Marshall, Peavey, Fender, Orange, Yamaha…wait…what? Yamaha has been in the music business for a long time. They’ve been in a lot of non-vertical businesses for a long time, like motorcycles, golf products, automobile components, network devices and more. They also own the Steinberg and Line 6 brands, which are top shelf. (Plus Bosendorfer and Nexo, which I have no personal experience with.) But Yamaha is no mom and pop shop, for sure.
Acquiring Steinberg gives Yamaha a lot of industry knowledge and credibility, as far as instruments go. The very first guitar I owned was a classical Yamaha guitar which I won in a radio contest when I was 12 or 13 years old. I remember my mother taking me to the radio station to pick it up, and then sign me up for guitar lessons, with an elderly man named Mr. Foley who lived nearby and may have been a great guiarist, but not a great teacher, and the most I remember from his lessons was him sucking on his dentures as he wrote down musical notes on paper across bars he drew, as if I was there to learn about music composition and had the mind of a young Mozart. I frightfully receded from playing guitar for a few years until I could approach it by my own terms.
And Yamaha has continued to develop electronic components, musical instruments, and refining their ability to do so. I recently bought a Yamaha “clock-radio” which sounds better than any stereo I was around growing up. It’s rich and deep and designed well, and I love it. So i wasn’t shy about looking at a Yamaha Amp, especially after reading, watching and learning more about this model.
The Yamaha THR10C amp I have is ideal. It’s fairly new item in the world of music, but everyone who uses it has the same impression I have, which is a reverential “wow.”
It’s an amp you use for playing back to yourself, at 10 amps. It’s not for gigging or large rooms or anything like that. It’s for creating faithful tube amp tones and having a lot at your hands in a small space, but having everything you want and need and no more. You don’t need a bunch of pedals, equipment and costly amps to render the exact sound you want at a volume that is controllable and distinct. 2×3 is two 3″ cones.
Here are some good quips about it:
The THR10C’s focus is classic tube amps. You get five impeccable models: Deluxe, Class A, U.S. Blues, Brit Blues, and Mini, plus modes for your acoustic guitar or bass and even a bypass mode that turns its modeling off. Yamaha not only applied their considerable expertise to creating exceptional models of coveted guitar amps, but they also came up with incredible-sounding effects, lush reverbs, and cool delays to take your playing to an entirely new level. And perhaps the best part is that you can rock out with killer tone at bedroom-friendly volumes.
Yamaha’s THR10C portable combo guitar amplifier delivers amazing classic tube amp tones along with incredibly useful tools for songwriting, recording, and practicing. Choose from five intricately modeled classic tube amp types, or plug in your bass or acoustic guitar directly. You also get a 3-band EQ, four modulation effects, and four reverb/delay styles to shape your sound. Use the THR10C’s stereo speakers for external playback from your iPod or computer. Battery power lets you take your tones anywhere and, thanks to its USB connectivity, you’ll love the way your Yamaha THR10C guitar amplifier fits into your studio.
Yamaha THR10C Portable Combo Guitar Amplifier Features:
*An amazing portable guitar amp that’s ideal for practicing, songwriting, and recording
*Deluxe, Class A, U.S. Blues, Brit Blues, and Mini amp emulation settings
*Acoustic guitar, bass, and bypass modes
*Plug in your bass or acoustic guitar, or bypass the modeling section entirely
*4 modulation effects and 4 independent reverb/delay effects give you a wide range of tones
*Yamaha’s Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) technology delivers extremely realistic sound and feel
*3-band EQ lets you further tweak your tone to perfection
*Runs on supplied AC adapter or 8 AA batteries for up to 6 hours of continuous playing time
*USB connection provides 2 channels of recording/playback to or from your computer
*Dual 3.15″ speakers provide stereo audio for internal effects and auxiliary/computer audio playback
*Free (downloadable) THR Editor lets you tweak additional parameters of your amp models/effects
*Noise gate and compressor accessed via THR Editor
*Headphone output with adjustable aux input/amplifier output control
*5 user settings buttons let you take your favorite tone with your anywhere for instant recall
*Includes Steinberg’s Cubase AI recording software
I got it with a great carrying case and it can be found for under $300. It looks cool, sounds cool, and is cool. I chose the “C” model over a few others that incorporate different effects and sounds, because it allows me to play clean, and also get the watery, delay, reverb, crying, cathedral effect I like playing Smiths and Marr-esque music through it. It works well with the electrics I have and the acoustics, although I believe I will end up with an amp dedicated more for acoustic music, and know the one I want. We’ll see.