Ibanez VBG Valbee
Ibanez VBG Valbee

VBG Valbee, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Ibanez.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 19 reviews )
 13 reviews68 %
 4 reviews21 %
 1 user review5 %
 1 user review5 %
Value For Money : Excellent

Matosman59's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Lamp, yes, but ... Bad"

Ibanez VBG Valbee
5 watt all-tube
Preamp: 1x 12AX7B
Power: 1x 6L6GC
1 starter + 1 + 1 effects loop output headphone
1 + 1 Power StandBy
Volume, Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Presence
1 switch to change to the channel distortion

9 for all this in such a small box.


The sound ....
Very average.
Plain or saturated (even removing the diode which gives certe more volume, but not the sound)


Small hp which cash sickness lower medium overloaded.
Difficult to adjust, even with an external equalo.

N not accept all the great pedals.

Ok, it's a small amp, cheap, but hey, at this price, there are much better fuction.


I have it for 3 years, it takes the dust, and I think to sell soon.
Ideal for a beginner or to go to his being scratched with a small amp.
C is an amp to play at home because you can mount the volume of saturated disembark without seeing the police in the 1/4 hours following.

Better than 1 watt blackstar. (Like any amp worthy of the name!)

For now the bass amp power that really rings and I tried without using an external pedal is the lil night train with which I m erupts as much at home in that repeat, but Ibanez L, blah, blah, blah, and another blah!

Gab66's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Nice combo"

Ibanez VBG Valbee
Lamp, diode, a high gain amp with a 5-watt clear channel class A. Fun!
An 8 HP, enough to play at home, but a little lightweight to play again ...
A stand-by switch, 3-band active EQ and a headphone jack, effects loop, in short, a good range of equipment for this amp.


No need for manual, plug and tested! Settings permit to carve a good sound and the palette is rich, not much to say, it is effective.
Only downside, the channel saturated, being diodes delivers a sound level below the channel clear, but remind him this amp is for play home or studio, this is not penalizing!


As stated above, the sound palette is rich, the sounds are very friendly and saturations ranging from sharp grain grainy perfect for metal.
Against by the HP is a bit light, we feel the limits of the machine by pushing a little too much volume. A pity.


Used for past two years, the sound is nice but the grain is not super vintage (at the same time it is not its purpose), it is well equipped and can cast a wide range of sounds.
A good buy for the apprentice metalheads who does not get angry with her parents!

reject's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez VBG Valbee
5w tube


This gives a sound very easily.


Suitable for all styles of music.
The clean sound is really clean!
The boost is correct but is not toppissime.
I use it all sounds, funk, rock, jazz, metal ...


I had other amps small power but not the sound quality.
What I like the most: its value / power.
what I like least: the boost (well but not well enough designed)
Extraordinary money. And yes I've redone the choice, it is the second that passes under my hands.

Kint's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ideal for playing at home without compromise"

Ibanez VBG Valbee
It is a 5 Watt combo amp all tube Ibanez. Best selling brand in terms of amps.
Easy connection, one input, a headphone output and an effects loop is nice.
Regarding power, it is ideal for playing at home or even with friends. It 5W title but do not forget that it is the lamp, and it can send severe.
We find a knob for Gain, Bass, Middle, Treeble (active equalization, detail is important), a presence, a volume knob and a boost in its drive to move or saturated.
There is a standby power and very helpful too.
Everything you need, no more, no less, to properly erupt.


The configuration is very simple once you understood that equalization is active ... Ie it attenuates frequencies if it is below half and increases when it is over. It is also very nice in some registries.
I have not had a manual since I bought it used. But I do not think it is really necessary.
Personally, I immediately found the sound I wanted.


The sounds are actually quite rich and varied. I find that these are generally very low on the amp, which forces me to correct by increasing the treble for very little bass.
I really plays everything on this amp, it goes from jazz to metal funk and blues ... The amp respects the personality of the guitar and you can have sounds and slamming cleans very bright (on my strat) as defined in very incisive and saturated (lag arkane).
The gain is significant and can have a sound "overdrive" the tube screamer when placed at noon or larger distortion very typical Hi Gain when put in background.

