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Peavey Valveking II Combo 50 - 50/12/2-watt 1x12" Tube Combo Reviews

4.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • RON
    from CEN. CA. November 3, 2015Music Background:
    LONG TIME AMATUER GUITAR PLAYER

    ValveKing 50W

    This amp is an incredible buy. It has amazing tone quality and the reverb is excellent. I have used many amps over the years (66yrs old) and have been playing since high school. This amp has as good sound qualities as any I have ever used. I don't usually play any distortion type guitar, so I can only review the clean side and light lead. This amp is very easy to use and finding the right tone was easy. Seems well made to me. The 50/12/2 watt feature is very cool. I only use tube combo amps.

  • Drew Price
    from Wichita, KS May 29, 2014Music Background:
    Novice

    great amp, great price, great service

    Let me start off by saying I play a lot and I'm fairly knowledgeable when it comes to guitars and amps but I'm not the greatest guitarist. I played an Epiphone SG with this amp. It took me a while to get the tone the way I wanted it but once I did it was exactly what I was hoping for. It has nice bluesy tone on the clean channel and there is plenty of gain for me with some to spare (I don't play any metal just modern and classic rock) I had a much better guitarist play on this and I wasn't disappointed with the amp at all. I'd recommend this for anyone looking for a tube amp at a reasonable price that will play anywhere from practicing at an apartment to playing a bar room sized gig. I'd like to throw in Sweetwater did amazing with the customer support. My customer support rep Jimmy Hart was awesome!

  • Customer
    from Arizona June 29, 2016

    Great Do It All Amp

    Is this a Fender clean; no, but it gets very close. Is it a higher gain 5150ish; no, but it could be with a boost pedal. This is an everything in between amp and does a very good job of getting a variety of tones and good clean sounds. I play classic/blues/jazz to contemporary/rock/metal and I feel this amp covers a lot of ground. I wasn't to impressed with it when I first plugged it in because the bass control didn't seem to add or subtract much when adjusted. I plugged it in to my 4x12 cab and what a difference. Not only was the bass more responsive but the mids and highs were better balanced (speaker definitely needs time to brake in). The 2watt set up is great at a low bedroom setting but it doesn't take much to push the tubes past break up at that setting. The 12watt setting is where I have left it for practicing and it sounds great. Haven't needed to push it to the 50watt just yet so I cant comment on that setting. Having the speaker bypass for recording/USB is a definite plus. Everything seems to work as advertised and as usual Sweetwater has been great to work with.

  • HANK
    from May 2, 2015Music Background:
    Semi-pro, blues-rock, blues, gospel, 40 years exp

    CHEESY BUT GREAT TONE

    The tone is great for blues, rock, hard rock, blues-rock. You will need a pedal to play metal.
    I rated it a 3 because the amp is cheaply made. The small cheesy chicken head knobs and switches are half the standard size. The amp feels like it was made from reinforced cardboard. If this amp was ever dropped, it would probably break into 10 pieces! For the price I expected it to be standard construction not second- rate. The switch for 50/12/2 watts is a nice feature that made me buy it to begin with. Also the tube monitor lights are another nice feature. I would have given it a 5 if the construction was sturdy and the switches and chicken heads knobs were standard size. I will get a Fender Hot Rod Deville, Marshall combo or Egnator Tweaker 40 when this amp bites the dust. Hope I don't drop this puppy!

  • Customer
    from December 5, 2014

    Good Tones, bad footswich

    Love the tones but there is a brief (half second) delay when you use the footswitch to switch from clean to gain channel. Annoying when you are going for that musical impact, hit the gain channel and.....nothing.

Reviews

  • Mitch Gallagher
    4-23-2014

    My first real amp was a 2 x 12" Peavey Classic -- the old-school late-'70s original with the aluminum side panels on the grille. Ah, the good old days! I played that amp for years, followed by several other Peaveys, and they never let me down. But time marches on, and Peavey has kept up with the times with a steady stream of really cool amplifiers (including a new line of tweed-covered Classic amps launched in the early '90s). The latest from Peavey is the ValveKing II, a feature-laden amp that's perfect for stage or studio.

    The ValveKing II combo that I checked out uses three 12AX7 preamp tubes and two EL84 power tubes to deliver 20 watts, switchable down to 5 watts or even 1 watt for home use. (There also is a head version of this amp, a 50-/12-/2-watt combo, and a 100-/25-/5-watt head.) It has clean (with bright switch) and dirty (with switchable boost and high gain) channels, each with 3-band EQ, and a master reverb. A master Damping control blends presence and resonance shaping under one knob, while the Vari-Class control can continuously shift the power tubes from Class A operation to Class AB. That's a ton of tone-shaping control and a lot of versatility, from chiming British clean to rich American clean, crunchy UK chunk to singing U.S. sustain. The front panel also features tube monitoring LEDs, which keep you apprised as to the health of your EL84s.

    Around back, you've got a footswitchable effects loop and an MSDI (Mic Simulated Direct Interface) XLR jack for feeding the amp's output -- with mic and speaker emulation -- to a live sound console or a recorder. There's an accompanying switch for turning off the speaker for silent recording. There's also a USB output that can likewise deliver a mic-/speaker-emulated signal straight into your computer DAW.

    This really is one amp that can do it all for you, from clean to high gain, at bedroom volume or stage volume -- and who needs to mess with microphones? Recording and live sound are super easy with this amp.

    Check any of the ValveKing II amps out. They all deliver killer tube tones and more versatility and practical usefulness than just about any other amp on the market.

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