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I want to try Dale’s “Gimmee Shelter” lesson. Can anyone recommend a good/basic Tremolo pedal? I tried doing a search and was quickly overwhelmed with boutique stuff.

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Damn, that Strymon does check all the boxes (included Reverb will save space on my board).
 

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Damn, that Strymon does check all the boxes (included Reverb will save space on my board).
that one stayed the longest with me, broad set of options and the reverb was decent. the Swamp Thang could be made to sound like some of the bias and harmonic settings on the Strymon
 

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This is the one pedal I regret selling. Absolutely fantastic. My only wish was that there was some way to get tap-tempo AND a favourite preset at the same time.
Doesnt it run an external tap?
 

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Damn, that Strymon does check all the boxes (included Reverb will save space on my board).
This is the one pedal I regret selling. Absolutely fantastic. My only wish was that there was some way to get tap-tempo AND a favourite preset at the same time.
The Boss FDR-1 is the poor mans Flint.
It does the tap tempo.
Can find them cheaply.
If you don’t want the “amp colour “ check the video after 2:55
 
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I had the Strymon Flint for a while, too, and also loved it.

I also had a Diaz Tremodillo which was absolutely fantastic. It's basically the same thing is a Swamp Thang. I'd recommend that as well. I played Gimme Shelter in my band for a long time with the Diaz and it absolutely killed.
 

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Whatever you end up with, I put in a vote for a bias trem emulation. I have a Line 6 Tap Tremolo, which has a bias trem emulation that I really like. I've never been able to quite put my finger on the specifics of why bias trem is different. I just know that it is, and I like it. The unit also has envelope control, such that you can make it speed up if you pick harder. I think there are several on the market that do that.
 

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Doesnt it run an external tap?
It does. Or you can can use an external pedal to store a favourite preset. But the Flint just has one exp/tap/fav input and the pedal needs to be restarted to switch the function, so it can only do one of these at a time. Even still, love this pedal.
 

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I had a Vibro Thang years ago.

The Boss should do just fine.
Yes, my original thought was to keep it cheap/basic like a Boss or Mooer.

Beside Gimmee Shelter what are some other popular Tremolo songs? (Not counting spaghetti western funkabilly).
 

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what are some other popular Tremolo songs?
  • The Smiths - How Soon is Now
  • REM - What’s the Frequency Kenneth, Crush with Eyeliner, and more from the Monster album
  • Green Day - Boulevard if Broken Dreams
  • Radiohead - Bones
  • CCR - Born on the Bayou
  • U2 - Love is Blindness (bass), and verse 2 of So Cruel has a cool tremolo part I’ve always liked
Note that some of these are more “choppy” sounds from an optical trem, while some have a smoother sine wave sound of a bias trem. You can kind of fake it a bit with the depth knob, but it’s nice to be able to choose the wave shape. The Flint has both, plus the super cool harmonic trem!
 

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Yes, my original thought was to keep it cheap/basic like a Boss or Mooer.

Beside Gimmee Shelter what are some other popular Tremolo songs? (Not counting spaghetti western funkabilly).
Crimson and Clover
Rumble
Money
One of these nights (Pink Floyd)

But really tremolo is for whatever you want.

By the way, one of the best trems I ever heard was on the '69 Guitarmate I had for a few years and sold nine years ago.
 

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Got a Keeley Super Mod Workstation on a trade that covers a lot of ground. Good tremolo options with Tap Tempo and sounds are really good to my ears. Can get some nice Flint sounds too. I use it for subtle effect.

The Boss pedal suggested is a nice pedal as well.
 

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Diaz Texas Tremodillo
 
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