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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by El Tele Lobo, Jul 17, 2017 at 4:59 PM.
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For me.... Strymon Flint.
(And you get a great reverb thrown in as a bonus).
It does the typical square wave trem (blackface), plus a nice Vibroverb type trem, AND that cool Magnatone tremolo/vibrato mix.
VFE Old School. Does the Fender bias tremolo better than anything else that I have ever tried ... except the real thing anyway.
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Just when I was starting to think I don't need a Flint
Voodoo Labs Tremolo (4 knob). The slope control gives me a wide variety of different tremolo flavors, and the volume control helps defeat the volume loss
EHX Pulsar...good sounding and relatively cheap...
I do lust after some of the more 'professional ' level pedals like the Flint and Latitude, but don't use trem enough (yet) to justify the investment.
I just got a BYOC tremolo, I like it bc the lights pulses at the speed of the trem. And it has a nice level knob. Got off of GC used site. Sounds great to me.
TR-2. Simple and easy.
Mr. Black Deluxe Plus... great tremolo plus a sweet spring reverb sound. 2nd runner up...Black Cat Mini Trem.
It has a bubbling, breathing quality to it, especially at low depth and speed settings, that you won’t get with something more clinical like a TR-2 (and there is nothing wrong with clinical - the TR-2 does _exactly_ what it is designed to do). It’s almost like mild waves of trem, rising and falling in intensity, or maybe a slight asymmetry to the waveform - you feel it almost more than you hear it (although you can hear it for sure if you let a chord or note decay). Plus you get a bit of Valco style grit and grease with the input knob.
My other trem on the pedal board is a Catalinbread Antichthon, but I don’t know if you would consider a fuzz that dies/ducks out to a tremolo that is rate controlled via the volume knob on your guitar as a classic trem But it sure is fun, and I think Link Wray would have loved that pedal - it does a mean Rumble cover, and the trem is super responsive to picking intensity and your volume knob.
I've never found a need for anything other than a TR-2, or tremolo in any multieffects box.
Some tremolos now have boosts built into them (CAST Pulse Drive, Supro Tremolo), but that bugs me because I like my dirts and tremolo in diferent spaces on the board. Same with the Mad Professor pedals with dirt + delay or reverb in one pedal. Just doesn't fit well for me.
+1 On the Mr. Black Deluxe Plus. Fantastic Trem and I would have stopped there if I had not found the VFE Old School first. The D+ is too good to pass up though, so I have it on my grab' n go jammin' board. Excellent spring reverb that makes this pedal an unusual winner with two great effects.
Color? Naw, I won't go there.
Boss TR-2 w/ Analogman mods. That's second only to the Bias Tremolo on my Blackface Deluxe Reverb.
I have a schemo for an actual tube-powered trem pedal that uses bias-wiggle, such as on the Vibroluxe. I still need to build it, but there's a couple other projects in front of it at the moment.
I have never heard a tremolo pedal half as nice as the one on my BF vibro-champ clone. I'm getting the Keeley Mod workstation which has two trems I am curious to try though. Trem is my #1 mod for sure.
Of those I've played strymon flint by a country mile
None, I don't like trem. Why would you want to lose control of your amplitude. Might as well put a monkey on a volume pedal.
You don't lose control, you make changes to it
Now there's an idea! That, and hamsters on a wheel driving a rotating speaker...I forsee a whole line of animal effects...
I have a ModTone Harmonic Tremor that I'm really pleased with thus far.
It's not expensive and lets you control the wave re triangle vs square.
I'm not spending Strymon type money on a Tremolo.