Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
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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
jkessel05/01/2012

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.

UTILIZATION

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.

SOUNDS

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.

OVERALL OPINION

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.

UTILIZATION

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.

SOUNDS

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...

OVERALL OPINION

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.
iamqman06/02/2011

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.

UTILIZATION

Details
Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Power 100W
No Effects
Reverb
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.

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 $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...

UTILIZATION

Clean:

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!

Distortion:

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!!!

SOUNDS

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!!!

OVERALL OPINION

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!!
Gillesdu09maz06/13/2011

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

UTILIZATION

simple setup, its easy to get

SOUNDS

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

OVERALL OPINION

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
delaymaster11/14/2010

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.

UTILIZATION

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 ..

SOUNDS

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!

OVERALL OPINION

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 ..).
pollux21204/22/2008

pollux212's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
Said below.
This is an entry-level amps.
amp all-tube, should be specified. but some who tested below do not know aparamen not use this feature.
jm'expliquerai after.

UTILIZATION

The settings are fast, there is direct what you're looking.
The equalizer is really good, the frequencies are shaped to perfection.
short, not rocket science.
is not a single knob to no avail, all are clear.
over the course of buttons, is really long, which allows for extreme versatility.

SOUNDS

The CLEAN is warm, round, worthy of a tube amp, is not to say. after, only purists will find a way to get cash, but I want to say: molo guys, it's a "outset", just not disgusted ki ones can not afford rectify a triple, peavey tt lamp or other ...
entry here means that it is not perfect. c a fact!
but not in the clear.

Personally, I trèèèès the big sound, a mix of death metal, thrash metal beam that! blast it dry!
So JMI connai pa mal saturation and I am looking for a sharp and burr san!
pr back to the beginning, this is a correct pa, but a tt c Kamemi lamps!
ki are those used with the vehicle's gross distortion, find the fat, heavy, slightly Péchu ...
yes, but if you decide to clear the channel coupled with a good distortion pedal for metal muff-type or other tube preamp, you will get a sound as powerful if not more than a mesa! forget the marshall, c exceeded at this stage, although c tro powerful.
pr say, I tested in parallel, a Laboga Mr Hector, and ValveKing + metal muff, and after a few seconds SETTINGS, I managed to find the same sound a little closer!
jfai outside the pub in May for those pa ki have big budget, do not hesitate, ValveKing with a distortion pedal of his not cost autan k'un mesa, but it sounds like!

short the resulting distortion, there's a grain precise, sharp, bright, punchy, with good palmutes well supported.

I put all the same 7 / 10 c psk not sound gross amp either.

OVERALL OPINION

I tested both moult in store, with friends, and c true that saturated gross shit, but after lots of testing with the effects of different distos, I managed to use the grain of lamps their advantage! is a characteristic not to leave aside!
for an entry level head, there really means to lay a more than adequate.
I have a pr randall head now, it costs 100 € more, but a hybrid c. I still sound clean with a metal muff, but next to the Peavey ValveKing, c dla really cheap!
the sound is less accurate above.
So I counted to wait and pay me a big Krankenstein, but it is pointless o final, it was better for less! even if a little c compliké get the sound! At the same tps, fo really be a nozzle not do it lol!

So the purists, keep your comments jvoi pa how little to impersonate a pro without actually tested all the possibilities of an amp.
Budget, do not hesitate, go test it, take your time, pair it with whatever you can, and I'm sure you'll find it ke. (And more expensive in pa!)
And finally any kind of metal fan, go for it, c of the killing (kan is known to use it! Lol, ha purists! You seriously makes me laugh!)
kenshiro_7009/03/2007

kenshiro_70's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
Dja all is said, watching others opinions
I put 9 because I find it unfortunate that there is a reverb knob for both channels

UTILIZATION

Bon bin in terms of the use is not really complicated, two channels, one clean lead an equalizer with a treble / middle / bass for everyone. Just connect it to let heat lamps and go! For my part, I can not say that I find the On success has IMMEDIATE DSIR's because I do not have the esseyer filled before buying and it's just not be the 'IDAL for my style (fusion, heavy). otherwise qualo are effective enough, turn the sound changes. the texture knob located derrire the head and the buttons prsence / rsonance are a bit superfluous, but for someone like me who likes to take the head to find the sound, it's pretty nice!