I just put a little damper on the speaker ... amp deserved a 12 "rather than 8" but it would have changed its format is very handy.


I use this amp for over two years and am fully satisfied. Before buying used I could try other model like the blackheart BH5 and vox Night-train. The blackheart was not versatile enough and vox too expensive for what it was.
I judge the quality / price excellent (especially OCCAZ) and I would do this choice without hesitation.
If you come across a good occaz, you need an amp room or apartment efficient, it's time to go!
nano des bois06/10/2012

nano des bois's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a nice little lamp"

Ibanez VBG Valbee
a nice little amp lamps:

All Tube with a saturation a bit "transistor" but by small mods can be set.

Connectivity to the top:
it lacks an outlet for other HP and there are also tutorial.


Simple and effective. A little amp that can be at peace with its neighbors;
Yes I too prefer the rendering of a 100 watt grow in his last entrenchment has white lamps reddened ...
But it must be said that not happen often especially at home with neighbors and children https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_smile.gif.
So unless you're on a deserted island and have no friend (and hence no electricity).

So for all those who have a social life is more than enough.


Good light (it lacks a little reverb for my taste). But the report complies with the instrument.
To saturate the sound I think it sounds a bit 'tube screamer' as if it was sticking a foot green https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif. I love it but it may not appeal to everyone.
According to the purist it just disconnect the two diodes and put a cross (that's what I did) to be used: tube screamer sound.
Pure or sound tube.


A very good amp with a very effective equalizer. Who deserves to be studied for small budget or lamp for home use.

Note: I fate in a 2X12 cabinet and works very well even with a drummer REPET can a deaf. Well I'm not metal neo-Bourin ... well ... but it slams Enjoy

matt88's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez VBG Valbee
5W tube amp class A (6L6 power and a 12AX7 pre-amp).

Level connections: An instrument input, a headphone receiving the lamp power, an effects loop. A power switch is Pesenti (no kidding!) And a standby switch handy when not playing.

Then we have a 3-band active EQ (bass, middle, teble), a presence knob and a volume knob. Finally there is a little switch to switch from clear channel to channel saturation.

This small blue cube is equipped with a loudspeaker Ibanez Power Jam 8 "4 ohms.

I put the score of 8 because the effects loop is really good come on an amp in this category and the standby switch goes well too. I do not put 10 because I think the HP is ridiculous (they could have put a 12 inch anyway!) And a reverb'll have been well come as a footswith to change the channel right there but we fall into the tastes Luxury especially since the amp is really not expensive for what it offers.


Configuration on this amp is simple, no need "for science is knowing how to use a 3-band EQ!

I have not had a manual with the amp (bought used in a music store), but frankly it's no use, people take their French-English dictionary and then look for the translation of input and c ' is good!

There are some basic settings on the drawing board for bebeus who do not know his leu find themselves, but hey that's really what gadget!

I use to put the score of 9 because it is understood that the equalizer is active (ie it not only works by reducing frequencies, above 12 to amplify it.) & %&%&%&% sound level is really perfect to start discovering the "sound tubes".
Ok the Hp is a bit smaller, and consequently we lose one bit of definition in the bass but it just always change the speaker (4 or 8 ohms) without problems.

In his sound is crystal clear and warm, heaving a little gain is obtained crunch sounds (hummm! Chocolate!) Not too bad.
on the other hand must note a decrease in overall volume when changing channels (this because of two diodes in the circuit that can remove).
At the channel is not saturated at the same story sound, the sound really hi-gain at low volumes, I do not like (too dirty to me) but good between us I do not use the channel never saturated with the amp I'd rather use my own pedals for distortion.

The effects loop is really a pleasure significantly, especially in an amp of this class, I'm glad they thought of that at Ibanez.

Finally, for people who are afraid of the sound level of this amp (I recall that it is a 5 watt): do not worry the output level is very good (ok you will not make the Stade de France with) good quiet enough to play at home again and if your drummer is not a big nag.

I would put her at 9 because I was a little disappointed with the overdrive channel, the channel is clear, is really cool and delivers very good sound of the moment when one knows the master eq. As I said earlier it was really his "light" with this amp and it has very little play even with a volume of 5 watts, what more?


