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Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal

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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 fro...Click To Read More About This Product

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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. Rate knob is a sweepable high-speed LFO control, allowing the Boss TR-2 greater control over tremolo speed.


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BossTR-2 Tremolo Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (10)
  • Compact (6)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Good selection of effects (5)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Underrated Tremolo

This is a great littel Tremolo pedal. Sounds decent, is quite versatile, easy to use, and the buffer is very good also. Boss has fixed the volume drop the older units had,...Read complete review

This is a great littel Tremolo pedal. Sounds decent, is quite versatile, easy to use, and the buffer is very good also. Boss has fixed the volume drop the older units had, and now has a trim pot on the circuit board that will allow the volume to be set to whatever volume desired. I prefer my Tremolo volume a little over unity so I adjusted mine. The features, sound, and price, make this an excellent value. Don't let the low price deter you because this little Trem pedal can hold it's own even against many higher priced units.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Volume killer..

I own a Fender Hot Rod delux amp. I wish it had a tremelo. I searched for a tremelo that could come as close as possible to the "Fender tremelo"...Read complete review

I own a Fender Hot Rod delux amp. I wish it had a tremelo. I searched for a tremelo that could come as close as possible to the "Fender tremelo" sound. I was excited when I found this one. It's solid and you can change the wave shape, speed and intesity. It sounds great and it gets pretty close to the real Fender tremelo sound. I thought that my search was over. Sadly it wasn't. The only thing that I dislike about this pedal is the fact that it causes my volume to drop out when you turn it on. I thought I had it in the wrong order in my pedal line up. I switched it around, tried it by it's self. I tried fresh batteries and the Boss AC adaptor. Same result of volume loss. I've never abused this pedal and assume it's working correctly. I can't use it for gigs because of this problem. I replaced it with an EHX Wiggler. NOW my search is over. Check out the Wiggler before you buy this pedal. If you are a real tremelo fan. You'll be glad to wait and save up a few more pennies to buy the Wiggler.The next sound that will be comming from my Boss TR-2 is the sound of it hitting the bottom of the trash can.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Underrated Tremolo

By Strat4Me

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

This is a great littel Tremolo pedal. Sounds decent, is quite versatile, easy to use, and the buffer is very good also. Boss has fixed the volume drop the older units had, and now has a trim pot on the circuit board that will allow the volume to be set to whatever volume desired. I prefer my Tremolo volume a little over unity so I adjusted mine. The features, sound, and price, make this an excellent value. Don't let the low price deter you because this little Trem pedal can hold it's own even against many higher priced units.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ignore neg reviews -- this pedal ROCKS!

By Switchblade (aka Tom)

from Richmond, Texas

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Great "old school" sound
  • No power drain
  • Responsive
  • Settings are simple

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Performances
  • Scores specifying tremolo

Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

Currently performing in stage band for the musical, "Happy Days." Score calls for tremolo in several places, and it really adds to the fifties-era sound we're going for. And NO power drain, as reported in some other reviews. The TR-2 is one of the best of the 6 Boss pedals I've purchased.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the early 70's right under your foot.

By musiklyinclined

from South Dakota, USA

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Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

Wow what a great pedal. The day I got it I played it for hours and I still have a hard time switching it off. From Born on the Bayou to whatever you could imagine this extremely powerful pedal will be sure to fill your bill!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TR-2 Tremolo Pedal

By strummer

from South Carolina

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Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

This pedal will be a key component of all you tones
2 Words.....buy it.
This is my favorite pedal.
I have owned it about 1 month now and it is awesome.
It stays on all the time.
Set this pedal to 10:00 on the depth at a fairly slow speed and leave it on all the time.

I gives a 3rd dimension to your tone.
Warning: There is no turning back after you use this pedal.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It does just what it should . . .

By Jim

from Troutville, VA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

This is a simple pedal. It provides a very controllable tremolo (which I always called vibrato) that can be continuously dialed from a soft sine wave to a hard square wave. This gives you the versatility to play everything from old rock-n-roll to recent heavy metal.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Boss TR-2 Compares to my amp tremolo, more versatile

By BFD

from New England

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Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

In the final analysis, it beats my Peavey Delta Blues tremolo, which I think has a better vintage vibe than Deluxe Reverbs I've A/B'd. Both had volume drop, 2007+ TR-2s don't. Previously had a Danelectro Cool Cat Trem, which was good, but true bypass on/off had a very audible click. It also introduced a noticeable treble & volume boost. None of those issues w/the Boss. There a many boutique trems out there, w/more features & tweakability. The TR-2 covers all of the ground I'm looking for.
I'm mostly a vintage style trem guy, occasionally like a harder chop. This'll do it. Won't do the hardest of helicopter chops but that's OK. Covers the spectrum of useable (for me) speeds. NO volume drop (unlike my amp) and tonally transparent.
Standard Boss quality, which most folks agree, is long on durability.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dougie T

By Doug Tillinghast

from san diego

Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

fits on my pedal board
This pedal is to give me that tremolo/vibrato effect that is lacking from my Music Man amp.
Easy to use. Simple knobs and settings. I'm a plug in and go guitar player.
built to last, easy to use
on sale for $99, you can spend alot more or less, the cheap pedals are not FULL sounding as TR2
the expensive ones are not practical on a simple pedal board

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sound, small box.

