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Peavey VYPYR VIP 3 100W 1x12 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp Black

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The Peavey VYPYR VIP 3 guitar modeling combo amp uses Variable Instrument Input technology to provide amplification for a variety of instruments. Not only does this combo morph from a bass amp, to an ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Peavey VYPYR VIP 3 guitar modeling combo amp uses Variable Instrument Input technology to provide amplification for a variety of instruments. Not only does this combo morph from a bass amp, to an acoustic amp, to an electric amp, it also allows the guitar player to access instrument models as well. Peavey uses a combination of powerful 32-bit, floating point SHARC processors and patented TransTube analog circuitry to create one of the best sounding modeling amps available.

All VYPYR effects, amp models and parameter controls can be accessed without plugging into a computer, unlike many other modeling amps.

VYPYR's new USB bi-directional data and audio port provides an easy way to record, connect to VYPYR software, store presets, get lessons and play along to backing tracks. All of the revolutionary features from the original VYPYR series is here, plus more effects, more amp models and more instrument models.

Features
  • Patented TransTube technology
  • PowerSponge 100W to 1W variable power
  • 112 acoustically ported semi-closed back
  • Overr 400 amp accessible presets
  • LCD display
  • 10 instrument models including Acoustic simulators, 12 String, Mandolin, 7 String, Baritone, Resonator, Electric Violin and Bass
  • Chromatic tuner
  • 12 amp accessible stompbox models plus delay reverb and wah
  • 36 onboard amp models
  • Six bass amp models
  • Six acoustic amp models
  • WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) controls
  • Onboard looper
  • Amp accessible dual parameter controls
  • Amp accessible global reverb and delay
  • 26 total onboard amp accessible effects
  • Bi-directional USB - Data - MIDI - Audio record out
  • Studio quality headphone out
  • AUX/MP3/CD input
  • Up to five effects simultaneously
  • One 12" custom voiced speaker
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PeaveyVYPYR VIP 3 100W 1x12 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp
 
3.8

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (18)
  • Portable (18)
  • Excellent sound (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Warm / comfy (7)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (5)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (16)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Performances (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Exceeded expectations of digital amps

I like Peavey a lot, they make good products. I've owned a Classic 30 for nearly 20 years and love it. I also have the Ecoustic 100W and it is a great...Read complete review

I like Peavey a lot, they make good products. I've owned a Classic 30 for nearly 20 years and love it. I also have the Ecoustic 100W and it is a great amp.

I wanted a good metal sound as the Classic 30's strengths are classic rock and blues. The Vypyr nailed it right out of the box. I tried the Line 6 just for comparison, and it sounded much like my friend's did 10 years ago. The Celestian speaker is great on the Line 6, but for me the sound is mediocre and doesn't sound authentic. The Peavey really does a good job sounding like the amps it's recreating digitally. It even feeds back like a real tube amp, pretty cool!

The sponge knob is awesome, adjusts the output from 1W to 100W, so you can have a cranked 5W sound or have great sound quality at low volume using 100W (well, once you get past "2" on the volume, the thing quickly gets LOUD!).

Although a great bargain (can't post prices in review), it's deceptive. To fully access the amp's features, at a minimum you need Sanpera I or II footswitch, which you'd likely want the versatility of the Sanpera II. So, in actuality you'll spend more on this amp to have a functional/versatile setup. I ordered the Sanpera II since it wasn't in the store, should be here soon.

If you want you can even spend more money on Peavey's recording software. A CD is included that permits a 60-day trail to use it. Once you install the program it starts the 60 days, wish they'd give you the option to start it when you want. What if it's Monday and you can't use it until the weekend? There goes 4 days of the trial, so don't install until you're ready to start using it. If you're like me, you can buy a non-commercial license for sixty, seems like a decent price to record direct to your computer.

Commenting on the review about the acoustic guitar clipping, the owner's manual says the input is designed for passive electronics and the volume should be reduced on the guitar to prevent clipping. It also mentions it auto adjusts the input properties when you select an acoustic or bass amp, but make sure to pay attention to the volume on the acoustic. Without knowing what went into the decision, this to me was a strange choice since most acoustics to my knowledge have a battery powered pickup and are active. But it wasn't a big deal, I just lowered the volume on my Tayor and it sounded pretty good. You can tell it sounds slightly like an acoustic being played through a speaker designed for an electric, but with a chorus effect it sounded quite good.

