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    100W of pure Class A and AB thunder in one rockin' combo.

    At the heart of the all-tube Peavey ValveKing 212 Combo Amp is a patent-pending, Class A/B Texture control that allows variable selection and combination of Class A and Class AB power structures. This gives you the ability to coax a wide range of tones out of the ValveKing 212. This Peavey amp features 12AX7 preamp and 6L6GC power amp tubes; specially voiced 12" ValveKing speakers; 2 footswitchable channels with independent 3-band EQ and volume; footswitchable boost on the lead channel; global resonance, presence, and reverb controls; a buffered effects loop; and dual speaker jacks in parallel.

    Features

    • 100W all-tube power
    • Texture variable Class A/AB blend control
    • 2 footswitchable channels
    • EQ and volume for each channel
    • Footswitchable gain/volume boost on lead channel
    • 2 - 12" ValveKing speakers
    • Reverb with level control
    • Buffered effects loop
    • Resonance and presence controls
    • Dual speaker jacks in parallel
    • 4 - 6L6GC power amp tubes
    • 3 - 12AX7 preamp tubes
    • 4, 8, or 16 ohms
    • 26-1/2"W x 20-3/5"H x 11-1/10"D

    Read that features list and price tag and know this: it's a whole lotta amp for not a lotta cash. Order your Peavey ValveKing 212 Combo today.

     
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    PeaveyValveKing 212 Combo Amp
     
    4.6

    (based on 112 reviews)

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      (87)

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      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

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      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound (5)
    • Good power output (5)
    • Warm / comfy (5)
    • Easy to use (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Performances (3)
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        • Experienced (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Simply an amazing value

      This is my first all tube guitar amp, and I'm not a professional or touring musician, so all I was seeking was good sound with a value that would be there to back me...Read complete review

      This is my first all tube guitar amp, and I'm not a professional or touring musician, so all I was seeking was good sound with a value that would be there to back me up if I ever do start doing so.

      When I received the amp, I noticed one thing on the box- a "heavy lifting" sticker. The amp is, indeed, very heavy for a 2x12, but I can deal.

      The first time I fired it up, I dialed in some random tones on the clean just to cover that side of the amp. I was amazed. I'm not sure if it's just the fact that I have never played through a tube amp, but to this day it's the cleanest, warmest tone that I've ever heard out of my SG. My favorite setting on clean is the rhythm setting on my guitar, reverb about halfway up, and it sounds so creamy beautiful. Mind you, I am playing on an Epiphone G-310, which is the second to lowest/cheapest SG model out there (Les Paul Custom is on the way).

      Now, onto the lead channel. I am no expert in the area of tube amplification, but I know a good sound when I hear it. I play mostly post-hardcore and alternative, so I set the gain only to about halfway and hit the gain boost switch, nothing too heavy. As soon as I struck that first power chord, I fell in love. I had barely even done any tweaking, and the sound was so punchy and roaring. I then hooked up the Maxon 808 overdrive pedal that I ordered, just for a little boost, and the tone is unbelievable. The overdrive pedal makes a world of difference in sustain and action. However, the distortion on the amp itself is still phenomenal.

      Worried about power? No need. This thing is LOUD. I play in the basement, and I have a hard time being quiet enough at about 1 and a half. The higher the volume, it seems that the better the tone is. Just another reason to crank it up with I have the opportunity!

      Overall, after doing days of research on finding a decent tube amp at a solid price, I am extremely happy with the ValveKing. I was skeptical at first after reading negative reviews, but it seems that those particular reviewers play a particular style that only certain, and highly expensive amps can tend to. To each their own, this amp will definitely work well with my post-hardcore style. I recommend it.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      The experienced truth

      I just can't afford a nice Marshall right now so I saw this amp being advertised so went try it out. When I played through it in the store I thought it sonded pretty...Read complete review

      I just can't afford a nice Marshall right now so I saw this amp being advertised so went try it out. When I played through it in the store I thought it sonded pretty good so I took it home. I never got exactly the sound I was after but the price was just too good to pass up. After getting it home I noticed NOISE and lots of it. talk about squeal? I might as well have a crying baby on stage with me holding a Mic. You cannot crank this amp up or use the gain button without squeal. I am dissapointed because I can no longer attempt to gig with this amp. It cost me little in money but huge in embarrasement and at great expense to the band. I have found ways to control some of the squeal, but unless I am really paying attention, it comes up to bite. I have tried repairs, replaced tubes, called Peavey, and nobody seems to know why this amp makes so much noise. I have read great reviews from other owners and it could be I have a bad apple, but I wonder how many other reviewers actually attempted to use the volume features and gain boosts that this amp claims to be able to deliver.I wish I could say better things but I can't.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      HIGH PERFORMANCE AMP

      By Jules

      from St Louis, MO

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording
        • Showing Off

        Comments about Peavey ValveKing 212 Combo Amp:

