If you’re a guitar player, chances are that Yamaha is not among the first five brands that come to mind when it comes to amplifiers. With that said, their THR10C Classic Combo is truly something impressive. When it comes to portable amplifiers, this one is by far one of the most capable and unique designs you can find at the moment. Let’s take a closer look and show you what makes this Yamaha so special.
To say that Yamaha THR10C is versatile would be an understatement. While it is at the very edge of the portable segment in terms of size, it is absolutely dominating the competition when it comes to controls. To start things off, this amp comes with acomplete three-band EQ. On top of that, we have full amp emulation cluster that transcends guitar amplification and wanders into bass as well as acoustic profiles. Adding more to this already wide range of tools, you also have the effects knobs. One controls the modulation effects while the other takes care of the temporal side of the package. Lastly, there are five preset buttons which you can use to recall previously stored tone profiles.
From what we have written above, you can pretty much determine just how far this amp pushes the envelope of the portable segment. It is a full modeling build with amp emulation, preset memory, and a complete effects suite. However, aside from its versatility, its power also deserves a mention. This here amp will get you 10 Watts of pure modeling juice. Even though it looks like an amp head, we are actually looking at a combo. Behind the metal grille, there are two 8 cm speakers. However, there’s more. Yamaha THR10C comes with a software suite that allows you to record directly to your computer using the USB port found on the back of the amp.
When it is time to push that power button and pump up some gain into the signal, you will be met with a rather interesting tone. Yamaha has built this amp on their VCM technology. In other words, the tone you are receiving from the amp was specifically molded to sound like it is coming from a tube amp. Needless to say, they havemanaged to achieve a pretty impressive level of success. No matter which amp emulation you chose, bar the flat, bass and acoustic ones, the tone will have that tube aesthetic to it. While it is barely appropriate to call this a portable amp, Yamaha THR10C is a decent choice for road use. You can power it using a DC power adapter or by running it on batteries.
For a brand that isn’t known for making guitar amplifiers, Yamaha has done a very solid job with the THR10C. The amp brings a whole lot of flexibility to its users, with a modeling nature that is more or less unique. It’s tone quality as well as a complex control cluster, make it a decent choice for both home, studio and road use. If you need a high-performance, high-quality portable rig, this is it.