Who makes the best Tremolo pedal?

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  1. Mike M

    Mike M Supporting Member

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    I am wanting to get one of these, but was curious who makes the best one in the mid/lower range price. Thanks for any info.
     
  2. gururyan

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    It's all subjective Mike. If you are looking for suggestions, you should try being more specific as to what type of tremolo you want and what features...like tap tempo, ramping, chop, etc.
     
  3. radcliff

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    You REALLY need to do a search, there are 3 or 4 LARGE threads on tremolo, and some surveys.

    My favorite: Voodoo Lab 4 knob Tremolo
    Inexpensive
    Very versatile
    Hard trem
    Soft trem
    Wave manipulation
    No volume drop
    No background noise
    True bypass
    Small
    Reliable
     
  4. Tweeker

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    This is subjective for sure.
    Your "best" probably depends on what features/sounds you need.
    I'll stick my neck out and say that the best bang for the buck trem I've used is the Nobels TR-X. Dano, Rocktron and ElectroHarmonix also come in under $100 with Voodoo Lab a little more.
    As my trem needs evolved to need tap tempo, I upgraded to an EMPRESS Tremolo (in the mid/upper price range) and feel it's an excellent unit.
     
  5. jbird327

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    In the lower prices, I have tried the Boss and the Guyatone mini. The Boss offered more flexibility but seems to have a volume drop when on. The Guyatone had a bit of a volume boost but I had a hard time getting a good sound out of it. I ended up with higher end Trem pedal, and have a few of them, but not sure what price range you are looking at.
     
  6. MightyGuru

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    If you can come up with the scratch try a Catalinbread Semaphore. Huge flexibility and tone in a tiny little box.
     
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    I've tried most and almost all mess with your basic tone to some degree. My fave in a pedal is the new box Menatone Pleasure trem. No boost or dip, no tone degradation and no compression. Not fancy but excellent tone.
     
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    I like my Boss! I use it just a tiny bit on a couple tunes for flavor.
     
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    cbpickin Tweed Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I like the Boss also, but you need to have the Keeley mod done to control the volume. He installs an inside/outside pot in the depth position. The inside is the depth control, the outside is a volume knob. He also does some tonal enhancements, but the volume control fixes the main problem with the Boss.
     
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    I'll look into his mod ! :):dude


     
  11. Last Nerve

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    The Keeley TR2 is a great, amplike versatile trem.
    The most flexible and amazing trem pedal, IMO, with great tone is the Cusack Tap A Whirl.
    Not every setting sounds like a vintage amp, but they all sound great!
     
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    sanhozay klon free since 2009

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    My current favorite is the Swamp Thang.

    Before that it was the Vibutron.

    Before that it was the VoodooTremolo.

    Before that it was Fulltone's box.

    I personally feel like the Swamp Thank is the best I've ever had. So far. It has a very narrow range of tones but within that range is sterling trem tones the bests or rivals amplifier tremolos. Great pedal. Not cheap and the assembly board sort of floats around inside the pedal, which makes me question durability, but the tones are musically rewarding to me and it is an effect that I use all the time. So far, so good.
     
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    Just kidding.



    I actually like my Demeter.

    Like my CAE Super Tremolo the best, though, but it`s not always practical, and I don`t like to play through it when in bypass.
     
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    Did any of you guys with good ears try Marshall Vibratrem?

    How's does it compare to stock TR-2?

    Sorry, this is off topic...but:D
     
  15. Mike M

    Mike M Supporting Member

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    How about the EHX Worm or Pulsar?
     
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    what does mid/lower range mean exactly? that would help us be more specific.....
     
  17. Mike M

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    $70-125. That would be the range
     
  18. sanhozay

    sanhozay klon free since 2009

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    Voodoo Lab Tremolo
     
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    EHX worm and pulsar are two very decent options in your price range. The worm has tremolo, vibrato, phaser and modulated wah effects. Pulsar is a dedicated tremolo pedal which allows you to vary the waveform. Both pedals can be had for between $50-$80 used.

    The voodoo lab trem is another option. You can get pretty warm sounds out of it. Get it first hand at $129; I haven't seen these pedals on the second hand market very often.
     
  20. landru64

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    the kaden fluttertone is a great pedal. i sold mine for i think less than 100. also, the bennett trem is great. very involving and hypnotic and if you can find one, probably costs no more than 110. my favorite tonally of all of my many trem pedals i've had, except the powerglide.

    i know someone selling one of those if you're interested.
     

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