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So I'm gonna have a birthday gift soon, and I'm looking for some advices. My current gear is an Ibanez GAX70 with a Marshall G15RCD. I think my sound sucks big time and I was looking into cheap amps. Budget is like 200$ canadian.

I mostly just practice, and jam a little bit(only with another guitarist). What I play is mostly trash metal(Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer).

So, I was looking into the Vypyr 30. It seems like it has a lot of good reviews. The versatility is a plus, and it has tons of features, like the MIDI output. I might get into some recording in not too long, so it definatly looks good. But as for the sound itself, is it worth it? I've had this crap Marshall amp for years and the sound is really bugging me.

Other amps I've looked into were VOX's Valvetronix's(most likely the VT15), Roland Cube 30x. But they're lacking flashy features like the Vypyr 30.

I'm not that much of a tone-wore, but I'd still a want good upgrade to my gear. I'm tired of this crap amp and all I want is a better sound, and some fun, which is why I've been looking into the Vypyr 30.

Also my current 15w SS seems loud enough to me, so I've also been thinking about the Vypyr 15. I've heard it has less features than the 30 tho. I'd like if someone could point out what the features actually are. In the end the 15 might be a better idea, as I could get something else aswell(a pedal or something).

Thanks for the help!

EDIT: I've been looking for tube amps aswell, but since my budget is limited, I figured a modelling amp would be a good start. Like I said, I'm not that much of a tone-wore, I just want the best as possible with my budget.
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What styles of music do you play? The Vypyr excels at heavier styles and isn't too shabby for classic rock.

A small tube amp will do classic rock and other low gain styles very well, but will fall short for metal.
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What styles of music do you play? The Vypyr excels at heavier styles and isn't too shabby for classic rock.

A small tube amp will do classic rock and other low gain styles very well, but will fall short for metal.


Like mentionned, I mostly play trash metal and stuff similar(Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Pantera, etc).

I like versatility too, for when I play some hard rock or classic rock, but metal is really what I mostly play.
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For metal, definately the Vypyr. Dont get the Vox VT15 for metal. It's alright but not the best.
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* Thrash metal not trash metal.

That aside the Vypyr 30 is an awesome amp and i wish i got it over my Line 6 spider. Don't get me wrong here i do love my Spider but i would have preferred the Vypyr. What you need to do is get out there and play the amp and some other ones and compare them. I have played the vypyr and its f***ing amazing.

but like i said play and compare some amps and then come to your conclusion
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It looks like quite a bang for my buck, specially with my current gear. Supposing my budget is more limited, would the Vypyr 15 be a good choice aswell?

What's the difference in features between the 15 and 30?
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i think the 15 doesn't have stompboxes on it.
get the 30. it has a bigger speaker and will sound better.
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It looks like quite a bang for my buck, specially with my current gear. Supposing my budget is more limited, would the Vypyr 15 be a good choice aswell?

What's the difference in features between the 15 and 30?


Just to inform you the vypyrs sound good but have reliability issues so be prepared.The spider and cube don't sound as good as a vypyr but are alot more reliable meaning they work right.If you get a vypyr make sure you fill out the warranty because chances are high you will need it probably sooner than later.I had a couple and they were nothing but trouble,look elsewhere you will thank me in the end.Good luck.
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Im in a similar situation as you cause im having a hard time getting the right sound out of my Microcube. I play pretty much the same stuff as you and i find that the Microcube is too bassy for my liking. I've narrowed my search down to the Vypyr 15 and 30, and am curious which is better. I know that the 30 has the stompbox and read somewhere that you can hook it up to your computer and get firmware updates for it, which could be a real advantage. Only thing is is that i live in a flat when im at uni so volume is an issue, so thats why im swaying to the 15 a bit.

But after doing some research, both the 15 and 30 seems to be the best in that pricerange. Just depends on whether you'd want the extra features the 30 has
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You really don't have to worry about volume much, I have a Vypyr 75 in my apartment and I just keep the volume on 1 or 2. It's a solid state amp so it's not like you get any increased performance by cranking it.

I would definitely get the 30. It has a 12" speaker compared to the 8" in the 15 watt version, and that larger speaker has a huge effect on your sound. My 75 has the same 12" speaker and I was blown away with the difference in sound clarity compared to the Spider III 15 watt with an 8" speaker that I was using before.

Also, it may cost more to buy, but it will also have more resale value if you should choose to sell it later.
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The reliability isn't that much of an issue. I study electronics and I'm gonna specialise in guitar amps/effects. With that said, I'll probably get the warranty if I have the money. Otherwise, I trust myself to be able to repair it.

I've also checked some local websites where people can buy/sell(kinda like ebay). Came across a few 15w's for 100$, but no 30's. I'll be looking regularly if I can come across a 30.

I was also looking into Musiciansfriend. I was just wondering, is the shipping included in the price? Because their prices are so low, it almost seems like a rip off sometimes. The 30w on there is 199.99$(Under availability for Canada, it says ships for free). But I guess there would be customs fee?
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FYI, you cannot record with MIDI. The 30 is capable of using a floorboard, has a 12" speaker, is firmware updatible (via MIDI), and has additional stompbox models. I'd advise getting it over the 15, which does none of the above.
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Just to inform you the vypyrs sound good but have reliability issues so be prepared.The spider and cube don't sound as good as a vypyr but are alot more reliable meaning they work right.If you get a vypyr make sure you fill out the warranty because chances are high you will need it probably sooner than later.I had a couple and they were nothing but trouble,look elsewhere you will thank me in the end.Good luck.


I've had mine for almost 18 months and it has never cut out or died on me. I'd say that was pretty damn good reliability.