View Full Version : Best Cheap Tremolo Pedal?

04-10-2013, 07:26 PM
Alright guys, so I'm building a pedalboard on a super tight budget. I want to add a tremolo pedal but MUST keep it under $50. I don't play out, so things like durability are not too big of a deal. Its just going to get wired up to my board and never move. So plastic casings etc dont bother me.

If it matters I play a little bit of everything, through a Marshall JCM2000 DSL100 head and 1960b cab.

I just want the best tremolo, with the most range/versatility possible for the coin. Again, I cant go over $50. I have it narrowed down to the following:

Danelectro Tuna Melt- $35
Joyo Tremolo- $40
Rogue Tremolo- $50

From my search on the net these all are reviewed well but cant seem to find anyone comparing them. This would be a no-brainer to get the Tuna Melt if it wasnt so incredibly ugly lol.

Thanks in advance, I look forward to what you guys have to say.

04-10-2013, 07:33 PM
Keep an eye out for tremolos on guitar centers used gear. You might find a boss tr2 for $50.
I know i paid $60 for mine. I've heard good things about the rogue and dano.

04-10-2013, 07:34 PM
Tuna Melt by a mile.

Used TR-2 could happen.

04-10-2013, 07:37 PM
Tuna Melt all the way!!

Used TR2 would be nice

04-10-2013, 07:39 PM
The Dano Cool Cat trem is good too

04-10-2013, 07:40 PM
Used TR2. You might spend a few dollars more on one, but it's a purchase you will likely only have to make once because of the Boss reliability

04-10-2013, 07:44 PM
just picked up a used boss tr-2 for $40 on craigslist to use with my keyboard rig...side by side sounds pretty close to my supatrem...minus the volume drop (which isn't bad in my keyboard chain)

04-10-2013, 07:55 PM
Best new one is the Tuna Melt by far.

Invisible Man
04-10-2013, 08:10 PM
I've picked up a couple trems for $50. I traded a $40 pedal for a TR-2, then traded that in for a Seymour Duncan Super Shifter ($50; got it for the TR-2+$20). The Shifter is a really cool underrated tap tempo trem with waveshape and form controls. Check GC's used page--I have a lot of luck there.

04-10-2013, 08:58 PM
The Dano Cool Cat trem is good too

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Circle gets the square. The best cheap trem I've ever owned only to be replaced by my Fulltone

04-10-2013, 10:58 PM
Line 6 tap trem used did marvels for me

04-11-2013, 01:32 AM
Tuna Melt for all my trem needs. I've been asked on more than one occasion how I'm getting that trem tone from the Strymon Flint. Nope, $15 used Tuna Melt.

Now the reverb, that's Strymon. ;)

04-11-2013, 02:51 AM
The Dano Cool Cat trem is good too


04-11-2013, 03:17 AM
Dano Cool Cat hands down.

04-11-2013, 03:29 AM
Dano Cool Cat hands down.


04-11-2013, 06:17 AM
If you are lucky to find one of these...
...you will set yourself apart from the crowd!

04-11-2013, 06:57 AM
Actually, set yourself apart from the crowd with the only trem Ibanez/Maxon has ever made! Makes a TR2 sound like a muddy mess.Flashing led indicator and volume pot too!

04-11-2013, 07:03 AM
I picked up a well built used BYOC trem for < $50.

If you are worried about it being built by someone else, ask to see gut shots and have them make a quick phone video and email it to you. Done & done.

BTW it sounded great, I only flipped it here because I really wanted a two setting trem and got the Rockett J Smith trem.

04-11-2013, 07:38 AM
Tuna Melt is fine and good, but given you can get the much better metal housing, true bypass etc of the Dano Cool Cat still for about $25 used any day of the week, I'm not sure why anyone would want the older, plastic, Tuna Melt instead ??

04-11-2013, 07:41 AM
Tuna Melt. So horribly ugly in a 'this guy MUST know what he's doing' way.

Or, keep your eyes on craigslist for a used TR-2. Mod it when you get a few more bucks.

04-11-2013, 09:05 AM
Wow thanks for all the help everyone, I figured there would be much love for the Tuna Melt by all the reviews on it. Ill definitely pick one up. I have no problem getting a used TR-2 but pedals rarely come up on my CL. And IMO its hard to get a decent deal on used gear on eBay anymore. I check eBay and CL for gear all the time but rarely luck out and find something not overpriced. So, a new Tuna Melt it is. I would shoot for the cool cat for not much more but it is even more ugly lol!!! For some reason the Dano "food" named pedals I can get over (I have a Fish n Chips also) but the cool cats are just beyond ugly to me lol. If I got one Id have to rehouse it, which to me sounds like a lot more money and work.

So, the Tuna Melt it is. Thanks everyone.

-I was surprised no one had anything to say about the Joyo Tremolo. Im curious how it compares to the Tuna. Metal housing, True bypass, NOT ugly, shipped to my door new for 40 bucks. Seems like a no-brainer to me? Is this pedal on par with the Dano? Are there any Joyo pedals worth getting?

04-11-2013, 10:33 AM
And what about the Modtone Tremor???

04-11-2013, 10:56 AM
THIS. I know it's $70 new but you can probably find a used one. I have one and it is fantastic.


04-11-2013, 11:02 AM
I think you can pick up a used TR2 on here for about $50. I'd go that route for sure. I've had Dano pedals in the past. They are certainly good tonally for the money, but there's no way a plastic pedal will hold up. And resale value...well...is non-existent.