Peavey Vypyr Tube 120 Head
Peavey Vypyr Tube 120 Head

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

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iamqman 05/18/2011

Peavey Vypyr Tube 120 Head : iamqman's user review

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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.