Vypyr 120 review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.8 (22 votes)
Peavey: Vypyr 120

Price paid: $ 649.99

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 9
I'm a rock guy, but I play metal and some clean stuff too. However, with this amp, you could pull anytone you needed out of it. The amp models it provides encompass everything a guitar player would need. Clean, blues, classic rock, punishing metal. It can do it all. The speakers are pretty decent as well, they handle the power and deliver a very clear tone, even on heavy distortion. You can also pull a very nice natural tube distortion out of it as well, making it the most versatile amp I've ever seen. There seems to be a heavy noise gate on it that can clip your sustain a tad, but other than that, the amp sings.

Overall Impression — 9
Overall, this amp is perfect for everything I do. It's got better modeling than my old flextone, and more power than my Crate halfstack. I would replace it in a heartbeat if I ever lost it. It performs great for band practice, and has plenty of power for gigs. It models so many different amps, it coudl suit anyone's needs. The only important thing to realize about the Vypyr 120 is, is that it can only model amps, it can perfectly replicate them. I've seen meny people dissapointed that they can't get a perfect JSX or 505 sound out of it. This is because it's a Vypyr, not a JSX or 505. However, certainly a wonderful and kick ass piece of gear.

Reliability & Durability — 8
Here's where the Vypyr 120 can get a little iffy. Once in a great while, when you turn the amp on, it will fail to boot up, and the amp will actually lock up. It's no big deal, really. All you have to do is turn it off, and then on again and it's fine, but it's still slightly worrying everytime it does it. Also, the first Sanpera pedal I purchased for it kept cutting out. The one I have now works fine, but it was a hassle during band practice for your sound to suddenly completely cut out.

Features — 9
For an amp that's new on teh market, this is a Godsend. The amp has a full tube section, 12AX7 preamp, 6L6 power section, and two twelve inch speakers that deliver plenty of headroom. It's plenty loud enough with 120 watts of tube driven power behind it, and it has enough modeling capbilities to suit anyone's needs. You can run two main effects at the same time, and have your amp modeling working as well. Even though everything is digital, it still performs very well. The pitch shifter was a little dissapointing, as it doesn't seem to have the proper customization to sound spot on.

11 comments sorted by best / new / date

    They're not for everyone, no. You can't deny, though, that they make some of the best amps for low budgets.
    Definitely one of the better modelling amps you'll find around. Lots better than the Line 6 Spider series and finally something that can not only compete but possibly outdo Line 6's older (and better than the Spiders) modelling amps.
    Tyler Durden
    not something I would buy, but if it was between this and a Line 6, Ill take the Peavey
    Black Paranoia
    for me peavey is good i have a 15 wat vypyr and i like it i also tried a line 6 but that didint sound as good on with disortion so i went with the peavey
    the Line 6 Original Spider (spider 1?) was a very good amp even though the 2 and 3s suck. but anyway this amp is good too i was thinking about getting a vypyr but went with a Vox.
    AngryGoldfish wrote: They're not for everyone, no. You can't deny, though, that they make some of the best amps for low budgets.
    yes they do... but for the around the same price u can get a bigger and a better randall and randalls sound is so much better
    Turn it on without cable from your guitar plugged in and it will turn on without freezing, at least that's how my vypyr100 works. It used to freeze on start up and take a couple times to turn on but without it being plugged in it works fine.
    I'm not a big fan of Peavey, and i'm still not really impressed. I just don't like the way they sound. I don't plan on getting one anytime soon.....or ever.