Gear of the Year RESULTS: Best Amplifier of 2013 Revealed

The results are in, and we can reveal the top five amps of 2013   03-Dec-13

3. Yamaha THR10-C

This will undoubtedly be a controversial choice, it is the only digital amp on this list, it's far cheaper (from under £200/$300) than the other amps in the top five, and it's solely intended to be used in your bedroom - so it's not even really a gigging amp.

But loads of you voted for it, and we're big fans of the Yamaha THR series here at Sonic Towers.

Why? Because it sounds great, and it's a brilliant concept executed nearly perfectly by those clever chaps at Yamaha, and we do firmly believe the major manufacturers aren't doing enough to push guitar technology forward in a meaningful way right now, it's nice to see Yamaha pushing it on.

So, no, it isn't a giant stack, it isn't a tube combo, but it is a great-sounding amp at an affordable price point, which makes it accessible.

The idea of modelling tube circuitry, rather than tube tone, is interesting, it has been carried out well. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better practice amp than the Yamaha THR10-C. And we think it will be the catalyst for bigger combos from Yamaha to rival Line 6 and Vox Valvetronix.

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Johnny Bones    Said...

The results of this survey really don't count for much in my opinion. They may all be fine amps but whether one is better than another is so subjective. The reason I say that is because it depends on who votes. If it was a bunch of metal players then they'll pick a certain amp. There's also the possibility someone could post a zillion votes for one particular amp since there was no need to register to vote. I also suspect votes went out for amps people don't even actually own. Whatever...

03-Dec-13 05:13 PM


Jimmy Page    Said...

Overpriced. Much better amps out for WAAAAY!! less

03-Dec-13 11:20 PM


GuitarinG    Said...

Awesome! Whoop!

04-Dec-13 11:51 AM


Simon    Said...

MI Audio Revelation and Megalith Beta. Flog all of these things.

15-Dec-13 09:55 PM


OxenBen    Said...

I have owned this amp since june. Absolutely love it, althought it is VERY bright, I have my treble knob almost all the way down, the mid is glassier than i am used to . I have a Moog Drive pedal in front for some boost/drive and when i want to really push it I have a vintage EHX Hot Tubes that really really makes this amp shine! On stage the valve switch and half power switch are both life savers as some sound guys see me take this out of the case and give me quite an evil eye. They have been shocked how well the internal attenuation works. A+ amp in my book.

19-Jan-14 06:55 PM


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