Victory RD1 Rob Chapman Signature Guitar Amp Head

Written by

Jed Van Wyngaardt

The Victory RD1 is the latest in small and lightweight heads to hit the market but this one has a few tricks that make it mightier than the others. Designed in collaboration with Youtube sensation and guitarist Rob Chapman the RD1 goes from high gain madness to crunch and cleans all in one channel.

For Stage and Home

We have all experienced the pain of buying an amplifier that just is too loud for home use. The RD1 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

Simple Controls

While the Victory Silverback Rob Chapman signature has every possible sound under the sun and is all controllable through multiple channels. The RD1 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 RD1 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 RD1

Victory Amplification from the UK proudly announces the RD1 Rob Chapman Signature Head. This ultra compact, single-channel head is a superb sounding rock machine designed for real, all-valve tone wherever you go.
Chappers puts it best: "I wanted something that was affordable, doesn't compromise on tone and is made in England. It's a straight-ahead, giggable, no-nonsense valve amplifier: clean to scream at the turn of a knob."
Rob 'Chappers' Chapman is the lead singer and guitarist for rock band, Dorje, as well as being a phenomenally popular vlogger, with over 350k subscribers and 100m views on YouTube. He also has his own successful guitar brand, Chapman Guitars.


  • 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


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