Peavey ValveKing 100 Head
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Peavey ValveKing 100 Head

ValveKing 100 Head, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Peavey in the ValveKing series.

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Audiofanzine FR 29/11/2008

Peavey ValveKing 100 Head : Recensione di Audiofanzine FR (content in English)

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(Originally written by papayou57/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Everything has been already said... I give it a 9 because both channels share the reverb...

UTILIZATION

Clean:

Ultra easy configuration and you'll quickly find a good sound. I'm not that experienced to say if the sound is warm, crystal-clear, etc. I've been playing for only two years and I almost never use the clean channel (I play death metal) but I like how it sounds: the sound is well-defined, clear and with some additional effects you could get a very good sound!

Distortion:

It's the main disadvantage of this amp... I play only heavy metal and I find the distortion sounds awful... really awful!!! The sound is imprecise and it's impossible to find a good setting: either I get too much highs or not enough and it's the same thing with low frequencies both with or without boost... it's a disaster! That's why I NEVER use the amp's distortion!!! I use the clean channel with a Boss Metal Zone and the sound is much better...

User's manual:

I browsed it, looked at the setting examples and buried it in the depths of a drawer...

I give it a 7 because of the lousy distortion channel!!!

SOUNDS

I like it with my distortion pedal but sometimes the sound seems to change even if I don't edit my settings, and that probably has to do with the warm up time... I play a 7-string Ibanez RG7321 with EMG pickups. I set the mids and highs controls to 2 or 3 and the lows to 5, depress the two small buttons, activate the boost and add my distortion pedal (distortion to 3-4) to get a big, fat, dirty and accurate sound I like. I already described the pros and cons.

I give it a 7 because of the lousy distortion channel!!!

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for almost one year. It is reliable, works properly and never got broken. I like most of all its aggressive look and clean sound... Maybe the distortion sound is good for blues or other music styles but it doesn't match my needs... I previously tried out a Hartke Piggy Back (a disaster!) and a Fender MH-500 (too expensive for me!). During a recent live gig I used a Marshall Mode Four, which was quite good but I couldn't test it thoroughly... I bought this amp from my drummer who used to play guitar... So I got it very cheap together with the speaker cabinet. It was a good deal.

Based on my experience I would definitely buy it again at this price!!