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Peavey ValveKing II 50 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  Black 

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All hail the new King.

In addition to all the boutique qualities and hot-rodded tones that guitarists have come to expect from the ValveKing series, the new generation line incorporates brand new cutting-edge features for recording and performing musicians. For the recording musician, the ValveKing features a USB-direct recording output, which pipes the miked amp vibe directly into a computer. On the rear panel, the built-in Peavey MSDI (Microphone Simulated Direct Interface) XLR direct interface eliminates the need for miking by allowing users to send the amp's signal directly to a recording device or mixing console.

With versatile tone for rock, jazz, or metal, the new generation ValveKings have the capabilities to create almost any sound imaginable. ValveKing's proprietary Vari-ClassTM knob enables guitarists to adjust the ValveKing's "class" characteristics, allowing for complete power amp type versatility. True to its name, ValveKing even includes the new TSITM tube-monitoring indicator that keeps you apprised of the health of your tubes.

ValveKing offers other high-end features, including variable power control, so you can tailor your output to your performance situation without compromising tone. With triple 12AX7s, two independent foot-switchable channels each with their own EQ, and the Vari-Class variable Class A/AB simulation control, the next generation ValveKing delivers massive amounts of completely customizable all-tube power.

FEATURES
  • Power: 50W (switchable to 12W and 2W)
  • Two independent footswitchable channels
  • Separate EQ for each channel
  • Footswitchable gain/volume boost on lead channel
  • Reverb with level control
  • Buffered effects loop
  • Damping control controls Presence and Resonance at the same time
  • Vari-Class variable Class A simulation control
  • Patented Microphone Simulated Direct Interface (MSDITM) output with ground lift and speaker mute switch
  • Two footswitch inputs”one controls channel & boost; one controls reverb & effects loop.
  • Two powered outputs with impedance switch for using an external cabinet
  • TSITM tube monitoring with LED pass/fail indicator lights
  • USB direct recording output
  • Tubes: Two 6L6GC and three 12AX7 tubes

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PeaveyValveKing II 50 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (11)
  • Good power output (10)
  • Portable (10)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Easy to use (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Performances (10)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (5)
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    • Experienced (8)

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4.0

Good all-purpose tube amp

By Rod

from Selinsgrove, PA

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Peavey ValveKing II 50 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    This is a very versatile tube amp with a ton of great functions. My favorite is the 3 position power switch (2,12 or 50 amps). That's one of the reasons I bought this amp. You can use it for home practice and believe me 2 amps is plenty loud for home practice plus it has the plenty of power for gigging. 50 amps turned up will rock your house of it's foundation. This is a great feature not found on other amps in this range(dsl40, BS40, HRD), as is the variable A A/B switch. The clean channel is outstanding and the bright switch adds versatility from a cold sterile clean to a bright sparkly clean. Why 4 stars and not 5?The dirty channel and the speaker. I swapped the speaker out for a WGS retro 30 and it was a dramatic improvement. The dirty channel I'm also not crazy about. The gain is too much and too sensitive. I like to play mostly classic hard rock(Rush, Zeppelin, Aerosmith, etc.) and some classic metal(Priest Sabbath, Maiden) and I find the gain switch unusable past 2. Any higher than that and it starts to sound like a distorted, saturated, muddy mess; maybe good for modern metal IDK. So the usable range on the gain switch for me is between 1-2 which as you can imagine is quite difficult to dial in. I've found it easier to use an overdrive pedal on the clean channel to get good sounding hard /classic rock tones. It sounds great like that but that kind of defeats the purpose of having a tube amp and a dirty channel to begin with. I think if Peavey would upgrade the stock speaker and have a less sensitive gain nob, this would be the ultimate all-purpose amp. The speaker was a simple and relatively inexpensive fix. The gain, however, is not an easy solution. Right now I'll just keep it turned down as low as possible and use the controls on my OD pedal which are much more fine-tunable.

     
    5.0

    would'nt hesitate to buy again

    By just a player

    from Jackson,Alabama

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Peavey ValveKing II 50 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Really good sounding amp. I am impressed with the clean, crunch, and lead channels. Also if you are playing live you are one footswitch away from the sound that you need. If you need a workable good sounding amp this is it!

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome tube amp with great features

    By Coasterman

    from Midwest

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Peavey ValveKing II 50 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      What a great amp for the money. The clean channel can be dialed in to just about any sound you need. The overdrive channel is my favorite and Is good enough so you don't need an overdrive pedal. I have used Strats, Telecasters, Les Paul's and a P-90 guitars with this amp and they all sound good. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Amp

