Tremolo Pedals

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About Tremolo Pedals

From a subtle throb to a helicopter-style chop, tremolo pedals are an easy way to add an organic, natural texture to your guitar playing.

Tremolo is one of the earliest guitar effects. Found in amps as early as the 40s, it is particularly well-known for appearing in Fender Amps - albeit frustratingly misnamed as ‘Vibrato’.

Tremolo modulates the volume of your guitar signal to create a rhythmic pulsing effect. Some tremolos are sine waves, which means they smoothly fade in and out - think Buffalo Springfield's ‘For What It’s Worth’. Others are square waves, which means they have a more noticeable, ‘choppy’ effect like in ‘How Soon Is Now?’ by the Smiths. Modern tremolo pedals often give you control over the waveform. This makes them much more customizable than the old amp effect. Some even feature tap tempo functionality, allowing you to easily sync the throbbing effect to each song.

Why Should I Choose a Tremolo Pedal?

  • Vintage effect
  • Organic, natural texture
  • Ranging from subtle to percussive

Frequently Asked Questions about Tremolo Pedals

Question: What does a tremolo pedal sound like?
Tremolo pedals modulate the volume of your guitar, leaving your core tone untouched.
Question: What type of guitar player needs a tremolo pedal?
Guitar players who want to add some movement and texture to their sound without dramatically changing their guitar tone love tremolo. Tremolo has been around since the 40s so it’s an effect with an authentically vintage feel without the modern polish of chorus or vibrato pedals.
Question: Should tremolo go in an effects loop?
Tremolo in your effects loop most closely resembles having a tremolo built into your amp. This will be a more pronounced pulsing effect as it is after reverbs and delays. If you’d prefer a more subtle tone, you should try putting a tremolo pedal after overdrives but before reverbs and delays