Guitar Amp Review
Peavey Valveking 100
The Peavey Valveking 100 is an all-tube 100-watt guitar amp that can produce highly overdriven tones. The amp has boutique features and sounds very good for it’s price range. Read my full review below.
This guitar amplifier has a unique Texture control which allows the amp to be used in either Class A or Class A/B mode, or any combination of the two, via a sweepable selector switch located on the back of the guitar amp. The 2-channel amp also includes controls such as Boost, reverb, presence and resonance along with a 3-channel eq on each channel, an effects loop and two 1/4″ speaker outputs. The channel and boost can each be engaged with a push-button switch on the front of the amp or by using a separate 2-channel footswitch that can be connected to the 1/4″ footswitch jack on the back of the amp. The preamp section is driven with 12AX7 tubes and the power amp uses 6L6GC tubes. The Valveking can be run into 4, 8 or 16 ohm speakers which is set using a switch on the back of the amplifier.
I bought my Peavey Valveking used about 3 years ago. The amp was used by a local musician for about a year previous to me purchasing it. The amp was actually broken at the time that I bought it. The amp was only working in clean mode (Channel A). Because of this problem, the amp was offered to me at a low price, so I decided to purchase the amp with hopes to have it fixed fairly easily. I tried to fix the amp myself by checking the obvious problems. The second channel on this type of amp runs through the preamp tubes so that was probably where the problem lied. After I checked any fuses I could find, I changed the preamp tubes but the second channel still wouldn’t produce sound. I took the amp itself out of the chassis and took it to a local guitar amp technician and he replaced a blown capacitor for a low cost. Since then, the amp has worked flawlessly.
This Peavey Valveking has been a solid amplifier that has produced decent sound. I feel it sounds best for more aggressive music although it is endorsed by Jeff King, who is an established guitarist in Nashville, Tennessee. For a lower priced all tube Class A amplifier, it has proved to be very useful and I feel it is worth every penny. If this amplifier was lost or stolen, I would definitely replace it with the same model.
Peavey Valveking Settings
I tend to keep my Peavey Valveking settings at very hot levels. Usually about 7-8 on each knob including the gain knob. I tend to play very aggressive metal. I also utilize the boost feature quite often for guitar solos and dynamic parts. I turn the resonance knob to 6 and the presence knob to 4 to get “my sound”.