Best Tremelo amps

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  1. IceTre

    IceTre Supporting Member

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    Starting a tremelo geek-out thread.
    For those of you who use tremelo frequently as part of your sound.
    And especially for those of you who have played several amps with tremelo in search of the best tremelo tone:
    What amp(s) have the best tremelo?
    What amp(s) have the best clean tremelo?
    What amp(s) have the best distorted tremelo?
    I have a 1997 Vox AC15 and think the tremelo on that is great. But curious about others.
    Fenders, new and old? Which ones? Vox? Boutique amps?

    Finally, would anyone argue for using a tremelo pedal with a non-tremelo amp, instead of an amp with tremelo? Would you only do that if the amp has an effects loop, so you can put it after the preamp? If so, which pedal(s)?

    Let the geek-out begin....
     
  2. whsdhs1

    whsdhs1 Supporting Member

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    Savage amps have some of the best tremelo I have heard
     
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    TD_Madden Gold Supporting Member

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    My '63 Princeton's tremolo is amazingly wobbly....

    '60 Gibson GA-18T Explorer is also excellent.
     
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  4. farlowhigh

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    my favorite is the Swart tremolo on the AST (Atomic Space Tone)

    second favorite is the Savage Macht 6 tremolo
     
  5. Abe

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    I don't own but Gary Croteau who lives near me makes some incredible tremolo, and true vibrato amps. I believe the true vibrato circuit is based off of magnatone. Anyway, those are some great current production amps in that vein.
    Juke. That's the name I was trying come up with. Good stuff.

    Abe
     
  6. Zounds Perspex

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    Swart trem sounds fantastic; Goodsell too.

    Brownface Fender trem is still probably the peak.
     
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    the vibrato on the Evil Robot is also great too...(played a friend's a while back)
     
  8. mad dog

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    Three great in-amp trems here now:

    - Gretsch 6165 "variety plus". The valco hard chop trem is something special. I thought at first this amp had true pitch shifting vibrato, doesn't sound like any other trem I've heard. But it actually is tremelo. Think Link Wray. Just beautiful.
    - Allen Encore. The bias vary tremelo in this head is one of the prettiest I've heard. Smooth and warm.
    - 1960 Fender brown pro. Throbbing "harmonic tremelo", more than a bit of phase shift in here. Works so well with this rather clean, powerful amp. Not a rude effect, more elegant and jazzy to my ears.

    In terms of addiction potential, trem is right up there with reverb.
    MD
     
  9. vibrasonic

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    My 63 Vibrasonic's trem is truly outrageous.
     
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    mesa tremoverb
    early fenders
     
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    Yeah. My Valco made Grestch 5169 sounds incredible. I could leave it on all the time.
     
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    Goodsell Super-17 (although I'd like it more if it were a bit slower)
    Carr Rambler
     
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    Lots of my friends who have played my '65 Teisco Checkmate 25 say it's the best they have ever heard. I'm a Fender guy but this little Teisco is amazing for tremolo. I'm about to build a 1-15 cabinet for it and start taking it to gigs.
     
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    The 65 Amps Lil' Elvis that I used to have (wish I still had it too...) had some great trem.

    My AC15C1 has some pretty decent trem.
     
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    For clean trem, I really like the performance of my Tone King Imperial: From subtle to deep.

    Call me crazy but I still dig a regular Boss trem pedal ... nothing fancy but it completely does the job.
     
  17. Leonc

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    Lots of love for amps with tremolo here. I've got Fenders, Ampegs, Silvertones, Univoxes, Gibson, Magic (like Supro), and a Martin type amp with tremolo here now. And then I've got four Magnatones with pitch-shifting vibrato. I think my favorite trem for clean is in the Magic ZII, which is like a 1624T trem circuit--bias-vari on one of the pre-amp tubes.

    My own "Super Duper" amp has the same harmonic tremolo channel and back end as the Fender Super 6G4-A. That tremolo is unlike anything else you'll ever hear; it sounds like a Univibe.

    The Magnatone M10A has the best vibrato I've heard. It's my favorite of all the Magnatones.

    My favorite dirty trem is kind of a toss between the Gibson GA-40 (I have my own version that I built which I call The Grinder) and the Martin 112T type amp I just built myself, which I call The Tremster. The Tremster has the advantage of being somewhere between clean and dirty...or just mildly dirty. It goes nice and deep, but it's speed isn't as variable as some other amps. The bias-vari trem on the Fender brown Deluxe (6G3) has to get honorable mention too, it's absolutely a killer. I'd probably be inclined to called it dirty. Very deep and wobbly.

    I think I've got videos of all these except for The Tremster, (which I just finished) on my youtube channel:

    http://www.youtube.com/Leonc1234/
     
  18. IceTre

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    Leon, I just saw your video, "Guitar Amplifier Tremelo and Vibrato demo". That was cool. I had never heard of pitch-shifting vibrato in amps before, that's fascinating. Like an early attempt at the chorus pedal. But it's richer than a chorus pedal. I guess that's something characteristic of the early 60's brownface Fenders. Which cost an arm and a leg now!

    Glad to see so much enthusiasm for tremolo on this forum! (And I realized I've been spelling tremolo incorrectly-- it's "tremolo" not "tremelo".)


     
  19. IceTre

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    I remember reading something on the web awhile back about how Johnny Marr got the nasty, fat, thick distorted tremolo sound in "How Soon is Now?". Something about combining two Vox AC30's. Anybody else see that?
     
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    Nope, those were Fender Twin reverbs on that rhythm part. From the Gibson webs site:

    "The 1963 Epiphone Casino that I used to record the main tremolo sound on "How Soon Is Now.” I recorded the rhythm part and then sent the track out to four Fender Twin Reverbs all with tremolo on and had to keep stopping the song when the amps went out of sync. It took quite a long time."

    On the rest of that song there are layers and layers of guitars, slide parts cut one string at a time, repitched with a harmonizer and layered, etc. FWIW I never thought the rhythm part on that track was particularly distorted.
     

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