Tremelo Pedal

shuffle

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Hi!~

Im looking for a new tremelo pedal. I only use trem for CLEAN sounds - not ovedrive. I want a really vintage sounding trem that doesn't loose any of the high end when turned on (which i find with a few trems do)

I wanna be able to make my tele on bridge pickup sound EXACTLY the same but with tremelo. So many i have tried change the tone a bit.

Any ideas????

Thanks!
 

Chrissy

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I'm VERY happy with the way my Tone Czar powerglide retains my basic tone. Sounds beautiful and rich with clean sounds fro sure.

Chris
 

Damian

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I bought a Sherlock Tremit recently. It's really nice. It doesn't seem to change my tone at all.
 

StompBoxBlues

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Trems are a sore point for me :)

I had one once built-in on an old (OOOLD) Gibson "Starfire" amp.
(and WHO names an amp, that is tube tech, a Starfire? I kept reading it as Start FIRE, with all those negative conotations)
I rarely used it, but it sounded really nice. If I still had the amp I would use it a lot more.

Anyway...I bought a Nobels TR-X. At first I didn't like it. I think maybe I didn't spend enoug time with it (this was an older one, purple paint job).

I kept it though. I then bought the much touted "Demeter" trem. Everybody loved this trem on the user reviews. I was all set to be all set with a tremolo...and ended up really hating it. (hate is a strong word, but SOOO let down). I felt it was not musical, sucked tone, and just hindered me from sounding good. I returned it.

After that I went back and spent more time with the TR-X (which has almost too many options...I actually usually like options and knobs and such, but on a trem I wanted it KISS) and the damn thing was miles better than the Demeter for me.

Still...there is somethinng about it I don't like. It feels flimsy on the knobs, it makes a little noise, etc. BUT I was able to get some nice trem on it. I still have it but...

I bought recently a Fulltone Supra-Trem. It was expensive as can be, used, and again, I wanted to think my troubles were over.
It actually has some GREAT trem sounds in it. It is also very easy to get bad trem sounds, so you really do have to get to know it.

I currently am using it in my pedal setup, and getting to know it. There are a couple of "swamp" settings I found that go a long way to making me want to keep this pedal. Not crazy about the "hard" (think helicopter) setting. But I use my trem for blues, swamp blues, etc. I know there are others that use them for way different music so it kinda depends on that too.
 

shallbe

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The Frantone Vibutron is a great trem It has a 3 postion switch for all 3 flavors-----swampy, stutter and chop. I've owned just about all of them (Demeter, Diaz, Fulltone, Boss, PE, Dunlop, Auralux, etc, etc) and this one is a winner. No volume drop, great clarity, wide range of sounds.
 

Plexihead

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The Fulltone Supa-Trem had the functions I was looking for, particularly the half speed switch/hard soft switch options. Some people refer to the Supa-Trem as "cold" and to a point I agree, but I feel it's mostly due to the fact it retains the original tone very very well, whereas alot of people want a warm creamy tremolo.
 

shuffle

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the Sherlock Tremit - is that 100% true bypass???

It looks and reads like it might be pretty cool~~

Thanks
 

Damian

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Originally posted by shuffle
the Sherlock Tremit - is that 100% true bypass???

It looks and reads like it might be pretty cool~~

Thanks
No it isn't true bypass, it has a really good buffer in it though. If you do a search here the buffer is discussed a bit.
 
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To be honest, I have had a number of tremolo pedals and done at least one mod to each one. The best one I have found that is closest to a vintage fenderish type sound was the Guyatone VTX Vintage Tube Tremolo. It is not true bypass so I use a looper pedal and I had it modified by Jim at JPL Audio to have a volume control and to me its the absolute best of them all.
 

mprvise

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I was looking for the same thing and ended up with a Swamp Thang. I've had it about a month and so far I'm pleased.

Another option might be the Guyatone Flip series. Listen to Greg V's CD for some great examples. Almost bought the Flip just because it sounds so good on his CD!
 

AshlandBump

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Originally posted by Chrissy
I'm VERY happy with the way my Tone Czar powerglide retains my basic tone. Sounds beautiful and rich with clean sounds fro sure.

Chris
I'm glad to hear that. I'd like to report the same thing but mine has been on order, pre-paid, since June 1.

I bought a used Austone Vibro-stomp in the mean time and I'm less than thrilled with the tremolo function. It's worth keeping, though, just for the vibrato feature.
 

teefus

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i have been happy with the vd labs 4 knob tremolo. it can do smooth to stutter and pretty much everything in between. no tone suck as far as i can tell.
 

Bradders

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said this many times - each time this exact question comes up and I still think it holds true......

Best bang-for-budget-buck - Voodoo Labs Tremelo - $99 and AWESOME for teh money. Smooth, buttery and flexible too.

If you can drop more coin, the Fulltone SupaTrem is killer - flexible and can get extreme if that's what you're into.....all in all the best to my ears that I've heard.

cheers
 
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The Menatone is cool for its sound, but to me its not as natural sounding as some of the other. When engaged, I found that I didnt like the color it gave my sound but thats just me. Fulltone Supa trem is good sound, but still sounds like a tremolo pedal and has a large volume and gain jump. The Guyatone Flip series Tube trem is the most natural sounding. Fat, warm, versatile and the least coloring to your tone of all I have tried.
 

Plexihead

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Regarding the Supa-Trem, mine has an internal trimmer to control the volume of the pedal. When I first received it I had to turn this trimmer down a good bit to get unity gain. I believe Fulltone added this internal trimmer roughly 2-3 yrs ago to the circuit.
 

pedxing

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Hey, can somebody recommend a nice trem with a stereo pan? It's seem like all the nice pedals are only mono. Very strange. TIA
 

enharmonic

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Originally posted by pedxing
Hey, can somebody recommend a nice trem with a stereo pan? It's seem like all the nice pedals are only mono. Very strange. TIA
People might flame me, but the Lovetone Wobulator is great for stereo trem. I know they cost a ton, but they do so many things that other trems just don't (or can't do). about the only thing they don't do is the hard choppy trem.
 




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