The Victory RD1 is an amazing tiny amplifier that can easily go from crushing, rock ready high gain to crush and clean tones all in one channel. Some wanted a version of this amplifier with a more subtle colour scheme so here it is! The BD1, the same amazing amp in a new all black colour scheme.
For Stage and Home
We have all experienced the pain of buying an amplifier that just is too loud for home use. The BD1 is rated at 28w which is great for live use but for most homes is a bit too much. So they have introduced a low power mode as well. Rated at just 2w this mode is perfect for home and studio use where you need to be careful of how loud you go
While the Victory Silverback Rob Chapman signature has every possible sound under the sun and is all controllable through multiple channels. The BD1 is a much more laid back design that gives you just 3 knobs and two switches but still a wide range of tones that will cover everything you will need.
Your three control knobs on this amp control your Gain, Volume and Contour. The Contour control is similar to a tone control on most amps but a bit with a wider sweet focused on the low mids and lows. This is then accompanied by both a Bright and Deep switch which change the treble and bass response respectively.
From Clean To Insane
You may be a bit skeptical about how versatile this amp really is. If so you can rest assured that with a bit of control over your guitars volume this amp really does deliver everything you need for rock, metal, blues etc.. At about halfway up the gain control you get a beautiful middle of the road sound like a boosted vintage amp and as the gain goes up from there you get more modern tones and much higher gain.
The best way to use an amplifier like this is to set it up with the maximum amount of gain you want and then use a volume pedal or your guitars volume control to get your clean and crunch options. Not bothered about high gain? No problem just set the gain control bellow midday and you will get sweet crunch tones that still clean up like a dream.
Made In England
Like all Victory amplifiers the BD1 is made in England using top quality parts that will last you for years to come. In fact because of the way they have biased this amp you valves are going to last a lot longer than in other similarly sized and priced valve amps. Not many other amps can claim the same build quality as this amp for the same price.
Here's what Victory say about the BD1
Victory Amplification from the UK proudly announces the BD1 Head as part of the award-winning Compact Series. The BD1 is a standard version of the Rob Chapman RD1 Signature model, sharing exactly the same all-valve design, circuit and feature set, but finished in black (the RD1 is bright red). It's just 263mm wide and weighs only 6kg.
This ultra compact, single-channel head is a superb sounding rock machine designed for real, all-valve tone wherever you go. Up to 28 watts in full-power mode makes it great for gigging, while the two-watt setting will keep the neighbours happy!
- Format: All-valve head
- Power: 28 to 2 watts RMS
- Valves: 3 x 12AX7, 2 x EL84
- Extra features: Bright switch, deep switch, contour control,
- series effects loop with wet/dry mix control, high and low
- power modes. Padded carry bag included
- Size (mm): 263(w) x 170(h) x 195(d)
- (dimensions include handle, controls and feet)
- Weight: 6kg/13.2lbs