The Yamaha THR5 is Nothing But a Toy

TBOT

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A Toy that makes me want to play guitar constantly. That will only make me a better guitar player.

I can’t get over how good it sounds. It feels like I’m playing guitar through a Bose Bluetooth speaker in the best possible way.

But the thing I really can’t get over, is how it sounds playing along with backing tracks without headphones. I am not above jamming along with my favorite albums. It is so astonishing to me how once I match the tone and get the volume right, it sounds like I’m playing on the damn record. And without headphones.
 

Esquire Jones

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Congrats.
I remember when the Tom Sholz rock man first came out. Hard to unplug
Still have my Rockman from the 80’s.

I plugged it in recently and it still works!

Yup that same flat, lifeless chorus wash. 😆

Seriously, I got a lot of good practice time over the years with that thing.

Been curious about the Yamaha unit.
 

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This is what I wanted my Spark 40 to be but the popping and hissing were too much and I just would get lost trying to adjust the noise gate. Glad you are having a nice time. The bluetooth feature is priceless.
 

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This is what I wanted my Spark 40 to be but the popping and hissing were too much and I just would get lost trying to adjust the noise gate. Glad you are having a nice time. The bluetooth feature is priceless.

The THR5 doesn’t have Bluetooth. I just use the aux and it works great. I believe the higher models in the THR product line have Bluetooth.
 

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A Toy that makes me want to play guitar constantly. That will only make me a better guitar player.

I can’t get over how good it sounds. It feels like I’m playing guitar through a Bose Bluetooth speaker in the best possible way.

But the thing I really can’t get over, is how it sounds playing along with backing tracks without headphones. I am not above jamming along with my favorite albums. It is so astonishing to me how once I match the tone and get the volume right, it sounds like I’m playing on the damn record. And without headphones.
I can relate!
For a long time, I never felt attracted by, or tried, any small modelling amps that I liked. Yet, I was in need of something allowing me to play late at home, without waking up kids and not using headphones, and with a satisfying tone. The THR5 did it for me, which came as a surprise (when I first saw how it looks, I thought the salesman -who eventually convinced me to try it in the shop- was joking!). As it turned out, I loved what I heard, bought it and still am glad I did!
 

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A Toy that makes me want to play guitar constantly. That will only make me a better guitar player.

I can’t get over how good it sounds. It feels like I’m playing guitar through a Bose Bluetooth speaker in the best possible way.

But the thing I really can’t get over, is how it sounds playing along with backing tracks without headphones. I am not above jamming along with my favorite albums. It is so astonishing to me how once I match the tone and get the volume right, it sounds like I’m playing on the damn record. And without headphones.
You obviously understand why some of us consider it such a fantastic purchase. It probably takes ownership or experience to truly understand how good it is - the mixing input (more than one source), output and tone. Even more for the way it somehow has some tube amp "feel".

Something else is how you can loop your pedals or board so nicely and the dynamic range if you use drum machine type looper (Trio).
 

tery

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I bought my THR5 on sale a few years ago and thought it was too small and didn't look like an amp so I put it away. Two weeks ago I decided to sell it because I didn't use it so I plugged it in one last time. I am blown away by the sound and volume = WOW = I love it !!!
I may sell my VOX & Fender amps now.
 

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I have the THR10C, old version and it is a great practice amp tool, with a few tones I would be happy to record with if needed. I find it extremely easy to get a decent to good sound out of and I love the built in tuner, aux in, etc. features.


I tried using it at a small outdoor open mic in a quiet trio band type situation and it did not cut the mustard but it really wasn't designed for that.
 




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