's cheap! Mind you, I play alt-country, so others might like a different sound.

    I loved the MI Crunchbox or OCD for distortion.

    Two other pedals I love with all my amps are the Blues Pearl Blues Screamer and the Blues Pearl Blue Balls. But they're almost impossible to find. They really sound nice with every amp I own, including the Double Deluxe.
     
  9. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    The Double Deluxe is a great amp. I have one of the first ones and never plan on selling it. I also have a matchine Reverbarato.

    For the music you want to play, I think it would be perfect. It can be a loud amp, however, it does not have a ton a clean headroom---so the early breakup is nice. Plus, a simple rectifier tube swap makes it a 30 watt or a 40 watt amp. I love that feature.

    Soncially, the amp is harmonically rich and active, with chords and leads sounding equally good. It loves overdrive and boost pedals.
     
  10. Boogie92801

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    I have a Vicky deluxe that is so good sounding it makes me smile every time I plug in my tele. I doesnt like humbuckers as well but I dont really use my other guitars that much anymore anyway. I have been on the fence about a double deluxe for a while for a louder amp.... but I think I want a 5E7 3x10 bandmaster instead... any comparisions between the 3x10 and double deluxe?
     
  11. bluesbreaker59

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    Check out my posts, I've written some rather extensive, and exhaustive comparisons between the two, as I gig them both for different situations.
     
  12. Ridgeback

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    I've had a DD for about 4 years. Great amp. Mine currently has a GZ34 and two 30 watt Weber 12A150's. It was a bit too much amp for me after I stopped playing out about a year ago so I had a local amp tech replace the ground switch with a switch which leaves all four 6V6's heated but takes two of them out of the circuit for a "half power" mode. Still a pretty loud amp for at home even at 15-20 watts with the 2 12" speakers but the tone is wonderful.
     

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