I haven't used a bass in it as I don't have one. For the last few days I've enjoyed playing through this and look forward to exploring the unit further with the added benefit of the Sanpera II.

For now switching between clean and metal channels is impractical, walking to the amp, turning the dial and finding the sound you want.

Although Peavey seemed rather fixated on hitting the price point of competition (matched the Line 6 price for people who can't figure out the Line 6 also sells the footswitch separately), but honestly they should just offer a package deal with the Sanpera I or II.

The footswitch thing is a minor nuisance easily remedied by purchasing a pedal. Just understand, just like the Line 6 you're not going to start gigging or even jamming at home by only buying the amp.

If you have a need for a great amp that will give you bang for the buck, this is the ticket! Go plug into one and see for yourself!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Deceptive

This is no doubt a cool amp, but Peavey is deceptive in its advertising in not including an important bit of information, viz. that this amp is designed to be used with instruments...Read complete review

This is no doubt a cool amp, but Peavey is deceptive in its advertising in not including an important bit of information, viz. that this amp is designed to be used with instruments that have "passive electronics", i.e. passive pickups. The only way you learn of this is by reading the owner's manual. What this means practically is that if your guitar has higher output active humbuckers, your going to get a lot of bad feedback on the high gain amp model settings unless you drastically roll the volume nob way down, something that humbuckers tend to not respond to real well. Peavey should be more up front about this feature.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Amp

By Pete

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Peavey VYPYR VIP 3 100W 1x12 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp:

Being an intermediate guitar player and not really know how to use post amps and pre amps and other settings, this amp is a blessing. Because it has presets of different sounds that you only need to turn the dial to pick, you can play all kinds of music really easy. From metal to acoustic to funk everything sounds great and I went from playing about 30 minutes a day to going for over an hour.

 
5.0

Future is Now

By RightRythm

from Riverdale, NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful
  • Versatile with Excellent layout and Controls

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Practice galore, Never bored
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Peavey VYPYR VIP 3 100W 1x12 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp:

    My VIP 3 has no issues and is Superb in sound and function. Boredom is unobtainable with just only the Amp choices and gain types. I had to buy a Squier bass to enjoy the full sonic potential. There is no speaker out cause the Special speaker/amp marriage will not work with other conventional amp speakers. I am a lucky one who has had no real problems with the VIP 3, except it used to give me the impression that my guitar had died if I removed the cable from the amp jack and then plugged back in( to save wear on guitar/ Strat jacks) BUT then there must be an instrument type sensor circuit that could trip this behavior-maybe updates fixed it? The dials are so silky smooth(should be turned gradually). I look at this amp in astonishment sometimes even if I have gotten used to things like Amplitube. Most could not even dream of such real tubey sounding, feature packed, ANALOG laden Wonder of a device at this price(!!!)- I guess less than ten years ago. It's a gem and that's what I call it when I tell other players to look it up.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Questionable quality

    By Tim from Philly

    from Philadelphia PA

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Loaded With Features
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Two Defective Amps In A Row

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Scaring Cats

    Comments about Peavey VYPYR VIP 3 100W 1x12 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp:

    I had a tough time making a decision between the VIP 3 and one of the similar priced Fender Mustangs. This was to be used for practice and messing around at home, so all the models and Sanpera 2 functionality sold me on the Peavey.

    Guitar Center has the VIP 1 & 2 in stock, the 3 is a site to store item where I'm at. I ordered and when the first one arrived it was dead right out of the box. It just continually reset with the LCD flickering and not even getting to a full power-on state.

    I took it back to the store where the GC employees verified my findings and ordered me another one. I got the second one right at the start of Summer so didn't spend a lot of time with it. About a week ago, I found out there was a major problem with that one too. On almost all of the sound models, including the default Legend model (the one the amp boots up into), there is a long and loud crackling noise in the sustained note.

    By the time I discovered this, I was past the 45 day return window so now my second VIP 3 with about 2 hours of use on it is sitting at a Peavey Warranty repair center. I just have a bad feeling about this thing at this point.

