Sound — 10
I use a 92 G&L SC-3 strat with single coil pickups. This amp can produce a good clean bottom end punch for country picking when using a Boss compressor. For blues I get an exceptional dirty sound, good sustain with a lot of tone. For all out shred this amp will produce rich saturation, smooth harmonics and has loads of volume. I was thinking of purchasing a modeling amp but after using several of these from various manufacturers I realized that they are too complex and fragile for me in a live fast moving gig. A VERY IMPORTANT THING about amps in all these varying live gigs is that I need an amp that has tubes, easy to find the sweet spots, easy to operate, lightweight, versatile, and must produce over the top sound.
Overall Impression — 10
I Would say the Valve King will sound good with any good guitar. I play blues based rock, blues, jazz, country, rock, swamp rock, and gospel since the late 60s. My other amp is a 20 year old 50 watt tube Marshall. I love my Marshall but I must say here that the valve king equals or out performs the Marshall in every aspect and at a much lower price. I would buy another if I ever needed another. And I love the ease of operation, big sound and versatility of this amp. Before buying it I actually took other amps to gigs and used them in live situations such as Crate 3 channel, Fender modeling, Roland modeling, etc... As well as my old Marshall. I did not get the channel switch pedal with it but the Marshall pedal works with it. All in all this is a no frills amp, very uncomplicated with a sound that will have you hooked instantly if you try it.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I just bought this amp so I haven't had a chance to see how durable it will be. However, I have owned Peavey amps over the years and have found them to be vary reliable and usually there is a Peavey dealer in small towns where you can get things worked on if need be.
Features — 10
This amp is a 2012 model. I do studio recording, church, clubs and outdoor events, playing rock, country, gospel and blues. This is a 2 channel amp with a lead boost with channel switching and effects loop. The valve king is a 50 watt all tube amp. It is versatile enough to go from country to shred, more than enough power, and easy to tweek the sweet spots.