Best Budget Tremolo

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  1. freaksho

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    first foray into trem and not interested in breaking the bank, so looking for some super buck bang. but i also want it all: from subtle effect to helicopter, with adjustable volume to get it right in the band mix.

    any reason to look beyond the Voodoo Labs Tremolo? at <$100 used i can't find anything else with the same versatility for the price.
     
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    I have a Danelectro Trem that's pretty cool. I am satisfied with the sound but I don't really like the control layout. You can't see it and it's hard to set.
     
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    yeah, i'm not really into Dano's controls layout - too hard to see and adjust on the fly for me.
     
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    I've got and love my el cheapo Biyang Tremolo.
     
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    i just stumbled across some reports of switch reliability problems with the Voodoo Labs. is this a common issue?
     
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    Two fender amp's you might have in your collection ? Vibro champs and princeton reverbs both have huge tremolo when put side by side and with speeds on one twice the speed as the one next to it ! Amp guys who own these TRY IT ! can't haul them to rigs but fun studio tricks ! Get four in a circle and simulate a leslie !
     
  8. Tbone135

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    Don't forget the Boss TR2-it's on a whole lotta pro boards.
     
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    Boss TR-2s are great!
     
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    I never had a problem and as a bonus, if you turn the gain up and the depth off, you get a really cool overdrive pedal.
     
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    Or nail that "How Soon Is Now" tone

    How soon is now anyway?
     
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    Boss TR-2 is awesome. If you find up liking it enough, save some money and get it modded by Keeley. After that, there's no turning back..
     
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    +1 on the Keeley mod TR-2. I use it for the extreme tremolo stuff and the trem on my AC30 for the more subtle 'shimmer' stuff.
     
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    Boss, eh? hmmm. only downside might be the lack of level control. so what's the Keeley mod all about?
     
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    I think the Keely mod addresses a volume drop in some versions and will also turn it into a clean booster. I don't have my TR2 in front of me, but it has a volume, wave control, and speed knob IIRC.
     
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    Modtone makes a very good tremolo for the price. It has a very wide range of control, and unless you need tap tempo, I really can't see anything better than this one.
     
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    The new TR-2 has a volume control.
     
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    I've borrowed my friends TR-2 before and its very good and under $100. I personally use a Dunlop TS-1 and its also a food tremolo but I don't think there under $100.
     
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    The Keeley mod extends the range of the knobs for more chop and deeper trem, plus installs a level control that is very useful.
     

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