If, like me, you've coveted Yamaha's THR series amps since they launched, as a seriously cool piece of hardware that is also cool-looking – something your other half might not object to – then you might be in luck. Amazon has several of the THRs in its Black Friday sale at up to 9% off
It's an amp, with amp modelling, effects, USB audio, Bluetooth and mobile connectivity. The THRII Wireless has a built-in receiver for a Line 6 Relay G10II - the wireless transmitter produced by Yamaha’s sister company – and it's also on sale.
Yamaha's stated-aim for the THR series was for it to be your ‘third amp’ – the guitar amp that bridges the gap between the ugly black box in the corner of your room and the impractical overpowered nature of your on-stage amp. The earlier THRs sounded great, but the new ones take it to a different level, with Line 6’s brilliant G10 wireless system, Bluetooth for streaming backing tracks and a superb range of stylistic options. The Yamaha THR30II WL made it into our guide to the Best Guitar Amps Under $1,000 right now: the sounds are very authentic, it looks mega cool and it's $50 cheaper right now.
Yamaha THR30II WL:
Was $469.99, now $429.99
One of the Best Guitar Amps Under $1,000 of 2023. If you’ve got a bigger room and want a bit more power, step toward the THR30II. It has exactly the same features as the THRII10 models, but you’ll get a boost in volume and tone from its 30-watt output. It’s still battery-powered, it’s still wireless, just bigger and louder. Amazon is offering the same discount on the regular colour, plus Black and White models.
Yamaha THR10II: Was $329.99, now $309.99
The perfect home amp, the 20-watt THR10II has got 15 amp models, 3 bass amps, 3 mic models for your electro-acoustic, four modulation effects and four reverb types. There’s Bluetooth and wired connections for hooking up your music playback devices, as well as USB audio for computer recording, and you can edit the sounds via your phone with the THR Editor app for iOS and Android.
iOS users can also benefit from Yamaha’s Rec’N’Share app, which puts the THR tone into your phone videos, making it an easy, convenient way to capture your playing on camera!
Yamaha THR10II WL:
Was $469.99, now $429.99
The THRII10 WL gives you everything the regular THR10II does, except it’s wireless and can run from a rechargeable internal battery! Inside there’s a receiver for a Line 6 Relay wireless transmitter, so, you can find the perfect spot for your amp regardless of power sockets (it can run off mains power too though). Connect to your guitar with the Relay and control your amp via your phone over Bluetooth without having to touch the amp or worry about cables.
Line 6 Relay G10II:
Was $139, now $99
Of course, to make the most of that wireless connectivity, you’ll need the Line 6 Relay G10II transmitter. This little dongle plugs into your electric or electro-acoustic jack socket and digitally beams your signal directly to the THRII Wireless receiver. There’s no interference, and no delay, just cable-free playing. Get a hefty reduction of nearly a third off the list price.
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Tom Poak has written for the Hull Daily Mail, Esquire, The Big Issue, Total Guitar, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and more. In a writing career that has spanned decades, he has interviewed Brian May, Brian Cant, and cadged a light off Brian Molko. He has stood on a glacier with Thunder, in a forest by a fjord with Ozzy and Slash, and on the roof of the Houses of Parliament with Thin Lizzy's Scott Gorham (until some nice men with guns came and told them to get down). He has drank with Shane MacGowan, mortally offended Lightning Seed Ian Broudie and been asked if he was homeless by Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch.
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