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Trem: Quiet & smallish w/"no-volume drop" that does great vintage AND deep chop?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by A.j., Apr 3, 2008.

  1. A.j.

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    Just like the title says, I'm looking for a smallish vintage-style tremolo that's has quiet true-bypass with no volume drop. I'd also like to be able to do a deep chop sound occasionally.

    Originally, I was planning on getting the ubiquitous Empress, but I've decided it's going to be too many features for me. I'd rather get something a bit smaller that's dead simple to use. I want to nail a blackface trem tone, and also do the occasional deeper psych chop tones.

    Boutiquey and pricey is ok (although it doesn't have to be), I just want to get something I'll love.

    Best,
    Aj (aka AjD from Gearslutz)
     
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    If you have the room the Frantone Vibutron is EXACTLY what you want.
     
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    You got one before me! :BITCH






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  6. A.j.

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    I said small-ish! That Valcoder is adorable, but it doesn't have to be THAT teeny.

    I guess what I'm looking for is the anti-Empress. I love the Empress, and all that it does. But if I'm honest with myself, I know that most of it's fancy features (half-speed, tap tempo, patterns, etc.) would go unused by me 95% of the time. Meanwhile, all those extra controls and "modes" would get in the way when I just want to set a great sound quickly.

    The Vibutron looks really cool. I like how it can go REALLY slow or REALLY fast (at least, that's what the marketing page says!). Any others come to mind?

    Aj
     
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    :messedup..?

    It's modeled on a vintage Valco-style amp trem, but since it has a Depth control you can do more subtle trems as well as the hard chop.
     
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    EBS Tremolo. Super tiny, killer sound.
    Won top honors in the trem shootout a couple of months ago in Guitar player or guitar world... one of them guitar mags.

    I have one on the way.
     
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    Grab a Semaphore. Sounds like exactly what you're looking for, IMO.
     
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    Isn't that EBS Tremolo sold primarily for use with bass?
     
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    No sine wave = no vintage....in my HUMBLE opinion.:messedup
     
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    Ok, I'm starting to get sweet on the Semaphore. Thanks guys... any one know of some better soundclips I could hear? The one (short, kind of noisy) clip on their site isn't enough to sell me.

    Aj
     
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    +1. Swamp Thang, Tremodillo's, Vibutrons, BYOC. All great sine trems. I asked about the KR Tremolo the other day and no one seemed to respond, but it is built around the old Tremface which by all accounts was a glorious little sine trem. But suprisingly there seems to be little interest in it around here. I have my heart set on trying that one soon.
     
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    Fair enough.

    Our rationale was that the Valcoder would be a great thing for guys who already had sine wave trem onboard their amps but still wanted the choppier trem tones without having to eat up a bunch of pedalboard real estate to get it.

    We recorded a demo last weekend comparing the more subtle tones it is capable of against the onboard trem from a Quad Reverb - it should be posted on our site shortly, but the Valcoder compares very favorably IMNSHO.
     
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    danelectro tuna melt fits your description exactly. love the darn thing.
     
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    man...i soo want a semaphore to replace my keeley tr2.
     
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    Short answer is yes, but the truth is it works well for everything. Since a traditional trem doesn't really color the tone at all, it doesn't matter.

    The footprint is also pretty much the smallest I've ever seen, too.

    Tiny package, great sound, it's exactly what the Dr. ordered.
     

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