VICTORY VX THE KRAKEN 6L6 LOADED 50W VALVE HEAD
HAND MADE IN THE UK : a 50-watt box of glorious gain for hard rock, metal, extended-range and progressive players
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The VICTORY VX Kraken 

 Victory have built up a reputation for high quality, tone rich heads that deliver a truly stunning range of sounds.

The Kraken is a portable, 2 channel head with 2 gain channels, One British tones & the other on American sounds.

Two Gain Modes

The Kraken offers two high gain crunchy overdrive channels. If you play rock or metal you have to hear this amp.

Two Tube Types

This version of the Victory VX comes as standard with a set of 6L6 power amp tubes. You are not stuck with these for life though as you can easily change out the 6L6 tubes for EL34 at any time as long as you bias the amp after changing over. 

Variable Power

50w is great for medium to larger size gigs.  Victory have made  the Kraken switchable down to 15w, 9w or even 2w for use at home, in the studio or on smaller stages.

Extended Range Friendly

If you play prog metal or djent using extended range guitars, the Kraken has a Bass Focus knob to ensure your low end is flabby.

With a flip of the Bass Focus knob you go from a tight and focused low end that works great with extra low tunings to a looser lower end perfect for grungy American metal tones.

Reviews

Guitarist - 9/10

"For the VX to pack such a powerful punch from such a small package makes it one of, if not the best metal amp we have ever played through."

"To all extended range players: Consider yourself well and truly catered for. Unleash The Kraken, indeed!"

Here's what VX Kraken User Rabea Massaad has to say about the 6L6 and EL34 versions

"6L6 - The 6L6 Loaded Kraken has a little more warmth in the low end, and has a slightly smoother/sweeter top end which is great for singing leads. The mid range is barky and aggressive with a powerful punch. This configuration lends itself to anything between warm, pushed clean/crunch tones, through to powerful and chunky rhythm tones.

EL34 - The EL34 Loaded Kraken has a powerful and cutting mid and high range, with a controlled low end. Gain 1 gives you a classic British crunch to enjoyable high gain tones, whereas gain 2 gives you soaring lead tones, a biting mid range and a solid low end.

The difference is pretty subtle but does make all the difference in feel to the player."

Here's what Victory have to say about the Kraken

Victory Amplification from the UK proudly announces VX The Kraken, a 50-watt box of glorious gain tones for hard rock, metal, extended-range and progressive players.
Forget clean sounds: our latest all-valve compact head starts with crunching rhythm tones, and sears on to all the gain you’ll ever need. You can use it at home, on stage or in the studio: VX The Kraken will even travel as hand luggage when you fly.

TWO FOOTSWITCHABLE GAIN MODES

Gain I offers modded classic, master-volume British rock sounds. Gain II is our unique take on contemporary American high gain tones

POWERFUL EQ

Shared across both gain modes, but optimised for each

TWO FOOTSWITCHABLE MASTER VOLUMES

Footswitch between two master volume levels at any time

HIGH & LOW POWER

50 watts full power, 15 watts low power. (9 or 2 watts when used with single-ended mode)

BASS FOCUS SWITCH

Much more than a bass EQ, this changes the negative feedback in the power amp, offering tighter, more focussed low end, or more loose and resonant

SINGLE-ENDED MODE

Switch down to single-ended mode (from full power, push-pull) to use just one output valve for lower output, more compression and different playing dynamics

6L6 or EL34 VALVES

Bias switch enables use of either tube type. (For best results, the amp should be biased by a tech with any output valve change)

SERIES EFFECTS LOOP

For players who like to run effects in a loop rather than into the front of the amp. Footswitchable on/off

FLEXIBLE SWITCHING

Gain 1/II, Master 1/II and FX loop on/off. Footswitches included

Specifications

Format: All-valve head with two gain modes 
Power: 50 to 2 watts RMS 
Valves: 4 x 12AX7, 2 x 6L6 (can be switched for EL34)
Size (mm): 342(w) x 185(h) x 185(d) 
Weight: 8.2kg

Extra features:

  • Footswitchable modes ‘Gain 1’ & ‘Gain II’,
  • footswitchable master volumes
  • ‘bass focus’ switch,
  • series effects loop
  • high and low power modes
  • single-ended mode
  • power valves switchable to EL34
  • Padded carry bag included
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