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  • Patented TransTube® technology
  • PowerSponge 100W to 1W variable power
  • 112 acoustically ported semi-closed back
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A modeling combo with massive power, endless options and simple controls.

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 elecric 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

Call or click to get a combo that goes from bass, to acoustic, to electric guitar.

 
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PeaveyVYPYR VIP 3 100W 1x12 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp
 
3.8

(based on 14 reviews)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (12)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Good power output (10)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Warm / comfy (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (10)
    • Amateur recording (8)
    • Performances (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), 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

     

    Great for guitar and bass.

    I tried this guitar amp out at guitar center. I thought that it had a great tone for guitar and bass. Having all those peavy amp models where great and the effects where pretty...Read complete review

    I tried this guitar amp out at guitar center. I thought that it had a great tone for guitar and bass. Having all those peavy amp models where great and the effects where pretty cool to. I also tried it out with a bass and it had and I thought it sounded great, but when I tried it out with an acoustic guitar is sounded like it was clipping I even had some one help me but we couldn't figure out why it had that sound. When I plugged in to an acoustic amp it sounded fine so I don't think it was the guitar. I would recommend this amp for guitar and bass but not for acoustic.

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    2.0

    Maybe for a beginner...

    By JLTSIB

    from Quincy, IL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Practice Amp

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

    Ive been playing for 6 years now and I got this amp at a local music store. In the store I was blown away, I thought it sounded pretty good...then I brought it home. At first I thought all I needed to do was to tweak with it here and there, but after hours and hours I can't get this thing to sound great whatsoever. I tried using it live once and it hummed incredibly loud. A friend of mine got the same amp. He's a recording engineer and he couldn't even get it to sound good. The effects just sound terrible to me no matter what you try. For a beginner this amp would seem great because to them it would be decently simple to get used to, okay effects (for a beginner and definitely not for live purposes), but a bit overpriced for such beginners. I have a Line 6 Spider 150 Watt as well and it DESTROYS this amp. True, the amp was a bit more, but definitely worth it. Although I noted more pros than cons, the cons, or con rather far outweighs the pros. The amp is portable (oh wait every amp is), it is loud and powerful, but the sound of the amp is just too awful for me to recommend. When you get an amp you want it to sound AMAZING and this certainly doesn't. Some may find uses for it I imagine with the different amp models, but you'd be lucky. Oh and it is easy to use...with the foot pedal. Without the foot pedal it is still easy to edit effects, but it's certainly harder to switch between effects (as most amps are) and I have not found out how to work the looper without the pedal. That's it for my ranting.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Things to think about with the VIP Serie

    By Ug

    from San Antonio, TX

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

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

    Unless you have a vast knowledge of effects boxes and amps you are in for a lot of trial and error. Called Peavey, was told that the possibilities were so vast there was not really any documentation of effects settings that were pre-programed into the amp available. There is not any listing of what the various effects boxes are or what they do. The VIP-1 & VIP-2 when you select a input function you only see the amps and boxes that relate to that input, not so with the VIP-3. Electric, Acoustic or Bass you are presented with the same list of amps and boxes. So unless you are quite knowledgeable or are just a good enough musician where you like to experiment, I would suggest seriously consider the VIP-2 it is much more user friendly. I returned the VIP-3 and bought the VIP-2 much happier even if I though after reimbursing the shipping cost and paying to ship the VIP-3 back the end cost of my VIP-2 was almost the same as the VIP-3. All of the VIP amps are excellent amps but make you choice carefully, weigh you needs and experience. The rating value is a hard choice, if you chose the correct VIP for you knowledge and skill lever, it will be excellent. In my case since I had know idea what most of the effects boxes and amps were and Peavey could not provide me with that information the amp left a lot to be desired. In the manual most of the amps have a brief description in the VIP-2 section but the VIP-3 ads a few more that are not in the manual at all. I repeat make your choice carefully, if you choose the right model for your needs you will be a happy musician.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A lot of Bang For the Buck.

    By macheted01

    from Michigan

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Guitar Amp Modeling
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Poor Bass Modeling

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

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

    To start, I really like this amp, but was disappointed as well. I have owned Line 6 Spider and the Roland Cube amps. Also, have had multi effect and modeling pedals, such as Zoom, Digitech and Rocktron. The Vypyr VIP 3 is the best yet, hands down. I love the guitar amp models, I can get out of this thing.. Pretty easy to learn your way around the amp. A Sanpera Pedal is recommended for this amp. Most modeling amps, a pedal of some sorts usually is. Even with the cost of the pedal, you can get into this rig at a reasonable price. The Sanpera 2 is obviously the better way to go, but I was not wanting to go that bulky, so I opted for the 1. It does everything I need.
    What I did not like. First, I bought this because of the variable instrument technology. As I said, you cannot go wrong with the guitar on this. The bass guitar is another story. Let's just say, if you had to play through it in a pinch with a bass, you could, but it is not very desirable. I could see where it would be nice for recording your bass, but that is it. I almost expected this though. Also the bass modeler for the guitar, does not sound anywhere near, what it sounds like in the demo videos you see on YouTube. Bummer. Basically unusable and does not track very well. I have not plugged my acoustic into it yet, but expect that it will work and sound nice. The acoustic modeler is ok, but I would probably still be better off with my Boss Acoustic Simulation Pedal. Maybe with some more tweaking in the settings could make it better, but I did not focus on that so much. I was mainly looking to switch between guitar and bass on this. Also the build of the amp itself is questionable. The knobs seem to be cheap and like they could easily break. But, for the price, this is expected, and I have excepted it.
    If someone is looking at one of these and to strictly play guitar, it is great, but I would recommend waiting on the Vypyr Pro to be released. That amp seems to pick up on everything that is missing on the VIP series. It seems Peavey was paying attention to their customers comments on the VIP for the build of the Pro. All in all, I like the VIP so much, I would almost like to get a smaller model, but I think I will wait to see if they release a smaller Pro model.
    I know it seems I have focused more on the negative side of things, but it boils down to this for me:
    Quality of the build: 3 stars
    Guitar amp features, which is mainly where I am on this: 5 stars
    Overall: 4 stars

