At the heart of the all-tube Peavey ValveKing 112 Combo Amp is a patent-pending, Class A/B Texture control that allows variable selection and combinations of Class A and Class AB power structures. The... Read More
At the heart of the all-tube Peavey ValveKing 112 Combo Amp is a patent-pending, Class A/B Texture control that allows variable selection and combinations of Class A and Class AB power structures. The Texture knob lets you coax a wide range of tones out of this amplifier. It features 12AX7 preamp and 6L6GC power amp tubes; a specially voiced 12" ValveKing speaker; 2 footswitchable channels with independent 3-band EQ and volume; footswitchable boost on the lead channel (with optional footswitch); global reverb control; a buffered effects loop; and external speaker jack.
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Finally! I can get the tone i've been looking for
Let's just begin by saying this... I am not a professional nor can I afford to pay a grand for an amp. I don't need a stack or even a half stack...Read complete review
Let's just begin by saying this... I am not a professional nor can I afford to pay a grand for an amp. I don't need a stack or even a half stack really. Now... If you are like me (and most of you really are)and you are looking for that REAL TONE that you just cannot get out of a flat, muddy solid-state combo amp, then try this amp on for size. I won't dog my last amp, a fender princeton series, but I was always trying to get it to do things that it just was not capable of doing. This amp has great TONE starting at 0.5 on the volume knob! Its unbelievable. My Fender was virtually off at 0 and too loud and muddied at 1. Yeah, this thing can get loud but it is a beautiful thing to not have to be loud. If metal is your thing, buy something else, but if your tired of not hearing your guitar and your playing through the ugly roar of a solid-state, this is the one for you. And as I began... Whether or not you will admit it, we are not all professionals, nor are we all rich. You would have to be loaded to buy a Marshall or other high end boutique amp that could rival this jewell's tone and quality. P.S. I went into my local GC looking to by a Marshall but I carried this beauty out. Up until now, I always turned my nose up at anything Peavey, but now I'm a firm believer.
Most Liked Negative Review
One trick Pony
Had this amp and sold it after 6 months. It was my first dip into the tube amp world. The good things ..excellent clean tone with a very nice sounding reverb. The...Read complete review
Had this amp and sold it after 6 months. It was my first dip into the tube amp world. The good things ..excellent clean tone with a very nice sounding reverb. The bad.. fixed bias on the tubes. The bias is set on the cold side. Very difficult to get a good warm tubey sound. Swapped out the speaker and it helped a little. Called Peavey and this model doesnt allow you to re-bias the amp. Colder tubes = less amp problems = less warranty issues. Plus at 50 watts, I woulda had to crank the volume to 8 to get a good break up. And wound up in jail for noise violations. So my desire to get the nice warm tube sound with an OD pedal was gonzo. The overdrive channel on this amp is just horrible. Not even usable. And the almost totally open back takes away from the bass response. This amp was so thin sounding that it drove me nutz. Sold it..gone. Next tube amp will be a head and a 2x12 closed cab.. This amp was just not worth the money. My little Fender 25R was warmer and more versatile then this thing was. Sorry Peavey.. not a good design.
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I have had this amp for about 6 months now and love it as much today as when I first bought it. Maybe more since I've started to experiment with the class control. The price is amazing for such a high quality amp. I've been playing for many, many years and have owned lots of amps and this one would compare favorably to any I've owned.
I've been playing guitar off and on for almost 30 years. I've never owned or really used a tube amp. I had a solid state Peavy Special when I was a teenager. I sold that and got a small crate practice amp with built in DSP effects when I started taking lessons as an adult. I also used a Line 6 POD. I felt like I needed up upgrade my amp to improve my sound. With my small Crate, it seemed like there was good room for improvement. I did a bunch of research online and tube amps seemed too far out of reach pricewise. Everybody seems to rave about the Line 6 amps, so I went to Guitar Center planning on trying and most likely buying one. As I played around with it, it didn't seem any better than my little crate with my POD. It just seemed to have a lifeless dead sound. It was dissapointing. So I asked the saleman Andrew if he had any stripped down simple amps in a similar price range he would recommend. Without hesitation, he walked me over to this guy - the ValveKing 112. I've rarely had Wow! reactions to equipment. This was one. I was blown away after hitting just one chord. So THIS is how you get that sound! The sound of the guitar comes straight through. The sound is fat or twangy depending on how you set it up. Whatever sound you dial in, it sounds alive - no other way to describe it. I never understood how the amp was part of your sound - now I do. Just playing through this amp my playing sounded better. My friend growing up had a Les Paul and it always sounded awesome. I always thought it was the guitar that had that rich thick full sound. Sure, that was part of it, but it was also his tube amp he was using! I was very relieved when I got it home and it sounded just as good. Both my strat and les paul sound AWESOME through this amp. THIS is what these guitars were supposed to sound like! I am so greatful for the very helpful sales guy Andrew in the Sommervile NJ store that steered me to this amp. In addition to sounding great, it's very solidy built. The knobs and switches are all very sturdy and feel very solid. I'm looking forward to exploring the different sounds this baby can make.
