Best Cheap Tremolo Pedal?

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  1. TaDaMz

    TaDaMz Member

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    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.
     
  2. 9520575

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    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.
     
  3. midwayfair

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    Tuna Melt by a mile.

    Used TR-2 could happen.
     
  4. johann

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    Tuna Melt all the way!!

    Used TR2 would be nice
     
  5. RussB

    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    The Dano Cool Cat trem is good too
     
  6. markw1980

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    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
     
  7. mike_engel

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    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)
     
  8. Rockerduck

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    Best new one is the Tuna Melt by far.
     
  9. Invisible Man

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    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.
     
  10. ncyankee

    ncyankee Supporting Member

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    Ding! Ding! Ding!

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

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    Line 6 tap trem used did marvels for me
     
  12. Passenger84

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    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. ;)
     
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    +1.
     
  14. Porrig

    Porrig Womble of Thor Silver Supporting Member

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    Dano Cool Cat hands down.
     
  15. SamoaJoe

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    +1.
     
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    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!
    [​IMG]
     
  18. zestystrat

    zestystrat Supporting Member

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    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.
     
  19. LqdSndDist

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    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 ??
     
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    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.
     

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