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Phaser vs Tremolo

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by telereissue, Jan 26, 2021.

  1. Edgar Allan Presley

    Edgar Allan Presley Friend of Leo's

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    I love tremolo. It's all over my favorite guitar sounds: Pops Staples, Bo Diddley, Buddy Miller . . . . I've never had a phaser pedal so I don't know all it can do, but I don't care for the sound of '70s country phased guitar. I like some univibe sounds, which is a sort of phaser, right?
     
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    i have some old small stones from the 70,s 80 ,s .
     
  3. Mark the Moose

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    I just built a variant of the phase 45, the DOD version...which is usually described as a little warmer and more subtle. I built mine with speed and mix controls, which is nice. There's a little volume drop on mine, not sure if that's typical or just the jfets I used. It's quite nice, I just haven't quite figured out when to use it.
     
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  4. AAT65

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    Tremolo for the win! One of the nice features of the AC15C1 is that beautiful tremolo. There are three guitarists in the band so it’s a nice way to pick out a bit of a different sound sometimes.
     
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  5. Willie Johnson

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    Me too--with both on, I like to run one on speed 1/intensity 10 and another at speed 4/intensity 6. Give a nice swirl to the sound.

    I got rid of my MXR phaser and Dunlop Rotovibe; just didn't get along with them--too much. The only other modulation (if it even counts) is a little slapback echo with the onboard delay in my SCX2. That's it.
     
  6. Twang Deluxe

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    I would take a Tremolo because I mainly play music fron the 60s
     
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  7. ShortintheSleeve

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    I don't have either on my board, though I did once own a phaser. I use tremolo, but I just make use of the one on my amp.
     
  8. DeepDangler

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    I have both on my board currently. Tremolo is always a mellow effect. Phaser can be mellow or in your face. Phaser also works on high gain rigs where tremolo has little effect. I think it largely depends on the music your playing but I think a phaser has more uses on a board than a tremolo. On the other hand, tremolo is easier to integrate into a song without potentially disrupting the mix.

    I vote phaser.
     
  9. El Tele Lobo

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    Tremolo. I’ve never owned a phaser.
     
  10. tfarny

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    Tremolo I use all the time; phaser just once in a while. Those are the only two mods I really need.
     
  11. wulfenganck

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    Definitely tremolo - I'm a happy owner of a Strymon Flint, so there are enough variations from subtle 60s trem to psycheldelic pulsation....
    I do like phaser - in fact, the only modulation I kind of get bored is chorus (overdosed it back in the 90s) - but I try to keep my board somehow accessable and I already have a Keeley Monterey for rotary and vibe.
    I also use my Red Panda Raster for some weirder modulation. That's enough wobble for me.
     
  12. GreatDaneRock

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    Gets mine too, i need a phaser before dirt chain. Both my main and backup board have one.
     
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    Don't compromise:
     
  14. johnnylaw

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    I use the Latitude tremolo on a couple of slow ballads. I feel that a little goes a long way, so once or twice per set is enough. Obviously, it is not “core” to my “my sound”, but when it elevates the song arrangement a bit, its a win.
    The material is Americana; the three pieces are acoustic guitar, B bender Tele, and electric bass.
    I don’t have a phase shifter.
     
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    I like both, but tremolo is more applicable to the kind of music I play. I have a good ol' Boss and a Supa Trem. The Supa Trem has a little more versatility but I like the silent switch on the Boss. I turn the trem on and off in different parts of a song to add color. (I play quietly and at home, so the click midsong annoys me.)

    I have a bunch of phasers and second the appreciation here for the Phase 95. For me, if I'm looking for a phaser sound I'm looking for something fairly mellow. I generally use the phase 45 Script setting on the 95, dialed in low. A Script 90 at nine o'clock or so is as wild as I get.

    I picked up a DOD Phasor 201 last year when they were having one of their big sales, and it's really musical. Can be as mellow as a 45 but simultaneously chewier and thicker. Warmer too than the MXR phasers. Really great pedal.
     
  16. Nick Fanis

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    Tremolo,life is tasteless without it.
     
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    Tremolo for me please
     
  18. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi.

    I only have tremolo. And I use it a lot.

    But it is a harmonic tremolo, so...

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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    Can you even still get that?
     
  20. Jimmy Dean

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    In a little over a year I went from a dozen pedals to one, Strymon Flint. I've used phasers, flangers, vibrato & chorus. Tremolo & reverb are all I really need.
     
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