This family refresh updates the award-winning Sheriff family with a 25-watt compact head and combo to replace the Sheriff 22.
Victory Amplification is excited to announce the new Sheriff 25 and VS100 Super Sheriff amplifiers. This family refresh updates the award-winning Sheriff family with a 25-watt compact head and combo to replace the Sheriff 22. The Sheriff 44 has been replaced with the VS100 Super Sheriff amp, this comes in two deluxe head versions, one in a regular Victory-sized wooden head sleeve and the other a wide body design for 4×12 cabinets.
Maximum sound with minimum fuss is what the Sheriff family is built to deliver. The Sheriff 25 is a compact, yet versatile lunchbox head, with two channels of British rock sounds all in a small footprint. The vintage channel is designed for lower gain 60’s style of British blues and rock, whereas the hot rod channel is where the heavy high gain sounds are. In addition to the compact head, the Sheriff 25 comes in a 1×12 combo with a Celestion G12H anniversary speaker picked specifically for the Sheriff range.
If 100 watts of power is what you need, then the VS100 Super Sheriff is for you. Designed to take over from the Sheriff 44, this 100 Watt beast has all the power and gain you could ever need. Simple in design but with so much versatility. The vintage channel has two gain modes, there is the cleaner side and the crunch side, both are in the classic rock style of the late 60’s, early 70’s. The hot-rodded channel is all about late 70’s to 80’s gain and has two modes, with the second one adding even more gain!
The Super Sheriff is housed in a classic deluxe wooden sleeve and for the first time we are offering the Sheriff in a wide-body wooden head to match our 4×12 cabinets. There is a presence and bass focus switch and for extra control there is a rotary knob for the bass focus on the back of the amp.
As with all Victory products these are designed and hand built in England.
Pricing (Jan 2023) SRP/MAP:
Sheriff 25 Head - £1199/ €1399/ $1449
Sheriff 25 Combo - £1899/ €2229/ $2229
VS100 Super Sheriff 100 - £1999/ €2329/ $2369
VS100 Super Sheriff Wide Body - £2099/ €2449/ $2499
For more information, please visit victoryamps.com.
How to know when a vintage amp is worth rescuing.
I'll bet most of us have experienced this: You're en route to the grocery store on a pleasant Sunday morning, not a care in the world except getting home for breakfast in a timely manner … and then it happens. You see someone staking a garage sale sign at the corner. Your mind begins racing as you do the math. The person with the sign looks old enough to have cool stuff and I'm the first to see this sign. Will it be me who finds the mint '59 Bassman and Les Paul that must certainly be waiting there?
Cutting the wheel, you skid around the corner and up to the address. Rrrrrrrr! Out of the car! Walking quickly, but not so quickly as to arouse suspicion, you frantically scan the dark recesses for anything that resembles a musical instrument. Then, eureka! You push your way past the Hungry Hippos game and Tijuana Brass albums to your prize: a filthy and very tired-looking silverface Fender Champ. Now, shaking with excitement, you try to contain yourself as you go to pay for your purchase. After deft and masterful negotiations that get the seller down from $200 to $195.50, you race home to check out your treasure. In the door and past your starving family (dang—I knew I forgot something) and into the basement you go. Bwa-hahaha.
You look the amp over, trying to see the gem under the filth, dried paint splotches, and obvious years of neglect. After some time spent with a damp cloth and shop vac, you're ready to get down to it. Everything looks to be intact. Perhaps, if this wasn't a Sunday morning, you'd have your amp tech slowly apply voltage to make sure there were no unforeseen problems before full voltage is unleashed into the circuit, and thus avoid any costly issues. But in your enthusiasm, you feel it's worth the risk. Amp goes on. Still good. Guitar in hand, first note and … pttthhhllsdfy comes out of the speaker. What? Gulp. Okay. This can wait until tomorrow.
Before we discuss how to decide whether an amplifier with an unknown history is worth rescuing, let's first define “worth" as “value" in this situation. The value of musical instruments may have different meanings to different people, and this often depends on the context. Example: I once had someone send me an old and completely beat-up Barcus Berry 1510 solid-state amp from the '70s. It was DOA. Usually an inexpensive item like this would not be taken into my shop, as the repair cost would be too high and finding another one in working condition would make more economic sense. That said, I took it in since the fellow shipping it to me was a very good customer and I owed him one. I spent a couple of hours on it, and the best I could get out of it was low output and very distorted sound. I called off the repair, since I'd need to spend additional time to get the amp back to like-new sound. It simply wasn't worth it.
Here's where the “value" part comes in. If this amp had been salvaged within those couple of hours, he'd have paid $250 or so for my time (which I didn't charge for) and already be upside-down in street value if he decided to flip it. However, I mentioned it had a very distorted sound. This just happened to be one of the most incredible overdriven tones I've heard—the sound of an amp just about to explode. I ended up giving it to a client who found it to be just what he'd been looking for, for years. To him, it had tremendous value and he continues to record with it regularly.
So the moral is: Value really depends on your application. A busy studio may have dozens of amplifiers on hand that clientele can choose from. All with a specific purpose. Order of importance for them may be, first, having a unique vibe and sound for specific projects, and, second, reliability. If a vintage amp has the sound they're looking for and still has the original filter caps that are well beyond their service life, it may be acceptable to leave them in to keep the sound as is. Likewise with the tubes and speakers. The speaker may even be tattered and have a few pinholes. But it's got a sound the studio likes, so it's fine.
You can still find these Music Man 112 RD amps at a good price. They are solidly designed, reliable, and real workhorses. This one received a thorough check and clean, and a new power cord. Repair cost: $165.
