Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
Peavey ValveKing 100 Head

ValveKing 100 Head, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Peavey in the ValveKing series.

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Average Score:3.8( 3.8/5 based on 29 reviews )
 13 reviews45 %
 10 reviews34 %
 1 user review3 %
 5 reviews17 %
Value For Money : Excellent

jkessel's review"Perfect for classic rock all the way up to metal"

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
My very first tube amp and a great one to start with. 100 watts, all tube. 4x6L6 power tubes, 2 channels, hi and low gain inputs, and texture control knob on the back. Basic controls, Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Volume, Presence, a boost switch for the lead channel and a bright switch for the clean channel.


My biggest complain was the effects loop was on the front. I don't know whose idea that was but I've never heard a compliment about the amp for that. Any rack gear would need to be plugged in the back, since it's in the front you have to run it past all the other rack gear and over the amp head to be plugged in the front. Kind of a hassle and looks messy. Other than that it is a good design and very easy to understand.


I used to be a huge MetallicA freak so I bought this trying to get close to their tone. Originally I was wanting a Mesa Mark III but this really caught my attention. By itself it pulls off great classic rock and some early tones like Maiden, Scorpions, Rhoads, even some early MetallicA. But with a boost this thing really goes wild. Makes this thing very versatile. Blues crunch all the way to metal brutals. The gain is a bit fizzier than say a 6505 but is still no where near the fizziness of a dual rectifier at low volumes. It's a great amp that can pull off many tones.


I have since sold it but it was a great amp to start on, really taught me about tubes and I had a lot of fun playing with this amp. Had some really great tones but sadly none of them were beyond exceptional. I wanted something that blew me away with at least one thing instead of multiple good things.
King Loudness10/24/2011

King Loudness's review"Great budget head"

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
The Peavey Valveking 100 is a head that was designed by the company to offer a versatile and great sounding all tube head at a price that won't break the bank. It features two channels, clean and drive. There are fairly standard gain, volume and EQ controls here, as well as some voicing switches to do things like add brightness or change the gain structure. It has a set of master presence and resonance controls for final tone shaping and there is an onboard reverb and an effects loop too.


Getting a good tone out of this amp is fairly simple. Peavey uses a fairly classic interface that bridges the gap between British and American styles. I particularly like the strong midrange character that brings out awesome harmonics and overtones, especially on the drive channel. It has a good and useful EQ section for each channel that is quite responsive and works very well. It is a very smooth sounding amp that works well with many guitars and in many musical contexts.


I've tried this amp with various guitars and can safely say it's equally at home with single coils or humbuckers. The clean channel has a nice Fenderish vibe that gets some added shimmer when the bright switch is engaged. It works well for everything from jazz to RnB styles without issue. The drive channel is a definite gem. It's extremely smooth and defined, with a brilliant singing midrange that just coaxes earthy sustain from the guitar. It works very well for classic or hard rock styles especially if you're primarily a lead player. It doesn't quite have the grunt or tightness for modern metal I find, but you can get some cool classic thrash metal tones here if that's your thing...


All in all I think the Peavey VK100 is a great and versatilevall tube head for the player who requires some great smooth tones and a strong midrange character. At about $550 new these amps are a pretty sweet deal, especially when paired with a good cab and speakers. Definitely worth a look for sure... Peavey gear as a general rule has been outstanding in my experience.

iamqman's review"what a great price"

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
The head version of this amp is basically the exact same as the combo but just in a head cab and higher wattage.

This is one extremely versatile 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.

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head 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
Reverb with level control
Buffered effects loop
Resonance and presence controls
New TEXTURE™ variable Class A simulation control (patent pending)

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.


Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Power 100W
No Effects
EQ Bass/Middle/Treble per channel
No Amp Modeling
Number of Tubes 7
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 4 x 6L6GC
Inputs 2 x Instrument
Outputs 2 x TS
Footswitch I/O
Effects Loop
Height 9.75"
Width 26.5"
Depth 11.13"
Weight 41 lbs.


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.


For the money it doesn't really get any better than this amp. At new these amps come in at around $550, 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.
Audiofanzine FR11/29/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
(Originally written by papayou57/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Everything has been already said... I give it a 9 because both channels share the reverb...



