The Golden Melody is a full range 50 watt 2×12 combo featuring the same true ‘harmonic vari-tone’ vibrato and reverb found on Victoria’s renowned Reverberato unit. A GZ-34/5U4 and two 6L6GCs provide the clean power while the unique harmonic filter vibrato and classic preamp topology generate tones from spanky clean to Fillmore Gypsy. Spatially huge, the pulsing swirling effect of the Golden Melody’s vibrato is peerless and is 100% tube driven, using no less than three 12AX7s. Reverb is 12AT7 transformer coupled with a full size Accutronics tank standard. Two Golden Melody Classic Lead style 12” speakers are used for rich clean and punchy overdriven tones.
Here is some of what Premier Guitar had to say about the Golden Melody-
“If you have been trying to keep your eyes peeled for a simple, loud, impeccable-sounding combo amplifier, the Victoria Golden Melody should not go unnoticed. It really is a great meld of modern, reliable design with a vintage vibe in mind, with an incredible amount of headroom. Truly a work of art.”
-It features several primary attributes from some of the greatest Fender amps ever created. IN fact, a pair of them recently found their way onto the stage setup for Joe Bonamassa. Everyone knows how particular he is about his tone, so that alone should speak volumes.
The premise behind the Golden Melody is pretty interesting... Get this: Mark took the preamp stage (including the tonestack) from a Tweed Bassman, the massively lush reverb from a Super Reverb, the Vibrato circuit from a tan Concert, and the power stage from a 50 watt "low-power" twin, and combined them all into this single masterpiece. As a store that specializes in boutique amps, we here at Humbucker Music are quite proud of this one! Nice work, Mark. Well played! (pun intended)
The Golden Melody comes as a 2x12 combo running GZ34/5U4 rectified power into 2 x 6L6's for 50 watts of output. It features the same all-tube driven true 'harmonic vari-tone' vibrato & all-tube reverb found in Victoria's much loved Reverberato unit.
What is "harmonic vari-tone", you ask? Well, it's far superior to a simple pulsing tremolo effect. It's actually a harmonic filtering modulator that separates the high and low frequencies. It's then turns the oscillating highs 180 degrees out of phase before remixing the wet signal with the dry. No less than two and a half preamp tubes are required to produce this marvel of analog wizardry. The result is a wonderful tube driven tremolo/vibrato that's as sonically beautiful as anything out there.-