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October 9, 2009

Peavey Vypyr 75: Viper’s Bite

Filed under: Amps — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — audiofanzine @ 12:14 pm

Peavey Vypyr 75 Review

The Vypyr Series was born out of  Peavey’s attempt to compete with the Line6 Spider Series and take a bite out of the modeling amplifier market.  Today we will review the Vypyr 75. Could the viper beat the spider?

Back in the 90’s, Peavey was one of the leading manufacturers in the solid-state guitar amp market thanks to its Transtube technology, which simulated tube amp sound with more or less success. With this background, and considering that modeling amps are currently very trendy, it’s natural for the US manufacturer to try to jump into this business. In fact, Line6 was the first to launch its Spider Amp Series and their numerous preamp simulations and effects, then Vox followed suite with its Valvetronic models.

Peavey now tackles this growing and tightly competitive market. Let’s start by unpacking the 75-watt Vypyr…

Out of the box

Peavey Vypyr 75Once in front of this big 44lb box you feel two things: fear of the control panel with its multiple red and green LEDs (great for next Christmas!), and repulsion for its dubious look, which might have been futuristic in the 70’s. It’s not the best way to start, but we’re not going to let such small details derail us.  We are going to put our prejudices aside and pick apart this Vypyr…

Let’s start with the connectivity and the ineluctable guitar input connector, which is even a joke in the user’s manual: “If you are having trouble figuring out what this is then please put the amp back in the box and get some drumsticks. * (*No drummers were harmed in the making of this manual).” I have to admit that it made us laugh alot here at AudioFanzine–drummer jokes always hit the nail on the head.

You’ll also find a 1/8″ aux input to feed a stereo source for playback (iPod, drum machine, etc.), a phones output (which mutes the speaker when in use), and an USB connector which doesn’t require any driver and allows direct recording into your computer with mic simulation. Nice! On the rear panel you’ll find a connector for the optional footboard and a connector for an additional speaker cabinet (the internal speaker is a 12″ Blue Marvel). Peavey forgot to add an FX loop to insert your favorite effects, even though the internal FX of the amp are plentiful. It’s a pity.

Now, let’s take a look at the front panel controls…


Making use of its broad know-how, Peavey created an amp which provides big sound possibilities at an affordable price. 24 quality amp modelings, a plethora of effects (which could be a problem for young guitar players who tend to overflow their sound with effects), 75 watts (more than enough to play with a band), a hideous look and a master knob that goes up to 13. All for $300! What else could you ask for? Line6, beware- here comes a new challenger!


  • Wide choice of amp sounds
  • Plethora of pre and post amp effects
  • Good overall sound quality
  • Very good value for money
  • Phones output and Aux input
  • Master volume that goes up to 13


  • No FX loop
  • Unreliable USB output
  • Distasteful look
  • EQ with imprecise LED indication system
  • Optional footboard

To read the full detailed article see:  Peavey Vypyr 75 Review

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