        I love this amp. I bought this model when it first came out, and I didnt know how to control the tone, but over the years I've worked it into some beautiful shapes, I did a live recording with it recently, and the amp just sounds awesome. Fills the recording, and I was just playing by myself with a drummer!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        best sounding amp ever

        By guitar pro 94

        from port charlotte florida

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Expert
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • At home
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Peavey ValveKing 212 Combo Amp:

          this amp is awesome the first time i saw this it rocked it almost blew out my ears but who cares right its a godd amp and a good company and i got it for christmas last year but the only problem was that the fuse blew up a couple of times but really affortable amp i would recomend this anyone who plays rock metal punk and country rock

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The best Peavey Tube amp for all Genre's

          By Brian-2-IDV

          from Opelika , AL

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Boost Function
          • Easy To Use
          • Effects loop
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Loud Enough For Gigs
          • Outstanding Clean Channel
          • Outstanding overdrive
          • Powerful
          • Texture Control

          Cons

          • heavy
          • no footswitch
          • Speakers Need Upgrade

          Best Uses

          • Demo Amp
          • Gigs
          • Rehersals

          Comments about Peavey ValveKing 212 Combo Amp:

          The Peavey Valveking 2x12 is one of the best amps you can get in its price range. For less then $700 you get everything you need in a Tube amp. This amp can go from Warm cleans to soaring overdriv with ease. With the included Texture control you can go from a vintage tone all the way to modern rock and Metal. The reverb on this amp shines on the Clean channel without adding weight to the amp or the wallet. Usually you would need to buy a amp with a reverb tank, but not if you have the ValveKing. The weight of this amp is on up ther with the Fender Twin and there is no footswitch. This amp comes with some decent Stock Speakers, but you will want some better speakers. This is a very powerful amp that packs a mean punch when cranked so i would recommend an Attenuator just incase you have decided to not blow out your eardrums any further then you already have. When it comes to using pedals in the effects loop look n further then a user friendly effects loop in the front of the amp. This amp is auto biased which means no need in adjusting Bias when changing power tubes. From SRV to metallica you can do it all with this amp.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great amp. Well worth the money.

          By Unknown Rockstar

          from Puerto Rico

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Beautiful Cleans
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Distortion
          • Good Warmth
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Heavy Weight

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Gigs
          • Performances

          Comments about Peavey ValveKing 212 Combo Amp:

          Was looking to purchase my first tube amp. Looked at several other brands but prices were to high for my budget. And then came across this. Read the reviews and thought it was a good deal. And it was.

          First of all, this amp is LOUD!! I play in a rock band, and setting the volume around 3 or 4 (10-11 o'clock) is enough to compete with my drummer. That's the loudest you'll ever crank it if you play in small and medium sized venues.

          Also the clean channel is SWEET!!!I have a 1970's Hohner SG replica and it sounds beauiful going through the clean channel. My Squier strat also sounds heavenly on clean. Throw in some reverb and you're set to play yourself some rockabilly.

          The Lead channel also kills. There's people out there saying this amp can't do metal tones, but I was able to achieve heavy tones with my Hohner. I'm pretty sure a guitar with hotter pickups running through this amp would be more than enough to play metal. I also got some pretty warm, bluesy tones.

          The feature I like the most is the texture control. i think every amp should have something similar to it. set it to around 10 o'clock and the amp becomes warmer, great for blues/jazz.

          Overall this amp is really versatile. I assure you you can play almost anything with it, be it jazz, rockabilly, punk, Metal, rock, blues..... this amp will do it. I highly recomend it to anyone who is shopping for a powerful, gig worthy tube amp on a tight budget.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Simply an amazing value

          By brodgers91

          from Peoria, IL

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Peavey ValveKing 212 Combo Amp:

            This is my first all tube guitar amp, and I'm not a professional or touring musician, so all I was seeking was good sound with a value that would be there to back me up if I ever do start doing so.

            When I received the amp, I noticed one thing on the box- a "heavy lifting" sticker. The amp is, indeed, very heavy for a 2x12, but I can deal.

            The first time I fired it up, I dialed in some random tones on the clean just to cover that side of the amp. I was amazed. I'm not sure if it's just the fact that I have never played through a tube amp, but to this day it's the cleanest, warmest tone that I've ever heard out of my SG. My favorite setting on clean is the rhythm setting on my guitar, reverb about halfway up, and it sounds so creamy beautiful. Mind you, I am playing on an Epiphone G-310, which is the second to lowest/cheapest SG model out there (Les Paul Custom is on the way).

            Now, onto the lead channel. I am no expert in the area of tube amplification, but I know a good sound when I hear it. I play mostly post-hardcore and alternative, so I set the gain only to about halfway and hit the gain boost switch, nothing too heavy. As soon as I struck that first power chord, I fell in love. I had barely even done any tweaking, and the sound was so punchy and roaring. I then hooked up the Maxon 808 overdrive pedal that I ordered, just for a little boost, and the tone is unbelievable. The overdrive pedal makes a world of difference in sustain and action. However, the distortion on the amp itself is still phenomenal.

