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Vintage Fender style tremolo pedals

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Tele Plucker, May 26, 2015.

  1. Tele Plucker

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    Hey folks, I'm currently practicing with a Blues Jr and am looking for a good vintage style tremolo pedal.

    From what I have read on line, there have been some glowing reviews about the Monster Effects Swamp Thang pedal. I have also read a lot of positive feedback about the Demeter Tremulator pedal.

    So, anyone have opinions about Tremelo pedals? Also, I'm on the verge of getting me a 5E3 clone, such as the Victoria 20112, so this is the type of amp I would be using it with.

    Open the flood gates and post your opinions.
     
  2. omahaaudio

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    Good, and inexpensive.

    The Mooer Trelicopter.
     
  3. Tele295

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    Voodoo Labs Tremolo gets all the vintage Fender trem sounds I like
     
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    I've owned 3 different Trems. This one is by far my favorite. Amazing pedal!
     
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    BTW, If memory serves, the Mooer is a clone of the Demeter Tremulator.
     
  6. czech-one-2

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    I just picked one of these up and HIGHLY recommend it! Its also based on the tremulator but sounds better than the Mooer trelicopter. Its a MIC pedal but build construction looks like a TC Electronic mini [Which is probably also manufactured in China]. Its has un-seated my Ibanez soundtank tremolo, something the Mooer couldn't do.
    Got mine on Amazon UK....

    v go to 2:25 to hear it briefly :lol:

     
  7. Obelisk

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    I have a few amps with tremolo or vibrato, but I do own a Fulltone Supa Trem ST-1 which is a super useful pedal. The pedal has two trem settings that would be close to a Fender Blackface(soft) or Vox(hard) with two speeds. If you set the mix control all the way counterclockwise, the pedal then becomes a boost pedal in soft mode and gentle tremolo in hard mode. The newer version has a small trim pot on the outer chassis that used to be on the circuit board. It gives about 15db of clean boost. I bought mine on eBay used for $90. Even brand new they aren't terribly expensive considering its flexibility(199 list with 150-160 being street price).
     
  8. t.e.l.e.

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    T-Rex Tremster! Great.
     
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    I know the hotone term is based on the twin reverb tremolo circuit...
     
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    +1. I like it as much as my Princeton Reverb's.
     
  11. Edgar Allan Presley

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    Here are the tremolo pedals I've used in order from best to worst:

    Fulltone Supa-Trem--my favorite; I use it instead of my amp's trem because of the flexibility, volume control, good sound; sounds like a blackface Fender

    Voodoo Lab Tremolo--second favorite; sounded great and has volume control; not quite as flexible as Fulltone, but very good

    Boss Tr-2--this was an old one, and I understand the volume drop issue has been addressed, but I didn't like this pedal because the perceived volume was lower when it was engaged, and I heard a slight ticking, like a Fender amp that needs service

    EHX Stereo Pulsar--great choppy trem, cool swampy sounds or ring modulation sounds at extreme settings, and the stereo panner option sounds great, if you want to run stereo; not very good for vintage amp trem sounds

    Danelectro Tuna Melt--sounds pretty good and vintage, but bad volume drop, hard to adjust, and flimsy as a dime store pocket knife.
     
  12. RetroTeleRod

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    ^^^ I agree with King Creole's findings on those two. This is why I like the Black Cat Mini Trem, it sounds legit and it has a boost knob to overcome any volume issues. (Yes I know that Trem is the volume fluctuating , but I'm talking about perceived overall level here.)
     
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    I think the Joyo JF-09 does a pretty good vintage tremolo, and for $35 it's hard to beat.

    I happen to use one with a Blues Junior.
     
  14. KC

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    I've had a Tremulator for ten or fifteen years now, fully amortized by now. Nothing fancy but it works perfectly & sounds like Fender tremolo. There's a little hole in the side so you can adjust something but I can never remember what, so I leave it alone. Most importantly, it doesn't seem to affect the sound at all when it's switched off.
     
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    There is not one type of Fender Tremolo.

    Blackface Opto?
    Brownface Harmonic Tremolo?
    Tweed Bias?

    :D
     
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    What I think is the best deal in Trem pedals is the Danelectro "cool cat" trem, it would still be a killer peda at twice the price.

    If price doesn't matter, the Fulltone is pretty great.
     
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    I've had one for about 20 yrs. It's never let me down. I'm also using a Blues Jr. for practice and small gigs. It does the Fender thing really well.
     
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    Strymon Flint. 3 types of Trem, Tap capabilities for on the fly adjustments. Oh and reverb. I've come to the conclusion don't muck about, save up and get what needs got.
     
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    When I was shopping for a blackface style tremolo, I found a local shop that carried three I was interested in. So I put on my benchtesting shoes and went in for a spin.

    In order of tonal preference*: Demeter Tremulator, Fulltone Supa-Trem, Voodoo Lab Tremolo.

    * Honestly, the tonal differences were so subtle that it's barely worth mentioning.

    Nonetheless, I did like the sound of the Demeter the best. Based on that, if I had also wanted butt-simple and small footprint, done.

    I ruled the Voodoo Lab out as I didn't like the close proximity of the knobs for live use, and plus I'd had a history of switch failure with VL stomps (I remain a VL fan).

    The feature set of the Fulltone sold me. I love the half speed switch, the hard/soft switch, and the big foot-tweakable knobs. Really useful features. I had a status LED installed on mine for the hard/soft switch. The footprint would put some folks off, I guess. However, it's pretty much the same size as a VL Pedal Power unit, so I just park my Supa-Trem atop my PP2.


    Also have a Strymon Flint w/ tap/favorite switch, and a Toneczar Powerglide, which I also dig a lot.
     
  20. RetroTeleRod

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    That's also one feature of the Black Cat Mini Trem that's very cool. :cool:
    I really don't know how Fendery the Black Cat sounds...but whatever it sounds like, it's the best Tremolo pedal I've had. :cool:
     
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