Speaker Change Information

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Many users buy the Valveking and are not satisfied with the tone straight out of the box. These users (myself included) modify the amp so that a much better tone can be gained out of it. It really is quite extraordinary how much of an improvement can be made with a few simple mods. Here is an overview of the more common and widely endorsed mods:

Please be sure to read the Warnings page before changing the speaker in your amp.
"...Pulling the chassis and poking around inside the amp however is dangerous deadly dangerous...."

Speaker Swap

I would estimate that about 50% of the muddiness inherent in Valveking amps is caused by the stock speaker. Seriously, I wouldn’t use this in my crappy squier amplifier that I got in my starter set. By replacing this speaker, the muddiness goes away for the most part, leaving a clear and manageable tone that can be controlled by the onboard EQ with much more ease. Some popular speakers are:

Celestion Vintage 30: A very middy speaker that creates a lot of clarity on the lead channel and makes for a slightly gritty clean channel. Ideal for metal and heavier styles. A more budget version of the Vintage 30 is the Warehouse 30 (found at www.warehousespeakers.com)

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Celestion G12T-75: More upper mids and a deeper low end make this speaker ideal for classic rock and mod rock styles.
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G12t-75's can be quite fizzy on the top end try to avoid them if you can. Great for British voicings, not American voicings.

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Classic lead 80's are a great lead speaker if you like the dynamics of a Vintage 30 its really close in characteristics but has more of a lead role. So if your a lead player and like the Vintage 30 tone this is a great option.

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Originally Posted by Eminence"This is very subjective, of course, but I hope I can help. The Tonker or Tonkerlite are great considerations for a Peavey amp and for the versatility you require for this application. They are both very balanced, punchy, warm, smooth and clean with nice top end presence and good low end definition. The Tonkerlite is a neodymium (lightweight magnet design) and is brighter and more tight rather than fat compared to the Tonker.

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Eminence Man O War

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Very Loud Speaker. Big Volume jump from the VK stock speaker.
Great Clean tone. Really articulate with some sparkle. Brightens up the clean channel a lot.
With the bright switch off, the clean channel is as bright as the stock speaker with the bright switch on.
Very Chunky and tight rhythm tone without the muddiness of the stock speaker, really agressive sounding with out being harsh.
Chords are very crunchy without being too trebley. Artificial Harmonics absolutely scream.
Lead Tone is very clear and smooth with enough mids for your leads to really sing without the mid spike some speakers have. Each note really stands out.
Lower gain satriani type tones sound great as well as high gain tones. Very Very versatile speaker.
Probably not the best for blues or classic rock. But for hard rock and metal with great cleans it's perfect. And if you dabble in other genres you won't be hurt by choosing this speaker.

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Man O War Speaker Change

--Amp Upside Down
--Supplies I used:
Philips Head Screwdriver
Needle nose pliers
Wrench (you can use the pliers instead, whatever is easier)
--Time: Took me 40 minutes, and thats because I had to figure what size wrench,
and gather all of my supplies. Should take 30 minutes max.
Removed the panel and tube grille.


It is advisible to remove your power tubes before attempting speaker removal and speaker install! Possible breakage! (cap47)

Removed clips here. They need to be pulled on hard. Take out the bolts holding
the speaker down ( I used a wrench, pliers work as well.)
Note that it is hard to maneuver due to the small amount of space. Its probably
easier to remove the Power Tubes, but if you're careful, it can be done, by turning
the speaker sideways and sliding it out between V3 and the Left Power Tube.
If you aren't comfortable just remove the tubes, no big deal.

Lay the speaker in carefully, making sure not to hit the tubes. I was able to squeeze
mine in between the V3 and Power Tubes. Reattach clips and rebolt.


Put the Tube Grille and panel back in place. All set up and ready to go.



-Vintage 30 (The good choice for metal and hard rock. Pricey)
-Classic Lead 80
-Texas Heat (Use this for a more for bluesy or American rock sound. Think SRV)
-Man O' War (Good all around British rock, heavy rock and Metal speaker)
-Private Jack
Lynch V12 (no longer produced)
Warehouse Guitar Speakers
-Veteran 30 (Celestion Vintage 30 clone with the Vintage 30 upper mid spike smoothed out. 60 watts)
-Retro 30 (More articulate version of the Veteran 30 with deeper tighter bottom end. 75 watts output)
-British Lead (Drop in replacement for Celestion Classic Lead 80)
-Green Beret (Celestion Greenback clone. Careful these are only 25 watts. Best in a multi-speaker cabinet.)

edited by sparkeyjames. I can attest that the Texas Heat works well for blues and American rock and is even better
if you remove capacitor C149 in a version 1 VK112.
The info for WGS speakers is grabbed from their website.

Edited by hrstrat57

Eminence Red Coat Governor 75w 16 ohm is fabulous, see my other mods in tube section....if you buy one make sure you look on the inside of the box cover there is a little gift pack including 2 cool guitar picks, hangtag and most importantly a "Eminence Inside" emblem for the front of your Valve King. I nearly threw it out so thus the heads up!!

I removed reverb tank, tolex lower amp back and power tube cage, did not need to pull power tubes. A 10MM socket or small wrench and a phillips head screw driver is all you need here...easy peezy to a world class Peavey!

These instructions from the ultimate guitar thread are bang on as well:


Specifications and Features

212 100w Combo
4, 8, or 16 ohms

112 50W Combo
16 Ohms only
Some early VK112s are known to be listed on the chassis - 8 Ohms minimum

Royal 8
5W (RMS) into 8 ohms