Ultra easy configuration and you'll quickly find a good sound. I'm not that experienced to say if the sound is warm, crystal-clear, etc. I've been playing for only two years and I almost never use the clean channel (I play death metal) but I like how it sounds: the sound is well-defined, clear and with some additional effects you could get a very good sound!


It's the main disadvantage of this amp... I play only heavy metal and I find the distortion sounds awful... really awful!!! The sound is imprecise and it's impossible to find a good setting: either I get too much highs or not enough and it's the same thing with low frequencies both with or without boost... it's a disaster! That's why I NEVER use the amp's distortion!!! I use the clean channel with a Boss Metal Zone and the sound is much better...

User's manual:

I browsed it, looked at the setting examples and buried it in the depths of a drawer...

I give it a 7 because of the lousy distortion channel!!!


I like it with my distortion pedal but sometimes the sound seems to change even if I don't edit my settings, and that probably has to do with the warm up time... I play a 7-string Ibanez RG7321 with EMG pickups. I set the mids and highs controls to 2 or 3 and the lows to 5, depress the two small buttons, activate the boost and add my distortion pedal (distortion to 3-4) to get a big, fat, dirty and accurate sound I like. I already described the pros and cons.

I give it a 7 because of the lousy distortion channel!!!


I've been using it for almost one year. It is reliable, works properly and never got broken. I like most of all its aggressive look and clean sound... Maybe the distortion sound is good for blues or other music styles but it doesn't match my needs... I previously tried out a Hartke Piggy Back (a disaster!) and a Fender MH-500 (too expensive for me!). During a recent live gig I used a Marshall Mode Four, which was quite good but I couldn't test it thoroughly... I bought this amp from my drummer who used to play guitar... So I got it very cheap together with the speaker cabinet. It was a good deal.

Based on my experience I would definitely buy it again at this price!!
steeven vénère08/22/2012

steeven vénère's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" report excellent price / quality"

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
Everything has already been said, look on the peavey site

except for a gain knob on the clean channel and a switch for the reverb, there is nothing missing in my opinion.


Archi simple, Eq responds quite well.

For sound, should spend some time on the set.


My punk rock hardcore trend, it does squarely against the sound sends too at low frequencies for my taste (especially palm mute).

The clean is very nice and straight, I just wish that there was no gain knob on that channel to do saturate slightly, I'm not too fond of his own.

For channel saturated, it is far from a Marshall JCM, a 5150 or Orange, but at this price, it really sends the block. Used alone palm mute, it sends too much bass, but the bass side, this problem is no longer heard.

I found him a pretty good dynamic with ValveKing 4x12 cabinet (although I admit it does not measure up to her big sisters).

I am also served in my punk / rock less bad, it took I drop the gain to less than half for it to pass.

It is quite suitable for rehearsals and stage, even though I am more a fan of Marshall JCM900, but I love the sound of the guitar peavey.


Used for about 6 months, we are all very happy in the group (and in our environment), it goes perfectly with a sound of my bass (I made ampeg 3PRO saturate).

Even if I could blame him for the lack of gain knob on the clean and sound a bit cold (especially compared to Orange), this is a killer amp for a very low price (about 450 € the head + 4x12 cabinet) It will delight those who want to pay their first stack.

Gillesdu09maz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" ValveKing head and box volume"

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
Tube amp 100W 2 channels with 2 modes per channel reverb and effects loop


simple setup, its easy to get


its versatile clear crystal-clear in metal!
I play mostly metal modern Scandinavian-style for the channel uses the bright clear day engaged with adjustable sharp as a medium 7 has a low 3 and 8 is the reverb on channel 2 for the full, a sharp medium 4 to 5 and a low 7 with respect to the volume I put the two channels at 4 for I use a volume box inserted in the effects loop which allows me to have the big sound without messing up my ears and I think C is the characteristic of this amp, it has long been criticized for its lack of energy but with a volume box ratrappe it all! j on the cabinet using a Harley Benton G412A (its vintage) with respect to the guitar ESP LTD J have a rise in EMG 81 and 85 and an increase in EMG HZH4 jackson and I can tell you it sends serious!
In lamps have always 6L6 j d j origin and I changed the preamp lamps in position V1 and V2 there are 12ax7LPS V3 and a 12ax7WA c is for me the best config for a very big sound! one last tip for those who want a well dug Mesa style or whatever, just put a graphic equalizer in the effects loop and voila, no I have effect level that a delay and a chorus that I use rarely


I possess 4 years and the question is value for money c top! with what is currently on the market today that I think I would take a Bugera 333XL but I am very happy with the Peavey

N2h2's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A good amp, but not as peavey fit."

