Suggest a Tremolo

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  1. dombar335

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    I had been using a cheap multi effects pedal but I realized the only 2 effects I've been using are tremolo and phaser. So I bought a Small Stone now it's time to look for a tremolo. Ideally would like to be

    As small as possible (board is getting crowded but I could probably move my volume pedal to the floor if needed)

    Needs to have choppy square tremolo (Think "Planet Telex" or REM Monster)

    Obviously needs to sound good.

    $100 absolute max. Bonus points for even cheaper because I've bought a few other pedals recently.

    The 2 that I've looked into so far are the Pulsar and C.E.O. But I'm definitely open to any that fit the bill.
     
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    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I like the Seymour Duncan Shape Shifter. It can do square tremolo as well as everything else. You can also adjust the balance between attack and decay. Another cool feature is the option for tap tempo, and then using the rate knob to determine what rhythmic subdivision to use (i.e. you can tap out quarter notes but then set the knob to give you sixteenths).

    I have this older version, which is kind of huge:

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    There is also a newer, smaller version:

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    There appear to be a few on Reverb for $100 or less before shipping.
     
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    When I was playing into a Blues Junior (no onboard tremolo) I picked up a Donner Golden Tremolo pedal. Under $50, and a "mini pedal"......does the job for me. Now that I'm back to a Pathfinder 15R with its own trem, I still use the Donner for convenience.
     
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    I used a Malekko mini Trem pedal but that's not square and no longer made. I replaced eventually with a Diamond trem, which has a chop wave and tap tempo, great trem pedal but not in budget. Before I was looking at the TC Electronic Pipeline, and that seems to be what you need, square chop, average-small footprint, near/within budget.


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    I have the Pulsar. It's pretty good for radical tremolo effects. I'm into more of a vintage style tremolo so my favorite is the good old Boss TR-2. I have 2 other "boutique" trems which sounded great but eventually developed issues that make them unusable. Don't overlook the Boss. It's tough and reliable. At 1:16 in the video you can hear what it sounds like set choppy.
     
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    BBE Tremor.
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    You can preset it for two different speeds.
    It's awesome

    Oops just saw the square wave requirement, don't know whether it does that

    It's still awesome, though :cool:
     
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    I have a Danelectro Filthy Rich...looks like they're going for ~$50. Does what I need it to do. May be a challenge on a crowded board bc jacks are all on the top. Happy Hunting!
     
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    Any idea what the difference between the CEO and Filty Rich are? I watched a Filty Rich demo and it sounded pretty good. It was hard to gauge it's its size compared to other pedals too.
     
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    There are some posts (here and other places) suggesting the CEO is a GC exclusive version of the Filthy Rich...I cannot verify that as have never had them side by side or opened up...the photos of the CEO strike me as identical to mine except different paint. I've snapped a photo of my pedal so you have a size reference. Cheers!
     
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    Strymon Flint, love it, you get reverb as well and they work amazing together
     
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    I use the tremelo in this multi pedal and like it better than my Fender amp trems because it doesn't muddy up and cuts through the mix. (Pedal has Trem and Vibrato in it)
    Mine is actually the Donner Alchemy, but it changed to this. Reliable, well built. The Alchemy was only $39 new if you can find a used one.
    Probably the best pedal purchase in years for me. Every option on it is good.
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    This is an interesting option because I still have the other effects if needed. Can it do a square choppy tremolo though?
     
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    Boss TR-2 or EHX Pulsar - the two that I have found do the choppy thing really well.
     
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    The main critique I've been reading about the Pulsar is that the controls are so sensitive that it makes it hard to dial in. Is there any truth to that?
     
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    I dont kow what that is.
    It has Tremelo and it has the Vibrato pitch shifting type also.
     
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    I always say REM' "Crush with Eyeliner" is a prototypical square tremolo. Instead of a subtle volume modulation the volume sharply cuts completely out. Almost like a kill switch
     
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