I've just got this amp a few days ago, and so far I love it. It's a great tube amp for the money. The two channels combined with the texture control give you infinite choices to dial in your tone. I actually followed the set-up recommendations in the manual for the type of music I like to play, and it sounded awesome with my Les Paul Traditional Pro. This thing can get LOUD, too. It really comes alive when crank the volume push it, but I turned the volume down to around 1 or 2 on the lead channel, and the gain and distortion still sounded great. If you're a hobbyist, like me, who wants an awesome tube sound with flexiblity at an affordable price, buy this amp.
I traded in my Fender modeling amp(Mustang III),in for this amp. I just goof around in my man cave so I'm not by any means good. I manage to make some stuff work. This amp has a price and sound thats perfect for the man cave. I keep the volume at 1 1/2 and this monkey is loud. It responds well when I apply muting,pinching and harmonics. My stereo which I play along with is 100 watts and it can't keep up with it's 50 watts of power. I can finally feel the sound full and rich for once. I'll never own another modeling amp again. I almost gave up on playing the guitar because solid state sound was like an old transistor radio. This amp can reach out and punch you in the chest! I'll keep playing now.
This thing has terrible tone. The clean channel is alright, and the lead channel sounds so unbelievably digital. I wouldn't have believed this was a tube amp if I didn't see the tubes in it myself. This thing has the kind of digital sound I've only heard out of the line 6 spyder amps, and I mean that to be an insult to the quality of this amp. I'd go with a nice vox in the same price range.
Bought this used. I have a blues jr and didn't like the valveking as much at first. Being used I figured it might need new tubes, bought a set of tungsol's and threw in a new speaker while I was at it, an eminence texas heat. It really sounds good now, might just have needed the new tubes but it's my main amp now, still use the blues jr on occasion when I go out to do small gigs and just want to plug straight into the amp, but for home and bigger gigs I take the valveking and my rp500, it kills.
I got my ValveKing used, as a practice amp. It is all I play now, it covers a lot of tonal territory and is loud enough to play most of the rooms we play in. I would recommend getting the foot switch (I MADE one with RadioShack switches), and I also switched out the speaker. The stock speaker is a tadd mid-rangy and muddy for the jangly hippy country I am playing. A cheap EQ pedal helped before I made the switch. Just a great amp for the price, spend some time with it, there are so many possible sounds. It took awhile to dial in what I was after.
First, every bad review I read (and I read the ALL) was probalby becuase they just didn't spend time dialing it in right (adjusting the eq). Once you get it dialed in right...This thing is freekin AWESOME!!! it is PERFECT for Blues, rock, blues-rock, classic rock, country, and probably metal. I don't play or like metal so I don't know for sure... This amp rarely buzzes, and when it does, you just have to turn it off for like 30 minutes. The buzzing issue might be just the power in my house fluctuating, but not going all the way off... The buzzing issue from all the bad reviews, I think, is just because they didn't dial it in correctly. The reverb is a Spring reverb and sounds very good. The cleans are very Fender-like, and the leads are bluesish/rockish, but are not limited to those. At all. The amp seems to be very durable and the Texture knob (lets you change from a class A amp to a class AB amp)is very good...I use mine as an attenuator, but i don't know if that's how you're supposed to use it... Overall, this amp is perfect for anyone who wants a good, solid tube amp... PS I haven't changed the tubes or speaker...
This amp stinks. Stay away from single speaker combo amps. Not enough power. Not enough clarity. Just not enough. Save your pennies for a better tube combo amp.
Bought the amp used. It was the second amp I had purchased used. The first one sounded great at the store. Brought it home and it starting squealing after an hour. Discovered this is a known problem with the amp. Usually blows up the 1st preamp tube after an hour. Bought a second used amp with a one year warranty. If it stays good after a year, the amp should be good. It has some of the warmest tones for a single coil strat. Dirty tones really rock as well. Reverb is typical solid state reverb. Great for blues and rock. Not sure about metal because I don't play that. Sounds great a low and high volumes.
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