ValveKing Head review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.5 (108 votes)
Peavey: ValveKing Head

Price paid: $ 361.82

Sound — 8
I am using this with a Fender Cyclone II with Jb. Jr.s in the bridge position for rhythm. It suits my style (rock, metal, and blues) very well. It's fairly quiet compared to a few other tube amps that I have tried, but I haven't moved it around too much so I can't be sure. This amp can make a large variety of sounds with the texture control at high volumes the clean channel can become a little distorted, but under normal circumstances, a person will never notice. When in high gain mode the distortion is perfect for heavy metal the tone is fairly reminiscent of a 5150II but it lacks a lot of clarity in comparison. This amp will not do a scooped tone, the mids are way too high for that but it can produce a very unique tone when properly harnessed.

Overall Impression — 8
As mentioned before I play mostly rock and this amp matches my style perfectly. I have been playing for ~5 years now and even though I don't own a lot of my own gear I constantly try new gear out at the music shop down the street. If it were lost I would buy something a bit smaller and maybe a bit more refined like an Orange Tiny Terror. I love the texture sweep ability it's like having two amps in one, however I do not like the fact that there is no master volume and the lack of a switchable effects loop. I compared every modern Peavey/Mesa/Fender/Orange amp available and finally settled on this one due to the awesome price and the sweep feature. As I mentioned before I wish it had a switchable effects loop and a master volume.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Although I haven't gigged before I have been to numerous concerts and I know it would hold up to the abuse. This amp hasn't broken down even after hours upon hours of use. I'm a "budget" guitarist so I've never been inclined to fully test the reliability of my gear but I believe that this amp would survive a small drop unlike some other amps which would just shatter.

Features — 7
The Peavey Valve King I purchased was built in 2005. The Valve King is a very versatile amp for the price but it is mainly suited to hard rock, metal, and even blues; I play a lot of rock and blues with some metal thrown in occasionally. The amp has two foot-switchable channels clean and gain, there is a foot switch which is sold separately. There is a grounded effects loop on the front of the amp as well. It has a master reverb control and a "texture" control knob which sweeps the amp tone from class a/b to class a. I wish that this amp had a switchable effects loop but for the price it's hard to complain. I use this amp for practicing, and jamming but I know for a fact that it would be loud enough to gig with at 100 Watts fully cranked ears will bleed. It contains four 6L6GC power amp tubes and three 12AX7 preamp tubes.

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    Great amp really, the clean channel is a bit boomy but that could be the cab I use. SERIOUSLY DO NOT USE THE MATCHING CAB!!! the matching valbeking cab sucks SOO much it untrue, I SWEAR, if you have a valveking head you owe it to yourself to sell the cab on ebay and get a marshall or better yet an orange cab. ITS LIKE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT AMP! I honestly cant stress that enough!! BTW im a serious giging musician (played John peel stage at glastonbury this year ) im not some kid sat in his room JUST riding my low E and playing with awful vibrato lol
    Ive been using my vk 100 for a few mnths now, but iv just noticed that when i switch off the standby mode ready to play, the valves have a blue glow inside them, which disappears when the standby gets switched back on. Iv not noticed this before and was wondering if this is normal or not? can anyone help?
    james is cool
    i dont no wat to buy peavey xxx, peavey valve king or marshall jcm2000 dsl 100? money has no impact on decison i just care bout the sound. i play metal (killswitch engage)
    bought this amp yesterday (head version with 4x12)and its AMAZING !!! the way i have it set up, it sounds better than my marshall JTM30, better than my mates jcm2000 AND better than the hughs and kettner switchblade with I ALMOST bought. now, to be fair, the distortion channel on the amp aint much cop, very muddy, fizzy distortion in my opinion, but thats not the way to use an amp like this. best way to run this amp is with a GOOD distortion pedal running into the clean channel, WITH the bright switch actuated (youll prob need to bring the treble down on your distortion pedal tho) I use the line6 distortion modeller, which gives me 4 channels of variable gain distortion. happy dayz !!!!! if you treat this as a single channel amp, you cant go wrong for the price.
    by the way, to the guy with the blue valve question, yes thats how theyre supposed to work mate ;