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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benhetfield 09/15/2011

Peavey ValveKing Royal 8 : benhetfield's user review

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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!