By Richardknow

from Texas

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

    Great sound out of a little box that expect from a Boss pedal. The rate knob gives you a wide range of tempos to choose from. The pedal sounds professional. There is no noise and no perceived signal loss when engaging it. It's a Boss pedal so it's solid and the size makes it easy to fit on your board. There are other tremolo pedal options out there but for a basic tremolo pedal it delivers a lot for the relatively low cost. Lot more expensive options, but I still prefer this to all I've tried.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Versitile!

    By AnotherChance74

    from N/A

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    Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

    Awesome pedal!! You get a great sound from a classic tremolo to a new modern sound. I highly recommend this to someone who is looking for a wide variety of sounds. This is great for people recording st home to professional studios! A small venue or a huge arena!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Classic effect

    By MR_MOJOMAN

    from SUFU SD

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

        I haven't tried other tremolo pedals, but I bought this used and it does everything I ever wanted and more.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Sound

        By Ken

        from Helena, MT

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

          Boss pedals are always dependable with great sound.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fun effects for shimmering layers

          By Rick

          from Wyoming

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

            This effect is exactly what I was looking for. Very effective with couuntry, rock and rockabilly.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Strong effect. Nice pedal

            By Geoff Battick

            from Maine, USA

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            Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

            This is a solid pedal and a great way to add tremolo to your amp if it does not already have it. The sound is solid and strong and does not wash out like my Marshall pedal does when chained in a pedal board. The adjustment range is fine and it does not seem to tone suck at all. Great value IMHO. Surf, 60's rock, go for it!
            Only had it a few days.
            Cheaper than buying a Vibrolux or the like.

            (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Tone suck when its on!

            By Charles Bermani

            from Salem, MA

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            Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

            If I had endless money; would buy a nice Tremolo. But I'm poor, so I got this. Its the best for the right price. But the tone suck, is really annoying. I have a EQ pedal after this pedal in the chain, and click it on when I have the tremolo on. It will suck your sound right out. But if you use a couple tricks to correct it. ITs cool.
            Tone suck. Use a volume pedal or EQ with this, or lose your tone.
            It does not always engage when press. Its is my only pedal on my board that I have to double check to see if its on when I press it.
            Look hard for a cheap one; because the new price is too much.

            (1 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Save Your Money

            By cameron payne

            from MN

            Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

            Just save your money and getting something worth it
            Just save your money and buy a Fulltone SupaTrem. You'll be so much more satisfied. It is a simple yet amazing trem pedal that you'll keep on your board until the day you die.

             
            5.0

            solid tremelo

            By shoegazerr

            from texas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

              Its built like a tank and has a solid sound. It doesn't do crazy throb or choppy tremelo because it is not meant for that. its more of an optical trem than percussive. The internal volume trimpot on the newer ones fix all the old volume drop problems . Yes its not true bypass but research what true bypass is and what buffer does. If you run several pedals like myslef you want a buffer on your board for sure. For what it is and the price range its a no brainer.

               
              5.0

              I would by this product again

              By PJ Shag

              from MA

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

                Works great, perfect tremolo sound and controls.

                 
                5.0

                TR-2 TREMOLO

                By guitar picker

                from indiana

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

                  I had bought a musicman amp that had reverb and vibrato, neither one worked very good..I all ready had a reverb pedal, so I ordered the TR-2 tremolo.. now with the tone I wanted and the tremolo and reverb too, I'm satisfied...the tremolo pedal is great...

                   
                  5.0

                  Classic tremolo effect

                  By JC

                  from Streamwood, IL

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

                    This is the classic tremolo/vibrato effect guitarists have used for decades. Like other Boss pedals, it's quiet and easy to use. Subtle settings can give you a vibrato sound like the one in a Fender amp. The Boss website and Youtube have demos with other settings.

                     
                    5.0

                    Boss Tremolo

                    By Anonymous

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal:

                    This is the first Tremolo I've used and I love it! It's got such nice tone and the tremolo is very clean. This pedal is a good price and is worth every penny. GET IT!!

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