Yamaha THR10 Guitar Amp Review
Yamaha THR10 Overview
The Yamaha THR10 is a DSP based modeling amplifier that is designed to give you five tube amp emulated settings. The amplifier has two 3.15″ speakers built in to provide stereo quality audio with the option of an auxiliary input.
Being a battery powered amplifier takes this to another level for practice, songwriting and more!
Yamaha THR10 External Hardware
Firstly, the Yamaha THR10 is a 6 pound combo amplifier measuring in at 14" wide, 7.2" high and 5.5" deep. It is equipped with 2 - 3.15" speakers in a small aluminum and plastic ported enclosure.
All controls are accessible from the top of the amplifier and are pretty sturdy mechanically with modern style knobs throughout.
The amplifier is powered with either the 15V DC adapter by connecting the adapter to the rear of the amplifier. Or if you need portability, the amp can be powered with 8 - AA batteries and will get you up to 6 hours of play time.
Overall the amplifier is small light and easy to carry around with the nice plated handle. It also lights up as though there are tubes inside even though there are not.
Yamaha THR10 Channels and Controls
The THR10 has a pretty standard control scheme that is intuitive and easy to use. If you have ever owned or played a modeling amplifier you will recognize the layout as it is pretty similar to most.
The tube amp model is selected with the amp control where you will find the 5 selections. The 3 band EQ will then allow you to find your perfect sound from your selected amp model.
Effects on the THR10 consist of Chorus, Flanger, Phaser and Tremolo on one of the controls, but then right next to it you can add delay or reverb. There are a few different settings of delay and reverb which is nice.
The amp is 10 watts and your output level is then controlled with the guitar output knob. The amp features a USB and Aux output which is also controlled in the output level section of the amplifier.
On the rear of the amp you will find the USB jack which will allow you to send the amplifier signal out to record. because the amp concept is focused around practice and recording, the USB jack will allow just that!
The Yamaha THR10 is a 10 watt amplifier and so you will not get it loud enough to perform on stage.
If you are planning to use the amplifier for performances, you might get it to work in a coffee shop without a drummer. Beyond that it is not powerful enough for performance.
But that was never the intent with this amp. Of course, if you throw a mic in front of it, that would do the trick.
The Yamaha THR10 comes with Cubase recording software and sounds pretty good.
You will not want to record an album with this amp but for songwriting its great! We also used Reaper and the amplifier worked great with that software as well.
The sound quality is pretty good for such a small and affordable modeling amplifier!
Built In Tuner
The Yamaha THR10 has a built in tuner which is a great little feature. If your just a beginner this can be a huge help as you get started with learning how to tune. The built in tuner will allow you to get going much quicker. If your not a beginner and wondering about the accuracy of the tuner, rest assured, its pretty accurate!
Yamaha THR10 Sound
Yamaha uses what they call Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) as part of their models. The idea is that they try and replicate what is happening in a tube amp using Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and they did a pretty good job!
The cleans are great and pretty chimey, sort of Fender like, add in an effect and you will get lost in the tone.
The crunch with the right guitar will get you close to a Vox tone and as you increase your settings up the scale, you get right into high gain metal. Sort of Marshall or Boogie like in sound and feel.
One of the cool things with the amplifier is the master volume control. As you turn it up higher it tends to compress and almost acts like its part of the EQ. When the master and volume are turned right up there is a lot of bottom end available, although for some this might be a bit muddy.
However, if your looking for some bass push, it can do it and is no slouch!
The effects on board are really nice sounding for an amplifier under $500 and are a great way to fine tune your sound! The controls are easy to understand once you spend some time with it, and the software allows you to set your effects as you like.
Over all the sound from the THR10 is quite good and is very close to a tube amp sound! Its well worth the money and is an amazing little amp in both sound and function.
Conclusion And Final Thoughts
There are many great electric guitar amplifiers on the market for under $500 and the Yamaha THR10 is one of the better amplifiers you can get.
It is very easy to get a great sound as soon as you plug in which makes it a better choice than other amp modelers at this price point.
The included THR software allows you to edit the effects and set up amp patches for many different types of sounds. Great for those who like to tweak a great deal! So if you are looking for a practice or home amplifier, you will enjoy this one.
Yamaha also makes a few different versions of the THR series amps. The Yamaha THR5 is smaller and has a few less options like volume control for the external input, plus a smaller price.
There is also the Yamaha THR10C which is made more for blues players and will not get you into higher gain territories like the THR10. If your not really into high gain then you might like the THR10C for its lower gain amp models. Its worth checking out!
It has some great features and sounds and the output power is perfect for home practice and recording. Many people use this amplifier and love it for its compact size and its great sounds and functions.. So if your interested, it’s worth taking the plunge as the price really can’t be beat for such a great amp!