Gear Talk: Peavey Vypyr Pro Review by Jeff Novak



  Upon receiving the Peavey Vypyr Pro my first impressions of the amp were that this looked like one serious piece of guitar technology. Between the numerous dials and multi-colored screens the amp features, I could see how it could be intimidating to someone who strictly lived in the world of vintage amps. I, on the other hand, always welcome new developments in the guitar world with open arms and a bit of skepticism. Once I plugged into the Vypyr, however, my fears were put to rest and I realized that this is a great amplifier that blends the sounds of yesterday with the technological advances of today.

  The amp is small and portable enough to take just about anywhere, but I could definitely see using this in a medium to large sized club or a recording studio with plenty of room to spare sound-wise. The tone shaping possibilities of the amp are seemingly endless. Once you get a handle on how to change the different sound parameters, you can dial up almost any sound you can imagine. From Eddie Van Halen’s signature crunch, to the Edge’s crystal-like tones, to Kirk Hammet’s wah laced solos, it’s all there. All you have to do is change a few settings and you’re good to go. The great thing about this unit is that is sounds so much like a vintage tube amp, even dyed in the wool tube freaks would be hard pressed to tell the difference. The craftsmanship and build quality of the amp are also top notch and I could see it withstanding many nights on the road and still living to tell the tale. Again, I really have to compliment Peavey on doing such an outstanding job with how much you are able to customize this amp. You can literally mix and match 4 different kinds of amp models or, if you prefer, use the 4 available slots for different effects to really find a sound that’s truly your own. I would also recommend pairing this amp with the Sanpera Pro Foot Controller for the even more customization over your sound.

  I plan to do more testing on the amp to see what else I can discover about it, but I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who is in the market from a great, easy to customize, portable amp solution. With this amp, you will only be limited by what your imagination can dream up.


Features
100 Watts
One 12" Custom voiced modeling speaker
Patented TransTube® technology
PowerSponge 100 Watt to 1 Watt variable power
Acoustically ported semiclosed back
Over 400 amp accessible presets
LCD Display for quick preset, model and effect selection
10 instrument models including Acoustic guitar simulators, 12 String guitar model, Sitar model, 7 String model, Baritone Model, Resonator model, Electric Violin, Bass guitar models
Enhanced chromatic tuner
12 Amp accessible stompbox models plus delay reverb and wah (with optional Sanpera)
36 on board amp models
6 bass amp models
WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) controls
On-board looper (with optional Sanpera I or II)
Amp accessible real time dual parameter controls
Amp accessible global reverb and delay
26 Total on-board amp accessible effects.
Tap Tempo
Bi-directional USB - Data - Midi - Audio record out
Studio quality headphone out
Aux/MP3/CD input
Up to 5 effects simultaneously (with optional Sanpera™ I or II)
6 acoustic amp models
Weight Packed: 29.39 lb(13.329 kg)
Width Packed: 20.75"(52.705 cm)
Height Packed: 21.5"(54.61 cm)
Depth Packed: 11.5"(29.21 cm)

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