Vypyr Tube 60. Can I get this thing to sound good?

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Vypyr Tube 60. Can I get this thing to sound good?

Postby MrKooz » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:15 pm

Hey everybody! I'm a bedroom guitarist who purchased a used Vypyr Tube 60 almost 2 years ago. I got it for a steal because it had some weird sound issue and the seller had no motivation whatsoever to take it in to a shop and pay them. So I took a chance, low-balled him, bought it, and immediately took it to my local guitar shop, whom I trust. They determined it needed new tubes. So they replaced all of them, which didn't cost too much.

Though I tried plenty, and even read several posts on this site back then, I never got the amp to sound even close to any kind of old school rock/metal tone that I like (think Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, Crue, Van Halen, etc.). Disappointing to say the least, as people seem to regard this amp as a great tool for that sort of thing.

So here I am, almost 2 years later and admittedly this amp has literally been sitting there collecting dust because I never use it. I've been playing my Fender Mustang solid state amp instead. Granted, I like the clean sounds I'm able to get out of the Tube 60, but does anyone have any suggestions for rock/metal settings? Anything I try just ends up sounding noisy and feedbacky. :|

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Re: Vypyr Tube 60. Can I get this thing to sound good?

Postby j_fury68 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:45 am

You should easily get into the realm of a good metal tone with this amp even at lower volumes. If you have a lot a hiss, feedback, and uncontrollable elements when trying to dial in high gain with no stomp boxes in front (rule out that it is not a guitar issue first) then you may have a defective board. I got a hold of a little 15 watt vypyr that was this way. Everything metal sounded harsh. It could do cleans, but some of the cleans would also very easily break up. You may need to check the encoder board and see if the dip switches are in the right configuration. These control voicing of the different amps because they use the same encoder and dsp boards with different power amps. You can really make a vypyr sound harsh or dull depending on how these are set. If this doesn't work, I would be looking for a small 15 or 30 watt to use as a donor for the dsp board and make the small changes on the board needed to get it up to Tube 60 specs. Encoder dip switches will appear as follows: S13, S12, S11, S10. For a stock T60 the only switch you want in the up position is S12.
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Re: Vypyr Tube 60. Can I get this thing to sound good?

Postby MrKooz » Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:57 pm

j_fury68 wrote:You may need to check the encoder board and see if the dip switches are in the right configuration. Encoder dip switches will appear as follows: S13, S12, S11, S10. For a stock T60 the only switch you want in the up position is S12.


Can you elaborate on this a little? I'm assuming this is not going to be very self-explanatory once I start taking things apart.

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Re: Vypyr Tube 60. Can I get this thing to sound good?

Postby j_fury68 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:15 pm

MrKooz wrote:
j_fury68 wrote:You may need to check the encoder board and see if the dip switches are in the right configuration. Encoder dip switches will appear as follows: S13, S12, S11, S10. For a stock T60 the only switch you want in the up position is S12.


Can you elaborate on this a little? I'm assuming this is not going to be very self-explanatory once I start taking things apart.

It's not that bad. I think the switches are labeled. I happen to have a tube 60 I'm getting ready to post for sale. I'll snap a shot of it for you.
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Re: Vypyr Tube 60. Can I get this thing to sound good?

Postby MrKooz » Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:20 pm

Thanks. That would be helpful.

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Re: Vypyr Tube 60. Can I get this thing to sound good?

Postby j_fury68 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:52 pm

MrKooz wrote:Thanks. That would be helpful.

I may not get that done till Monday.
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Re: Vypyr Tube 60. Can I get this thing to sound good?

Postby MrKooz » Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:37 pm

Take your time. I'm not in any kind of hurry.

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Re: Vypyr Tube 60. Can I get this thing to sound good?

Postby Deadpool_25 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:20 am

I have a Vypyr 60 and it does all the tones you could want and more. It may not nail the sound of the real amps, but it's damn good for what it is. In other words even if it doesn't sound EXACTLY like the real amps, it's close and regardless, it sounds good on its own merit. Sounds like there might be something wrong with yours other than just tubes.

Like j_fury68, mine is up for sale locally on CL and Offer Up. If it sells, cool. If not, cool. Excellent amp.
Amps:
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- Mesa Mark Five:25
- Peavey Invective (preorder)
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- John Mayer Strat
- Strandbergs (OS6, CL7)

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Re: Vypyr Tube 60. Can I get this thing to sound good?

Postby j_fury68 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:09 am

Sorry it took so long. This is the back if the board with the knobs/encoders. You can see that the switches are numbered.
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Re: Vypyr Tube 60. Can I get this thing to sound good?

Postby MrKooz » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:39 pm

Thank you so much!


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