Yamaha THR5 Battery Powered Combo Modeling Guitar Amplifier - 10W


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Yamaha THR5

Gearank High Notes

On October 18 2021 we announced the results of our annual analysis of guitar amp brands - Yamaha ranked #4.

Gearank Recommended

The THR5 first appeared on our recommended list for Battery Powered Guitar Amps in June 2021 as the equal highest rated option, and it remains on that list today.

It was also on our recommended list for Guitar Amps Under $200 from June 2019 through August 2020 and again from July 2021 until August 2021 when a price increase made it ineligible for that list.

After the price increase, it moved over to our list for Guitar Amps Under $300 in August 2021 where it remained until August 2022 when it was out-ranked by other amps.

Additionally it was on our list for Modeling Amps from June 2021 until August 2022.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
YouTube Elmo Karjalainen 68/100
YouTube John Coupland 94/100
Guitarist Next Door Teemu Suomala 80/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.


Small guitar amps are no longer designed to just be practice amps, rather some of them are designed with home recording in mind, as exemplified by the THR5.

From its desktop friendly profile to its 2-channel USB recording, this amp is a perfect fit for small home studios where traditional combo amps would either be too bulky or awkwardly positioned.

Its sonic versatility is also recording friendly, with 5 amp models , 4 modulation effects, and 4 delay/reverb effects.

But it's not just about recording because this 10W amp drives two 3.15" speakers that is ideal for small rooms.

It can also run on 8 x AA batteries, which allows it to double as a portable amplifier.

The Yamaha THR5 will make a great addition to a guitarists home studio setup, and it can also be a nice fun tool for practice or for playing while on the go.


  • Power Rating: 10 Watts
  • Battery Life: ~6 hours
  • Power Source(s): AC Adapter / 8 x AA Batteries
  • Speaker: 2 x 3.15"
  • Controls: Amp, Gain, Master, Tone, Effect, DLY/REV, Volume, Tap Tempo
  • Amp Models: 4 Virtual Circuitry Modeling
  • Effects: 8
  • Input(s): 1 x 1/4" Guitar Input, 1 x 1/8" Aux in
  • Output(s): 1 x 1/4" Headphones
  • Extra Features: 2-Channel USB recording
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 6.57" x 10.67" x 4.72"