Price paid: $ 200
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
For a solid-state modeling amp the Peavey Vypyr 30 can produce some great tones. The amp has "transtube technology" created by Peavey which helps emmulate analog distortion and cause breakup at high volumes to give the amp a more tube-like feel. The Peavey Vypyr 30 is one of the best amps in it's price range as far as versatility. It can cover anything from cleans and blues, to high gain metal, and everything in between. I played a Schecter C1-Plus through this amp and it sounded amazing. Even a Squier can produce a decent tone out of this amp as opposed to the 10W starter amp it comes with it. I'm one of those people who "play everything" and honestly thats what this amp can do.
Overall Impression — 8
Whatever style you play, this amp can cover. I've been playing guitr for almost three years now. If you plan of using the Looper you MUST buy either the Sanpera I ($100) or the Sanpera II ($200) pedal, otherwise the Looper can not be used. The positive aspects about this amp is its versatility and sound (for an amp in it's price range) and its negative aspects are the software glitches (minor). I compared this amp to a Line 6 Spider III (yawn), which the Vypy ultimately blew away as far as sound and versatility (not suprising).
Reliability & Durability — 8
The Peavey Vypyr 30 is a pretty solid amp. It weighs around 30lbs and I wouldn't worry too much about its health if it was dropped. The amp will sometimes freeze when switching between the amp and the built in tuner. A few minor software glitches can occur from time to time, nothing to serious however. Both problems can be corrected by using an MIDI-USB cord which you can use to update the software in amp from Peavey's website.
Features — 9
The Peavey Vypyr series is one of the newer models from Peavey. This 30W version is packed with enough features to give you the tone you want. This modeling amp comes equipped with 11 "Stompbox Encoders" 01. Ring Modulator 02. Auto Wah 03. Analog Flange 04. MOG (Monophonic Octave Generator) 05. Analog Phase 06. Tube Scrm 07. XR Wild 08. X Boost 09. Fuzz 10. BC Chorus 11. Squeeze (Compressor) Next in line are the 12 different "Amp Encoders", each having a clean/crunch (green) channel and a dirty (red). 01. Twn 02. Dlx 03. Plxi 04. Brit 05. B-Kat 06. Classic 07. XXX 08. JSX 09. 505 10. Rec 11. K-Stein 12. DZL The amp also comes with 11 built in effects which you can use by themselves or in combination with the stompboxes for ultimate versatility. 01. Ocataver 02. Phaser 03. Rotary 04. Reverse (Reverses your signal) 05. Pitch Shifter 06. Flanger 07. Slap back 08. Env Filter 09. Chorus 10. Tremolo 11. Looper (Activates the looper - Sanpera Footswitch needed) The amp also has a three-band EQ with pre and post gain controls as well as a built in tuner.