ValveKing 212 review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (107 votes)
Peavey: ValveKing 212

Price paid: $ 500

Purchased from: Alvis Music

Sound — 10
I have two main guitars, one is a Paul Reed Smith Custom 22, the other a 1981 Gibson ES-335 (my personal favorite). As far as the versatility of the styles of music this amp can do it can do whatever you want, some styles just take a little more tweaking than the others do. I've heard a lot of people say if you play blues or southern rock to stay away from this amp.. I think this amp is probably best suited for those styles (and many others, don't get me wrong) but with the texture knob and the ability to tweak your sound almost endlessly you can literally play any style of music with this. The amp is more than powerful enough for probably any application you go to use it in, and if it's not mic it up and still keep that amazing Peavey tube sound. I really haven't had a problem with the volume cutting out at loud volumes, but I haven't had the amp turned up over halfway (I really don't need to). I think the distortion is perfect for blues, southern rock, hard rock, etc. And the clean is amazing as well.. Kinda has a fenderish sound but remains true to Peavey

Overall Impression — 10
As I've stated before I play a mix of blues, hard rock, and southern rock. This is amp suites all my needs perfectly and really goes beyond my expectations. I've been playing for four years now (sounds like a short amount of time I know). My gear includes a Paul Reed Smith Custom 22, Gibson ES-335, DigiTech RPx400, Daddy O distortion pedal, Hod Rod (pedal), tube overdrive (pedal), Marshall MG100HDFX (wasn't pleased with it) and my Peavey valveking. I love everything about it, would recommend it to anyone.. With the right set up you can achieve a perfect skynyrd or Marshall tucker band sound, and it's awesome for hendrix and srv stuff to.. very versatile

Reliability & Durability — 10
I've not had a problem with this amp yet and I'm not sure I ever will. It's build like a tank and seems like it could handle a ton of abuse. Just keep replacing the tubes as needed and be sure to let it warm up for a minute or two before playing and you're good to go.

Features — 9
Probably one of the best amps I have ever played.. I think it rates up there with the Mesa's for a helluva lot cheeper. The only Mesa amp I've played is the Roadking series (I think that's right) and this amp can compete with it no problem. it's 2 channels and as everyone else has stated the volume boost on the distortion channel makes it feel like a three channel amp. I'm really quite please with every thing this amp has to offer, of course I'm not much on integrated effects, I would rather have the individual stompboxes, to me they give a better sound.

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    I play with a VK112 and the amizingness is so much that I can only wander how this beast sounds...
    tobuei wrote: why is it that amps and guitars are so cheap in America this amp costs $1295 in Australia yet it is only $600 in America
    cause America is awlsome!
    this sounds like a pretty good amp to somehow magically make your cheap guitar sound like an LP custom. peavey must know magic
    i ordered this amp over a month ago. after weeks of no contact i come to find out they would have stolen my money and not shipped anything to me if i did not contact them. they also cancelled my order. worst service ever. never again will i order from guitar center. i am still getting this amp however, kick ass tube combo
    Greasyglassy wrote: I wanted to jump in on the Marshall comments. First off, I owned a JCM2000 212 combo several years back and loved it but I ended up selling it. I recently bought my son a guitar for Christams and wanted to get him a small practice amp to play. So I run up to GC and check out a Marshall MG250DFX Combo. It had some digital effects like delay and chorus so I thought this would be a good little amp for him. I got it home and played on it for a while and was stunned by how badly it sounded. Also, none of the effects worked. Real nice. Now this amp runs around $550 list and is all solid state. I took that POS back and asked the sales guy to help me out. I told him I was looking for tubes for under $700. Well, I knew Marshall was out of the question. They have nothing in that price range that is acceptable to anyone who has ever played on all tubes before. We checked out the Valveking and I was blown away. So if you are going to make outlandish digs on the reviews by saying stupid things like "Marshall is better", remember, not all of us have parents that will go out and drop $1,400 on an amp so that they can post pictures of the Marshall logo on the internets. But if you are all grown up and have a job where you pay for things yourself like a big boy, this is a great value.
    strat o master wrote: ive been thinking of getting a valveking 212 amp as a practice amp in my basement, i am convinced it is a great amp but my only concern is that it might be to loud of an amp to play in the house. Would this amp be to loud or am i mistaken
    The Volume can be dropped back. I think this thing has a master volume too so you can still get a good hot sound out of it at lower volumes. Please correct me if I am wrong, I have looked at so many amp reviews I'm starting to blend them!!!
    I think you could get a good metal tone with a decent tube amp and a good metal pedal, just find one you like!
    unholy_love wrote: Im wondering on buying this. I like really heavy distortion. Like Pantera. Now, i have a Jackson DXMG Dinky or whatever and a Boss MT-2 metal zone. Im wondering that with this setup(Valveking, Dinky, Mt-2) with be good for heavy distortion. Maybe sounding like Bullet For My Valentine. Is this the right amp?
    Where did you order it from? The peavey site?
    connor045 wrote: i ordered this amp over a month ago. after weeks of no contact i come to find out they would have stolen my money and not shipped anything to me if i did not contact them. they also cancelled my order. worst service ever. never again will i order from guitar center. i am still getting this amp however, kick ass tube combo
    I'm going to get this amp. I need zomething I can gig with and this one seems loud enough (well, we play over a PA most of the time anyway). Since I have no money to buy anything more expensive, this is the only amp in it's price range that look okay to me. I find it very reashuring to read a comment in which they do tell you to change the speakers!