Peavey ValveKing 112
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Peavey ValveKing 112

ValveKing 112, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Peavey in the ValveKing series.

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yoTrakkz11/08/2011

yoTrakkz's review"It rocks!"

Peavey ValveKing 112
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.

UTILIZATION

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.

SOUNDS

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!
King Loudness04/26/2011

King Loudness's review"For the price it's a true King!"

Peavey ValveKing 112
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!

UTILIZATION

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!

SOUNDS

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!
iamqman04/26/2011

iamqman's review"Awesome!"

Peavey ValveKing 112
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)

UTILIZATION

Details
Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Power 50W
Speakers 1 x 12" ValveKing
Effects No
Reverb Yes
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

SOUNDS

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.
Azergty0011/21/2012

Azergty00's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good quality / price ratio avoid gain"

Peavey ValveKing 112
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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.

UTILIZATION

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)

SOUNDS

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.
l'ouie sauvage11/18/2012

l'ouie sauvage's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" amp a little soft saturation"

Peavey ValveKing 112
all lamps 50w amp

UTILIZATION

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.

SOUNDS

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
practical transport
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)
Rosak07/10/2012

Rosak's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Does its job!"

Peavey ValveKing 112
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

UTILIZATION

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!

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
bert'nortt'03/19/2011

bert'nortt''s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" correct ... and it suits me"

Peavey ValveKing 112
cambo lamps ..... 4x6l6gc 3x12ax7/ecc83 hp 50w .. very. ... basic
by setting selector clean ... or .... Lead
2 Canneaux independent (adjustable pedalier possible) egalisateur3 bands
Resonance control over reverberaton (spring) effects loops ... jack hp parallel

very simple fix

UTILIZATION

simple setup
hp mediocre sound and basic you can change it to 60 / 70 euro ... see also the lamps is improved by changing the whole (especially the reverb and sound) of 250% with 100 so 150 euros more then he can become very good ... (5 year warranty please!)
axcés lack any semblance of "chorus" ... but hey ... not bad overall ...
.

SOUNDS

for my purpose well enough ... the grat 'also plays for a lot with "knob's a hagastrom Viking issuing a very big sound is suppérrieur Hepi has' small price ...
for the metal that goes with the modif ... so if you have a strat IBAN over 1500euros it may surprise you in the right .... without a "rickiki" of 350 euros which has not changed over fear Large ........

OVERALL OPINION

I play for 2 years for the price .... dessu what to ask for more?? 350 euros .... nine .... very good quality / price
I tried other models without considering the price offered ... ..... Friends have the best and worst ....
for some modif's like you have an electronics friend he can make it almost perfect ..... .... to suggest that youth who have a tight budjet.
unnamed-guitarist01/29/2011

unnamed-guitarist's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Peavey ValveKing 112
Amp lamp 50W, 2 channels (bright / saturated), 3-band equalizer, reverb
-1 Button "bright" for the channel to clear as its name implies to have a brighter sound
-Behind a knob for adjusting the amplifier power (personally I've never touched, it is always at max)
-2 Boost knobs on the overdrive channel: one for saving, one for volume

purchased with a footswitch (not supplied on thomann and other online stores, but the store I was offered)

UTILIZATION

simple setup. love me all the seller explained the operation while I was trying, I did not need the manual (and anyway it is frankly not very complex).

SOUNDS

I play everything (from reggae to hard rock), and I think it suits all. is the entry-level light, we must not expect a perfect sound, but it's still well above a transistor amp.

its really hot, a little saturated fat channel (but I like that). may not be the best amp for playing metal.

bright button brings more that can be interesting in the clear, but I use little. I prefer the warm sound, but for someone who likes the crystalline sounds that can be nice.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a little over a year, and I love it. I have not tried other models, there was that I wanted. anyway a tube amp at this price, it's worth it.

I like its simplicity of use, its hot, its price (for cons I think he has grown since I bought € 430 in December 2009 and I saw him this morning on 500 € thomann and other VPC)
I like the sound a little less "bright", but there is no requirement to use them.

with experience and for the same price, I would do without hesitation that choice. I have not found better in this price range since (well it's true that I have not tried either the masses as for me ^ ^)
SuperSnailBros10/04/2009

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

Peavey ValveKing 112
Peavey tube amp 50 watts RMS
2 channels with bright switch on clean channel and boost volume / saturation for the channel distortion
HP control resonance and texture (amp in Class A or A / B)
spring reverb (very bad, and no insulation!)
effects loop
HP output for external 16 ohm
guarantee of 5 Ansil weighs 23 kilos, which is reasonable.
For cons, the footswitch is not included, which is rather unfortunate <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt="" />

UTILIZATION

Nothing really revolutionary on the front, use is nothing fancy, it's simple and classic, not need the manual.
Use level, the big problem is the equalization of channel distortion, which does not really effectively change the sound of the amp. The HP also limits the amp itself.
Finally, the switch A / AB does not have much, a small difference in volume and grain, no nothing to shit on the walls. As against the frequency control of the HP is quite nice, and allows to vary the tone of the amp.

SOUNDS

The VK is quite versatile, can play a lot of different styles, even if it is not predestined to metal: lack of bass, gain, precision. Too bad I play mostly in this style This is the clear sound that surprised me most about this amp, really nice, friendly, with good balance, while being faithful to the signal of your scratch. If you play mostly in the clear, this amp is worth it. In crunch is as bad as, pretty well anything vintage. Finally in heavy distortion, the HP shows its limits: blatant lack of precision, frequencies that are poorly staged you can not have a muffled sound or loud: the boost, the only way to have a real big distortion adds a lot of treble, and equalization of the amplifier is aps accurate enough to fill all this. Amp its pretty clear then, but the rot really disto HP (jme request anyway it is a V30, but hey ...). A high volume, however, the quality of the amplification of Bouzin catches a little thing, you end up with one's really not bad!

OVERALL OPINION

The price is nice for an all-tube, but only if you play light or small OD or distortion. It's been two and a half years that I have this amp, and I do not have that choice would do, because I play mostly the metal ever since. The distortion of VK is disappointing for all the styles a little violent. Note that I think with a change in HP, this amp would gain enormously in quality!
gadjot12/19/2005

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

Peavey ValveKing 112
I tested version 50 watt all-tube, amp very simple design nothing to do
with the surf of amp simulations not always successful, with a clear channel
basic settings volume, bass, mid, high, plus a button to another very effective presence
button to switch on channel 2 that saturates it! even very simple adjustment gain volume
severe acute medium knob a boost button for the reverb to nationals for large saturation, an effects loop a master volume, and interstitial stanby sector, an entry deriere the beast to go from one channel to another, voila!
against by the overall quality of the craft is below the triple xxx series!

UTILIZATION

To find a good quality sound is simple, clear that both saturated
The adjustments are very simple volume and equalization for sounds that are very beautiful CLEEN
and yes it's all lamps for saturation ranging from blues to hard though no muscle
adjustment problems either, there is not much of a button!

SOUNDS

The sound is really nice in various styles, the grain is really light and it makes
good, clear sound in Felt slamming funk and jazz singing much larger saturation, equalization is simple but very effective,

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a month and frankly I'm not disappointed, I like the sound or light saturates easy to find value for money 430 euros or Musikservice Thomann
amplifier without the fuss and sounds great!