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Good Tremolo Effect

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I've been wanting to get a nice Tremolo pedal for those old school CCR and Doors sounds. I'd love the Strymon Flint but being recently divorced, just can't justify spending that kind of money right now. I ordered a Modtone Harmonic Tremor from Reverb but the seller refunded my money because the pedal was already purchased. I've already got a good reverb effect (Digitech Polara) so I really don't need a 2 in 1 reverb/trem pedal like the Flint or the Fender Tre-Verb. Any suggestions on a good reverb effect would be greatly appreciated. Should I just go with the tried-and-true Boss TR-2? I'd like to keep the cost around $100 at the most. Thank you for any suggestions.

Eric
 
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To be honest, you’re not missing out on anything with the Strymon Flint. It is a very practical pedal and a good quality tool, and I have used it a lot myself, but the sounds are not quite among the best on the market. In fact, a Boss TR-2 is in no way a worse trem. I suggest trying it out. And BTW, the current production model (at least mine) has 0 volume drop or noise issues, like the older ones reportedly did. It is really good. But all trems are different (which is why I buy them all the time).
 
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Ray175

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The Boss TR-2 is great. You can definitely find them for < $100 used.

If you can go slightly higher, if you can find a used Basic Audio Throbby, they tend to be about $120 used. It's been my favorite trem pedal for years and years now.
+1 on the TR-2. Mine has given great service over the last few years. When I bought a Tonemaster Deluxe Reverb last year I kept the TR-2 on my pedalboard because it wasn't possible to bring the TMDR’s on board tremolo down to the slow pulsing speeds I sometimes use (think Richard Thompson). No hesitation recommending the TR-2
 

longgonedaddy

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voodoo lab is always one of recommendations for simple, affordable tremolo. But lately, I’ve really been digging my Fulltone Supatrem Jr. you can probably find one for around $100 used.

and I’m with @Johnny Fuzz in that the flint isn’t all that special. It is very good, but I don’t believe that it should be anyone’s default pick. Except for the harmonic trem. That’s been the best one I’ve played.
 

RYAN1987M

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I'm a huge fan of the SolidGoldFX Stutter-Lite - it's a simple and fantastic bias-style trem effect. Really easy to dial-in, sounds awesome, and a bulletproof build. They're quite cheap used too!

 

I R P

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You may want to check out the Mr. Black Mini Tremolo. If you can stretch the budget a little, you should also check out the Supro Tremolo pedal— it has a gain knob and amp topology, so with the trem controls dialed out it’s essentially a Supro/Valco AIAB/dirt pedal (nice bonus).
 

Vcaster

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TGP’s own @Tri Pedal Reviews has done a number of demos and reviews on tremolos.
 

TheoDog

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I’m filling alll my tremolo need with the Mr Black mini tremolo. The Boss TR-2 is a slam dunk as well. The Dano Tuna Melt has always been a sleeper winner on par with the Guyatone VT-3 which is near impossible to find these days.
 

babbyb

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Voodoo Lab 4-knob is great, Dano Tuna Melt is very good for cheap.
 

monkeybrains

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Boss tr2 is really great. If you go used make sure you get one after they fixed the volume drop issue. I think it was 2013. Theres some threads about in on tgp.
My fave trem pedal is catalinbread semaphore. Can be got used for under 100. I think I paid 70 for mine a year or so ago.
 




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