    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Surprisingly good for bass

    By John

    from Rock Hill, SC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

      Comments about Peavey VYPYR VIP 3 100W 1x12 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp:

      I've playing bass for four bar gigs for a bad. As a guitarist, I didn't own a bass or bass amp, but the band leader had a Peavey bass (Precision pickup) and a Vypyr 3. I have been pleasantly surprised with how good both sound. I have not had time to play with different models in the amp, so have just used what he found to work best, "001 Delta Slide", which sounds like an acoustic guitar preset, but works surprisingly well for bass. It's loud, too. We've had no problem with bass volume without any PA support.

      (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Peavey Vypyr

      By Len

      from New Jersey

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • None

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Weak

      Best Uses

        Comments about Peavey VYPYR VIP 3 100W 1x12 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp:

        I've had this amp for years, I can no longer switch through my channels and after a few live performances this thing began to lack in tone, I was in a metal band and used it for about 3 or 4 shows and it worked great, after that it began to just fall down hill from there, I am not impressed with the quality control from the company. The overall build of the amp is poorly constructed At this point, the only thing I use it for is a nice night table that I can make noise... really disappointed with the product, you do not get what you pay for...

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Full on rocking amp with tons of power and selection

        By Motley Moffitt

        from Corona, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • No Complaints Here

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Peavey VYPYR VIP 3 100W 1x12 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp:

        This amp with my Jackson guitar is all I need for home use or garage band I can get such a variety of sounds. The two are a perfect match. I have played for over 30 years now and I would suggest this to anyone who Love to rock and roll metal style or old school its a great addition to my guitar playing needs. Best Gift from the Wife next to my Jackson Guitar

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Hours of enjoyment

        By dsmiller

        from Hudson, FL

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Acoustic Electric
        • Bass Guitar
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • No Speaker Output Jack
        • There Is A Learning Curve

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Peavey VYPYR VIP 3 100W 1x12 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp:

        The built-in models will provide hours of entertainment.

        The interface does present a learning curve, but is well worth the time investment.

        Love the PC software, allowing for a visual representation of the modeling. The Peavey website has a forum dedicated to swapping modeling configurations.

        More than enough power for gigs.

        Amp would be absolutely perfect if it had a speaker-out to plug into a cabinet.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Learn This Amp!

        By Richard

        from Blairsville PA

        Site Member

        Comments about Peavey VYPYR VIP 3 100W 1x12 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp:

        As soon as I got this amplifier, I plugged in and played with it. After a few days I visited the Peavey website, updated the firmware, and began to learn how to use it! The Vyper Edit software opens a whole new world - creating presets, saving them to my computer, loading them to the amp banks, etc. I play guitar and bass, so the flexibility of the amp amazes me! It takes time and effort to learn anything worthwhile, and THIS is definitely worthwhile! I can't wait to grab a Sanpera foot switch to take full advantage of the VIP 3!

        (3 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Too complicated.

        By Ken

        from Ellijay, Ga.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Plenty Of Volume
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Too Complicated

        Best Uses

        • Practice

        Comments about Peavey VYPYR VIP 3 100W 1x12 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp:

        The amp was damaged upon arrival. Peavey is now using plastic corner protectors rather than steel. One was destroyed, although there was no damage to the carton. I am sure this is a good amp if you are are an expert on computers. I am a musician, not a computer tech. This is a computer with an amp built in. Far too complicated to use. The user's manual comes on a CD instead of a book, so you have to go back and forth from amp to computer to read directions. I returned the amp. Waiting for the Peavey Bandit 112 to come in.

        (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        VIP3 a Scratch n Dent rating

        By kamikaze3557

        from Batesville, AR

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Peavey VYPYR VIP 3 100W 1x12 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp:

          Not sure how fair it is for me to rate this amp sense mine was a scratch & Dent and has obvious cosmetic and sound quality issues....I expected the cosmentic but not the issues I have with the effects on this amp.....Chours and other effects create a clipping distortion when used on any active system even at low output volumes of the guitar...it even clipps when using an inactive system when using a humbucker PU setting....(I play a Fender Modern players guitar)All seems to play fine on clean channels so I use a effects pedal for my effects and keep it's output vol very low, and I get by.......other than the above which I will blame on this unit being dropped or run into or whatever happened, I still like it's overall character and at the S&D price I got it for, I'll keep it and not send it back.....

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