Peavey ValveKing 112 user reviews
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- I used the Peavey ValveKing 112 about 8 months ago. Was not real sure if this was the amp for me, but I read the other reviews both here and on other sites. Tone is a very personal thing as we all know. I tried it in the store, but in my setting and my ax it is always going to different. Got to say right out of the box with all the presets the ValveKing 112 will ROCK your socks off. Now down load the Peavey Edit program and your off. Anything you can think or feel is at your finger tips.
- It does take a bit of learning to use the program to set your tone, but in the end it so worth it however the dials are easy to use and can do the same thing. All this is great till you get the chance. Get the break and take it on stage. Will it keep up with the tube amps? YES. I made it out of the garage and joined a classic rock cover band around Atlanta.."It's all Relative"..and let me tell everyone first hand this amp will easly keep up with a full band. VOX AC30 with a 4 x 10 cab, double bass stack and drums now throw in the keyboard.
- The Valve King 112 can lead it all and blast out there or mellow out and have a good time in the background. Your Choise all with a clean clear tone or as much grundge as you like. Got to have at least the MK II foot board even if you can only use 4 presets. I even use the ValveKing with my Acoustic/electric, just have to set one preset with a lower gain and your off. Sound is great once you get it dialed in. So here you have an amp that can hang with the big boys on the stage or at home.
- Overall Opinion
- Overall, very happy with the sound, i recommend this to anyone!
- The Peavey ValveKing 1x12 is designed to be a "boutique" style combo amplifier on a budget, and it certainly does that. The features are as follows:
*Two channels - clean and drive
*Separate equalization controls for each channel (bass, middle, and treble)
*Onboard spring reverb
*Resonance switch (for a tighter or looser feel to the amp)
*Series effects loop
*50 watts of power, delivered by a pair of 6L6GC power tubes
The amp also features a "bright" mode on the clean channel, allowing more top end frequencies to come through. The drive channel features a gain boost as well as a volume boost. These controls are activated by push buttons on the front panel or you can buy the matching footswitch to control them. The last really cool feature that this amp has is a dial on the back that allows you to go from full Class A operation (warmer, more vintage tone) to full Class A/B (louder, more focused tone) or anywhere in between. It is nice because it gets one step closer to the true "boutique" feel of those high dollar channel switching amps used by the pros!
- What is great about Peavey amplifiers I find is their ease of use. I purchased this amp brand new out of a box and took it right home. Right away I was able to dial in tones that were to my liking, and worked in both home jamming as well as band settings. I used the amp for many different styles in various rock, blues, jazz, and shred/metal projects all with great ease.
The channels are laid out very simply, and there is no guesswork to what the various controls and functions do. The clean channel is very clean, great for softer styles, but also versatile enough to go from country to jazz simply by using the guitar's volume/tone knobs or the EQ on the amp. The drive channel is the same way. I was able to go from AC/DC or Led Zeppelin style classic tones to Yngwie esque shred tones with ease and all the while the amp sounded great and performed flawlessly!
- When I had this amplifier, my main guitars were a Parker Fly Deluxe USA, an AllParts/WD Music Strat with DiMarzio HS-3 pickups, as well as various Yamaha electrics. When I bought the amp, I was using a Yamaha DG-60 combo and wanted a proper tube amplifier to get a step closer to the sounds I was hearing in my head. As I stated above, the channels are very versatile, and there are lots of sounds to be had within.
The clean channel is a great, almost Fenderlike clean. Using a darker setting with the EQ and the bright switch disengaged yielded a wonderful jazzy texture that worked very well for the Latin band I was playing with at the time. However, I was able to switch the bright mode on and dial in a bit more treble and, using a single coil, get a killer sound for chicken pickin'. This was especially effective on my Parker Fly, which has a coil tap function, so I was able to go from darker to brighter with great ease. I should also mention that this clean channel sounded great with the piezo (acoustic) pickup on the guitar... very natural and uncompressed.