The gigging pro may have a different agenda. He or she would likely want reliability to be first on the list. If an amp doesn't continue to function through a set or is hard to repair on the road, it's a real problem. Even if there's a backup handy, you don't want to go silent at exactly the wrong moment. Not to mention valuable time spent trying to find a qualified repair shop in the small town you're heading to for the next gig. If you have a complex amp with channel switching and effects loops, this is doubly true. I've received plenty of panicky calls from the road asking if I know of a repair shop in the middle of nowhere. Not only is this inconvenient, but having this kind of doubt or concern on your mind can affect your performance.
Now, let's get back to that silverface Champ from the garage sale. If an amp's history and origins are unknown, I tell folks a good rule of thumb is to budget between $150 to $300 to get a simple amp like this into solid working shape. Of course, the price can also be $0 if it's just fine or you're the handy type. And it can go up if the amp has been flooded and its transformers need to be replaced. Replacing components of this nature can also bring the value down, if it's a collectable piece. These are all possibilities to take into consideration before making a purchase.
How can you make an informed decision before buying? Educate yourself! In this day and age, all it takes is a few clicks with the smartphone you likely have in your pocket right now. Sites like eBay or Reverb are fantastic for seeing what the model you're looking at is going for, even in various conditions. After that you'll need to have some basic knowledge of what can be problematic and what should be replaced in vintage amps for safety sake. We'll get to that in a moment.
A check and clean, a cap job, and a new power tube got this nice little Gibson GA5 back in shape. Repair cost: $230.
At this point, I should mention that if an amplifier appears to be in such a state that it probably shouldn't be plugged into the wall and turned on … then don't. Especially if the amp has been stored in a damp location or has any obvious water damage. I've had many older amps come in for restoration where the insulation has rotted off the wires. This is a serious fire and shock hazard. If this is the case and the amp's value or rarity merits the repair cost, then take it to a qualified technician before firing it up. I'll also mention that many vintage amps don't have polarized plugs or a three-prong plug with ground. Old two-prong cords should be replaced and made safe as soon as possible.
Also, before trying an old “found" amp, you should check the fuse to confirm it's the correct value. It's not uncommon to see significantly larger fuses used when a previous owner incorrectly thinks that the fuse value is at fault for his amp shutting off. Ridiculous as this sounds, it happens.
Okay, with that out of the way, let's take a look at some of the more common issues and some basic, possible causes. And by the way, if an amp makes horrible sounds, smokes, sparks, etc., immediately turn it off and unplug it from the wall!
A 200-watt head aimed at dirty tones that comes in at a measly three pounds.
Costa Mesa, CA (June 29, 2020) -- Something good desperately needed to come out of 2020 and Pat Quilter was not going to let us down this year! Unveiling an all new upgrade to the successful Quilter OverDrive 200, the OverDrive 202 advances an already iconic miniature 200-watt, three-pound guitar head. Pat Quilter took note of some of the most iconic amplifiers and crammed them into something so small it can quite literally fit in the pocket of your gig bag while swinging enough power to put down any annoying drummer or even a full band!
Until now the guitarist looking for serious overdrive has been forced to cart around amplifiers designed in a time before their parents were born and likely built by body builders using cranes and large scale construction equipment. Or at least that’s what one must assume given the unbelievable weight and size of some of these iconic tone machines. But even players who demand larger than life tone from their amplifiers also need options more realistic than asking the whole crowd to come to your house so they can hear your band play or renting a large moving truck to get to the gig. With a pandemic running loose, we now have the challenge of social distancing as well! We need our tone to be able to impact the person in the back of the venue, or even down the street. But don’t think this can only make face melting distortion, this amplifier delivers incredible pristine cleans, and delivers up low to mid gain tone the likes of which you will be astonished by!
The OverDrive 202 takes the “built from the ground up” 200 Watt Class D power amp design from the astonishingly popular Tone Block 202 and adds two switchable channels while also giving three tonal options that would cost tens of thousands to recreate if you bought the actual amplifiers. But the design advances don’t stop there. Utilizing Quilter patented tube behavioral recreation technology, the OverDrive 202 recreates the actual behavior of tubes and delivers unprecedented power while weighing in at a mere 3.3 pounds. Delivering an incredibly powerful performance, (notes feel bigger and hit harder) the OverDrive 202 does more than any other amplifier can while effortlessly fending off the usual gig killing problems like overheating, or adapting to bad AC power from the wall.
With wattage-calibrated Master Volume, finding the “safe” zone for speaker power for your cabinets is easier than ever. Plus, you can get the right level of saturation at any volume without any tonal change! Interfacing with the PA on silent stages is easier than ever before with cab simulated output, a choice of pre or post line out, and a speaker tapped direct out that all function safely without a load attached. The universal switching power supply not only self-adjusts to worldwide voltages, but also self-adjusts to inconsistent voltages at your local bar gig or generator powered outdoor stage without need for switches or heavy and expensive power conditioners.
Weighing in at only 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg) the OverDrive 202 is the ultimate solution for guitarists, steel guitarists, or anywhere you may need tube like or solid state-like instrument amplification. We recommend docking the OverDrive 202 in our BlockDock 12HD for 23 pounds (10.4kgs) of combo amp convenience that can keep up with the heaviest hitting drummers and full stack rigs.
“This is the best damn head we have ever made.” Says company CEO Chris Parks. “20 years from now those of you who pick one of these bad boys up will be laughing at all the poor fools with bad backs and high chiropractor bills. Meanwhile you will still be enjoying perfect, reliable, lightweight tone.”
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