Yamaha Amps – Which THR Guitar Amp Is For You?

Yamaha Amps - THR5 and THR10

There’s and impressive range of Yamaha amps available in the form of the THR series, and here’s a mini guide to the range…

Yamaha amps became a major talking point when the THR series was launched last year. Billed as ‘your third amp’ upon launch, the range combines several different Yamaha technologies into a retro styled casing. The idea is that they’re designed to fit into your musical life a whole lot better than a typical practice amp.

And, with Yamaha Virtual Circuitry Modelling supplying a range of accurately modelled amp tones with onboard effects, Yamaha’s extended stereo hi-fi technology generating a huge sound from its compact chassis, a built-in audio interface, and even the ability to be battery powered, the THR amps are well equipped for all manner of practice and recording situations.

With several different versions of these Yamaha amps available, you may ask, which is for you? Here’s a mini guide to the range.

Yamaha THR5 Guitar Amp

THR-5 and THR-10 – £159 and £242 respectively

These two Yamaha amps are the original two models. Their retro-beige colour belies the tech packed into them. The amp models here are fairly broad in range, from vintage clean tones, to heavier, hi gain tones.

Yamaha THR10 Guitar Amp

The TH-10 is a 10W version, compared to the smaller 5W THR-5, and has better bass and mid-range response. As a result, the 10W version also features a bass amp model, along with an acoustic amp model.

These are essentially ‘all-rounder’ versions of the THR amps.

Yamaha Amps -THR-10C

THR-10C – £242

The THR-10C is billed as the ‘boutique’ version of the THR-10. That is, the VCM amp models are derived from classic, boutique valve amps. With tones that sit at the ‘cleaner’ end of the gain spectrum, the THR-10C is all of the functionality of the THR-10C, but with classic, boutique amp models.

Yamaha Amps -THR-10X

THR-10X – £242

The THR-10X turns things up to 11, when compared to the other Yamaha amps in the range. Whereas the 10C model is geared towards fans of lower gain, cleaner–voiced amps, the THR-10X is squarely aimed at those for whom hi-gain is the only way. Equipped with five classic amp models derived from bone-crunching rectifiers and other high gain amps, the THR-10X is the rock guitarist’s choice.

Yamaha Amps - THR-5A

THR-5A – £160

For those who perform with an acoustic guitar, there’s a THR amp for you, too. Rather than feature amp models, the VCM settings are modelled on different mic types, with condenser, dynamic and tube settings, along with a nylon string specific setting.

So there we are, there are THR Yamaha amps for everyone. If you’d like to see what all the fuss is about, call our stores or customer service team (01925 582420), or order online today.

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Joe is a contributor for the Dawsons Music blog. Specialising in product reviews and crafting content to help and inspire musicians of all musical backgrounds.

Joe is a contributor for the Dawsons Music blog. Specialising in product reviews and crafting content to help and inspire musicians of all musical backgrounds.