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Old 01-30-2013, 02:57 PM   #1
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fender frontman 15r vs peavy vyper 15

seen the same two amps for similar money what would be a better buy for features etc the peavy vyper or fender frontman also heard good things about the belcat 35r i think i play alkaline trio, black keys, blink, trex a weird mix mainly rock and punky stuff and am looking at getting a vintage v100 and currently have a yamaha erg 121 with a dod tec 4 pedal any ideas??
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:12 PM   #2
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The peavey is by far the superior amp in terms of features and sound quality. If you are just starting out or are still a novice and just want to experience different sounds, the vypyr is very good. If you can stretch to a vypyr 30 (or find one used), they have even more options and are great amps.

As far as pedals, if you get the vypyr it comes with lots of pedal models that you can play with, the sound at least decent pretty much throughout.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:13 PM   #3
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I can't stress how much better the Vypyr is in every way. There is no contest there.

However, where are you located? If you're in the US, used Vypyr 30s can be had for $100 as well, and they are exponentially better amps. I don't recommend the Vypyr 15 unless that is the very top of your budget. They have a little 8" speaker which doesn't sound great (the standard size for guitar amplification is 12"), and they don't have Sanpera capability, so they aren't a viable long term practice/backup option like the larger models are.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:34 PM   #4
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I bought a Fender Frontman 15r as my very first amp with my first guitar (a MiM Febder Strat that I custom ordered new). I was 12 at the time (just turned 29 last week so it's been awhile haha) and worked a whole summer of lame chores and jobs for family to afford my first setup. At the time I didn't know about gear and such, aside from knowing the "big names" in gear (fender, Gibson, etc), so my logic was "I'm 12, that amp is only $70 new (remember, this was almost 20yrs ago), which is in my budget, and it's Fender, so it must be decent." and for awhile I thought it was. I was brand new to the instrument, and knew nothing of gear/tone/etc. However, as my ear developed and I started learning how things shape and effect tone, I realized the Fender was pretty lacking. I hate to give it a BAD review, as it's kinda sentimental as my very 1st amp (I still have it, might build a little 5-10w tube amp in the chasis), but sentimental doesn't sound good lmao. Again, it's fine to just play through, it makes sound, but once you start wanting to develope and shape your own tone the Frontman is going to be a big hinderence.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:18 PM   #5
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Think that's decided it then thanks people I'm in the uk- London
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:54 PM   #6
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I saw a used frontman 15 for $15 if that says anything...

I have one and it's pretty bad.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:23 AM   #7
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I would seriously save up and invest in a used Vypyr 60 for $250. Power tubes FTW!
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:27 AM   #8
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Seems to be a pattern emerging here how about a pathfinder or belcat 35 there's only one review for the belcat on here really have a budget of a 100 tbh sucks but hey doing up a house and saving for a wedding s**t happens lol
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:16 AM   #9
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Also seen a line 6 IV 15 how does that compare to the vyper 15?
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:17 PM   #10
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it doesnt. its horrible. my vypyr 15 actually isnt as bad because I replaced the speaker. but it was a dumb idea. i could have just had the 30 for a bit more. but if you can save up the $250 for the tube 60. do it. so much better.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:17 PM   #11
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Also seen a line 6 IV 15 how does that compare to the vyper 15?


they have horrible reviews and stuff.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:28 PM   #12
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The Pathfinder is good if you add pedals. Otherwise the Vyper 15. I have one of the original Vypyr 15's and it's a bit flaky in that the DSP just decides to do it's own thing once in a while. Hopefully they have resolved that in the new ones.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:41 PM   #13
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The Frontman is decent for cleans but not much else. The Vypyr does pretty much everything it tries to do well.

I have a Frontman 15r and a Vypyr 30 head so meh.
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