I never was able to find a tremolo effect that was consistently usable on bass until I picked up this pedal for my guitar and tried it out with on my bass. This pedal truly sounds like the tremolo that you would expect from a vintage tube amp, due no doubt to the internal tube of course.
When you engage this pedal, the change is concurrently subtle yet well-defined. The warm, natural and rhythmic pulsations that this pedal produce defy logic, you would expect that sound this full and lush would have to be coming from a full sized amp, not a small little effect pedal!
The rate switch provides the choice of (wait for it) Slow and Fast rates which, combined with the Speed and Intensity knobs, really allows you to dial in the correct tremolo rate to match your song's tempo. The emphasis provides the choice of Normal and Emphasis. Normal provides a nice soft, warbling tremolo effect, while Emphasis churns out hard, choppy waves.
The speed and intensity knobs give a very broad range of possible combinations to bring just the right amount of warbly waves to your bass' voice and the tone control really helps you get your sound nicely into the mix.
I can't give a higher recommendation for a tremolo for the bass. I've tried more than I could accurately list but the Guyatone Flip Vintage was the only one that sounded natural, clear and kept the tone without sacrificing anything!
Warm, transparent, pulsing tremolo, even on bass!
- 5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 17, 2018
- Build Quality:
- + Simple, clear, warm tube driven tremolo
- + Built like a tank
- + Capable of producing lush, pulsing waves or hard, chopping ones
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- - No longer in production, so may not be easy to find
- - Large form factor (necessary to accommodate the tube, etc.)
- Pedal Type:
- EQ / Controls:
- Speed, Intensity and Tone knobs
Rate and Emphasis switches
On/ Off footswitch
- $225.00 (USD) when new
- Other Specs:
- Power Supply: 12 Volt Adapter (12 volt, 200 mA tip negative regulated supply)
Power Voltage: 12 Volt
DC Current Consumption: 160 mA
Dimensions: 3.5" W x 5.125" L x 1.5" H
Housed in a rugged-yet-portable, 1/16"-thick steel chassis, the VT-X is built to handle a lifetime of use and abuse. The single, shock-mounted 12AX7WA draws power from an external 12V DC power adapter, eliminating transformer hum and grounding problems which can lead to excessive noise levels. Effect LED indicator and electronic silent switching make the VT-X ideal for live or studio performance.
Yet where the VT-X truly shines is in its tone. Warm, thick, throbbing tremolo that solid-state circuits just can't match. Variable Speed, Intensity, and Tone controls allow the user complete control over the degree of tremolo effect, offering everything from painfully slow, spongy pulses to vibrant, shimmering warbles. Dual outputs allow for true stereo imaging by panning the tremolo effect between two amplifiers.
So, if tube tremolo tones are you're bag, look no further than the VT-X to fuel your mojo. The classic sounds you crave without the hassle and expense of vintage gear. At long last, a tremolo effect worthy of the name Guyatone.