The drive channel was easily my favourite feature of the amp. Even after purchasing a Mesa Boogie Mark III head and Basson Sound B212 cabinet a year later to upgrade, I kept the VK112 around for a few months to A/B the two. While the ValveKing did sound noticeably thinner (due to the single 12") I still was able to get very smooth, Boogie esque lead tones from this channel. I often used the amp in conjunction with various modified overdrive units and preamps custom built for me, but there were times that I would leave the pedalboard at home and plug straight in. I never was disappointed with the drive tones from this amp. Like the clean channel, I was able to dial in many different stylistic tones from vintage to modern. The onboard gain boost was very useful when I would venture into metal territory (though the amp is not designed to have endless amounts of saturation... the drive channel is more of a singing "vocal" tone.) and the volume boost was nice as well, though I didn't buy a footswitch for the amp so I couldn't use it effectively.
It is definitely a great sounding amp no matter how you slice it. It sounded equally decent with humbuckers or single coils I found. I found myself using 100% Class A mode for a more vocal esque tone unless I needed a bit more punch, in which case I would dial it over to Class A/B mode.
- Overall Opinion
- All in all I was extremely impressed with this amplifier. For the $450 I paid for it, it delivered a whole wealth of great tones and voices. Though some of the stock pieces (tubes and speaker) were obviously weak points to an extent, they didn't really detract from the tone, and I really enjoyed this amp for the year or so that I owned/used it. Peavey gear has been something I have used an abundance of over the years and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this amplifier to anyone looking for a great tube amplifier on a reasonable budget. It's not going to have enough chugging gain for modern metalists without a boost, but for those seeking something as a versatile, vocal sounding amplifier, look no further than the Peavey ValveKing!
- This is one extremely versatile combo amp. It has two channel one for clean and then one for a dirty tone. Both channels are very usable and voiced for a great rock n roll sound. The amp has a ton of features like reverb and a bright switch as well as a boost switch for the lead lines.
The amp is voiced more in the British flavor of things. Even though it has 6L6 power tubes which is more used in American metal tones, the amps overall is more toward the British voicings. The tone is remarkable for being at the price point that it is in.
The only thin I don't like about this amp is the effects loop in on the front of the amp. this means if you use the effects loop you will have 3 cables running in the front of this beats and couple that wit a mic then you are getting crowded.
Peavey ValveKing 112 Combo Features:
* 50 watts (rms) into 16 ohms
* Two 6L6GC and three 12AX7 tubes
* Two independent footswitchable channels
* Separate EQ for each channel
* Footswitchable gain/volume boost on lead channel
* External speaker capability
* 12-inch ValveKing speaker
* Reverb with level control
* Buffered effects loop
* Resonance switch for "tight or loose" cabinet response
* New TEXTURE™ variable Class A simulation control (patent pending)
Number of Channels 2
Speakers 1 x 12" ValveKing
EQ Bass, Middle, Treble
Amp Modeling No Amp Modeling
Number of Models 0
Number of Tubes 5
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12 AX7
Power Tubes 2 x 6L6GC
Inputs 2 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
- If you keep the amp in the clean channel and click the bright switch in the off position then you get a solid jazz tone that is rich and full bodied. It is a very warm tone great for jazz riffs and runs. If you click the bright switch on then you get a great spanky country clean tone. All you need then is to add a little reverb and you are golden.
When you go over to the dirty channel this is where things heat up. The tone is very thick and chunky. I like this tone with a medium to low body tone such as an ash or alder bodied guitar. This get your tone to cut ore when you have such a beefy distortion tone.
- Overall Opinion
- For the money it doesn't really get any better than this amp. At new these amps come in at around $400, which in my opinion is a steal for a solid two channel amplifier. The ability to switch from class A to AB is another remarkable feature this amp has.
would recommend this amp to anyone who is on the lookout for a great sounding combo amp that won't break the bank and that has real tubes in it. There is no modeling or solid state design in this amp...just real tube distortion and thick colorful clean tones.
