#1
I saw a few youtube vids of this amp playing metalcore. My problem is I can't get a good metal tone out of it. I'm not sure why other people can get awesome tones, but My amp sounds like crap. So I have a couple questions.
1. Do you guys have any good settings for this amp?
2. Would a boss metalcore pedal sound good with this amp?
3. Should I take the amp back and get something else? maybe a vypyr 60?

I got this amp used for $500, so I can take it back and get a vypyr or something if I can't get a good tone.
I really don't want to have to rely on pedals to get a good tone so Thats why Im asking if I should Keep the amp or take it back.
#5
The VK requires alot of mods to get a great sound out of it. If I were you, I would take it back to the shop and get a Vypyr Tube 60 instead, it has way more usable tone out of the box.
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The VK requires alot of mods to get a great sound out of it. If I were you, I would take it back to the shop and get a Vypyr Tube 60 instead, it has way more usable tone out of the box.


I wanted to get the vypyr, but I saw some youtube vids with a stock valveking 212 combo and no pedals getting awesome tones, But I think I will go take the valveking back and get the vypyr.
#8
Well, OK, what settings are you using? The VK's best tones are found when it's loud.

Also keep in mind the people playing might have been using something called the 'dummy jack trick'. What this does is activate an input buffer in input 1, while you use input 2, which is the low gain input. Anyway, it serves to give you a more punchy sound than just playing in either input 1 or input 2, with a bit of added gain and clarity. All you do is plug your guitar into input 2 and a spare cable in input 1.

I like to keep my VK's settings with the bass at 6 or 7, mids at 3 or 4 and treble not past 5.
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#9
on my valveking i boost it with a BBE green screamer and have the gain at four (not o'clock), on the settings and have the treble around 3-4, the mids at 7-9, and the bass at 6. i also have the presence at zero, but you may want it a little bit brighter, so put it at two or three. the presence knob set too high on this amp will kill your tone.
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#10
Use the lead boost. It sounds really loose and flubby (lol) without it.

It can do metal, it just needs help getting there. JJ tubes are a good place to start, mine has them and I play metalcore on them. Speakers help a lot too, though mine still has stock speakers.
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Where do you live? They are all over ebay and craigslist. It's pretty much the go to amp for most heavier metal.

They go anywhere from 425-700.


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Well, OK, what settings are you using? The VK's best tones are found when it's loud.

Also keep in mind the people playing might have been using something called the 'dummy jack trick'. What this does is activate an input buffer in input 1, while you use input 2, which is the low gain input. Anyway, it serves to give you a more punchy sound than just playing in either input 1 or input 2, with a bit of added gain and clarity. All you do is plug your guitar into input 2 and a spare cable in input 1.

I like to keep my VK's settings with the bass at 6 or 7, mids at 3 or 4 and treble not past 5.


Yeah I noticed when I turned the volume up to 5 I got a better tone, but I can't have it up that loud all the time.
Here are my settings.
Bass 6
Mids 3
Treble 5
I wanted to try that dummy jack trick, but I think something is broken inside the jack.
#13
I use a MXR Dime Bag Distortion pushed with a Ibanez TS9, and I get a pretty tight metal sound.