    I am guessing somewhere in the near future, they will nail this Variable Instrument Technology, but just not quite yet.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice little amp!

    By Rozzmo

    from Yuma, Arizona

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Haul
    • Easy To Use
    • Loaded With Coolness
    • Lots Of Bells And Whistle
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Needs Ext Speaker Jack

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Small gigs

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

    I bought this amp to make my life easier. I'm approaching 60 years old and I don't like hauling all my gear around and I don't have roadies. So I thought I would try out this new amp from Peavey after seeing a you tube video of Skolnick playing one. I normally use Line 6 Vetta ii's and Gallien Kruger Guitar amps and Genz Benz Accoustic amps in a stereo set up with my Parker Dragon Fly, but this little 100 watt Peavey amp really has some nice amps in it for a modeling amp. I also like the effects offered. In order to enjoy this amp and take full advantage of it's abilities you must buy the Sanpera Pedal that is designed for these amps. Just like Line 6, I can't understand why they don't sell the amp and the pedal together. They are worthless without each other in both cases. This is a cool little amp, and when I run it with the Genz Benz for the accoustic side of my guitar it really rocks. It really needs an external speaker jack. Stupid not to put one in an amp. So Simple. I would reccommend this amp to anybody.

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    5.0

    Great Amp

    By Rick

    from New Egypt, NJ

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Lots of features
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio

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

      Love this amp. Plenty of power. So many different sounds and effects you can get out it. Can't wait to get the foot switch now. Playing the Star Spangled Banner (Hendrix style) is awesome

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Happy

      By longhair

      from Stillwater NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I am a Peavey Fan..I have used Peavey an still do use their Guitars and Amplifiers..This Modeling Amp is everything it says it is.Very easy to use,powerful,and has just about every model sound for any Genre you can imagine.I bought the VIP3 100 watt in case I take it out on the road..Only one drawback you will eventually need the Sanpera 1 or #2 pedal to access the on board looper..so another expense..oh well the amp is inexpensive for what you get in sound and recording quality...I used my "80" peavey T60 through it...what a combo..

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Beware of cathegory 3 - "Good Condition"

        By Ben

        from New Brunswick, Canada

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • El Cheapo Cab

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

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

        This is a good modeling amp soundwise. I use it with an electric guitar, a bass, and an electric violin (active piezo pup) and it sounds good with all three. The volume is lower with a bass.

        The amp is awkward use without a Sanpera pedal. You' ll need it to play live. In a live situation, you might also need to mic the amp, as there is no line out, a flaw IMO.

        I bought the amp used from MF. It was rated 3 - Good Condition. The amp is fonctional and sounds great, but there was huge gash in the cab and all the plastic corners were broken. So, a rating of 3 in MF used department really means "beat up but working" I closed the gash with carpenter glue, and order new metal corners. The metal corners are a good idea if you want to take this amp on the road, as this is a cheap low quality cab; the wood is dignified cardboard, the tolex is thin, and the plastic corners are fragile.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        What was Peavey thinking?

        By Bass Guy

        from Ohio

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Very Versatile

        Cons

        • No Di Output For Live Use

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

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

        Why would anyone design such a versatile amp and not include a direct out for live sound reinforcement? This could have been a real winner for me except for the omission of this very important feature. The amp would only be usable for the smallest of live performances. I understand quite a lot of guitar players prefer using a mic for this, however most all bassists prefer going direct. Since one of the selling points of the amp is the ability to use it for electric, acoustic and bass guitar, this was certainly a huge oversight by Peavey. Too bad, I would have purchased this amp if not for that omission. Maybe Peavey will come up with a usb breakout box so they can charge extra for the feature like they did making the looper function only with the purchase of the Sanpera pedal.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I wish I could afford another one

        By Wheel Man Picker

        from Lancaster, Texas

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • Super Variable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Use It Anywhere

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

          Easy to learn features, fast to change desired models,effects,power output and easy portability.
          It can sound twice its size.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Exceeded expectations of digital amps

          By Big Russ

          from Layton, UT

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Bargain
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Headphone Jack
          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • Record Direct To Computer
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

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

            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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