SOUNDS

Finally, this is where I really have something to say. Prcedemment As mentioned, the style of my group takes a lot of fusion and a little heavy. A purchase of this I was looking for a filled well with a heavy gain pronounce (modern hi gain) and the first test ... dception, even pushing the gain by cutting the bottom and middles, the vk is sorely lacking in bulk. the impression that I had a quiet distortion "big rock", but no metal. outside of my group I play a lot of rock like acdc, gun's ... and also a lot of blues and filled in against the really impress me! spend 30 seconds on the canl lead and a well rockies immdiatemment comes out! the distortion is really enjoyable and 5 below provides an overdrive that I especially love rock! When the blues, bah ... say that his dpanne but not the vk is tailer for this kind of music.
Now move to the clean channel. I esseyer before vk spider2 a head + body (line6) and a engl combo that had 15 good years pass. I'm still a beginners in the world of music but I would like someone to explain even how to find that the lme of vk is cold and personable! ds the first chord, I love it, I find that the lights do their job well vraimment namely rounded off the sound and give it heat. the reverb can embellish everything but I think it's not really ncessaire (at least for me) + not super great. or nothing else to say. its been almost 5 months I use a Squier Stratocaster (I know, there are better ...) and Bafle ValveKing. in terms of Bafle I agree with those who think it does just not the best rendering and aileurs I v not be changing mine. Finally I would like to reassure those who think he will never play their big wild riff on that filled him as a good sticky qualiseur in the effects loop (it's great practice) we obtain the sound Pork search and send it! its been one week that I was sticking a MXR M108 and this gem pti has provided exactly what was missing in the vk. I put a 7 because of its versatility, which supposedly is not at all l.

OVERALL OPINION

In conclusion, I would say that this is really filled with the rock but have potential makes it really interresting. qualitprix the report is one of the best on the market are made all atractivit and I think especially the young like me who are over 6 months to find 800. Even if it is not versatile at all, he added some little pedals and I am sure you find what you troubadours. + in the effects loop is really effective is it just be THE + (with a rock) which I prefer on the head. if I had the choice again I'd have a lot of hsitation. The problem for me shut up style "only rock" but hey, thanks to my jewel pti (qualo mxr), more problems! Finally, I would say that this is really impressive is filled Premire I saw that if you do not add as an accessory later, before the esseyer about whether or not filled this is for you!
ekerisann08/18/2007

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

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
All Tube Amplifier Head 100w (4x 6L6GC and 3x 12AX7/ECC63) manufactured in China (very slight negative detail)

UTILIZATION

Very simple configuration, the knobs (plastic hum) with their role and the scale it is sufficient to settle over his desires.
The sound is achieved with easy no-brainer.
The manual is very clear and ample enough, he explains the role and effects of each knob, offers fun and even tweaks fully describes the beast.

SOUNDS

The sound is amazing, already in clean sound you can go to the round slammed full of warmth all in a very good record (the bright knob allows to change) and then for the saturation is the party! We can get what you want from a classic crunch distortion mtal without adding anything, coupled to a spring reverb quality is that of happiness! Jai add an EQ for distortion pedals that I do mostly Sufis over the ith time and required only I caught!
Now I use it with my Ibanez Xiphos makes perfectly plain and sending a good gain ...
The control of texture (a Peavey exclusive) is very nice it handles the sound and lights can get closer to the truth its lowest volume ca not worth that much sound with the master pushed!
There are a lot of knobs and so many possibilities, versatility even with all the heat lamps if you play at least 5!
I love the saturation and cares enough clean round because I did not need anything then (apart chorus etc of course)
But it is true that house is really mean, repeating 'I love but no load-box or low volume so you can feel a shade alas

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a year and I love this head and simply more aesthetically it is just as pleasant.
I test heads Marshall, Hughes and Kettner and many combos and I still call on the Peavey (obviously in its range)
The report is astonishing because for qualitprix not so expensive you have any lights with sound quality and reliability of peavey with that!
Avc hindsight I would take a combo or rather I offer myself a load-box but the problem of all rete ls amp lamps ...
maximalox06/25/2007

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

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
T says it all
ct power is nothing to say .... is what it takes

UTILIZATION

I go through a multi purpose. I will therefore also a ToneLab lamp.
It's hard to have a good sound. The problem is that if this amp on there was a master volume, I could connect it to the return of the effects loop, but it's not the case and that is the bottom hurts ....
It must be corrected again and all sounds a larsne more ...
not this terrible ct l.
Was no manual so can not comment ....

SOUNDS

Bin for my part I play a little bit of everything but rock plutt ax and it is true that an amp that should rather what kind of music.
However, some speak of blues ... for those who love them I deprecated ... I replaced my hot rod deluxe with this one because I wanted to have a machine just more rock, but even when we see the diffrence .....
the hot rod much better reverb and the sound is much warmer and round ...
the peavey is a little cooler and mtallique ....
cost.
I put 7 on the rock and no more because frankly I find the reverbs ugly ...

OVERALL OPINION

It's been two months that I use
I prfre the particularity is the fact that a rock sound trs ..
The report price is unbeatable quality
I blame the most is really the master volume is missing normment otherwise it would be the top ....
I turned on the hot rod for quite some time ... and I miss a bit ... I'm not but I admit that the compltement clear sound and crunch c'tait the top unlike the l. ... to see if the marshall gnralement that sounds more rock and blues as well located .----
Do not buy a moment of madness, not to cost before possibly be of ..
dernire one thing ... I bought the 4x10 cabinet home peaveyu that goes with it and I'm not sr have made the right choice ... almost the same price for a 2x12 y'avait clestion quip and I think I should have taken that ... it sounds a sr but plutt aggressive suave ..... was seen to baffle ....
overall it was a little amp for the price that ranks rather well overall but with a sound so I really SPECIFICATIONS RPET costs before buying ... . has little dcevoir