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
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 :) .
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 ;) . 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.

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 (;) )
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!;)

- 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 ...

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

Ibanez VBG Valbee
Daja cit prcdement

Trs good ide from ibanez to have put on a valbee stand by, and the effects loop which for this price range is good quality trs.


Setup is extremely simple, just plug the expected heating lamp and go. As for having a good sound I'm sharp enough you really working on the amp, so I do not think this amp is versatile. The manual is pretty amber but I did not need to dwell.


The sounds are clear trs good I Ibanez RG2620 test with a typical big sound. Clear sound convincing, really brilliant trs trs enjoyable.
In terms of distortion against it by another case, ds at that one starts the boost you lose volume and power and the sound is rather bad nassillard Dfine.

So I do the test then plugging in my GT8 mthode of four cables, amp and ragi trs well with pedals diffrent saturation proposed by the WG8 (notably the MT2) The qualisation active and more enjoyable with the use of a distortion. Sounds clear gains in depth because they can be enrichier with the effects (such as a simple rverb, which is not on the original valbee)

So I put no effect processor 5 and 9 if we glue a GT8 or other multi effect in the same price range and performance.


Pretty happy sounds clear, and distortion instead of by the base I quickly rjouis by pasting my GT8. Change of Hp (ibanez of lower quality) and lamp (China) are possible to optimize the sound of the beast. so if you clear your freak of a close to those of the mesa Recto (Metallica and Dream Theater, even if the mesa Mark IV) should sound for you, but if you want to have a big sound on the lead channel do not think about buying a PDAL of distortion or overdrive is totally indispensable.

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

Ibanez VBG Valbee
Small bulbs ampli 5 watts
SETTINGS with gain, bass, middle, treble, presence and of course volume.
Note a standby switch, such as large!

A priori a very interesting product for those like me who after purchase of war material wishing to play in his lamp in their room or apartment at reasonable volume, without breaking the bank.


It's small, easy to move, one branch and we play. Very simple ...

For cons: Gets it easy to sound good?
Uh no I is not ben. Instead we get an easy its not good at all. It spits out very quickly.

But then quickly adjusting knobs it manages.

I think it's still funny ...


As mentioned above, the sounds can easily be horrible. Is there a fault on my model? Perhaps but this is my second valbee. The first was defective.

So twice in quick succession it happens but I do not really believe, everything seems to work properly.

So once you arrive at a correct sound, it's going ... the sounds are typed lamps and may have made a very nice (phew). But ... always a small sense of crachottement-channel boost.

Level rhythm that holds the road, against a leader I am not convinced. From there I took it as amplifier working so it strength to work clean.

Saturated by the cons is available at low volume and that's quite a comfort nonetheless. Convenient not to disturb anyone and work alone.

The clean again we have some good sound, a sound very rough.

The crunch is not his forte.

I put 6 of 10 because the valbee nevertheless has certain sound qualities. But strangely other things bother me a bit.

The volume is not huge. To push the beast you must increase the presence knobs, middle and treble, even not having the desired sound. Otherwise it is not very strong, at least clear enough to play with a drummer.

Edit: After careful consideration I find that 6 / 10 is nonsense. It rings of hell for the price. Frankly I would not be a bad mood.

Hop 9 out of 10. Value for its price / excellent.


What I like most about the valbee are its characteristics. That is a small high gain amp 5 watt lamps, practice to practice at home.

What I like least is the quality of workmanship. It's low-end amount. I do not speak bad of the model I had in the first, it happens.

The blue coating is rather crudely put, the whole is rather crudely assembled. It's true that at that price, it does expect the high finish. But other cheap amps are much better made.

Another thing that disturbed me greatly: the power tube that was it. The interior of the base was rusted and it did more good inside. Since I had two labeled 6L6 mesa side, so I replaced. I do not see how a lamp can happen in this state if only the base at the factory no quality control is done. It was a rotten lamp, no matter you put it anyway.

It is not very serious.

I also plan to change the lamp preamp. To see if I can just improve the sound.

The look, him, we like it or not. I personally think it's a nice design, but for an amp it's a little toy. I prefer a stylish vintage look good but must admit that the original remains valbee like that.

Do I do it again this election if it again? in fact I know, for cons I regret not having bought it either. It serves me well. I noted not too harsh on the one hand because it has convinced many people, and partly because I do not get material that has a certain charm.

It can easily be nine for 180 euros. That's the price I had. But that does not excuse everything anyway. To see.

The sounds are interesting but there's always that side that low-end resort. So we might say that instead of spending 200 euros there, as well Save and buy some of the highest quality, especially as main optical amplifier.

As stated below this is not a correct mesa, so do not expect too much anyway.

But again the valbee still worth

Edit: I think I was a little hard. The more I play and I appreciate it. Besides small faults I find really annoying.

Too lazy to redo the review, I will do later. In the meantime I readjust the notes.

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

Ibanez VBG Valbee
No need to repeat


Yes !!!


So, just to tell you that I made the purchase of the little beast and I have it customizes !!

Indeed I have dmont valbee completely and connect the new output jack so you can connect a box 2 x 12 (Framus) (bridging system)
and many serious ca pete !!! you can listen to the result on www.myspace.com/nonu We enregistrs all guitars with AC, whether is be clear or saturs ... guitar uses: fender strat mex.

for repeated recording and not need more!

on the other hand if you play in a lil place, I advise you to buy a lil power amp, I j utlise the Rocktron Velocity and ca pete really well without the sound of denaturalist valbee!


Quality price ratio excellent! m and I'd better stock because it does not take place and that it does not cost much!

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

Ibanez VBG Valbee
- 5 watt tube amp
- 2 channels (bright, saturated)
- Between a guitar, a headset, two others to put an effects loop
- SETTING THE gain, bass, mid, treble, presence, volume


- I use it in my room for a me and suits me perfectly because even a low volume the sound is clean, serious resortent well. The rglages are effective and well-sculpt the sound.


- I play this amp with an Ibanez JS100, the sound is much better than my old amp transistor is warmer and slamming, the more it seems we can still amliorer sound by changing lamps.
- I only use the clean channel with effects, but the channel is saturated trs good from a small crunchy distortion well nag a big sound straight out of a Slayer album.


- This little amp is perfect for playing in his room, while having a big sound even at low volumes, but be careful even when it has little in the stomach.
- 250 euros when it was not even given to an amp of this size, but well worth it, because I think it's the best in the cathgorie "amp room."
- I would do without this choice problem because the look and sound quality are l.

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

Ibanez VBG Valbee
Small all-tube amp 5Watt
an input output registration / Earphones
a loop to an end
on / off button and mute, gain knobs, low, medium, sharp; presence
2 channels


The settings are not easy to get it Paut a panel large enough for her without getting shit balèze!
the manual is enough anecdotes but c is not a problem thanks to the diagram on the cardboard


Hyper versatile he can do anything I c is impressive play with a type Grat Fat Start and roxanne and I can get the flashy, bold, heavy, dirty, blusy, crunchy rocked c
and with potato!
the sounds that I prefer for the moment would be clear with bass and nice treble insoupsonnables are fishing saturation. c is terrible too, but my department is me


I've had the last
j appreciates the ease of settings and sound quality and made to work in keeping a sound sourdineen convaicant least can be the lack of reverb but hey .....
c is the attempt to finally adopt the ai n I have not beat around the bush
and the price given the service provided
I do not regret one second the investment .....