I have this amp for two months now, I used every day with great joy.
Pros:-loop effect
It's light that is present
-Very satisfying volume of output
Appreciable standby-switch

Cons:-speaker phone is too small
-Saturated channel too hi-gain
- A little toy at first glance (what an idea to make an amp blue!)

In conclusion I am very happy with this amp, I think that level for money it is unbeatable (€ bought 180 used). I would do without hesitation that choice, I really recommend it to all people who want a tube amp without breaking your back and want to piss without repeating quiet everyone. GO CREATE !!!!!!!!!!!


The bestseller among Ibanez deserves its reputation!

Ritonkeupon's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez VBG Valbee
Tube amp in which everything has been said previously.


The settings have not been easy at the beginning because the equalizer does not work exclusively in mitigation. This amp has very interesting possibilities and offers a wide range of sounds.

The manual is not helpful, but the sound samples on the package can better understand its use.

I have a lot of trial and error before finding the sound that suits me.


Originally the amp Excellent sound, perfect for working at home or make a small pickups.

The clean sounds were very usable. The boost channel I liked less.

The valbee fully respect the effects, which is interesting for a low power amp.

My only criticism concerns the HP is a bit small, and not necessarily good cam.

After a year of use, the sound was really tinny.

Since I have completely changed the valbee according to my needs so this review is subjective.


I use it for almost 3 years.

Originally it is a good tool, with a value for money near-perfect.

The number of possible settings this amp stand out from the rest of the production of the 5-watt lamps.

I have made since to many mods to get a true Swiss Army knife of amplification <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_lol.gif" alt="" /> quiet to work and have the same options as a high end amplifier and / or higher power (preamp modified configurable effects loop, speaker output ...) while retaining the format 5 watts.

I now have a perfect tool for work, this amp is extremely versatile.

It's a choice I will ever be without hesitation.

satare's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez VBG Valbee
Amp 5W Lamps,
Ffects loop without SETTING THE volume, headphone output.
Rglages volume, gain, treeble, medium, and bass prsence

An outlet baffle does more than many would view!
The speaker 8 "is pretty bad


Extra simple configuration is a single channel amp with a boost, no surprises. That said, would also have an output Footswich t good view (but ... We do not play in a group with this kind of amp ... Whatever )
I did not have the manual, but as with all amps of this kind, they only serve gnralement nothing.


Level Sound: Ok, the it works well; D I play mostly blues / rock with the clean sounds are really nice, they may be going on everywhere typs, thanks to the legalization active electronic

A high gain: it has against a distortion here trs go anywhere, I think. A decrease in volume can be heard when changing "channel" (this from two diodes that can be removed without problem, losing the characters nanmoins Hi Gain of it.)


I bought it in September 2008 and have jou "as is" for 3 months. Then I just wanted to amliorer: I opened the belly, I rout the son of the speaker to a female jack to give it a 4ohms hp output, and have deleted the 2 diodes cited above. Rsultat: What potato! In an apartment, I can not push more than 1 channel boost, which for once is more powerful than the clean channel (no normment, but all the same )
The gain level is greatly reduced up big I get an overdrive, but I do not regret the change at all (I built him a wooden box for the head amp into 4ohms and plays with pedals for overdrive / distortion upstream.)
-> Need the effects loop.
In short, a good investment base, which rvle be even better with a small modif (Especially if you buy OCCAZ ...)

8oris's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez VBG Valbee
- What kind of amplification (lamp, transistor ,...)?
Amp all-tube class A with
<ul> Prampli: 1x 12AX7B
Power: 1x 6L6GC </ul>

- What is the power dlivre?
5 Watt ...

- What connection?
Between 1 + 1 effects loop (Send In / Out Return) + 1 headphone
Power switch 1 switch + 1 StandBy

- What are the rglages the effects? ...
Intgr no effect.
Rglages: Volume, Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Prsence
A button to switch on the channel distortion

A simple amplifier handle. We are not facing a gas plant. Allows you to set foot in the world of light!

The effects loop.
Setting "Prsence"
The standby (yeah that price is the one able to apprcier)
The original design if you really apprcie (my case)

The -:
The absence of an HP Output
The original design really apprcie if not (not me)

For me, it's worth a 8 / 10!


