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A daily driver, for me...
Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2020
I upgraded to the THR30 III (from the previous model THR10x high gain version, that I used almost daily for over 8yrs) mainly because of the built in wireless capability. But this amp is heads and shoulders above every other competitive solution in this same market space.
Here is what differentiates this one from the competitors in this space, as the tone with the others is good as well but… with the Yamaha, the tone is fantastic because they’ve done component level modeling to build out their amps, which means you get incredibly accurate modeling. The effects just sweeten the tone that much more. The cabinet models are also very good and broaden the tone options.
Then, when you add the wireless capability for both streaming via Bluetooth and then using the Line 6 G10t for wireless guitar with it, just leaves all the others in the dust!
The new app!
The Yamaha app looks just like the knobs on the top of the amp for the interface. It allows you to adjust it in real time to tweak, then if you want to save it - you can save it to one of the three banks of five patches. Very simple and straightforward to use.
This allows you to stream from your mobile device for either playing along, or just streaming music in stereo. This works amazingly well so you can adjust the volume’s and sound like you’re part of the mix.
I also bought the Line 6 G10t (optional $99) I can leave the transmitter plugged in to the quarter inch jack as it charges the transmitter while it’s plugged in so it’s always ready to go, and gives me eight hours of playtime.
Rechargeable, built in batteries!
I can just pick up my guitar, the amp and walk out onto my deck - stream music from my iPad and start jamming.
Bass or guitar!
I use it for both bass and for guitar and the bass modeling sounds amazing. The bass models sound particularly well, over the previous version of the THR (no bass specific modeling on the old version as it was for guitar). These models are super well-balanced and have a deep rich bass tone. I have saved patches for both bass guitar and for regular six string guitar that I use frequently, actually daily.
Recording interface via USB!
Okay here’s where this device really shines… I plug this directly in via USB to my iPad Pro 11 inch and record directly into garage band. This is absolutely the easiest USB guitar interface that I’ve ever used. I do have a line 6 sonic port and an IK iRig pro I/O as well but I’ve always found both of them to be a hassle to get them working with my iPad consistently every time. When inspiration hits, I always ended up screwing around with the technology versus using the tools before I can actually record with those other interfaces. With the Yamaha, when inspiration hits, I just plug in the wireless and then USB to the iPad and start recording! The incoming tone from the Yamaha sounds amazing! I use this as a writing tool to capture scratch track ideas quickly into Garage Band and then share the GB project with other musicians so they can record directly into their iPads to add to the song. The Yamaha makes this process easy, effortless, consistent to use every time.
1/4” output on the back!
it also has quarter inch outputs on the back for left and right channels if you want to record directly into your mixing board or other analog interface.
I use this amp daily for practice and for writing recording, it is second to none and a crucial part of my gear.