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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 r... Read More

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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.

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  • Power: 20W (switchable to 5W and 1W)
  • 3-band EQ
  • Two EL84 and three 12AX7 tubes
  • Two footswitch inputs”one controls channel & boost; one controls reverb & effects loop.
  • Gain boost on lead channel
  • Reverb with level control
  • Buffered effects loop
  • Vari-Class variable Class A simulation control
  • Patented Microphone Simulated Direct Interface (MSDI) with ground lift and speaker defeat
  • Speaker output with impedance switch
  • TSITM tube monitoring with LED pass/fail indicator lights
  • Microphone Simulated USB Recording output
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PeaveyValveKing II Micro 20W Tube Guitar Head
 
5.0

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5.0

Great low-wattage amp

By Wes Crone

from Lincoln, CA

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Comments about Peavey ValveKing II Micro 20W Tube Guitar Head:

I had the opportunity to test this head out in store, but the circumstances were less-than ideal (4-5 other guitarists waging a volume war making it difficult to get a good idea of the tone of this amp). The salesman informed me of the 30-day guarantee, so I took it home. After playing it for a couple days I knew I was keeping it. The clean tone is warm and rich, and increasing the clean channel volume eventually leads to a great breakup of the clean sound. The lead channel has excellent gain, particularly with the gain boost activated. The type of distortion you get is somewhere around Ride the Lightning, maybe Beneath the Remains (Sepultura). It's really great, good mid-range and crunch. I love the tone for leads, notes sustain incredibly well and have that singing tube sustain you get from a cranked tube amp. I've tried the MSDI direct out via XLR and am impressed. It doesn't sound as good as live, but far better than other amps I've tried that allow you to record direct via USB. The power mode switch allows you to change the output from one watt to 20 watts with a five-watt setting in the middle. This option is key for playing at home with wife and kids running around (who don't particularly enjoy my style of music). I can set the amp to one watt and crank the volume levels, achieving excellent saturated distortion without annoyance to others. Overall, for the money, I can't rate this amp highly enough; I am incredibly pleased with it. I had a 100-watt head in the past, which I adored, but simply could not play at home and get the tones I wanted. This amp produces great clean and distorted tones. I should note that I have the amp running through a Valveking 412 cabinet and it sounds beefy. Running in 20-watt mode the amp can drive the speakers for sure, definitely loud enough to play with the drummers I've played with and should be fine for modest venues. Try it out. The Guitar Center guarantee should give you peace of mind to go for it. Very happy I did.

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5.0

Better than outstanding!

By Brian

from Mansfield, Texas

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Comments about Peavey ValveKing II Micro 20W Tube Guitar Head:

I'm not going to waste your time with specs. We all know Peavey leans toward metal fans. I play with a band covering classic rock, to pop country, red dirt country and even some old Cash. As others reviewed, the clean is great. But here is the trick to awesome bluesy tones. Replace the V1 preamp tube with a JAN GE 5751 and V2-3 with matched Mullard 12AX7s. That's it! I get the absolute sweetest sounds now through ANY cab. I can still get a crunchy heavy metal tone, but it's not as harsh as the stock tubes. You HAVE to remove the board from the cabinet. There's a few obvious screws on the back that you'll see righ away. Leave the two screws that screw in vertically. Tip the amp so you can acces the bottom. There's three screws there. Once you take those 4-5" screws out then set it back right side up. Take out the other two screws and you can push the innards out of the back. The 3 preamp tubes have covers you remove. Be very careful not to touch anything other than the preamp tubes/covers. There's enough amperage to kill you messing around other stuff--but sticking to the preamp tubes is very easy. V1 is closest to the input. V3 is closet to the power tubes. Take care not to touch any of the tubes with your skin as oils will create hot spots and shorten the tube life. Reassemble in reverse--piece of cake. Then sit back and enjoy the sound!! You will find the amp will now sound different depending on the thickness, and edge, of your PICK! You can very easily swap out preamp tubes to find the perfect sound you want. This setup took a great sounding amp (from stock) to an absolute fantastic, easily portable, tone machine. I gig with it every week! I would buy another if I ever lost this one. Heck, I'm thinking of buying another just as a backup incase I lose a power tube during a gig. "Take 2, they're small"!!

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5.0

Better than outstanding!

