Boss TR-2 Tremolo Reviews
Put some quake in your shake.
The classic Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal creates real vintage tremolo guitar sounds and variations. Built-in wave knob lets you alter the LFO waveform from triangle to square for a wider range of tremolo variations. Rat... read more
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Lord of all tremolos ! A big classic ! Very warm, it has this vintage feel to it. I modded mine recently in order to get rid of the volume drop issue. I've also did the Rate Led Mod in order to get the LED blink. After these mods, i named mine : the TremoLord !
Does What it Says on the Tin
There's really not much to say about this. It's got Rate, Wave, Depth. That's it. Rate controls speed, Depth controls volume, and the wave is what kind of a soundwave the tremolo effect will take.
The cool thing about this pedal, and what I use it for, is I'll crank the Depth all the way up, set a fairly fast rate, turn on my Phaser, set the wave to a pretty sharp cut, and then play in time with it like a metronome, and I get a pretty neat staccato effect.
edited 2 months ago
May be somewhat basic now, but that's only because it set the gold standard for tremolo
No, it doesn't have tap tempo, volume controls, or the most modern and cutting-edge features. What it does have is an incredible tremolo sound with simple but versatile controls, which more than likely act as a frame of reference for more contemporary units. It can give you a wonderful.choppy, squared tremolo and an equally great, dreamy triangle sound. More often than not, this is the only modulator pedal on my live board.
Simple, yet effective
I purchased this almost a year ago and I have to say this thing sounds great. I mainly use the depth all the way up for a nice stuttering effect. My only concern with this pedal in particular is that when you engage the pedal there is a noticeable volume drop. Not very helpful considering it's the last thing in my chain. However, that can be easily fixed by prying out the C4 capacitor. Now I have no issues with the volume drop.
I haven't had it for long, hence only four star though I so far think it's a five star pedal. I've played it with a Fender Coronado and Jazzmaster and I enjoy the waves it makes followed by a sparkling sound (the sparkling sound is with a reverb pedal in front of it). I mainly play dream pop, noise- and folk rock, and I find it well fitting for dreamy sounds and 50's/60's inspired rock.
Excellent rate and wave parameters, but difficult to set for live use (no LCD tempo display).
I purchased this pedal early-on in my career because of it's vintage vibe and superb tremolo characteristics. I was doing a lot of studio work with bands, and this pedal ended up on many tracks. Unfortunately when I started using it live I quickly realized it would never work. Trying to manually set the BPM from song to song near impossible, since it doesn't have a display. For live tremolo, you really need a display showing the BPM to match your drummer or else it'll be off (and sound bad).
Everything I ever needed a tremolo to do
This has the full range of tremolo, everything from the softest bit of movement to the feeling of listening to a helicopter through a giant fan blade. Bought second hand, but you couldn't tell what with how rugged Boss pedals are. I know volume drop is seemingly a common complaint on this model but I'm happy to report I for one haven't had such an issue, I've just had cracking tones! Well worth the purchase to have such a surprisingly versatile effect at your feet (and it's not even that MUCH money!)
Sucks my signal harder than a vietnamese prostitute in Saigon in the 70s. The problem is you get a huge signal drop after you move the depth post 50%. I actually really like what the pedal does, but it's weird that even the modern tr2s don't have this fixed.
10 years on my board and counting...
If you want to get those classic tremolo tones this is your pedal. Nothing fancy, nothing modern but it will do the job well and will make your tone proud. Works well both with clean and overdriven tones, does not make a noise and will last forever. What else?
Pretty basic, but ok.
Nice simple trem unit from BOSS, which gives you a good 'retro' amplifier trem sound in a box, with the waveshape adjustable from a gently undulating triangle to a choppy square. However, it does cause a volume drop, and without a tap tempo or MIDI it can be hard to sync it up for performance duties.