In 1993, Mark Baier set out to faithfully recreate the crown jewels among the many classic amplifiers developed by Leo Fender. The tweed amps of the late 50’s defined the sound of rock and blues on vinyl and on stage, but they had also become increasingly scarce, and well beyond the reach of most working musicians.
Victoria Amplifier is recognised for having succeeded in recapturing the classic sound, design, and American craftsmanship embodied in early Fenders, while offering players a wide range of subtle and sometimes whimsical variations on a theme. Victoria circuits have always been completely faithful to the originals, using the correct capacitors, resistors, transformers, pots, and eyelet boards. Each solid pine cabinet is crafted in the precise manner of those built in the ’50s.
The results speak for themselves, and Victoria amplifiers continue to be acknowledged by players and critics alike as clearly superior in construction, durability, and tone among small-production, custom amplifiers built today at any price.
From Victoria –
“The Victoria 5118 is a faithful recreation of Leo Fender’s 5F1 circuit produced from 1957 to 1961. Just like the original Champ, but with an Eminence Legend 12 inch speaker in a larger Deluxe-style solid pine cabinet. This amp does not need reverb – there are so many harmonics and overtones we think you’ll like it just as it is.”
Eric Johnson once said ‘the best amp in the world has just one knob’ – simple. One input for single coils, one input for humbuckers. The Victoria 5118 Amp is a perfect example of less-is-more.
- 5F1-type circuit
- 5 watts
- Single ended operation
- Cathode bias design
- Tubes: 1-5Y3WGTA, 1-6V6GT, 1-12AX7
- Speaker: 1-Eminence Legend 12″ speaker
- Cabinet size (HxWxD): 16.5 x 20 x 9.5
This amp is in as new condition. It has been well cared for in a home environment, and never been out the door. It is 110v so you’ll need a step down transformer – but not a big one, probably around $50 ??
As with all Victoria amplifiers, Mr Baier has taken no shortcuts in designing the 5112 to accurately deliver the sound of a vintage tweed Champ, but with more balls & a great speaker. The harmonic overtones work with the pine cab to fill out each note and chord in a way only classic tweed amps can. A great sounding amp in perfect condition.
Video demo – https://youtu.be/5skSuX5kUVg