electro harmonix nano pulsar stereo tremolo

Your ticket to riding waves of trad-to-freaky modulations on the cheap.

Immersive modulation sounds that range from smooth to warped. Stereo functionality. Useful volume control

Controls can feel twitchy and elusive in the get-to-know-you phase. No tap tempo.

$103

Electro-Harmonix Nano Pulsar
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I loved the first few iterations of the EHX Pulsar tremolo—particularly the stereo version that appeared in the early 2000s. Two decades ago, there weren’t that many pedal-tremolo options. But the Pulsar didn’t just stand out for lack of competition. I thought it sounded ace and not a million light years away from the optical tremolo in the black-panel Tremolux that I used most at the time. If it didn’t quite nail the sound of real amp tremolo, it sounded mighty fine in a band context and with other effects. And the fact that the tremolo on the old Tremolux worked as irregularly as it did meant I got pretty well acquainted with the Pulsar. I came to love the way it sounded, its name, and the way it looked hooked up with my Big Muff and Small Stone. (Note to self: Revisit that chain at the earliest possible opportunity!)

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