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paulandpaul
08-08-2005, 09:44 AM
Hello, i've decided that i am in love with fender amp vibrato (tremolo).

I was able to play with a bandmaster this weekend in the studio and I decided that i must have that trem sound immediatly:)

Is there any trem pedal that comes close to actual fender trem?

I've been told the guyatone tube trem is the most amp like. but does it compare to the lush, smooth fender vibrato channel?

thanks,
Paul

protoangel
08-08-2005, 09:48 AM
My friend just bought a Demeter Tremulator... says its more Fender-like than Vox-like

Last Nerve
08-08-2005, 10:41 AM
Monster Effects Swamp Thang

JUST like the Fenders sounded.

Tchello
08-08-2005, 03:27 PM
+1 for the Demeter Tremulator.

edgarallanpoe
08-08-2005, 03:55 PM
I had the Demeter and the Swamp Thang. I still have the Swamp Thang and the Demeter is long gone. If the Fender sound is what you are looking for, the Swamp Thang is your ticket.

marklyn
08-08-2005, 05:22 PM
I have the Peavey Valverb and I like it alot.
But I've been looking at this
http://www.area51tubeaudiodesigns.com/bmt60trem.htm
Add on tube tremolo for the amp!

The Gainster
08-08-2005, 07:05 PM
Originally posted by edgarallanpoe
I had the Demeter and the Swamp Thang. I still have the Swamp Thang and the Demeter is long gone. If the Fender sound is what you are looking for, the Swamp Thang is your ticket.

+1 for The Swamp Thang!!! I have two........

trisonic
08-08-2005, 07:31 PM
You mean the pitch vibrato like on Cream's "Deserted Cities of the Heart"?

Best, Pete.

Antero
08-09-2005, 02:14 AM
Originally posted by Tchello
+1 for the Demeter Tremulator. +1 more. It sounded BETTER than the Fender I A/B'ed it against...

El Jimbo
08-09-2005, 03:24 AM
The Sherlock Tremit is another very Fendery sounding trem pedal...I like it a lot.

http://www.tonefactor.com/proddetail.php?prod=tremit

Damian
08-09-2005, 05:31 AM
Originally posted by El Jimbo
The Sherlock Tremit is another very Fendery sounding trem pedal...I like it a lot.

http://www.tonefactor.com/proddetail.php?prod=tremit


As do I :)

paulandpaul
08-09-2005, 07:28 AM
Originally posted by trisonic
You mean the pitch vibrato like on Cream's "Deserted Cities of the Heart"?

Best, Pete.

no. pitch vibrato and the fender vibrato channel are two very different things. Fender "vibrato" is actually tremolo.

drbob1
08-09-2005, 09:11 AM
The Guyatone Tube Flip Tremelo is also pretty cool and inexpensive...

MrSage
08-09-2005, 09:58 PM
Bruce Bennett (Insane Gain, Brown Sound, Boost-e-a, Lowball, etc.) made a limited run of tremolo pedals that he engineered based on vintage Fender amps. Looks like he's got one on eBay right now:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7342075977

E-mail him to chat about it...he's a really cool guy. Very down to earth.

Improviser
08-10-2005, 04:18 PM
Originally posted by edgarallanpoe
I had the Demeter and the Swamp Thang. I still have the Swamp Thang and the Demeter is long gone. If the Fender sound is what you are looking for, the Swamp Thang is your ticket.

+2 This mirrors my experience as well.

In addition, they both sounded better than the Fulltone Supa-trem IMHO.

Geoff

nondeplume
08-10-2005, 08:25 PM
well there's always this >Area 51 (http://area51tubeaudiodesigns.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=001&Product_Code=bmt-60standard&Category_Code=cat001)<....not a pedal, so probably doesn't fit your criteria, just thought I'd throw it out there..it's a good unit and pretty easy to install.

Jon C
08-10-2005, 09:00 PM
my vote goes to the Demeter Tremulator and my local gear slut friend who's tried them all says he agrees, there are other great ones but the Tremulator is most Fender-y and IMO and his is the tops.

I'm waiting on my ToneCzar Powerglide to compare, not as a Fender clone but a diff. kind of cool trem pedal.

Jon

threm
08-10-2005, 09:32 PM
The Frantone Vibutron has a more open sound and a sweeter highend than the Demeter. The Demeter has a little bass and mid boost that makes it sound somewhat vintagey. Both can be swampy, though I had to adjust a trimmer inside the Vibutron to get it as wet as the Demeter.
The Valverb is great, fat sounding, but drops in volume compared to the reverb part of the box.
The Fulltone is said to be a little clinical (?) though I don`t think so. Scores on flexibility.
The Echoczar Powerglide has a better headroom than all the others. Being fed with gain pedals and a more complex sound it keeps the sound in a balder and bigger way than the rest and with better definition.

marklyn
08-10-2005, 09:50 PM
Originally posted by threm
The Valverb is great, fat sounding, but drops in volume compared to the reverb part of the box.

I believe that the volume drop is from a LDR in the circuit that sometimes gets overheated on installation. I've heard it's fixable.
http://www.blueguitar.org/new/schem/peavey/modnotes/valverb.txt

My Valverb does not have a volume drop between channels. I think I got lucky. :)

I tend to leave it last in the chain in the effects loop and just leave the verb and tremolo on and adjust intensity when I want something different. Most of the time the tremolo is just barely on, just enough to add a little shimmer. I do have the footswitch for it but don't mess with it usually.

alderbody
08-11-2005, 02:49 AM
Originally posted by paulandpaul
no. pitch vibrato and the fender vibrato channel are two very different things. Fender "vibrato" is actually tremolo.

exactly!

btw, although i don't recommend it, the Fender-style tremolo setting in the LINE6 Modulation Modeler is rather close to my twin's "vibrato"...

but nothing compares to the real thing!!! :D

threm
08-11-2005, 05:46 AM
Originally posted by marklyn
I believe that the volume drop is from a LDR in the circuit that sometimes gets overheated on installation. I've heard it's fixable.
http://www.blueguitar.org/new/schem/peavey/modnotes/valverb.txt

My Valverb does not have a volume drop between channels. I think I got lucky. :)

I tend to leave it last in the chain in the effects loop and just leave the verb and tremolo on and adjust intensity when I want something different. Most of the time the tremolo is just barely on, just enough to add a little shimmer. I do have the footswitch for it but don't mess with it usually.
Thanks, Marklyn. I see that this has been discussed before, like here http://thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?postid=557092.

I have two Valverbs but they are plugged into the inserts of a mixer to get some good old spring reverb when needed. Setting the tremolo with different speed for each channel sounds good too.
So the volume drop is not critical in this context as there`s always time to adjust it.

paulandpaul
08-19-2005, 07:22 AM
just an update to let everyone know that I ended up with the guyatone flip trem and it absolutley is 100% what i was looking for. It NAILS the vibrato channel of the bandmaster i was using.

by far one of the nicest sounding pedals i've ever used. You can really hear that tube working on the signal.

:dude