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Old March 2nd, 2011, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking to buy a tremolo pedal. But I don't know which pedal to buy. I've narrowed it sown to two : boss tr-2 & the electro harmonix wiggler. What do you guys think I should get.

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Old March 2nd, 2011, 08:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 09:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I did not like the Boss at all. Personally I'd get a Danelectro Tuna Melt. I have one on all my boards. It's beaten out all the expensive ones I've owned except maybe the Guyatone Tremolo Flip.
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I liked the tr-2 but I was iffy about getting it because of the mixed reviews. I'm trying to get a vintage tremolo pedal though. The guyatone doesn't sound bad but I've never played one.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 09:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I like my TR-2, it sounds good and it's quiet. Seems like they've fixed the volume loss issue that so many people have complained about. EHX makes cool stuff, but their pedals tend to be noisy.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 09:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I know it's not one on your short list, but I would (and did) check out the Malekko Trem. Huge range of depth, very small, an internal trim pot for volume...its a great blackface (I think) sounding trem.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 09:48 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I absolutely hate the Boss, so out of the two I'd vote for the EHX. However, if you're open to suggestions, I use the Voodoo Labs trem and I love it. It is tons more useful than either of the two you're looking at, IMO.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 10:14 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I have the ehx wiggler and like it but it does add signal noise .

When it is tweaked just right it sounds good but I would not recommend any one buying one before trying one.
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I like my TR-2, it sounds good and it's quiet. Seems like they've fixed the volume loss issue that so many people have complained about. EHX makes cool stuff, but their pedals tend to be noisy.
Don't understand the Boss TR-2 hate, maybe folks don't like "Fender style" trem. I bought my TR-2 about 10 years ago to go with my Blues Jr. I have done A/B tests between the TR-2 and the Trem in my old Deluxe Reverb, and neither I nor our harmonica player could tell them apart. Neither are perhaps the most versatile on the planet, but great vintage effect, IMO
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Had Boss tr-2. Pretty good and warm. But a little volume drop.
Had ehx pulsar. Very strange in controls. Unnatural sound.

Best way is to spend some more on voodoo lab tremolo. Does everything you need, and does it good.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 12:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Danelectro Kool Kat. Cheap, built like a tank, works great.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 01:17 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If it's a choice between those 2... EHX..

If you are looking for suggestions/opinions.. Skip Tuna melt.. the wave form is nice but the pedal is really cheap and it was noisy IMO. I use T.C. Jauernig Electronics Twin Rate trem.. Great wave form.. silent.. can can even be used as a boost pedal...

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I did not like the Boss at all. Personally I'd get a Danelectro Tuna Melt. I have one on all my boards. It's beaten out all the expensive ones I've owned except maybe the Guyatone Tremolo Flip.
Same experience here.
Tried all the tremolo pedals I could find in Stores with my guitar and none of them sounded quite like what I was expecting...and were expensive.

Found a Dano Tuna Melt on CL for 10.00 and said "Why not"...it arrives, I plug it into the end of my effects chain.

Instant love.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 01:26 PM   #14 (permalink)
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also a big fan of the tuna melt, the rogue trem from mf and the search button at the top of the page. i realise that's snarky, so don't take it personally op.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 02:50 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Suffice it to say, if I were to narrow it down to two, it would not be those, at any price point.

IMO, the cool cat trem is almost certainly the best bang for your buck.
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Fulltone Supa-Trem, hands down the best trem out there.
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I have a Dano tuna melt and think it sounds really good, but the cheap plastic case and iffy footswitch always put me off. Then I got the Dano Cool Cat trem. Sounds pretty much the same as the Tuna Melt, but has true bypass, a metal housing and a footswitch that feels like stepping on a land mine. $25 on ebay. I use trem sparingly, maybe on 4 or 5 songs per gig and the cool cat suits my needs perfectly.
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