Vypyr 120H review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 5
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 7.5 Good
  • Users' score: 5.9 (22 votes)
Peavey: Vypyr 120H
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Price paid: $ 550

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 7
VERY VERSATILE. This amp can produce tones for any style of music. Some are very accurate. All the Peavey models, as well as the Rectifier and Marshall simulations are VERY close. The rest are good, but not always as accurate. The downside is that you get only 2 channels for each model and since they were digitally modeled, there is not as much versatility in sound that you would get from a real version of the amp. THAT BEING SAID, for $550, nothing comes close to what this amp was designed to do: give a wide variety of moderate to good sounding tones and effects.

Overall Impression — 9
I play everything from jazz to classic rock to metal. This amp does it all. I can get the harsh "BTBAMesque" crunch with the Krankenstein sim, or the smooth crunch for In Flames or Periphery (if you have the right settings on the JSX with the tubescreamer on it resembles an ENGL). I can get a classic sounding Brit stack or a bright clean. I have this set up with an Avatar G412 Vintage cab and it gets crazy low end. CONCLUSION: You cannot find a better head for $550. This amp does it all and it does it well. Great value buy.

Reliability & Durability — 5
DURABILITY: It seems to be a well built amp. The leather like exterior is good quality. I have not had this amp long enough to put it through enough abuse to make any kind of objective evaluation though. RELIABILITY: Occasionally the amp will freeze up, which is not an uncommon occurrence in digital processors. It is very seldom though, and you can continue to play, although you cannot change channels.

Features — 9
Real Tube Power 120W Built in headphone jack and usb interface CD/MP3 Input 24 digital amp models 11 stompbox effects 11 rack effects On-board Tuner connects to Peavy Sanpera footswitch to act as a floor processor This amp has plenty of power. The only downside is that the footswith is very pricey but it makes this amp do even more.

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    Skuzzmo
    Sooooo..... Amp simulation stuff???.... does it do what these usually do, esp in a live situation, and have a very thin/trebly sound that just disappears when the dude going straight thru a valve amp starts playing? Never had a good experience with amp modelling outside of the bedroom---- oo-er
    bustapr
    I have Vypyr 30 and its very versatile and very good. This sis a 120 amp with i think 2 tubes. If 120w is good for something it surely isnt for bedroom practice. Overall I think this amp is very worth it, the sound is great and it is extremely loud (with the appropriate cab). The footswitch is not overpriced at all. It has a built in wah, pitch shifter, and volume pedals (all that alone would cost more than the whole footswitch), and it has countless presets, and effects control, and its awesome, for 200 bucks.
    The Landscape
    i used a vypyr 30 for multiple gigs, in a band with another guitarist playing through a big Marshall full-valve stack, and yet i was still heard very clearly, and could cover him for my solo's without having to crank up great tone and versatility, it really does do it all and well. of course the tone isn't as good as the real tube amps, but it's still great for bedroom practice, and gigs for those who can't afford the big tube amps :p
    r0ckth3d34n
    I don't see why Peavey has to fuse everything with modelling technology. Why can't they make a real tube/ss hybrid without that crappy digital stuff?
    drawnacrol
    I have the peavey Vypyr 120 watt combo and its an incredible amp but I've heard horror stories of it screwing up live, since its basically a computer program running all the amps and effects it can crash and freeze, its never happened to me in the 7 months I've had it, great practice amp though, the tones are incredible
    The Landscape
    no thin/trebly sound, the tone is great! unless you don't know how to set a good tone... but then again, the factory presets are not bad at all :p
    ILoveGuitar07
    I was never into digital amps. then this peavey vypyr came along. I love my 75. I want the head...thanks for the review. looking forward to trying this with my XXX 412 cab
    dementiacaptain
    [quote]Skuzzmo wrote: Sooooo..... Amp simulation stuff???.... does it do what these usually do, esp in a live situation, and have a very thin/trebly sound that just disappears when the dude going straight thru a valve amp starts playing? Never had a good experience with amp modelling outside of the bedroom---- oo-er This has valves in the power amp buddy