Peavey ValveKing 212
Peavey ValveKing 212

ValveKing 212, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Peavey in the ValveKing series.

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Q.Allcool 06/05/2012

Peavey ValveKing 212 : Q.Allcool's user review

«  A good tube amp very nervous »

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Value For Money : Excellent
- All Tube Amplifier (4 x 3 x 12AX7 and 6L6GC)
- 100 watts
- Two HP 12''
- A channel by EQ
- Two inputs (low gain and high gain)
- Reverb built (but not switchable ...)
- Control of the texture (use more or less aggressive lamps)
- Effects loop
- Setting volume, gain, boost (switchable), and presence ... etc.
- Output footswitch (not supplied)

Ample power for any use, even a little too powerful to play at home ... Normal for a tube amp of this stature! It's a combo, it is quite heavy. The presence of the effects loop is really nice for all the modulation effects (reverb, phaser, delay ...) and will really use all your pedals transparent.

We just regret the inability to activate the reverb footswitch, and footswitch that this is not provided ... It costs 60 € and can change channels and / or activate the boost. The low-gain input is not used much, if you want an amp for sound clear it should clearly not choose this beast ..!

The texture control is significant, especially at high volume it colors the sound very well!

Finally there is a good setup complete except these few details, especially having two HP will sound more powerful and stable than its little brother the VK 112.


Setting the amp is very simple, once connected to the input and hi-gain after setting the mediums go! With the controls of presence, texture, etc. camping there to delight those who, like me, love to spend hours searching THEIR sound. In short, use simple but leaves many possibilities.


I connect over an Epiphone Les Paul Std +, and this is perfect for playing styles ranging from quiet rock hard rock, to prog rock. The amp is light enough for the metal, but depending on your guitar it is entirely possible to play the Metallica, Megadeth etc. ... However do not expect the play death metal on the ValveKing (it's good, I do not like death metal)

The clean sound is good, a typical all-tube amp. By forcing a little on the low you will get a warm and very cozy.

The lead sound meanwhile was very nervous, ideal for playing good rock, punk, grunge, prog rock ... It is clear that the chosen field of the amp is good big disco or rock and roll hard! Its only flaw is lack of precision sometimes when you turn up the gain, but for an entry level price in the lamps amp the sound is really good.


I use it for several years, rehearsal / Solo / concerts, and I'm still satisfied! For a budget of less than € 1,000 it's a great amp very powerful, hard to find a competitor in the same price / power.

I tried many amps before buying, including the equivalent in hybrid at Marshall and I much prefer the Peavey.

I will change soon as I can give myself a budget amp higher, like a head with an Orange 4x12 (that's another price range!).

Very good sound and excellent quality / price for this combo 100% adrenaline!