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DP40 The Duchess

A collaboration with Peter 'Danish Pete' Honore, this signature Duchess has a slightly tweaked reverb circuit.

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A special-edition V40 The Duchess in arresting purple, with a slightly tweaked reverb section for Danish Pete!

V40 The Duchess is a single-channel valve amp that's all about maximum tone with minimum confusion. Our great friend Peter 'Danish Pete' Honoré has always loved the V40 for its unbeatable blend of world-class tone and go-anywhere portability. As his is the world of all-things purple, we've teamed up with Pete to offer a special edition 'DP40'.

DP40 The Duchess is exactly same specification as the standard V40, but with a slightly tweaked reverb voice that offers a little more depth and brightness.

It’s one for the ‘feel’ players and Danish Pete is definitely one of those!


DP40 Duchess guitar amp

Single Channel & Voice Switch

You can go from clean, ’60s Californian tones with single coils, through to a driven mid-’60s British overdrive all in one channel. Voice II strengthens the midrange subtly at the input for more punch and cut.

Mid Kick

This works in conjunction with the Middle pot to boost midrage frequencies in the EQ section. The more you push the Midde pot, the more it pushes overdriven sounds, especially with humbuckers.


DP40’s reverb is tweaked slightly over the standard V40 to offer a little more brightness in the way Pete likes it. It sits somewhere between a plate and hall-type sound. It’s hard bypassable too if you want it totally out of the circuit.

Series Effects Loop

The hard-bypassable effects loop enables you to use delays, reverbs etc after the preamp section of the amp to keep them clean sounding. If they aren’t as clear as you like, try lowering the mix/output of the pedal, especially as you turn the amp master up.

Low Power Options

The front panel switch offers a low-power mode for around 7 watts. In addition, you can use the single-ended mode which selects to just one or other of the power valves in Class A operation (use them evenly to keep the wear roughly equal). Low power and single-ended mode together will take the output down below 1 watt RMS.

Victory DP40 Duchess guitar amp back

6L6 or EL34 Power Valves

V40 gives you the option of running either EL34 or 6L6 power valves. They offer subtly different tonal characteristics in terms of power stage overdrive and also overall frequency response. Notice we said subtle! There’s a bias range switch to get you in the right ballpark, but precise bias adjustment is also advised whenever you change power valves.

Tech Spec

  • Format:

    Single channel head

  • Power:

    42 Watts,
    Low Power: 7 Watts,
    High Power Single-Ended: 1.5 Watts,
    Low Power Single-Ended: 0.5 Watts

  • Valves:

    3 x 12AX7, 2 x EL34 as standard

  • Size:

    (mm): 342(w) x 185(h) x 185(d) including handle, feet & controls

  • Weight:

    8.2kg / 18.1lbs

  • Extra features:
    • Two-position Voice switch
    • Mid Kick switch
    • Footswitchable digital reverb with hard bypass option
    • Series effects loop with hard bypass
    • Power valves switchable to 6L6
    • Single-ended mode
    • Skeletonised metal case with rubber handle
    • Padded carry bag included
    • Single-button footswitch for reverb on/off included

User Guides

DP40 The Duches

Your guide to the DP40 Duchess

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Artists who use

Peter Honore


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