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The price on the full mini stack is pretty darn good. Here’s the link to the original article: http://www.gear-vault.com/peavey-vypyr-30-head-mini-stack-guitar-amp/

Peavey Vypyr 30 Head & Mini Stack guitar amp

January 21, 2010 by G-v Rover

NAMM–Peavey proudly announces the new Vypyr 30 Head and Mini Stack, giving guitar players two new ways to get the award-winning tones and advanced technology of the Peavey Vypyr Series.

The Vypyr 30 Head features 24 amp channel models—two channels of 12 popular amps for the first time anywhere—plus 11 editable preamp “stomp box” effects and 11 editable post-amp “rack” effects with dual-parameter control. The Vypyr 30 Mini Stack includes the full-featured Vypyr 30 Head plus two specially voiced enclosures loaded with one 12” Blue Marvel loudspeaker each.

With twice the processing power, models and effects of competitive modeling amplifiers, the Vypyr Series dramatically redefines the power and scope of modern guitar amplification. Vypyr amplifiers are built on powerful 32-bit, floating-point SHARC processors that enable vastly enhanced flexibility and features than ever before available in guitar amplification. Peavey’s patented, analog TransTube circuitry creates the amp models’ overdrive tones, so all 32 bits of processing power are devoted to creating highly detailed, accurate models of the amps and effects.

Amplifier models included in the Vypyr Tube 120 Head include Peavey 6505 (see Peavey 6534+), JSX, Triple XXX and Classic Series models, as well as B-Kat, Brit, Plxi, Dlx, Twn, Dzl, K-Stein and Rec models. Preamp stomp-box models include TubeScrm, XR Wild, X Boost, Fuzz, BC Chorus, Analog Phase, Analog Phase, Auto Wah, Squeeze, MOG and Ring Modulator, while rack effect models include Tremolo, Chorus, Envelope Filter, Slap Back, Flanger, Octaver, Phaser, Rotary Speaker, Reverse, Pitch Shifter and Looper.

Vypyr 30 Head

• 30 watts into 8 ohms

• 24 amp models

• Three-band EQ, master volume and pre- and post-gain controls

• 11 editable rack effects

• 11 editable stomp-box effects

• Up to 5 effects simultaneously with optional Sanpera II footswitch

• Onboard chromatic tuner

• Onboard looper with optional Sanpera I or II footswitch

• 12 programmable presets, plus up to 400 presets with optional Sanpera II footswitch

• Tap tempo

• Studio-quality headphone output

• Patented TransTube technology in preamp and power amp

• WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) interface

• U.S. MSRP $249.99

Vypyr 30 112 Enclosure

• Vypyr 30 Head

• Two 1×12” open-back loudspeaker enclosures

• Two speaker outputs with impedance selector

• U.S. MSRP $199.99

• Vypyr Mini Stack (Vypyr 30 Head and two cabs): U.S. MSRP $649.97

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So there are two new pieces of Jason Becker gear. It is a testament to his talent that he is still relevant and beloved after his 1987 debut in Cacaphony with Marty Friedman. For those of you not in the know Becker was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 1990 and given 3 years to live. Well, it’s 2009 and he is still with us. He has continued to write music and has released 4 albums since his diagnosis, the most recent is titled Collection and is a combination of older and newer songs featuring guest musicians.

So here we are 19 years after Becker was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and 16 years after he was supposed to have died and Jason has a new signature guitar made by Paradise Guitars and a new pedal made by Pro Tone.

The guitar is a remake of his toy inspired guitar. He has one made from and Ibanez body and one from Peavey later. There was talk of Peavey doing a signature guitar for Becker, but that never happened. The new Paradise guitars have the large numbered frets and colorful pickups as well as the natural finish. Now, as I will most likely never get to try one out, and I know I will never own one ($2499 for the “standard” package and $2699 for the “deluxe” package) I can only telly you what I like and dislike about its appearance. First, the things they get right, in my opinion: The finish is perfect, the fret numbering and pickup colors. Things I don’t like: the head stock and volume knob. I prefer the headstock on the original model as well as the super-large volume knob on the original. I have placed pictures of both below for you to compare. Yes my problems are superficial. Whatevs. The materials and construction are superior from what I can tell. Bet it’s a great feeling and sounding guitar. The stats etc. are here http://paradiseguitarsusa.com/jason_becker.html

The version I like on the left, newer version on the right

The version I like on the left, newer version on the right

I have been waiting for the Jason Becker Distortion pedal for sometime. There have been ads for it for over a year it seems and until my most recent issue of Guitar Player all the pictures have been artist renderings. Even now, on Pro tone’s own site they still do not have an actual picture of the pedal. Also of note is that while the pedals overall setup and knobs appear to be the same I have seen 3 different bits of artwork for the pedal and the artwork on the pedal featured in Guitar Player is not the same as the artwork on the pedal on Pro Tone Pedal’s website. From what I have read and the few videos I have seen on YouTube the Becker pedal is not for me. However, if you are a tone seeker or shredder this pedal will be for you.

pro-tone-pedals-jason-becker

Update: check out a hands on review at Agreed’s Gear Reviews

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