Favorite Tremolo Pedal and Why

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  1. Sean65

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    TC Electronic Pipeline is just out and might be worth a look.

    Flint And SupaTrem are great (at a price) but some of the cheaper ones sound great as well like EHX Pulsar (once you get your sound dialled in).

    I like the idea of having a tap tempo but can't really find one at a decent price. They all tend to be high end.
     
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    Love this pedal. It does the Brownface Vibrato well.
     
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    I'm a big fan of bias-vary trem, I found the Monster Swamp Thang to be very close to true bias-vary. Kinda pricey but a great pedal.

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    Been using a Matthews Effects Conductor...a nice one because of tap, multiple wave forms, tone and level controls.
     
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    Fulltone SupaTrem. Just sounds the best to me. The controls are intuitive and do everything I need (with the exception of tap tempo, and I seem to be doing fine without that feature...the SupaTrem 2 has tap tempo).

    The knobs are big and easy to tweak with my foot. The onboard boost sounds great and is ideal in terms of crafting the sound I like.

    I keep the SupaTrem in a loop on my bypass looper with a Verbzilla, and that loop is called "surf." The boost control brings the "surf" loop signal up a bit from my base clean sound and adds just enough grit to the sound to be tasty.
     
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    The Swamp Thang is my current favorite for the same reason: it sounds the closest to an old DeArmond tremolo pedal.
     
  7. Charlie Bernstein

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    Love my Demeter Tremulator:

    - Totally uncolored and silent.
    - No tss-tss-tss-tss-tss sound.
    - Wide ranges of depth and speed.
    - Just two knobs.​


    I've used and didn't like . . .

    - T-Rex Tremster:

    - It colors the sound.
    - The volume knob is totally unnecessary.
    - The mode switch doesn't do anything useful.
    - Mr. Black Deluxe Plus:

    - Actually, the trem itself sounds fine. But the reverb is horrible - a bad emulation of a spring tank reverb.
    - The plastic nut around the plug broke almost immediately. (I got a full refund.) Why not a steel nut? A cheesy pretender to booteekdom.
    - Onboard amp trem:

    - I've never used one that didn't go tss-tss-tss-tss-tss.​


    And I'd love to get my hands on a:

    - DeArmond 601 Tremolo:

    - No one's ever tremmed better than Pops Staples!​
     
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  8. codamedia

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    A few years back I owned a Carl Martin "Big Box" surf trem for about a year. That was the best sounding trem I have ever used... it had a huge tone, but needed it's own pedal board because it was also huge in size.
     
  9. Charlie Bernstein

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    You're right, it is kind of lazy, since you can get the same effect using the volume knob or a volume pedal. And I sometimes do wiggle the knob for some stealth trem or create swells with it. But trem is useful in the same way that an envelope filter saves you from constantly pumping a wah pedal.

    I only use three effect regularly. Trem is one of them - sometimes aggressively, sometimes so slightly that I'm probably the only one who hears it.
     
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    Best Windex-based guitar effect, ever!
     
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    I like the on-off floor switch with my Deluxe-Amp.
     
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    For me anywyas, I think I'd have a hard time coordinating choppy rhythm swells with a driving rhythm - being able to play off of the chop of a trem pedal can sound great - I can't picture playing a Bo Diddley beat with heavy trem driven from the volume knob.
     
  13. Tommy Biggs

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    I'm a fan of the diamond. It's stood up well to a lot of use too.
    I like the choices of wave form, I generally use a Sine wave, but like to have a choppy option.
    I can slow it down a lot more than my SF Fender Bandmaster Reverb trem, and it's a lot more deep and throbby.
    I do like having the boost /volume control for making it stand out more for a couple of parts.


    I will say my young nephew dug the stutter effect most of all.
    Any trem is useful though.
     
  14. Lies&Distortion

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    I have an Equilibrium. I suppose that I can't say it's my favorite because it's the only one I've played with.

    But I like it and am still figuring it out. At the time it seemed like a smaller, cheaper alternative to a Flint, which I was considering.

    It can do phaser sounds in vibrato mode. Makes me want to get Alexander's La Calavera phaser.
     
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    I love my Flint. It wasn't really expensive when compared to getting all the sounds from individual pedals. The reverb side is as good to my ears as the Spring Theory I had, but with more versatility. The tremolo side has both common flavors plus the gorgeous harmonic tremolo as a bonus.

    The only one I've tried that I like better than the Flint was even more expensive: Spaceman's Voyager. It has an envelope that can control the LFO that is super fun to play, and an overdrive (which seems odd in a tremolo pedal) that sounds really nice.
     
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    I have a VHT Melo-Verb, cheap version of the Strymon package - I got it used for under $100. It has a level control to counter the volume drop off you can get with a tremolo, which is helpful. The reverb section sounds like a typical digital reverb. OK, not great. At some point I am going to grab a Fender tube reverb unit or the equivalent.
     
  17. Charlie Bernstein

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    Clever engineering and interesting sound effects, but too many knobs for this boy!
    I don't try to coordinate it. It doesn't need to match the beat. I use it for texture, not to keep myself honest.
     
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    Homebuilt EA Tremolo with boost only switch. Wish it got a little bit choppier, but I love the boost tone.
     
  19. gatorfiend

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    Surfy trem pedal from Surfy Industries. Has blackface and brownface settings. Can be bought as shown or you can buy the kit and build your own.
     
  20. Pajama

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    I like the Walrus Janus because it is a term/fuzz pedal with two joysticks.
     
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