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Discussion in 'Burnt Fingers DIY Effects' started by Stan Martin, Aug 26, 2010.
on the fairly inexpensive side
EA Tremolo - sounds great, too!
Easy to build from scratch (that's what I did), but there are also several kits available:
Roman, I've considered building a GGG trem. Do you like yours?
As I said, I built mine from scratch on perf board - based on the GGG schem, but I included some of the ROG mods.
Yep, sounds great, very full/warm/organic (if you're looking for choppy helicopter sounds, this is NOT the right one to build); also, if you hit it with a booster, it will start to break up - in a nice gritty way, very swampy.
Now, I do like the bias-tremolo on my Princeton Reverb clone even better, but for a pedal this is one of the better trems I tried!
I agree with Roman. The EA is probably the way to go. I have built the Schaller/Hearthrob trem from scratch (mainly because i had the parts for it) but found it too helicopter/choppy. Not that it's bad; it does it very well but in hindsight, it wasn't what i was looking for. I've since built an EA as i found the Schaller a little limiting.
I just came up with one today, while playing around with bits from my parts bin and my breadboard. I didn't have an opto-coupler so I just used a bright white LED on a NA555 flasher circuit and a photoresistor inside a film canister... the preamp was based on the SHO. It actually works quite well so I might just build a proper pedal out of it.
+1 for the EA Tremolo. Just finished putting one together and it sounds great.