Peavey Vypyr VIP 2 Review
The Peavey Vypyr VIP 2 is a DSP based modeling amplifier that provides electric guitar, bass and acoustic amp models. The amplifier is a 1 speaker combo with built in effects and a large range of functions.
Got some tone issues? This amp will help take care of that in a hurry!
Peavey Vypyr VIP 2 External Hardware
Firstly, the Vypyr VIP 2 is a 29 pound semi open back combo amplifier measuring in at 20.25" wide, 20.75" high and 11.5" deep.
It is equipped with 1 - 12" Peavey custom voiced speaker in a sturdy wooden enclosure finished with black tolex and black hardware. All controls are front facing with a slight slant for easier access when adjustments are to be made to your sound.
The controls are very modern with a series of LEDs around each control to mark their position for each saved amp model.
The input jacks, which includes instrument, USB for programming and auxiliary are all located on the front of the amp for ease of access.
The headphone out jack is also on the front panel to make it easy to use when silent playing is required. On the rear of the amplifier is a control jack to allow for control of the Sanpera foot switch (sold separately) as well as the power switch and power cord receptacle.
The amplifier is well made and pretty rugged with a nice black grill cloth and sleek look!
Peavey Vypyr VIP 2 Channels and Controls
The Vypyr VIP 2 is a single channel amplifier that is designed to share the controls via the many amp models and effects.
Each LED around the controls will change based on the setting recalled from each of the amp models. The amplifier is capable of being used with electric guitars, bass guitars and acoustic guitars.
So depending on what you plug in, you have the option of selecting the instrument from the series of buttons near the input jack.
The amplifier has a few rotary encoders that control your settings for stompboxes, EQ or effects. Each LED changes color to show you what setting you are using, so a bit of a learning curve exists here to get use to the many options.
But its very easy to get use to with the manual at your side. One of the encoders is the amp model selector which lets you choose from 36 different models!
A lot of the models are great amps Peavey has made throughout the years like the 6505 and some classic lower gain versions plus bass amps.
So anyone will find what they need in this amp! There are a ton of effects that can be selected with the effects encoder, anything ferom chorus to flange, reverb and delay. Its all here!
On the rear of the amplifier is a control jack for Peaveys Sanpera foot switch. When using the Sanpera Foot switch, you also unlock a built in looper and a few more functions!
The Peavey Vypyr VIP 2 is rated at 40 watts output power and is all kinds of loud! If you need to keep up with a heavy hitting drummer, you will do well.So don’t worry, it cranks up nicely!
USB 2.0 Recording Performance
The Vypyr is equipped with a USB 2.0 interface which is recognized as an audio device when plugged into a computer.
We used Pro Tools and recorded with the Vypyr through the USB port into our interface.
Sound quality was good if you are practicing or writing songs you want to capture. But we wouldn’t recommend recording an album.
Peavey Vypyr VIP 2 Sound
When you first plug into the Vypyr VIP 2, you will need to select your instrument and amp model. Once there, you are sure to quickly realize that this amp sounds pretty good for the money!
We found that most of the models were quite good, its a very versatile amp! There are a ton of options on this amp and so you will need to spend some time with it. But as you tweak, you are sure to unlock many great sounds for weeks!
The stompbox and effects are great and are a nice added benefit to an already incredibly affordable amplifier. We were happy with the different combinations of sounds we were able to create. Some of them did sound digital at times, but with some tweaking they shape up nicely.
Overall this amplifier sounds good for a modeling amplifier valued under $500 bucks! With the ability to take electric, acoustic and bass guitars you have a very powerful amplifier that sounds good for the money!
Conclusion And Final Thoughts
There are many great electric guitar amplifiers on the market for under $500 and the Peavey Vypyr is a great choice.
It is loaded with options that will essentially get you any sound you might desire. The options to use an acoustic or bass guitar really puts this amplifier on another level when it comes to versatility.
Some of the sounds can be digital sounding and so if you are coming from a more expensive amplifier you might be disappointed. But for an amplifier at this price and the many options it has onboard, there is really something for everyone here.
Peavey did a great job with this amplifier. It has some great features and sounds and the output power is good. It can serve many purposes from practice to gigging and more.
Many people use this amplifier and swear by it which makes it worth your time to look into. So if your interested, it’s worth taking the plunge as the price really can’t be beat!