The WGR10 is part of the Wharefdale range of amps that were developed in conjunction with expert amp designer Steve Grinrod, who’d previously worked with Marshall and Vox. This one’s a hybrid 10 watt guitar amplifier, meaning it features a solid state power amplifier stage, but there’s a tube in the pre-amp to offer a kinda more natural breakup and a smoother overdriven tone.
A perfect little practice amp for beginners, it’s pretty straightforward to use with controls for gain, bass, middle, treble and a master volume, which when combined with the drive channel switch offers a pretty versatile tonal range going from crisp cleans tones, through slightly overdriven crunch tones, right up to higher gain distortions.
As it’s been designed as a practice amp, the WGR10 features a headphone output and auxiliary input so you connect your phone or MP3 player to jam along with, it looks pretty stylish with it’s cool vintage style grill cloth, and it’s also nice and small and lightweight, so it won’t take up too much space in a bedroom and is really portable.
At 10 watts with an 8 inch speaker, the amps easily loud enough for home practice, but it does also have one pretty cool trick up it’s sleeve. Hidden away on the rear panel is an 8 ohm external speaker output, which means that you can connect the amp to a much larger extension cabinet, let’s say a 2 x 12 or a 4 x12 to drastically beef up the sound, and that’s something that you don’t often find on an amp of this type.
The Wharfedale WGR10 hybrid amplifier is a great option for both beginners or more experienced players who just want a simple, inexpensive but great sounding practice amp. You definitely won’t find another hybrid valve amp at this kind of price...