User reviews in other languages
- Tube amp 50W Class AA / B
- Simple configuration (that is what an amp, need to find fiddle)
Equalizer and independent channel volume
Reverb for both channels, only problem
- For clean sounds, it's really not bad at all.
The crunch, no.
- Overall Opinion
- I changed the bulbs to put the Mesa 6L6 power and EHX 12AX7 preamp in.
It changes everything.
I changed the HP G12 for CELESTION, and it sounds much better.
But it is not that.
The trick is to have the proper pedals to get the sound I want, and that's unfortunate.
C'pas a choice I do it again, unless I was the large metal.
(This is my first real tube amp)
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The lamps are not excellent but it was predictable given the price.
Ps: note that the switch board is not provided! you will pay a 30aine euros more.
- The configuration is simple and rapidly obtained a pleasant sound in the clear.
For the lead channel that is a little more complicated. I never managed to get a clean sound.
I did some concerts and despite its small size, it rivaled a Marshall 4 HP (power of lamps: P)
The amp has the particularity of being able to change the texture between Class A and Class A / B. Personally I've never heard a huge difference (is more of a gadget)
- I play mostly blues / rock / thrash metal (megadeth).
I have a custom epiphone lespaul elite, but I also tried with a jackson kelly.
For the clean sound is a treat. The sound is really good, a little reverb and quickly satisfied.
For lead, the sound is muffled and fat. For my part impossible to use even for metal.
So I use pedals to add gain (fuzz face, boss ds2, bbpreamp signing Timmons) and I am very satisfied with the result. (Hence the note)
- Overall Opinion
- I have since 2008 and I am very pleased with this amp.
I had tried some of them at the time, but I'm really fond of the lamp.
For the price I think it is a good opportunity (a nuance I'm not aware of what is being done now).
I actually bought this amp for clear sound. In the long term be little change lamps for quality but you may just be paying half the lights on the amp (to see).
Personally I serves as a basic amp that comes from clean and I add pedals distortion, phaser etc. as needed. I am satisfied with the result.
- A power of 50 Watts developed by HP 12 "Valve King VK112 on has two 6L6GC and three 12AX7.
2ch, bright and saturated, the diode clipping full channel saturated ...
It has a reverb, an effects loop with protected entry and a selector control speaker response (resonance) which I have not yet understood the full meaning but which has an influence on the sound.
- The manual, I had not, so that's done.
Setup is simple!
Clearly, a button bright, super efficient, volume, equalization (typical Fender).
Lead by a boost, gain, equalization (typed Marshall).
- The clean sound is great, very fenderien, very bright.
Sanal the lead is not great, ca saturates very straight and very chemical drafts (I know that this concept is very subjective but for me it means that it is not a saturation that comes from lamps but also diode clipping).
In short you have understood, the lead channel is probably good for playing metal or something even more gore, but for blues, rock or even hard to the former, it is not quite right ... (Fortunately have found on the internet for a mod to bring things old-school, in summary, by-passes a floor preamp (of 4) and the diode clipping, and then frankly, it's pretty cool!) .
- Overall Opinion
- Good to be clear, this is an exchange, I do not think I'll buy, because 50 Watt all-tube, it's a little ears bleed and it is oriented modern.
I repeats the clean sound is great, the lead goes well with the mod, but (it is loose) for me it is not.
The value for money is very good (attention, discount super fast and in my opinion it is better to buy secondhand), but not for music hairy.
In conclusion, I do not think I would do this choice, but you understand that it is rather a mismatch between what I play and what it is doing.
- all lamps 50w amp
- no need for manual
for its seedy by changing the lamps against the speaker (vintage30) and a preamp style palmer this is not the bomb oulier is a short tube amp I do not revenderais.
- all I can do with
a clean beautiful crunch, saturation and big nickel
I play lespaul and Telecaster
all is good on this amp after some edit.
