Peavey ValveKing Royal 8
Peavey ValveKing Royal 8

ValveKing Royal 8, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Peavey in the ValveKing series.

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All user reviews of 4/5 for the Peavey ValveKing Royal 8

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chromaticism's review"Tiny All-Tube Amp, Huge Sound"

Peavey ValveKing Royal 8
In today's world where space is considered a luxury, small guitar amplifiers are a godsend. It's not really surprising then that low-wattage tube amplifiers have become the trendy item for people who have crafted home studios for personal and professional use. One of these small, budget-friendly tube amps is the Peavey Valve King Royal 8.

As the name suggests, the Peavey Valve King Royal 8 is a 5-watt all-tube (or all-valve) amp with a single 8-inch speaker. It is a class-A amp with a very straightforward design, having a single 12AX7 tube for the preamp section and one EL84 tube for the power section. Looking at the front panel demonstrates its simplicity with its two inputs, an on/off toggle switch, a headphone jack, and three chicken-head knobs for control over gain, tone, and master volume. It's pretty obvious that this amp doesn't have all sorts of "bells" and "whistles" like a three-band EQ and effects that you would find in other amps of the same size.


The Peavey Valve King Royal 8's sound is simply that what you would expect from a tube amp: a nice, warm tone every electric guitar player would appreciate. With the right settings on one's own guitar plus the tone knob at 12 o'clock, the gain somewhere at around level 3 or 4 (this is not exact as there are no numbers around the periphery of the knobs), and the volume around 12 o'clock, we can get a pretty decent clean tone for a tube amp. Cranking up the gain to full provides a nice crunchy preamp distortion. Given the size of the amp, tone shaping possibilities, and a limited volume output, the Peavey Valve King Royal 8 is very useful in recording. For recording, one is required to use at least a single microphone because of the lack of a direct output jack, encouraging users to treat the amp more like an acoustic instrument during recording rather than just simple sound reinforcement.

The manual include is rather simple and easy to read. The matter of fact is that the Peavey Valve King Royal 8 could be used straight out of the box without the need to go through the manual. You can just plug it in to a power source, plug your guitar into one of its inputs, turn it on, fiddle with the knobs a little bit, and just start playing. A user can easily get a good sound from it on its own. For an amp its size, it is surprisingly loud and could even hold up on its own against a drummer without mic'ing it up. However, the amp cannot be overdriven to extreme levels (i.e. distorted sounds for metal) with its set of controls, and so getting it to sound really heavy for hard rock or metal requires the use of pedals.


I use most of my electric guitars on the Peavey Valve King Royal 8. Since I usually play jazz with it, I like tweaking it to get a clean yet warm sound. Occasionally, I would just set the gain knob to full for preamp distortion and control the amount of distortion by just lowering or cranking up the volume knob on my guitar. It is surprisingly responsive to volume control found on most guitars, and so it is relatively easy to get some classic sounding tones. In my experience, I get great sounding tones out of it with passive humbuckers like a Gibson PAF. To get heavier distorted sounds, I would use effects pedals with it.


The greatest thing about the Peavey Valve King Royal 8 is its simplicity. It's the kind of guitar amp that you just hook up and play right away. It's very easy to get great tones out of it because there's not a lot of things to adjust other than master volume, gain, and a single EQ knob. For a tube amp of its quality, I can say that it's money well spent. It's an all-tube amp you can get at a budget price. Compared to other amps of similar design, it has more control options than the Laney Cub 8 and the Epiphone Valve Jr. (three knobs for the Valve King Royal 8 against two for the Laney Cub 8 and one for the Epiphone Valve Jr.). I do think, however, that it would have been better if it was a two-channel amp (clean and overdrive) like a Blackstar HT-1. Had Peavey decided that it should have separate clean and overdrive channels plus footswitch control, it would have been the perfect studio and practice amp. Overall, I do think that the Peavey Valve King Royal 8 is an excellent all-tube amp that would meet the needs of most guitar players for studio and practice applications.

- All-tube amp at a budget price point
- Simple controls
- Great volume output considering its size.
- Versatile sound

- Single channel only (no separate clean and overdrive channels)

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

Peavey ValveKing Royal 8
Class A tube amp
5W power


Easy to use good clear sound


I changed the HP for a Jensen 8 "Ceramic 25W C8R vintage.
For 35 € is what to do: the amp sounds now.
With a BB preamp is a well full-bluesy sustain.


It is handy for use in small and lightweight Repeat if you change the HP

benhetfield's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A good amp to start lamp"

Peavey ValveKing Royal 8
Everything has been said (:
You just have to keep in mind that this is "a" 5w, but light, it sounds almost like a 50W transistor in terms of print sound power.

A headphone jack: super useful bug that plays in an apartment and is sometimes roommate! You can enjoy without disturbing!

I put 8 because I would have liked a saturated channel, but hey at this price it's true that it's hard to have it all.

Another note, a speaker output would have been nice. I for one do not need it so I would be neutral to that.


