Reviewed: Ernie Ball Expression Tremolo Pedal
Here’s to the unsung hero of the effects world. If distortion is the squawking, loud-mouthed first born and reverb the sullen middle child, then surely the undulating subtlety of tremolo is the oft overlooked youngest who, while not wanting to make too much of a fuss about itself, rounds out the family in a way that would be sorely missed in its absence. When Link Wray let the tubes of his hotter than hell Fender amp shudder on his trailblazing track ‘Rumble’, he allowed it to come into its own as a sought after texture for tone tourists the world over. Since then, tremolo has taken on many shapes and forms and has spawned any number of equally fascinating time-based modulations in its wake. However, the fact remains that no bag of tricks is complete without that glistening, steady warble. Enter the next logical amendment to the gold standard, Ernie Ball’s Expression Tremolo.
Reviewed: T-Rex Effects Replicator Tape Echo
For many players, the idea of playing through a genuine tape echo device sits high upon their gear bucket list. But with lofty dreams often comes a prohibitive reality. In other words, even if you're going to get your mitts on an original Echoplex or Space Echo, the price tag is going to set you back more than a few pretty pennies. And even then, expect to shell out some hefty upkeep and restoration fees to keep it in tip top order. Enter: the T-Rex Replicator Analogue Tape Echo, bringing a genuine tape echo experience to the masses with a contemporary edge for the modern gigging musician.