By Brian

from Mansfield, Texas

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Comments about Peavey ValveKing II Micro 20W Tube Guitar Head:

I'm not going to waste your time with specs. We all know Peavey leans toward metal fans. I play with a band covering classic rock, to pop country, red dirt country and even some old Cash. As others reviewed, the clean is great. But here is the trick to awesome bluesy tones. Replace the V1 preamp tube with a JAN GE 5751 and V2-3 with matched Mullard 12AX7s. That's it! I get the absolute sweetest sounds now through ANY cab. I can still get a crunchy heavy metal tone, but it's not as harsh as the stock tubes. You HAVE to remove the board from the cabinet. There's a few obvious screws on the back that you'll see righ away. Leave the two screws that screw in vertically. Tip the amp so you can acces the bottom. There's three screws there. Once you take those 4-5"" screws out then set it back right side up. Take out the other two screws and you can push the innards out of the back. The 3 preamp tubes have covers you remove. Be very careful not to touch anything other than the preamp tubes/covers. There's enough amperage to kill you messing around other stuff--but sticking to the preamp tubes is very easy. V1 is closest to the input. V3 is closet to the power tubes. Take care not to touch any of the tubes with your skin as oils will create hot spots and shorten the tube life. Reassemble in reverse--piece of cake. Then sit back and enjoy the sound!! You will find the amp will now sound different depending on the thickness, and edge, of your PICK! You can very easily swap out preamp tubes to find the perfect sound you want. This setup took a great sounding amp (from stock) to an absolute fantastic, easily portable, tone machine. I gig with it every week! I would buy another if I ever lost this one. Heck, I'm thinking of buying another just as a backup incase I lose a power tube during a gig. ""Take 2, they're small""!!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Plenty of Classic Tone + A Little Tech = Perfection

By AARON

from Albuquerque, New Mexico

Comments about Peavey ValveKing II Micro 20W Tube Guitar Head:

Peavey has tried to combine the best of both worlds with a series of amps that combine great tone with convenient technology. While "tone" is subjective, I LOVE the ValveKing tone. I always have. It is a truly classic sound. Peavey has added just enough features to an all tube, micro head to make it not only functional, but an utter pleasure to play with, record, and even transport. The micro head, weighing in at around 14 pounds, has a little heft, but it's size allows you to put it just about anywhere, while decently sized legs underneath give plenty of room for stacking on cabs with bulky handles. The head is built solidly, and with its indication lights for the health of your tubes, the amp is made to last. As far as technology, it's obvious the makers wanted to make something new, improved, and useful without overwhelming the player. With a straight forward Clean and Overdrive set of channels, combined with Reverb and and OD Boost, the amp is easy to use. The Vari-Tone option gives you more alterations to play with without being confusing to a new player - use A for a vintage tone and A/B for higher gain, and use any setting in between on the Vari-Tone to find your own sound. In addition to the simple controls on the classic side of the amp, Peavey has added three features that make the Micro head a pleasure to have. First is the 1 watt - 5 watt - 20 watt selector. The 1 watt setting is perfect for bedroom practice, while the 5 watt can give you an extra boost and 20 watts gives you an amp that giggable. Then there is the MSDI that allows for plugging directly into a sound system or recording device - haven't tried that one yet. The USB-direct output, however, is wonderful. It is literally a plug-and-play amp head, allowing you to plug into your computer and record directly into a program like Audacity without the need for special programs or drivers. The ValveKing combines tone, tech, and convenience perfectly, making an all around wonderful amp head. The only reason someone should not buy this amp - aside from cost - is if the tone just doesn't do it for them. It's all in the ears, after all. I would recommend this head a hundred times over!

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5.0

Wow...thoroughly impressed

By JASON PERSILVER

from Raleigh, NC

Comments about Peavey ValveKing II Micro 20W Tube Guitar Head:

So, I've been in the market for a smaller head that still didn't lack the features of a full-sized one. When I saw this one, I thought, ok, it's just a Peavey. It probably doesn't sound great, but they loaded features on it to attract people like me. I went to GC to check it out and was blown away by the quality of the sound. I played it through a few different speaker cabs to hear the difference and I chose the Rebel 112 because it seemed to handle the low frequencies better. The CLEAN channel was outstanding. I love that it had a nice tone but there was a snap to it that I really enjoyed. It was pretty easy to get a good tone out of it. I will say it's not like every setting was playable, but the EQ's worked pretty well. The OVERDRIVE channel blew me away. It has about as much gain as I'll need. I did a side by side comparison to the Dark Terror and the Tubemeister 18 while I was there as well. I thought the clean channel on the Tubemeister was really fake sounding compared to the Peavey. The Dark Terror...well let's just say that YouTube videos don't do it justice. That thing is a gain monster and cleans up nicely as well. With all that said, the gain on the Peavey held it's own pretty well and easily got into hard rock and some metal territory. I love that it still have 2 channels, you can change the watt settings. The reverb was pretty good. It wasn't the best but it's usable if necessary. If you're in the market for a small but feature filled amp, you have to check it out, you may be pleasantly surprised. We will see how it holds up over time but so far...it's a winner.

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