- Overall Opinion
- for 5 or 6 years of happiness he sends serious
yes marshall MG30 and a transistor jvm205
price / quality ratio exceptional yeah I bought new 372 euros
yes I would do is choose the bomb with a preamp that goes well (it's all lamp)
- Under 16 Ohm 50 Watt
A speaker 12 "ValveKing
Lamps: 2 x 6L6GC and three 12AX7 x
Two channels indépandants (Footswitchable)
EQ thomann separated by channel
Lead channel controls: gain / volume boost (Footswitchable)
Output for external speaker
Amp simulation class A / B
Dimensions: 464 x 543 x 260mm
Weight: 21 Kg
- Operation is extremely easy! 2 channels with two different equalizers and checking feet, we would not have been happier for that price. In addition, the manual provided the setting that offers to find her close to the limit quality of the amp fairly easily.
- The amp excels on the clean channel, it has no identity as a Fender or Marshall for example, which makes finding a sound that goes from slamming (with BRIGHT engaged) in his very fat. On the lead channel, the receiver allows amplitude of its lower (it is impossible to get such extreme saturations screamo) but it is very good for saturations less extreme kind rock n 'roll. The resonant switch and unnecessary and choice class A / AB quickly forgotten by the fact that he has the back of the beast. A gain boost and volume can affect the channel but will saturate quickly banished by the precision lost by their activation. The presence of an effects loop is noted as an optional footswitch unfortunately very expensive.
- Overall Opinion
- I use it for a month and I'm thrilled, of course we saw the ultimate in sound but the price was also a world of difference! I advise anyone who finds the lamp and to those who make the scene on a budget. Unnecessary to take such power to play at home, a 15 W suffirai ample.
That choice I will ever share the quality / price competition that literally explodes.
- Tube amp (3 pre amp and 2 upstairs), 50 watts. Two entrances, one with more output level than the other, thus allowing a home game without the beast scream, yeah bah 50 watt lamp still
- It's very easy to use two channels clean / saturation settings, each with their volume, and bass / middle / treble. The clean channel offers an additional mode "bright" which gives a clean enough slamming (I use it only rarely, because too garish for me). Depending on your guitar will clean round, warm, even at low volume, no worries, and then snapping at will. Saturate the clean channel with volume, like all tube amps, and, ca does matter!
Saturation level, there is a button that can boost the volume on the spot but I'm not convinced. There is also a button to boost the gain, and by ca cons sends heavy! I note still a loss of accuracy in the sound, it is less defined when this button is pressed (AC also can just be my guitar who knows ...) We'll crunch and light bluesy distortion to much hard rock, in short a nice range of sounds!
- Its level, personally I love it. This amp is not typed, you do not have the grain FENDER or MARSHALL etc. ... it's a sound on the whole fairly crude it takes work and you're done that pleased me directly. The clean is perfect for my taste, crunch nickel with the volume (note the ears and the neighbors on the other hand ;))
The only drawback is the loss of definition when the button "Gain Boost" is engaged
- Overall Opinion
- It's been 7 months that I have, and I use it often enough, and we can say what you want the whole is perfectly mounted, it's solid! at home or in groups, it is suitable for both situations, on the other hand if you are in an apartment, or in a house rather small, ca may not stick. With the experience I remake that choice for sure. The foot switch is included, for just over € 500, while a lamp, with a spring reverb, 50 watts is perfect. One word: go
- 50W all-tube, clean channel, channel saturated reverb spring (not top), an effects loop.
- Conventional configuration, plug and play.
- It has its own personality, overall sound rather aggressive
Clean bright and round, almost slamming.
Saturation to crunchy metal, but in the hard-rock/heavy it finds the best placement in my opinion.
Anyway it sounds a whole lot better than most of the transistors at the same rate, it has all the dynamics of a lamp.
- Overall Opinion
- I use it for about 4 years, mainly to play metal at the start (it does very well with a good distortion pedal), I use it now to register a more rock / funk.
This model is for me a reference for money in the combos in this range, one lamp while the price is just excellent!