Configuration ultra-simple: three knobs volume / tone / gain.
If one can doubt the actual usefulness of the gain knob (which only saturate so frankly disgusting sound), the volume and tone are effective (thankfully!).
Manuel: I do not have, having commanded occas', but hey I think it is frankly useless.

Getting a good sound is done fairly quickly, mostly with the tone, for the past 12 hours, the gain is saturated (but so disgusting, again).
Note, however: my guitar is fitted with Gibson 496R and 500T, which have a high output level, it is likely to play. On simple micro brings little gain to be more choice?

The headphone jack is of real use, we like to have an amp in this price range lamp. Coupled with a good headphone (for me a Sennheiser HD650), is pure happiness ... In clean only! For in disto is the effect "honeycomb" ... Again at this price, it is not expected to have a headphone simulated.

10/10 because it is difficult to make simpler and more efficient in terms of use.


I play whatever is in the range of rock and metal chouillas, and we must say that this amp plays great role in the first style city.

Base, with the original HP, the sound is already good enough. Sounds cleans are full of harmonics, it sounds of thunder.
However, coupled with an overdrive (Boss DS-1 or Marshall Guv'nor Plus for me), the amp gives its limitations when using high levels of distortion. Perhaps the fault of the size of the HP 8-inch? Otherwise, in a crunch or distortion not too far, it goes nickel.
In all cases it is clear, it is not an amp built for metal. However, for small distos and sounds clear, it is due.

However, having read the topics on this amp on AF before I get it, and have actually found that the HP original still sounds a little cheap, I opted for the change of HP. So I took a P8R Jensen (a dish that has cost me half the price of the amp, but hey I thought even if it be fun ...).
And then, radical change! It really is THE better to do on this amp. It really breathes! The sound does not change in saturated or very little, but opens its clear, that sung to death. It becomes a pleasure to play it clean.

A downside, however: pass 3 / 4 volume (which is still pretty huge), the clean sound a little saturated, and not very pretty.

I play almost constantly with a compressor (a modded Boss CS-3), and most of the time with a chorus (the boss-2). And the sound is magical:)

I put 8 / 10 because the original HP is pretty good but it could be better! Too bad also that we have not a distortion channel ...


I use it for 2 ½ years.
I have not tried many other amps (other amps lamps but good friends, away from the 150th ...). I looked at what was AF as a small all-tube amp (story ...), and the one who came out and that could well was hack it.
I found an opportunity 'not too expensive, so I bought it!

The characteristic I like most: the sound that rips really clean all:) Especially when the HP changed. It really is a killer! Another good point also to the headphone output! And, despite its 5w, it spits!
The characteristic I like least: first saturate the gain that is so disgusting ... Secondly the fact that it also saturates 3 / 4 volume, even after the bowl changed. And finally the original HP!

Quality / price ratio: rather not bad at all.

I would do if this choice? Probably, but before I would try other small lamps in the competition! Now he begins to have a lot!

Fuckaster's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" bluffing"

Peavey ValveKing Royal 8
blablabla like other opinions

I see this amp as an effective basis is of the lamp, which sounds like such.

if you want a distortion or EQ pedal it'll take very good

the aim is clearly to provide a good basis to work cheap and the objective is met


good sound, plug and play


Surprisingly low for a trick like the mini, it is entitled to expect a sound of shoe boxes, pulling the treble while a round was surprising and serious, not acidic at all. It's more quality in my opinion. the low-end stuff sounds often acidic and for the price you can ask.

The only limit is used with the gear, bad guitars sound more evil in this amp than the others I tried in my vie.Donc with the stew of sounds like crap

He's also a mini volume amp, it deposits.

The treble has tough rules on distos pronounced with pédale.Ils sound a little odd to do in the fineness of settings but it must come from HP According to previous reviews and the lack of equalizer adds to the problem.


Other opinions are good, I just wanted to make a few precisions

For the price it's a bomb, in absolute terms it's good stuff like amp or repeat work.

Buy without fear.

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

Peavey ValveKing Royal 8
Everything is in the advice dj saying previous ones.
it lacks a little be true with 3 knob EQ (bass, medium high).


I use it with a pocket pod to play with me without making too much noise, and without having to put a headphone.
the sound reproduction meets the lamp a little Global Warming simulation pod, that's what I tried.
use is simple enough but in my case


The sound of the amp alone (just the guitar into the amp) and correct.
with a Gibson Les Paul, forced to put on between low for a clear, if not a crunch.
with the gain at 3 / 4, we obtain (always with the lespaul) lgre disto a relatively surprising for the prtention bte. must not imagine a sound ill, remains a tiny amp.


I have this amp for 6 months, I used to play with me without pissing my world is great with the VK212 ERRF.
report quality price more than acceptable to me.
It plays its rle:
- Sounds good at low volumes
- The color of his pocket pod making them a little more crdible.

A remake, if finances follow I will not repeat this amp, but an amp like a Mesa 5:25, but the price is multiplied by 10!