      By terrygh

      from Kansas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Gig With Band
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Peavey ValveKing II 50 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I've been a musician for over 40yrs. and, I had been thinking about adding a tube amp to my collecton of musical gear. Back in the 60's when I started playing, tube amps were all the was, solid state had not been introduced yet. Throughout the years of playing I was drawn to the SS amps for the versatality of sounds they could produce, the lighter weight, and, they were less expensive, plus there were no tube issues to deal with.
      I'm not playing as much now as I was 20yrs. ago and, I believe that the tubes that are made now are much better than the old ones, which should make them last longer. When I received this amp and, plugged in for the first time the first thing that I noticed was how clean and, full it sounded and, then I dialed in the lead channel and, that unmistakable overdriven tube sound was there. I have pedals that sound good but, that tube overdriven sound just knocked me out. I ordered the two button LED footswitch for the convienence of changing channels and, works as it should. One reviewer commented that he did'nt like the 1/2 second lag between switching the channels but, I have gigged with this amp and, it really didn't cause me any problems.
      The boutique features of this amp are very usefull, the reverb is quite adaquate for most applications and, I will add that this amp can get LOUD! The feature of changing the power of the amp with the switch on the back side is great for home use and, practice. There are a lot of nice features that are built into this amp and, the price is affordable for any working musicians. I really enjoy this amp and,I recommend it to anyone wanting to purchase a tube amp.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Flexible,Powerful Workhorse

      By UncleFrankieSays

      from Old Bridge, NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Peavey ValveKing II 50 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        50 watts of tube power and tone in an easy to handle combo is hard to beat. Add to that all the bells and whistles this amp is packing and it becomes a valuable tool in a working and/or home recording players gear collection.
        The bang for the buck is going to be very hard to match. Peavey really did it right updating the ValveKing line and keeping it well within reach of the everyman musician.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great tones, slight issue though....

        By FatEqualsFlavor

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Peavey ValveKing II 50 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            There is a short (1/2 second) delay when switching from clean to distortion. Can be an issue for live performances, depending on your music (I like to play clean and then hit the distortion for impact, the delay kills the moment). Told by Peavey this is to eliminate unwanted noise when switching channels and there is no option.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Just got this

            By starving musician

            from baltimore

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No footswitch included

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Peavey ValveKing II 50 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Just got one of these since my marshall combo started having problems at my last gig. I dropped my Marshall off for repair and went to the music store accross from my amp guy, and started checking out small combo rigs.

            I tried a Marshall jvm2015c, and it was fine, but this amp was 1/3rd the price, 50 watts, and switchable to 12/2 watts as well. Sound was fine, even with 6l6 tubes, but you can swap out for EL34's if you like. I will decide later.

            I've heard complaints about the reverb, it has a bit of a chorus effect if you turn it up high. I like it for some things, adds some extra sparkle to the cleans (which are nice on this amp).

            Plenty of dirt and sustain on tap as well. Peavy must have read my mind when they designed this, because they took all the features I'd love to have in a boutique amp, and put them in an affordable amp for the working musician. Very flexible, easy to use. Just wish it came with foot switches, but for this price its hard to beat. I've been a pro musician for a long, long time. I've played through and owned lots of top notch stuff. Would I take it in the studio? Probably not, but for live gigs, its fine and I don't have to worry about my expensive amps getting damaged by some drunk or careless band mate, lol.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This amp just keeps getting better!

            By YankeeGator

            from Melbourne, Fl

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Peavey ValveKing II 50 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              This amp just seems to get better every time I play through it. So far I've really only played it at the 2 watt setting in a bedroom. I AM really looking forward to getting it in a more open space and unleash the 50 watts of awesome tone. So many useable setting such as the dampening and A/AB select knobs. when using it even at the lowest wattage(2watts), you can get some great tones out of it. Picked this up just before Labor Day on MF on sale and then they took another 15% off.....SCORE! Thanks Musicians Friend!!! Buy it, you wont be disappointed!!!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Peavey ValveKing II 50 50W 1x12 Amp

              By Doug Dash

              from Austin, TX

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • High-tech Features
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Peavey ValveKing II 50 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              This amp has it all! Peavey has created a combo tube amp with features found in the expensive boutique amps, but at a cost that budget-restricted musicians can afford. The tones are wonderful, and the flexibility via channel and boost switching with the optional footswitch will make this amp a great choice for gigging at any club. Home/studio recorders will also love the simulated mike jack, or USB port. Thank you Peavey for making this amp!

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice amp, give it a try

              By Framster

              from Phoenix, AZ

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Big Cabinet
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Construction
              • Plenty Of Headroom
              • Plenty Of Power
              • Portable

              Cons

              • Gain More Than I Need

              Best Uses

              • Big Clubs
              • Events
              • Outdoor Gigs
              • Performances

              Comments about Peavey ValveKing II 50 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              This is a fine amp (new version 2. Once dialed-in you won't miss a Hot Rod Deluxe. Feature set is good: 2 footswitch jacks for channel, effects loop, reverb and gain or boost; Power tube bias adjust(you can use EL-34s if you want); Too many features to list. So to make it great here's what I found: First, set the power tube bias because it's cold from the factory. Next, don't worry about the speaker. I tried a Fender (Eminence)in there and the stock speaker is fine(actually good, you can see as well as hear) by comparison. Finally, Change out the stock tubes when you can. The stock Ruby's are just OK.

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