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
amp lamps (BUT NOT ALL LIGHTS!) because a clipper of the lead channel has reported zener diodes, and the effects loop and reverb drive by transistors also. Between high and low gain (effective), effects loop (not switchable), 2 speaker outputs, a jack for connecting pedal switch (channel and gain boost). 100W delivers what is effective in a group together, but avoid at home. Effects: volume boost on the front, gain boost in front / bottom bracket, front reverb. A negative note this: non-switchable Reverb pedal. -2 Channels not truly independent because half the lamps are shared, so V1 and V3 change alters the sound of the lead. cons by independent EQ. not really any lamps, since effects loop, reverb, equalization buffed by transistors, admittedly somewhat transparent in sound, but transistor. So only 6 / 10 because of these negative points.


simple configuration, if one knows at least settle an amp. The preamp can enjoy the sound color of each lamp depending on the brand used and the choice is important. We get it sound easy. But: Clear Channel share and distal half of the preamp stage, so find lamps that have a super clean sound and you lose on the saturation, conversely, when we found the ideal combination for the distortion, clean sound is not as beautiful. Yep channel Peavey independent means independent EQ, but the preamps stages are partly common. so we just have a beautiful clean, or a good distortion, but the two have become difficult with a configuration of lamps. So for a first amp lamp is cool, but for research SOUND, we quickly become disillusioned.


Genre blues, jazz: good, according to the selected 12AX7 config (we just have a round, or crystalline depending on the lamp) Rock: Yes, absolutely correct. I would say that is the domain of this amp. Hard rock / heavy: yes, according to the selected lamps, and also according to the guitar. Hard metal: At the limit, but you have to push the gain and you start to clip the diode, so the sound sounds less lamps. Death / thrash: very fair, the gain must be pushed hard enough, the diode has clipped all going, and the sound loses its momentum and color lamps, one tends more towards sounding transistor.


been used for 4 / 5 years including 2 years in its original configuration, and then adding changes to the son for months. For several months I prefer to use only the power amp section of the amp (which I love) and bring back my true all-tube preamp custom in the return of the effects loop. In the amp lights I tried before: Marshall Mode Four, 5150, triple rectify bugera 333, Ibanez TB100, bandit 112, vox VT 30. and another but I have everything in mind. The pros: price, fiabilitée, strength, modern rock sound, the fact that really takes advantage of color sound lights, power more than enough for a group. The big +: The amp as editable as I know (see my post tips section) The -: not truly independent channels, contrary to what is announced, the non-switchable reverb in feet, not suitable for aggressive metal unlike certain items (some announced by peavey). I think such a person who shows patrcick Rondat play on a VK (available on the peavey site,) I managed to get the same sound, but it was enough to make internal changes consequent to the circuit, so it'll be well in official tests peavey uses the material in the original version, or sell the equipment used in testing. In hindsight, I do it again this election if I were to buy an amp, but I will give him the change I have already made. But honestly at the present time, I much prefer making my preamp lamps, at least I'm not disappointed about the quality and the features advertised. Cons by the power amp section adore, she is not colorful and really brings what I was looking at capacity without changing the sound of my preamp. Value for money, hard to find better lamps, the fastness is by far much higher than has amp lamps competitors same price range, which have commelotte potentiometers, component of poor quality. It certainly lacks versatility, yes, but impossible to criticize anything about reliability, because it has undergone many changes, and never Cramm, even the day I planted in my mod, only the fuse was skipped, so after all he has suffered, I just say that it is sustainable as stupid.

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

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
Lamp 100 watt amp 2 input jacks on the front A clear channel, a channel distortion, a reverb.


For the configuration disto I say what is not simple since this amp has not a good balance between treble, bass and midrange. Moreover the king valve has a knob and a knob presence resonance, cele accentuated in the difficulty in clearly setting as its rotten sound, (médiocritée of speaker). It is impossible to casiment found a good sound if you push the volume knob has more than 40 percent. For the clean sound can be all it should be something fairly simple to find an interesting sound. The manual is in English, months I do not speak English, the more I bought this amp while in France ...


