Australian Guitar - - Home Recording -

Like so many bou­tique, high-end am­pli­fiers, Vic­tory Amps’ RK50 pro­fesses sim­plic­ity but the devil is in the de­tails. This is a sin­gle-chan­nel tube amp, with an in­cred­i­bly sim­ple con­trol lay­out of Master, Gain, and Tone. Three 12AX7s and two 6L6s in the preamp, and 6L6s in the power stage. Both sets of 6L6s can be bias switched to EL34s if one prefers. There’s a switch­able out­put, crank­ing out 50 watts on high power and 9 watts on low. A speaker damp­en­ing switch will help you get some in­creased low end if your speaker cab­i­net re­quires it.

In ad­di­tion to a se­ries ef­fects loop, there’s also built in tremolo and re­verb ef­fects which are con­trol­lable from the front panel or footswitch­able. They sound re­ally great, and al­though the re­verb is dig­i­tal I found its blend of hall and plate sound re­ally pleas­ing and us­able. You can also stomp an­other switch for a gain boost, which is very use­ful given the amp’s lone chan­nel. It adds ex­tra gain and a bit of a vol­ume lift while stay­ing faith­ful to the amp sound. Other nice bonuses in­cluded a great padded carry bag and test points for bias ad­just­ment.

It’s a strik­ing amp to look at, and its unique and at­ten­tion-grab­bing ap­pear­ance will no doubt be a fea­ture for many.

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