Purchased from: Guitar Center
Features — 10
The Peavey VIP series has A LOT to offer at a GREAT price, I recently purchased this VIP 2 from Guitar Center because I was so pleased with the VIP 1, and wanted the upgrade. The VIP 2 offers a ton of extra features that aren't on the VIP 1, for not a lot of extra money!
The Peavey Vypyr VIP 2 has 10 Instrument Models, of the 10 different instruments, these are what's included.
2 Different Acoustic Guitars (One seems to be a thin-line sound, and the second one, more of your traditional, non-cut-away dread naught style.), A 12 String Guitar, A 7 String Guitar (Manipulates your tuning by 5 half-steps down), A Resonator Guitar, A Sitar, An Electric Violin, A Synthesizer, A Baritone Guitar (Manipulates your low E to low A), And Bass.
It also includes 12 "Stomp Boxes,", which are; "TSC" (Tube Screamer like overdrive), "Fuzz," "Comp," "Boost," "Analog Flanger," "Analog Phaser," "Auto-Wah," "Slice," "Analog Chorus," "UVB," "Ring Modulator," and "Slap."
As an addition to the Stomp-Boxes, the VIP 2 also offers 11 Effects, which are essential Effects you'd place in an Effects Rack, such as an effects loop, after the initial amp input. They include "Chorus," Envelope Filter," "Compression Boost," "Flanger," "Monophonic Octave Generator," "Pitch Shifter," "Reverse," "Rotary Speaker," "Phaser," "Octaver," & "Tremolo."
All of the Instrument Models, Effects, and Stomp Boxes have 2 settings as well, allowing you to get WHATEVER tone you want.
Sound — 10
The sound is great! I haven't seen anything different than the VIP 1 in terms of tone other than the fact the VIP 2 is a 40 watt. It models 8 electric guitar amps, 2 Acoustic Amps, and 2 Bass amps. All with 3 different channels; Clean, Overdriven, & Distorted. Totaling 39 Amp Models. The electric amps are marked as "Twin," "Budda," "6505," "6534," "XXX," "Classic," "Butcher," & "British." The 2 acoustic are "Trace" & "Ecous." The 2 bass are "Trace" & "Peavey." Again each having a Green (Clean), Orange (Overdriven), & Red (Distorted) channel. This thing can pull whatever you want, You want some crazy alien sound? Fine. Want tear jerking leads? No problem! What about the whimper of a violin? It's got you covered!
Reliability & Durability — 8
This amp feels extremely light for it's size, it does feel very durable however, as does the Sanpera foot switch. I don't think I'd ever use this live however, it works GREAT to get the tone and sound you want, as well as to inspire creativity without having to spend hundreds of dollars on effects pedals. When it comes down to it, this thing is built by Peavey, we all know it will stand the test of time! I'm a bit confused though, it's advertised as a 40-Watt amp, but the 12" speaker says "8 Ohms - 60 Watts." Did I mention this has a built in tuner? That's very helpful as well!
Overall Impression — 9
This is an amazing amp for home use, and possibly even small venues or just small get togethers. I think it shines most in the aspect of versatility. I can pretty much make my guitar sound like 10 different instruments, use 12 different stomp boxes, and 11 effects. Perfect for getting that extra little push you need to make your song sound the way you hear it in your head.
I don't like the fact that if I'm using an Instrument Modeler, I can't use a Stomp-Box, but the "Effects" makes up for that a bit. I also wish the layout was a bit different, for example, when editing Effects or stomps, you have a "P1" & "P2" knob. Not that it takes forever to figure it out, even without looking at the manual, it just would be nice if they were replaced with little LED screens that changed according to what you were editing. Overall, I love this amp. I don't see myself getting rid of it anytime soon unless I'm upgrading to the VIP 3.