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 #40364  by Emoto
 Sun Mar 23, 2008 9:52 am
Hi guys,

This isn't a strictly GD question, but given our common love of the GD, what is the current thinking on best vibrato or tremolo pedal? Think of the opening chords of SRV's "Couldn't Stand the Weather" or Pink Floyd's "Money". My old Boogie doesn't have that, so I'd like to add it, but there are a lot of options out there.

I have an old analog Boss chorus that has it, but I can't use that out because it distorts if I run the levels high enough for gigging.


 #40369  by tigerstrat
 Sun Mar 23, 2008 2:17 pm
Vibrato is fluctuation in pitch, while Tremolo is fluctuation in volume... therefore the "tremolo" arm on a guitar would be more properly called a "vibrato arm"- because that's what it does, while the "VIBRATO" channel and effect on old Fender amps is actually a tremolo, or volume-based effect.

 #40382  by High Peaks
 Sun Mar 23, 2008 6:25 pm
I just picked up a Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe+. Its a combo Trem/Vib/Chorus pedal. It also has a jack out for modulation control with an expression pedal. It is a great pedal. Its pricey though. About $450 brand new. It gets great tones, not noisy at all. Its a little complicated to dial in the vibrato effect, but i think its just a matter of getting used to the pedal. True Bypass also. I would definitely recommend it. I use it for a lot of Trey's stuff.

 #40410  by Emoto
 Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:05 am
Thanks, tigerstrat!

Woo, High Peaks, $450??? Sounds like it is very nice, but I didn't really want to spend all that much, as I doubt I will use it very often. Electroharmonix has the Pulsar or Micro Pulsar: ... sku=150127 that is more in my price range. I have to see if I can find one to try out.

The kid at Guitar center tried to sell me the Boss unit, also for $100. I decided to hold off and do some research. Some reviews claim that the Boss unit is thin or tinny sounding.

Of course, the same kid launched into a monologue about the 1/4" instrument cables I was buying and how important it was that they all match precisely or my sound would be bad, yadda yadda. All of the cables I was buying were pretty nice ones, so his nonsense was uncalled for. I tried to present a differing opinion but he would have none of it. I finally told him to google monster cable and coathanger (try it!). If I weren't a polite guy I would have told him that I have been configuring PAs, stereos, multi track recorders, and plugging in guitars for much longer than he's been alive and that although my knowledge of current hardware is small, I did not just fall off the turnip truck. :mad: But, that would have been rude, so I didn't... :o

 #40417  by bucketorain
 Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:36 am
i have the boss trem unit...i like it...use it alot...

not a bad unit for the price....

 #40435  by pmonk66
 Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:08 pm
I use the Boss FDR-1 Fender Deluxe Reverb Amp Pedal - a good pedal but will upgrade soon!

 #40613  by playingdead
 Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:04 am
The Hughes-Kettner Rotosphere is a nice pedal, I think Warren Haynes uses one. Nice Leslie sim, which is what you want for the Stevie Ray thing. Not cheap, but a real tube item.

 #40648  by Emoto
 Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:10 am
Thanks for the info. I'll look into it.

 #41377  by spacehead333
 Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:09 pm
About a tremelo pedal. I just bought an older boss tremolo pedal. I heard you can mod it to take away the volume decrease. Does anyone know how to do this. Thank you.