Peavey Vypyr Tube 120 Head

Peavey Vypyr Tube 120 Head

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Vypyr Tube 120 Head, Modelling Guitar Amp Head from Peavey in the Vypyr series.

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Peavey Vypyr Tube 120 Head tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Peavey
  • Model: Vypyr Tube 120 Head
  • Series: Vypyr
  • Category: Modelling Guitar Amp Heads
  • Added in our database on: 05/18/2011

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Peavey Vypyr Tube 120 Head user reviews

Average Score:3.5( 3.5/5 based on 4 reviews )
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iamqman's review"Amp model but better"

Peavey Vypyr Tube 120 Head
This is one of the amp modelers that has found its way onto the market. Amp modelers in general in my opinion sound horrid. I hate the process tone and characteristics in these amps. However, the Vypyre series from Peavey has done a great job at making them more tolerable to listen to.

The problem I see with this is you have to spend extra money to get a speaker cabinet to go along with this amp. Which means you are going to play an amp like this out in public. That is where I draw the line on these things. If you are going to practice at home or take a shot at playing the guitar you don't have to spend a whole lot of money, so a nice little combo amp will do the trick. But this things invites the idea of playing on stage somewhere.



120W tube amp
1 - 12AX7 preamp and 4 - 6L6GC power tubes
24 amp channel models
Clean and dirty channel models
11 editable stompbox effects
11 editable rack effects
Tap tempo
12 programmable presets
True 32-bit floating-point SHARC DSP processor
12 presets (400 with optional footcontroller)
WYSIWYG interface
True analog distortion
Built-in looper
Impedance selector
2 speaker output jacks
Studio-quality headphone output
USB recording output
MP3/CD/Aux input
Onboard chromatic tuner
5 simultaneous effects with optional Sanpera II footcontroller
Two parameter effect controls
Global reverb and delay


The sound of this amp isn't bad for a modeler. It is still going to be processed and only mimic the amps that is is trying to model but it is a good amp for practice at least. I like high gain amps and since most amp modelers have a tone of clean amps but not usable distortion tones, but this amp does have a great amp distortion. If you are a fan of high gains and need an all in one amp with effects and settings than this is the amp for you.

The clean is just as good as a Fender or Roland clean, but the distortion amps is where this thing lives. another cool thing is that this thing has stompbox models as well not just amps. So there are really more options available here than any other amp modeler that i have seen.


If you need a solid amp modeling amp that is cheap and compact then this is the best amp for you. At new they come in at around $699, which is a bit more than I would ever spend on an amp modeling amp.

I wouldn't recommend this amp to anyone. I love Peavey but spending this kind of money on an amp modeler is just plain foolish. I would get a used 5150 or 650 for the price of this thing.

iamqman's review"Decent head"

Peavey Vypyr Tube 120 Head
If you are buying the head version of this amp then you are probably going to go gigging with this amp. Let me save you some grief buy saying you might get laughed off the stage with this amp. I would suggest getting a used Peavey 5150 around the same price and be done with it. There you will keep some of your dignity. If you aren't gigging with this and you already have a 4x12, 2x12, or 1x12 cabinet then playing and practicing at home will be fine with this amp.

Peavey Vypyr Tube 120H Modeling Guitar Amplifier Features:

120-watt amplifier head
Four channels with 3-band EQ, master volume, and pre- and post-gain controls
Real 6L6 tube power
11 editable rack effects
11 editable stomp-box effects
Up to 5 effects simultaneously
Up to 400 presets with optional Sanpera II footswitch
Studio-quality USB computer interface
Studio-quality headphone output
Onboard chromatic tuner
Global reverb and delay
MP3/CD/Aux input


Type Hybrid
Number of Channels 4
Power 120W
Effects Yes
Reverb Yes
EQ Low, Mid, High
Amp Modeling Yes
Number of Models 400 Presets, 24 Amps
Number of Tubes 5
Preamp Tubes 1 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 4 x 6L6GC
Inputs 1 x Instrument, 1 x Aux (1/8")
Outputs 1 x Headphone (1/8"), 1 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O
No Effects Loop


This is an all encompassing amp that you only need a guitar and cable and you are set. It is a nice amp for those starting out playing on the the electric guitar and mom or dad don't want to shell out too much money just yet.

Compared to the solid state Vypyr series this amp has a lot more dynamic range and punch to the tone. Not a bad or good thing just a personal taste thing. The tone has more girth and tube feel obviously with the added power tubes.

I like this amp with a humbucking pickup style guitar. Since this amp is sort of modeled after some of Peavey's more high gain amps it is only fitting to play it with a guitar that can cut some of the hum and noise out. Plus the increase of gain with the humbuckers is essential when playing in the high gain modes of this amp.


At new these amps come in at around $600, which is a steal if you ask me. For what you get and the options to explore this amp is just killer for the price. You will need a cab of some sort so don't think you are done with this amp. Most people know this but just to let some people know. You couldn't find a better sounding amp or something even close to the price of this amp with all of the features that it has. Peavey are masters at keeping decent enough tone in a rather nice price point.

I highly recommend this amp to anyone thinking of getting a practice amp and doesn't want to shell out a ton of money to get one. If you are thinking of gigging with it then maybe try a used 5150 or a used 6505. I think anyone worth their salt will know this but you never know. If your playing at church then who cares but I wouldn't recommend going into a club or bar with this amp.

MoulesFrites's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" sounds starved of dynamic"

Peavey Vypyr Tube 120 Head
Phase-shifting one 12AX7 + 4 6L6 power
a total of 120 watts of power
simulations fender, marshall, peavey soldano and matchless mesaboogie
simulations chorus flanger phaser tremolo octaver pitch shifter etc.
simulations effects pedals: various Tubescreamer overdrive, wah, compressor, etc.
taken to plug in mp3 player
headphones jack for connecting headphones
usb jack to record on computer


who knows about amp configuration is simple and intuitive without the user's manual
for beginners it takes a little more searching and testing pourtrouver the desired sound


I put this bad because its got both saturated clean tones that lack of dynamics. short it does not return the nuances of game simulations resemble almost all distortions (one with a bit more bass, the other a bit less, etc ...) and do not honor the amps that 'they are supposed to emulate. effects are not bad.


I used the amp for a week with the pedal sampera 2. I quickly went around the issue by setting the camera in all directions. and in the end I was disappointed. then quick resale and quickly forgotten. So advice to potential buyers: try it right before you buy new or occaze.

petitfranz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a pleasant surprise."

Peavey Vypyr Tube 120 Head
tube amp 1x 12AX7 x6L6 .4 ... 120 watts of digital effects but vrais.plein of analog distortion. and modeling


The config is simple. the sound is terrible (to take off the wallpaper), especially for fans of methal ...


suitable for all styles. U2's machine head can do everything. simus the PEAVEY ARE REALLY REALISTIC.


I compare it to my BUGERA 333 that I love, I just say PEAVEY hit a very strong resemblance of the sound is amazing. c impossible to tell the difference with an all-tube amp. what would that choice on the effects on the lights it only thing missing is the controller Samper for a variety Audible underfoot. I recommend it to all A298 euros Why scratch it deprives ....

Peavey Vypyr Tube 120 Head news

[NAMM] Peavey VYPIR Tube 120H

[NAMM] Peavey VYPIR Tube 120H

Published on 01/17/09
Peavey has expanded its VYPYR Series of modeling guitar amplifiers to include the new VYPYR Tube 120H Head and matching VYPYR 412 loudspeaker enclosure.

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