Footswitch Information

Pretty self-explanatory. Here is where information regarding footswitches is discussed.

One thing many VK users have a problem with is finding a compatible alternative to the somewhat-flimsy Peavey-endorsed Valveking footswitch.
The only NECESSARY requirements for a footswitch for the Valveking are...

  1. Two-buttons
  2. Stereo cable output

Here is a list of known compatible footswitches:
  • Vox VFS-2 (discontinued)
  • Boss FS-6
  • VoodooMan Valveking PVKS-2 (replacement/alternative) Some people have had delivery problems with VoodooMan!
  • Most stereo-cable two-button footswitches

Many Valveking owners who have some pedal building experience have had success building their own footswitches, so building your own footswitch is another alternative.

Alternative (credit Mathamology)

You can use a one-button switch, but you'd need to modify it.

Swap the mono jack for a stereo jack, run a cable from the tip lug to the ground lug (the tip controls the boost function, so if you just use a one-button switch, all it will control is the boost). Run a cable from the ground lug to one end of the switch, and a cable from the ring lug to the other end of the footswitch.

Basically, you're converting this:

external image footswitchbefore.jpg (that's meant to say mono jack, not stereo...) To this: external image footswitchafter.jpg You'd have to use a stereo cable as well.

Valve King Pedal electronic


I though I'd throw my 2 cents in seeing as how I dealt with this extensively.

The Valve King uses a stereo jack 1/4" connection to handle switching duties. The relays inside the amp are activated by grounding their low-side.

A few things a VK user needs to know to make an effective switch box:

Sleeve is grounded.
Tip controls boost functions (volume and/or gain)
Ring controls channel switching

So both your remote switches use a common ground and just continue or break for the appropriate circuits. If you're building a box with a stereo
jack and two on/off switches, just follow the conventions laid out above. If you look at the diagram Mathamology has, you would be building it like
the second diagram. The Tip would, however, go to a separate switch, done like the ring, ground(sleeve) is common. Hope that makes sense.