Peavey ValveKing 212
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Peavey ValveKing 212

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

iamqman 06/01/2011

Peavey ValveKing 212 : iamqman's user review

"Nice upgrade from the solid state"
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This is the same amp as the 1x12 valvking but just added one extra 1x12 speaker and doubling the wattage up to 100 watts.

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 212 Combo Features:

100 watts (rms) into 16, 8, or 4 ohms (switchable)
Four 6L6GC and three 12AX7 tubes
Two independent footswitchable channels
Separate EQ for each channel
Footswitchable gain/volume boost on lead channel
Dual paralleled speaker jacks
Two 12-inch ValveKing speakers
Reverb with level control
Buffered effects liip
Resonance and presence controls
New TEXTURE™ variable Class A simulation control (patent pending)

UTILIZATION

Details
Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Power 100W
Speakers 2 x 12" ValveKing
No Effects
Reverb
EQ Bass, Middle, Treble
No Amp Modeling
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12 AX7
Power Tubes 4 x 6L6GC
Inputs 2 x Instrument
Outputs 2 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O
Effects Loop
Height 20.6"
Width 26.4"
Depth 11.6"
Weight 64.5 lbs.

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 $650, 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.

I 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.