I picked up the Peavey ValveKing 100 when I wanted to add that "tube sound" to some of my recordings. The onboard EQ, reverb, and class A-A/B texture control give me a lot of options, which means I always get the tone I'm looking for. It's a great amp for both stage and studio applications!
Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
Best bargain right at Sweetwater, thanks Matt, once again for the best in sales and always polite, made me feel special...
Peavey vk 1
After reading the reviews about how terrible this amp was I knew that one would be in my future.
Had it three years now, it's one of seven tube amps I own including a Fender twin reissue and a Vox ac 15.
All I can say is if you don't like it you have no business with anything other than a volume knob and a single tone control on your amp.
I've been playing in bands for 25+ years, metal to country, degree in audio sound production but the best thing was my long time bass player saying how great the twin sounded when it was actually on standby and I had been using the VK and cab instead of my usual wet dry wet setup for the last several rehearsals.
I do use a half rack reverb in the effects loop.
Honestly I didn't want to write a review about this amp but as I just got another VK full stack in mint condition ( traded a pretty cheap guitar for it) I figured why not.
Hartley Peavey is a great guy, loves his tone and the first amp I ever owned, I've played his stuff for years.
Still Playin' This and I Have A Carvin V3M
I've owned this amp for about three years and I can't tell you how F!@#ing I am with this thing. So many tone variations. The price is great and it's well made. Our band plays so many different styles of classic rock and this thing does it all. From Steely Dan to The Black Crowes to Pat Benatar. It hangs in there.
Not mention, I just received my Carvin V3M. I love that thing too. But I thought I'd never play this thing again. I was wrong...very wrong. I was just crunching it out on the VK and I had to stop and give it some props.
Buy this thing.
Great Bang For Your Buck!
Excellent amp for the money. Very broad range of tones can be gotten out of this. We do all sorts of stuff from AIC, Kings Of Leon, Seether, STP, etc. It'll pretty much cover it all. My only complaints are that I wish it had a master volume and I wish the gain and volume boosts had there own dedicated buttons on the foot switch. Very happy with this purchase.
I love the sound of this amp so does my band and audience
Just to give you some history. The band I'm in plays classic & new rock in the styles of ACDC, Metallica, The Killers, Matchbox 20, Tom Petty & Kid Rock. So I need a lot of tonal variation. My guitars are a PRS Custom 24, a Fender Stratocaster a Squire Telecaster and an old Washburn guitars with EMG hum-buckers. I use a Boss GT10 multi effects unit w/ 2 amps. Last year I was at a local show & heard a really nice warm tone. I asked a friend why can't I get that warmth in my sound. His reply was “it’s a tube amp”. So I started looking into them. At the 2008 Gearfest I got to see Johnny Highland playing out of 2 VK100 Heads and his sound killed. I researched more played lots of rigs. I felt there was no need to spend the equal of 2+ months mortgage on an amp. I decided on the Peavey Valveking head. I have a nice Clestion 4x12 cab already so just the head would do.
I spent the first month playing with just the VK100 trying to wean myself off of effects a little. I dug the new sound. Plus the guys in the band liked it a lot too. I got comments like “wow I can really hear you now” and “that’s what we have been missing”. People that see the band regularly commented you guys did something because you sound better than before. How can you argue with that? The VK100 really screams.
I really got into the amp when I started recording. The texture knob helps you dial in the right sound. It lets you to tame your sound a little when you need it. If you like the gain you have but need to control it just a bit use that knob. The tone I get is nice warm and CLEAR clean or dirty channel. The clean channel is very nice and the EQ controls are very responsive. I can hear the difference with little EQ changes. The bright switch does just that makes things very bright but useable depending on the guitar you use and the style of music. The reverb is nice and very responsive. I used it sparingly.
I was able to use an old Crate 2 button switch to move between the channels and add the boost. I may get the Peavey switch as the LEDs can come in handy live. It is a little pricy though half a start loss.
On the lead channel with just a twist of the gain knob I can get all sorts of sounds from classic 60's crunch to Angus and Slash sounds to some very Hard Rock tones. I don't think it will do industrial or super metal but I don’t need that and did not try to dial it in. This amp can do a lot in terms of gain tones. I get some very nice bluesy tones with the gain at about 3 then get that 80’s tone around 7. If I push the gain button and go to 10 it gets even hotter. It is almost like a 3 channel amp. Live the boost adds a nice touch when I go for a solo I get just enough to put me over the top where I need to be. The Texture control is a cool tool for recording to get different tones. I have a blast setting up tone with it. For Live keep it set to full. The Resonance and Presence control add a lot to tighten the tone. They like the EQ are very responsive. I spent several hours playing with the settings because I am a tweakhead. However, right out of the box I easily got tones I liked.
The unit I got uses Ruby Tubes. To experiment a little more I may pick up some other tubes just to have a few more options. Just in case you are wondering I’m very happy with it stock.
I have now managed to incorporate my Boss GT10 via the VK100 effects loop. Since I can have 2 separate effects chains with the GT10 I can use the VK100 pre so I keep the tube warmth and sound from either of the VK100 channels for my main amp + add some boss effects. Then on the other side of the stage use a GT10 amp model going to a solid state amp. I get the best of both worlds a cool tube amp on one side and amp models on the other plus what ever effects I want where I want them.
Recently I picked up a used Valve King 4 x12 cab and now use that with the VK100. It is very solid birch construction with easy to move casters big handles and excellent speakers most likely made by Eminence. It sounds bright but not to much and handles high volume and crunch very well. The band and myself like the sound of the Peavey cab better than the 4x12 I have with Clestions that is now under the solid state amp.
I would recommend this amp to anyone looking for the warm sound that is missing from their solid state rig. It is flexible in that I have an excellent clean channel that stays clean even at high volumes. The variation of tones you can get with the gain control runs form bluesy to metal. The EQ is very responsive to slight changes. You can really focus the tone with the resonance and Presence controls. The texture control allows you to tame your sound. Plus texture adds another great color for you. I played lots of models before getting this. My ears found no reason to spend 3 or 4 x more for something else that I did not like any better. It is built like a tank so I do not anticipate any issues. I got a killer amp for $500.00 that has really improved my sound. I hear this and other people have noticed as well. We all can’t be wrong. I would buy this again if it were stolen. Thanks Peavy
I just "repaired" one of these amps, it wasn't really broke the tubes just sucked. I think the 6L6's were shot.
Depending on the tubes you can get different sounds. With 2 mesa red 6L6's, 2 JJ 6L6's, and JJ pretubes it had an extremely thick sound. The amp gets muddy quickly when the gain up if you don't turn the bass and resonance down. The lower the resonance the tighter the response of the amp.
My customer plays in a metalcore band, and more than likely i'm going to rip out the preamp and build a slo/dr type pre in it.