This amp does many things, and does them well. As a start, it has 5 different classic amp models (Yamaha?s take on a Fender 65 Deluxe, Marshall Bluesbreaker, Fender Blues Junior, Matchless DC30 and Dr Z Mini Z) ? so approximately £6000 worth of equipment at a fraction of that cost. Of course, it has nowhere near the output of the real amps, but it does capture the essence of those sounds and allows playback at volumes reasonable for the home. Yamaha intended this line of amps to be guitarists third amp (hence the ?THR? naming), so it?s not designed for gigging or band practices, but instead offers authentic tone at lower levels that larger amps struggle with. The amp models are towards the lower gain end of the spectrum, but it is certainly possible to get a well overdriven sound with most of the amp models. In addition to the 5 classic amp models, there are also models for use with acoustic & bass guitar as well as a ?flat? setting for use with other instruments.
It also offers a range of modulation effects and delay/reverb (tape echo for the THR10C compared with digital delay for the other THRs) which sound decent and can be easily dialled in. The ace up the sleeve, however, is the THR editor ? plug your amp into a computer (Windows or Mac) with the provided USB cable, load up the software and you can tweak the settings to your hearts content. The editor also unlocks ?hidden? settings such as different cabinet simulation, additional effects ? compressor and gate, and much more control over the other effects (e.g. modulation depth, delay feedback level etc). Presets can be stored on the computer (so an almost unlimited number can be saved) and saved back to one of the 5 preset patches on the amp itself to allow use even when not connected up to a computer.
The styling is very classic and the amp doesn?t look out of place in the living room. It is smaller (and lighter) than I anticipated, but gives a surprisingly full sound for it?s size. Turn the volume up towards max and the amp does rattle a bit and the bass can become a little flabby but there is plenty of low end if you dial the volume back slightly. An aux input allows an mp3 player (or similar) to be played through the amp which sounds very good. A couple of orange LEDs within the casing give the impression of valves within which you?ll either love or hate (but again, this functionality can be enabled/disabled using the editor software). Other features include an in-built tuner, tap tempo for the delay and output to headphones.
The only improvement I can think of is for a DI output to allow the amp to be hooked up straight to a mixing desk.
Overall this is a perfect amp for having around the house ? it looks good and sounds great even at low volumes.
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