Peavey Vypyr VIP 2

The Review Only Guitarists Will Understand


Brody Chandler, Reporter

For many guitar and bass players picking an amp can be difficult, you want something that sounds good but doesn’t take a rocket science degree to figure out. That is why my personal favorite is the Peavey Vypyr VIP 2.

The Peavey Vypyr VIP 2 has an astounding array of features, like nine knobs all for different things, an amazing sound, and compatible with electric, acoustic, and bass guitars.

The Vypyr also has a looper feature that is compatible with a lot of footswitches, the one specifically made for it though is the Sanpera Foot Pedal by Peavey.

The amp is pretty heavy so I wouldn’t be carrying it around a school or anywhere that I would have to carry for long distances, but it does fit in the backseat and the trunk of most cars so the mobility is alright. Also the carry handle can be flat on the top then when you need it you pull up and you can carry it around.

It is a 40 watt amp so it is pretty powerful for those that jam loud. It has 36 on-board amp models, 16 presets, 6 bass models, 6 acoustic models, 26 total on-board effects, and many other features.

The amp has Peavey’s  patented TransTube technology meaning they have their own circuitry, ’cause they’re special.

The initial dimensions are 29 pounds, 20.25″ wide, and 20.75″ tall ( a little under two feet), so again, perfect for carrying in a car and pretty good for storage.

I personally like this amp because it suits my specific needs, it has a lot of functionality, and that works with my bass and electric, I don’t have to have two seperate amps for my instruments. I also like how many effects come with it, because you aren’t restricted to only one genre of music, you can do metal, grunge, classic rock, and even country if you wanted.

The MSRP cost is 329.99 dollars, but most places have it toned down to around 250 dollars, I got mine from Mike’s Music, but you can also get it from the Peavey online shop or on most other shopping sites. I would rather get it in person because then I don’t have to worry about travel damages, but that is just me.

I would definitely recommend this amp to most musicians, especially beginners because it is such an easy amp to figure out. If Peavey isn’t your style then you probably shouldn’t get this amp.

My overall expectations were the sound quality, the functionality, and the moveability. Two out of the three got five stars but the moveability got dinged because of the weight so I’m going to give it like a 4.5 because it is still pretty easy to move with a car and can still be taken to your jam house.

I haven’t had any problems other than the weight so far and am pretty glad I bought it, definitely worth the 250 dollars. Overall I give this amp a 4.5 out 5 stars and would definitely recommend it to other guitar/bass musicians.