#1
I've got an Ibanez RG321 with some upgraded pickups. I'm happy with the guitar, it plays smooth and has a nice tone from the pickups. But alas, I got suckered into buying a spider amp when I was a noob. I'm a much better player, and now need an amp with a good tone, and good enough for gigging.
So I've been shopping around for a tube amp, and I believe a Valveking is what I want. I play all types of metal from Metallica to Killswitch Engage to Lamb of God to Trivium. Can the Valveking get this heavy distortion? Will I need a OD/Distortion pedal? My price range is around $500-$600, but can extend up to about $700-$800 USD (maybe).

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#3
search for "the valveking thread" common response is it cant do metal without a OD boost pedal, such as a tubescreamer.
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#4
Id look into a used 5150combo or engl screamer for 800 bucks or maybe a jsx combo. Im not familiar on the used price on those though
#5
well if he's asking about the VK i highly doubt that his budget can afford a 5150 or JSX combo.

The VK is a good amp, just not for those genre's u listed. You can make it hit close to the tone you want with an OD, but i can guarantee your not going to get the tone you want with the VK. I suggest a Peavey XXX combo. you can find them used for cheap and they can get very heavy
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#8
Quote by bjovi400
well if he's asking about the VK i highly doubt that his budget can afford a 5150 or JSX combo.

The VK is a good amp, just not for those genre's u listed. You can make it hit close to the tone you want with an OD, but i can guarantee your not going to get the tone you want with the VK. I suggest a Peavey XXX combo. you can find them used for cheap and they can get very heavy

he stated he can get 800 bucks tops which puts the 5150 pretty much in his price range. Im a big fan of the xxx myself and that would be an excellent choice as well
#9
No, Valvekings will do rock, blues, etc. with ease, but you need a different amp if you a heavy tone. I have a Valveking, and the tone gets muddy when you try and play heavy stuff, so I just stick to blues and rock for now.
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#10
go for a bugera 333xl 212
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#11
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No, Valvekings will do rock, blues, etc. with ease, but you need a different amp if you a heavy tone. I have a Valveking, and the tone gets muddy when you try and play heavy stuff, so I just stick to blues and rock for now.


I agree. The Valveking's stock speaker is too muddy for metal, IMO (but that muddiness can be swept away somewhat with an overdrive pedal) But with some tricks of the trade and some upgrades the Valveking can be pushed into metal territory.
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