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That Pedal Show – Harmonic Tremolo, Joey Landreth & Associated Awesomeness

Published on Aug 11, 2017

In this episode we take a fun journey through the subject of vintage harmonic tremolo. Along the way we take in a couple of cool new OD/fuzz pedals on Joey Landreth’s new board.
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The harmonic tremolo effect featured in a handful of Fender amps from the early/mid sixties. It differs from ‘normal’ amplitude-varying tremolo in that different frequencies of signal are modulated in slightly different ways. It gives a slightly more modulated, almost swirling sound that you can hear put to incredible effect in this video.

To whit, we compare the in-built harmonic trem from a genuine 1960 Fender Super with a Walrus Audio Monument pedal version as an intro to the whole deal.
Also in this video is a lovely 1966 Fender Twin, but we swap that out fora Victory V40 Deluxe and get some crazy dual-tremolo action going (we couldn’t turn the Twin’s tremolo on properly – arrrghhh!).

MASSIVE thanks to Jack at Origin Effects for bringing the old amps along.
MASSIVE thanks to Joey Landreth for being Joey Landreth.
We also would like to send some MASSIVE thanks to Tom Waterman from Universal Audio, for help with our continuing experiments to sound better, here courtesy of an Apollo 8p interface running some Neve and SSL channel amplifier/strip plug ins. Mmmmmm.

Pedals in this episode…

– TC Electronic PolyTune 2
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– KingTone Guitar Jesse Davey Fuzz

– Electro-Harmonix Freeze Nano
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Australia: (JHS modded version)

– Mythos Mjolnir Overdrive
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– Walrus Audio 385 Overdrive
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– KingTone Guitar The Duellist

– J Rocket Audio Boing Reverb
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– Chicago Iron Tychobrahe Octavian

– Origin Effects SlideRig Compact Deluxe
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– Fishman Aura Spectrum DI
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– Walrus Audio Monument - No longer made, link to latest version
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– Strymon TimeLine
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– The GigRig G2:
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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Harmonic tremolo bliss out: 00:00
- Intro & background: 01:40
- What is a brownface Fender? 04:00
- And blackface and tweed? 06:10
- What’s new on Joey’s board? 07:35
- KingTone Guitar Jesse Davey Duellist: 9:40
- Duellist & Jesse Davey Fuzz: 13:10
- Walrus 385 Overdrive: 14:44
- Tremolo… finally: 17:25
- Walrus Audio Monument regular tremolo: 18:15
- Harmonic tremolo explanation: 19:14
- 1960 Fender Super tremolo: 19:55
- Monument Trem harmonic tremolo & 1960 Fender Super tremolo: 23:50
- What about the phase of the amps? 26:10 & 27:00
- How does Joey use the harmonic trem? 30:15
- Let’s have a change of amp: 32:00
- Victory V40 Deluxe: 32:38
- Fender Super & Victory V40 Deluxe: 33:08
- Dan’s amazing double trem experiment: 33:53
- Eh, what’s happening there? 36:50
- The most awesome sound of 2017 so far… 37:20
- Joey plays us out: 40:35

Amps in this episode
- 1960 Fender Super
- Victory V40 Deluxe head and V212VC cabinet
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USA That Pedal Shop:

Guitars in this episode
- Collings I-35LC

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