I saw this little guy at Waddel’s Music Shop in Wexford, PA. I know I am supposed to shun such gear given my focus on the vintage side of things. I have my share of really cool tube amps…(ie a 1965 totally straight Fender DR) and there’s nothing like them. They are the gold standard in tone. No question. But let’s be practical for a second…what if you want to jam in your office…or in front of Consol arena…or on your boat in front of PNC park…ok that’s not so practical… I digress.
One of the guys at Waddel’s was jamming on an acoustic guitar through the THR10. I thought it sounded REALLY good. I thought its feature set was just right. Not crammed with stuff, but had some good innovations and features. It has build in speakers and effects. Like I said, it does sound good. Yamaha is known for good digital processing so those effects are pretty darn good. The overdrive channels are mixed in performance, in my opinion. I think the brit channel probably sounds the best of all of the overdrive channels. The reverb is pretty lush sounding so it makes this little guy sound pretty darn big!
It doesn’t have a speaker out jack…which is a shame since I think this would sound nice plugged into a small cabinet. Maybe you can use the headphone jack for that?? Watch your impedance though.
The other super cool thing is it plugs directly into the USB port on a computer and has cubebase bundled with it. So, you can record directly with it. It also has an iPhone app that allows you to control songs being played such as pitch and speed. It allows you to isolate the guitar (not sure how well all that works…I didn’t try it). You can use it as your computer speaker output, or an output for music.
The fit and finish is nice with a retro looking grill. I know it’s not vintage…but it’s a practical solution as a practice or backstage amp. Is it better than the roland amps in the same class? Heck I don’t know….but it’s worth trying out.