Price paid: $ 399.99
Purchased from: Music Doctors, Kingsport TN
Sound — 8
Currently I'm playing through a Dean ML X, and it's just got stock hums in it. I plan on getting a better ML soon so it will probably sound even better through it. Like I said, I play mostly metal, but I have used the other ones to get great, buttery blues tones.
The 100 watt is solid state. And while we're on that topic, enough is enough with the solid state vs. tube argument. Look, it's obvious that tubes have a warmer, more organic sound, but DO NOT let that sway you. This amp sounds phenomenal. You will have no trouble covering drums, and I guarantee this would hang with the higher-end amps. The tone's of the two might be different (SS compared to Tube), but as far as volume goes, I can't see that you would ever need to get a higher wattage. This would most definitely get you through a medium sized club gig.
You can get some feedback if you're playing pretty close to the amp, but that is typical of alot of amps so no big deal there. It's not producing any hum for me, even at the higher volumes.
As far as general sound goes, in my house, I'm scared to crank it past like 4. It shakes the walls.
I would be willing to say that the clean channels do get distorted due to the Blue Maverick speakers in it (the 100w is a 2x12, btw), but I don't use those at that volume so I don't care.
DISTORTION.. what you've all been waiting for... Look no further for ANY amp in this price range. This will have to blown away. The Rectifier setting on the red channel will have you feeling like you've taken a hammer to the back of your skull. It is EXTREMELY HEAVY. The Krankenstein model on the red channel is so smooth, and it sounds great with the mids scooped. All of the other models are just as good. The 6505 model probably doesn't sound too much like it's real life counterpart, but that was expected. With that being said, that model still sounds really good.
For any metal player looking for the best possible amp that isn't tube, this is it.
The only bad thing about this amp: All models were uh.. modeled at a specific setting on each amp. For instance, the Krankenstein was modeled with the presence at like 7, so that's the sound you get. You can change the low, mid, and high, but that's it. I would like to be able to change the presence of these amps.
I give the Sound area a 9 out of 10 because it has fulfilled my every wish as far as sound goes. The only downside is that the amps were modeled on a specific setting, so you have to work around that.
Overall Impression — 8
I play heavy metal, and this amp suits my style perfectly. Any heavy sound you can think of can be dialed in on this beast. I'm just now getting into blues and other genres that don't use higher-gain type amps so I can't say for sure that this would be the best amps for those genres, but if you're looking for a high end amp, on a lower-end budget, then get this one.
I've been playing for about 8 years, and I've played metal the whole time. Up until I got this amp I was running a 25w First Act amp, because I didn't realize how important an amp was to your sound. Since I've had this I've wrote things that sound so much better now. Maybe my review is a bit biased since I had that piece of shit amp for so long, but I'm trying to be as honest as possible in my review to help others in my situation.
If it were lost or stolen, this would be the first thing I went back to buy. Maybe I'd look for the Tube 60, but it wasn't available where I was (small town, so I have to work with what I got). The differences with tubes vs. ss isn't enough for me to blindly go get a tube amp so I'm more than satisfied.
My favorite thing about it is the high gain amp models. Crank this baby up to 3, and you're treading waters with Pantera, Metallica, Whitechapel, and dozens of other bands who use amps like that. My least favorite thing is the effects. Other than the XR Wild, the X Boost and the Tube Screamer, most of them are not needed (for me, others might find them useful). I compared this to other amps in the price range and couldn't find anything that even came close. I literally mean there was NOTHING that sounded this good. I tried two or three Marshall MG's, and only one Spider. Not even worth a comparison. Apples to bricks.
The only thing I wish it had was adjustable presence, but that is so minor that I don't care.
I give this amp an 8 out of 10 because it is the best SS amp on the market. Of course the higher end tube amps will have a better tone, but as far as ease of use, outward sound, and tone this amp is incredible. These should be selling for over 500 dollars.
Reliability & Durability — 7
I haven't used this at a gig yet, but I would. VYPYR's are known for being kind of buggy due to the fact that they are really just a computer. You can update firmware in the amps if you have a USB to MIDI cable to do it with.
It is built Chevy style, like a rock. The knobs do feel light, but the housing feels impenetrable.
My amp came with a 5 year warranty, so I count on this amp to last me awhile.
Im giving this section a 7 out of 10 because I've heard people mention that sometimes they can't even turn it on, but it's built solid so I feel comfortable hauling it around.
Features — 8
This review is of the Peavey Vypyr 100 watt. It is a solid state amp. I play mostly metal myself, but this amp is DEVASTATING enough to play the heaviest of deathcore (and yes, death metal is well played too for you purists out there). It has the same stomboxes and rack effects as the 75. It includes the USB out, and the two jacks. One is for headphones (iPod headphones or other aux headphones fit). Each amp has two channels, and the amps are divided on either side. The left side has the high gain models (Krankenstein, Diezel, 6505, JSX, XXX) and the right said has the lighter amps like Plexi, Bad Cat, Brit, Twin Reverb etc. I am not familiar with the amps to the right side so I can't give you the original names of them all. The high gain amp models feature a green location for a lighter, crunchy type tone, and when you change the channel to red, it kicks it in to even higher gain. I use this amp for band practice, gigging, and bedroom use. It is well suited for both. There is more than enough power to do whatever you want with this piece of machinery.
There are lots of effects that I do not use, but there are plenty that are really good. The XR Wild, which I'm assuming is MXR Wylde sounds really good, and adds a nasally tone like Zakk's rig. There's a tube screamer which gives a bit of a boost to your overall sound, and an X Boost which just sends it into DESTROY mode. I could do without all the effects I guess.
I give the features an 8 out of 10 because while there are plenty of effects, many of them are not needed. Like I said, three or four of them are great though.