- The configuration is it simple?
Yes, rglages ractifs are and actually do their job. They are accessible and rather well done for.

- Gets it easy to sound good?
Cf Tones ...

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Unfortunately never had!

Well I put 8 in the absence of HP Output
30 seconds for a sound and understand how the bazaar!
The -:
The lack of exit HP confined bte use the home or studio


Above all, this amp I used (and uses) for about a year of daily fawn.
My expriences amps (which greatly influence my opinion, no doubt):
Marshall MG30DFX 30W Transistor (https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif)
Peavey Studio Pro 112 Transistor
Marshall Valvestate 80W Hybrid
Transistor Drive CD20R (Mouarf)
Amps studio: JCM800, 900 Valveking, 5150, Vintage Modern, etc ...

My style: pop kitten (the Kyo), the hardcore bar (The DEP, Meshuggah, Ion Dissonance) and tatal that spot (Gojira, Pantera)

- With what (s) guitar (s) / low (s) or effect (s) do you play?
My guitars: LTD MH400NT LH (Mount 81/85)

- Is it your style of music?
Yes but with distortion pedals of Additional and eq!https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif

- What are the sounds you prfrez, you dtest?
In rglant the amp in clean, Bass 5, 6 Middleton, Treble 7, 8 I get to have a great range of sound that does not include me dplaisent playing with rglage pr sences to make clear sounds softer and distorted sounds more aggressive.

- What kind of sound you get and with what rglages ("crystalline", "bold ",....)?
Without forward chaining, the sound obtained with the channel distortion is trs rock, a moderately aggressive crunch does not m'intresse and I think for the lightweight mtal, too cold for the blues but IDAL for the soft rock!
With or without chaining, even when the sound has more mouth, more than me with the lights ...
That shut me skeptical about the diffrence lamp / transistor, I admit that the job of those in the dernires Valbee changes when the same cot trs "electronic" transistor amps!
The sound of the body, it is much more alive!

This amp sounds like an amp 150/200 lamp! I jou on the JCM800, JCM900, 5150, and it is clear that the valbee is not a "mini" version of these monsters! It's a lil amp to play Penard lamp at home, not a box of the race scne fates: it has t built design with this in mind!
If you know nothing about lights in amp is for discovering the IDAL
The sound "tube" is l!
The -:
I not see that price, not DSOL!

I put 9 / 10 because there are other models that mritent probably some attention!


- How long have you use it?
Year or two

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
I love the sound, shape, design, simplicity and efficiency for this price!

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
- How do you report qualitprix?
Excellent! Used especially as it begins be an even more attractive price!

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
I do not know but I do not really regret this choice
EDIT: 2 years APRS, yet I do not regret this amp which I'm not prs me spare. For home use, it's really THE TOP! In addition, the price, I think there is still one of the few to offer a real legalization, not a poor Tone (see Fender, Epiphone). It is also the "muscle in this CATEGORY. It sounds even low volume, the top is really clear to cash pedals!

It is even IDAL for those who want to get their hands on the customization amp because the net is full of tutorials to change HP, sound, etc. ..

Sat'Ryani's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez VBG Valbee
Everything has already been said on these points. I put 9 because perfect does not exist!


So there is a big 10


This amp suits all styles of music, provided they make the right adjustments and adapt the good effects it ...
My guitar: a Pacifica 412
The sound can be cristalin, medium or bold blues and jazzy ... according to the subtle adjustment of the EQ. I prefer the pure, round and warm although the clean and slightly crunch putting the gain ... There is plenty of opportunity to find his SON.


I for one week and already I'm in love! I like its purity and incredible presence in this HP so small ... I was lucky to find one that has undergone external HP output transformation. I tried it on a 2x10 ... that happiness! But the original HP sounds very, very, very good.
This amp deserved good integrated reverb, shame!
Amps, I have not had too much front on the other hand, of MultiFX, pedals and other simulators with effects and the whole shebang ... I spent and I can say that none reaches ankle this little blue bee in its purity term.
Its price is ridiculous for what it offers, remaining within the limits of its class, of course, it's not a 100 watt lamps !!!
It took six months to find it, you think that if I had to do ...