This amp does not fit my style of music (metal) the metal is now wide I'm more a style between black dalia murder and gojira. J'obtiend metal sound in the metant knob resonance, presence and reverb to zero, for bass and treble at medium and medium to 75 percent. I put on are clear and distortion I use a Rocktron Metal Planet. There is a knob behind the amp that adjusts the power lamp does not put a bottom especially if you play a high volume because otherwise the amp infarction risk (I was already a muse after six months and second lamps are held two weeks). J 'uses a guitar with a virgo bc rich micro emg81 As a general rule I hate all of this amp sonoritée


I use this amp for three years I have never been satisfied, the valve king is generally sold as a very good metal amp ... For me the objective of this purchase was to find an amp that will let me oriented metal to use any device, multi effect or distortion so as to have a more lifelike. The problem is that losrque it plays in a metal band, drummer hits hard and hits hard as it must be hard to put your amp if nobody hears anything. And the king is the valve or is the problem because just 40 or 50 percent of its volume the sound is just a shit it feels to hear what a cow is slaughtered. The firm is in bad Calita speaker and his very Criare. Regarding the distal small precision I played with a guitar player who has a Laboga mr hector, and yes we also pence when it bought an amp (of credibility). With distortion of this amp I am ashamed of my group is ugly impersonel blade. What I love most, nothing. I do not say this maliciously is my opinion What I would love to the least, I will not say "all" because it would be too easy I clearly do not like the distortion and I regret that the amp Bellows as one climbs the sound. The report qualitée price I would say very low for a simple reason, even if we do not like the distortion, settings or grain (which can be modified by multi purpose) however this is not normal c is selling a 100 watt amp will be a very close shot of a 45 percent volume and 55 percent make disgusting noise for the rest. I will never do it again this election I will warn you if a vendor offers this amp to the metal you ask the right questions when you have Scalability with this amp. It is often said that an amp of this type is not made to play in her room, think you this only serves to amp it has low volume, background or to annoy your parents.

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

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
Amp head tube, 6L6 and 12AX7.
100 watts, impedance selector to connect on almost any speaker.
2 channels: clean and rhythm, an EQ for each channel, boost volume and gain boost on channel crunch, Bright switch on clean channel, Presence, Reverb and Contour common to both channels.


Well it's not a gas plant or how Recto Diezel VH-4, so not really useful manual.
Like any amp (tube), it is necessary to test different types of settings before you get a sound that matches what we're looking for. It lacks, however, a third channel for my taste ..


I play different styles in a group of jazz psychedelic triturated in utopian progressive death metal, to funk music or avant-garde. In any case, I get a sound that satisfies me. The clean channel is very hot and can be highly crystalline by activating the switch Bright.
The overdrive channel is pretty close to a 5150 I think. Some people are re-creating the idea of playing metal with this head, but she is perfect! But again, I regret a 3rd channel ..
Feel free to send me a PM if need advice with this head, or further notice!


I use it since 2006. I tried several heads (Marshall, Mesa, Laboga ,...) but not a very large budget at the time, I pulled over cele it. I use it on different speakers after training with which I play (ValveKing 4x12 for what is more muscular, not very good speaker indeed .. and 2x12 Marshall sets "soft".)
If I had the same means at the time, I certainly do it again the same choice, but taking care to choose a better speaker. Good value for money, but attention nonetheless, many of ValveKing have to take a trip to SAV Peavey (including mine ..).

awel's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Value for money unbelievable"

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
Amp 100W, 2 channels, normal tuning on a guitar amp;)


Using ultra-intuitive, manual obsolete, with a good guitar, the sound is excellent.


I bought this amp while I did not have much money, and that the valvking is a rare tube amps 2 bodies at this price.
I used to play blues / rock (Gary Moore, Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top) with my Gibson SG Std, and metal (Metallica, Ozzy, etc ...) with an EMG and Robin climb in my group stoner rock metal with my SG B (D-Tune Morpheus thank you:))

Depending on the guitar are all are good, the amp does not have a very strong personality but the sounds are incredibly good.


For almost a year I use it now I leave the room and I make all my repeat it, I take my head that Mesa for concerts or studio.
That amp is really a matter for everyone, those who want a 2 body tube for an affordable price.