            Worried about power? No need. This thing is LOUD. I play in the basement, and I have a hard time being quiet enough at about 1 and a half. The higher the volume, it seems that the better the tone is. Just another reason to crank it up with I have the opportunity!

            Overall, after doing days of research on finding a decent tube amp at a solid price, I am extremely happy with the ValveKing. I was skeptical at first after reading negative reviews, but it seems that those particular reviewers play a particular style that only certain, and highly expensive amps can tend to. To each their own, this amp will definitely work well with my post-hardcore style. I recommend it.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Tube Amp

            Comments about Peavey ValveKing 212 Combo Amp:

            This is an excellent tube amp. If you are familar with the Fender Twin Reverb, this amp can go toe to toe with the Twin Reverb. I own a Twin Reverb and a Vaveking 212. I placed them side by side, and they sound almost identical. The twin has more of that famous bell tone; but other than that, they are the same. If you want a true quality tube amp without spending the big bucks, look no further, this is it.

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            (4 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Shameful attempt at an amp.

            By Stacy Fenton

            from southern Iowa

            Comments about Peavey ValveKing 212 Combo Amp:

            I spent a bunch of money on speakers, tubes, eq's and pedals trying to get it to sound good, which sound taste is subjective. I kept trying until the quality issues got to be such a hassle that I through in the towel. I should have spent more money and went with a better quality selection. I actually do use it on ocassion for more than a stand for other things. I let my former guitarist turned keyboard player use it and something went wrong with it while he was using it. He freaked out thinking I was going to be mad. I've had so much trouble with it that I wasn't suprised and let him know it was ok. Which then turned around on me with a "why did you give me a bad amp to use". Hence he's now playing keys.
            The features aren't that bad for what you pay for it. The clean channel sounds good until you turn it up to live levels then it tries to distort itself. The dirty channel isn't bad if you turn the gain way down but if you turn up the gain it gets really grainy sounding with nothing but mids and hard trebly shrilly highs. The reverb sounds like its coming from a terrible cheap reverb pedal. The gain and volume boosts would work good if they worked good. Amp is a great idea just a poor representation of that idea. Peavey can do alot better, Iknow this.
            This is where this amp falls very short. I've had nothing but trouble with this amp for the first year and a half I owned it. It sets in the corner of my studio room since. It was always letting me down at shows. I thought about selling it but I beleive in karma. So it will get used as a stand for other equipment. The thing that really bewilders me is, I've had a bunch of Peavey amps over the years and never once had trouble with them. You could throw them down a flight of stairs and they would still play, theoreticly.
            Thought I was getting a heck of a deal when I bought it, turns out you get what you pay for.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This amp kick's A--

            By Dominick Villani

            from Staten Island, N.Y.

            Comments about Peavey ValveKing 212 Combo Amp:

            I have had many amp's in my day as an active musician,and this is by far alot of amp for the money..This thing cranks out some serious tone.. The drive channel alone is amamzing.. Tweek your settings a little and your off.. I also play my stomp box combo through the clean channel for incredible sound's.... Beware of this amp's power,it can get loud, but that's ok .. Love the power and tube saturation it delivers.. Amp is a little heavy to lug around but worth it !!!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Value!

            Comments about Peavey ValveKing 212 Combo Amp:

            After having owned the amp for a little over a year I must say that you can't do much better for the money especially if you can pick this thing up used. The presence and resonance controls are great for shaping the lowest lows and highest highs to really bring out your desired tone. Consider this amp to have separate 3 band EQ's for each channel and an additional combined 2 bands of EQ. The texture knob is in my opinion completely useless. No matter what I do all my ears hear is a volume drop from a/b to a. The amp has an impedance switch so you can run it into an extension cab which is a nice feature. The clean tones are IMO just as good as what you get from a fender amp, and interestingly I am told that the clean circuit is pretty much identical to many popular fender amps. The dirty tones are nice too, but the overdrive channel is noisy with the up past 5. If you are going to buy this amp expect to need a boost pedal to tighten up the distortion channel and to need to replace the stock speakers. Overall I would recommend this amp to anyone willing to put a little time in to making it do what they need from it. Its a GREAT option for anyone who can't afford a better all tube amplifier. It WILL do what you need it to do and do it well.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Amp

            Comments about Peavey ValveKing 212 Combo Amp:

            This is a great amp thru and thru, All tube all tone. The clean channel is as clear as crystal and you can use the resonance and presence controls to tone down the really high frequencies and get it more warmer and smooth sounding. The Lead channel goes from slight break up to total saturated tube tone.This amp is also good n loud. The only gripe I have about this amp is its reverb,it doesn't go as deep as the hot rod devilles, so you may need to get a reverb stomp box to get them really airy spacey tones.However if you don't use alot then it will do you well.All in all,this is a great amp for the $$$.This will stay in my collection for years to come.

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