Fender Mustang or Yamaha THR10C?

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  1. OwlPants

    OwlPants TDPRI Member

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    Yeah, I am really looking for convenience and simplicity right now; I've got a lot to learn. The Mustangs are excellent and perhaps the better value due to the sound versatility and volume potential but I think I will play more often simply due to the fact that the Yamaha is so easy to move around the house and use as a headphone amp. I can see throwing it on the coffee table and noodling around with headphones on while the girlfriend is watching "her" shows, bringing it out on the deck in the summer, and so on. It being a halfway competent iPhone dock/speaker doesn't hurt either. That isn't going to happen with any of the Mustangs.

    I will eventually want a bigger amp, sure, but I get the feeling I would still benefit from the Yamaha as a desk amp in or similar in a different room, so I'm beginning to see no risk in picking one up. I would rather go to a tubed Fender if that time comes, so I would still need a solid state practice amp anyways.

    Plus, the shop just got back to me and they've got MIM Tele in LPB and the THR10C in stock today...
     
  2. FenderGuy53

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    Sounds like somebody is going to have some fun today! ;)

    Your approach is a very reasonable one, and as you say, the practicality of the Yamaha amp will make you WANT to use it. Let's face it - USING it is the only way you're going to get better!
     
  3. homesick345

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    the THR10C , which I got, & like very much, is more a guitar appliance than a proper amp.

    Viewed from this angle, it will allow you to have hours of fun (just about anywhere, it works even better & gets louder on batteries)
     
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    I just got a Mustang II. Already have the M1. Just got it for the living room, and I haven't been in love with an amp for a long time, but I am now.
     
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    Next: a MIII for the garage :cool:
     
  6. OwlPants

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    Maybe a Mini for the bathroom?
     
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    Well, picked up the MIM Tele and THR10C last night. They are both excellent; it will be a while before I outgrow this amp and even then I will likely keep it around.

    That said, I am getting a fair bit of buzz through the amp even on the cleanest settings when the volumes up. I know single coil pickups hum along but this seems to be more than I remember...
     
  8. blowtorch

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    Buzz is a very common complaint with the TH Yamaha amps. I was looking very seriously at getting one until I heard about that
     
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    I thought that was an issue with the original ones and a noisy power supply that Yamaha replaced?
     
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    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

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    uh oh... trouble in Amptown?
     
  11. OwlPants

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    Maybe not. If I unplug the guitar the buzzing stops completely, so I think I'm just not used to single coils?
     
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    If you use the software with the provided USB connection, I believe you got a noise gate, that could eliminate any buzz (hum)

    Later models THRs corrected the battery compartment buzzing/rattling.
     
  13. OwlPants

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    Yeah, I will have to try that. It's definitely an electrical buzz vs. a mechanical rattle.
     
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    I bought a THR10C a few days ago and I am really liking it. It is to replace a Blackstar HT-1R in my lounge (Blackstar is being moved to my den where I can wind it up more). The only problem I am having is when I use the Editor on my laptop. It works great when the laptop is on battery power, but as soon as I plug it in the mains there is a load of interference coming through the THR speakers. My Mustang 1 doesn't have the same problem. Not sure what the problem is, tried it in different sockets but the same (same ring main though).
    Any ideas anyone.
     
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    Single coils can be a problem. That's why the other pickups are called HUM-buckers. You can pick up buzz or hum from a nearby computer, florescent lights, TV, poorly grounded electrical outlet, etc.
     
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    I have the THR5 and would take it over the Mustangs for what you want. The 10C is even better.

    BTW, I have jammed with the THR5 and another guitarist w drum machine and vocals, and on the Boogie model it hangs fine.

    It's a remarkable feat of engineering, revolutionary and one-of-a-kind.
     
  17. OwlPants

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    I ended up picking up the THR10C and a shiny new MIM Standard Tele. Had it for a couple of days now and I am very happy.

    The amp is exactly what I needed. I downloaded a couple of patches for it off Guitar Patches but killed the effects on them and I am even happier (I suck at getting my own tone right now!).

    Wish it was more popular on Guitar Patches though. Either way, I think I've got a good sound for each model now.
     
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    Any luck with the hum/buzz issue?
     
  19. OwlPants

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    It still seems a bit buzzier than it should but I am struggling to remember how much my Strat used to buzz on a different amp in a completely different house.

    Tonight I will try different rooms, outlets, etc. and see if it makes a noticeable difference.
     
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    I went with the 30w Blackstar ID:30. At $350, it's a little more than the Mustang III and nearly double the II, but I like it a good bit better. I think it has a whole lot of usable tones, and the effects are pretty sweet too. Whereas a Mustang III would likely be gig-worthy at (what is it, 60w or 100w?), not sure you could gig with this thing, but it's certainly plenty loud enough for what I do, just noodle around with, play along with songs, etc.

    Dead quiet too, no hum.
     
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