Electro-Harmonix Pulsar

Pulsar, Tremolo pedal from Electro-Harmonix in the Pulsar series.

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Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 10 reviews )
 3 reviews30 %
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Value For Money : Excellent
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mooseherman's review"Pretty Interesting Vibrato Pedal"

Electro-Harmonix Pulsar
This is a Tremolo pedal for guitar. It can also be used with other instruments like keys and bass but I haven't tried it in those respects. It has a 1/4" input and output and can be powered with a nine-volt battery or adaptor. I recommend the adaptor as the sound will maintain a consistent sound quality, while a battery will diminish the sound quality as it runs out of juice. It's an analog pedal, and as such, is not capable of being edited through a mac or pc. It's also not rackable.


This pedal has a really simple setup, just three knobs for depth, shape, and rate. There's also a switch for sine or square wave. Frankly, most players will not know exactly what any of those things mean. Which makes this pedal more of a "figure it out on your own" type of pedal. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but this pedal is definitely one you'll have to spend a few minutes with to get the sound you want, as it's far from a conventional tremolo.


This is a really great-sounding pedal. It has everything from conventional tremolo sounds you'd get from an amp like a Fender Twin Reverb, to a wacky and wild-sounding tremolo. Depending on where you set the pedal, it tends to favor the latter more, but it'll still be able to get that low-key tremolo sound that I tend to prefer. This is definitely a great investment for somebody who really likes to mess around and get some crazy different sounds, as it can really add to the overall pallette of tones that you can get from a setup. I personally think it sounds just as good with a Strat/Twin setup as it does with a Les Paul/Marshall setup. I will say that I don't like it much on Solid state amps, but I generally don't like those amps anyway, with a few exceptions.


All in all, this is a great pedal. Great range of sounds and uses. Price isn't too bad and it's Electro-Harmonix which is a quality manufacturer. Highly recommended.

moosers's review

Electro-Harmonix Pulsar
The Electro-Harmonix Pulsar is an analog tremolo pedal that I have experience with in tandem with an electric guitar.  The pedal has a 1/4 inch input and output and can be powered with a nine volt power supply, although I've only used the pedal with an Electro-Harmonix made power supply.  This isn't a rack mountable piece of gear...


Using the Electro-Harmonix Pulsar isn't hard at all.  The parameters that it has includes knobs for shape, rate, and status.  The shape can be used to control two different modes - either a sine or square wave.  Even if you don't have any experience working with tremolo or vibrato pedals, this is easy enough to figure out on its own as it is self explanatory and pretty easy to follow.  I've never seen the manual for the Pulsar, so I can't say too much about it, although I don't think too many people will need it.


While I can't say that the Electro-Harmonix Pulsar will match the sound of some of the built-in vibrato and tremolo effects built into vintage amps, as far as pedals go this is one of the better tremolo pedals out there in my opinion.  I have used the pedal with a Fender Stratocaster and a Marshall JCM 800 amp.  I usually use Fender Twin Reverb and Fender Deluxe Reverb amps for recording sessions and live shows, but during times that I might want tremolo and don't want to use either of those amps, this pedal works great.  I also like how versatile this pedal is, as you can definitely get more tones from this pedal than you could an amp like the Twin Reverb.


As far as tremolo pedals in this price range go, Electro-Harmonix Pulsar is probably the best option.  It has an awesome sound quality and will fit into most people's price range for a pedal like this.  I definitely trust the pedals made by Elcetro-Harmonix as they have consistently put out top quality gear over years.  This is definitely a pedal I'd recommend for someone looking for a reasonably priced tremolo pedal.

Marty62100's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Electro-Harmonix Pulsar
What are the effects or types of effects available?

analog tremolo.


The use requires a little time to adapt the right comprhension symbols and sounds, but it's going fast. is quite clear.


The pedals dlivre sound good on the whole quite frank. The SETTING THE tremolo are multiple and not always effective prs.

The knobs are a bit "hard". it lacks some flexibility for adjustment rapido.
The most dtails Gnant against it by size. Thank you very much electro but damn! saw the design, why make such gigantic pedals ???!! two in the board and it takes more than 3 * size!

galre ...


In short, a good tremolo pedals, it lacks a little bit characters be, it is clear one seeks ca me so I choose not to make things a bit more but it is aptly trs job.

She asks not to have too many pedals as a set. J'enlve points for AC, because with a little effort, the electro able to significantly smaller that would not have changed the sound. (I often carry my stuff and it's a more than important detail).

benos12's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Electro-Harmonix Pulsar
Everything has been said about the general characteristics, so I added it.


It's very simple and intuitive


Well with a particular grain quite interesting


The settings are fairly precise and can get a nice range of sounds, up sounds completely crazy.
As against the background noise is (for me) a real problem: if you want to use it on passages rather cool and intimate, I'm afraid he fault go your way.

Olivier007's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Electro-Harmonix Pulsar
It is a trmolo with 3 knobs:
- Shape (see variation in length of phase)
- Rate (speed)
- Depth (depth)
+ A slecteur the shape of the envelope.
+ Diode on the support of the switch to see if there is bypass or not.
one between an output.

The pedals are big enough, strong enough. I like its look.
on the other hand, it is cumbersome in a pedal board.
Warning connectors for food (mini-jack 3.5), but with an adapter will do (I personally am not a fan of batteries).

I put 8 because:
10 to 1 for the mini jack
10 to 1 for the "size" of the pedals.


Of course, I said above that the pedals are great. The knobs are large, and it is also an advantage. RULES sound is very easy, with precision, trs quickly.
The diode is effective (which is not true of the heads o pedals even when the LED is lit, you really have to be above the pedals to view it)
No need for manual, everything is intuitive trs.
It's easy to find her.


So it's the slap!
I love that sound ...
Dj there is no "alteration" of the original sound, you really the sound of your amp with the tremolo effect.
The knobs allow a standard palette of sound, slecteur (triangle / rectangle) also allows to vary the effect of Manir more or less progressive / radical.
Combin a Dlay, we can do stuff ... Dlay well even without recess.
My rglages prfrentiels are of type 4 / 10 and 6 / 10 on the two knobs on the right.
Concerts as RPTES, evokes the problem with the switch has never reproduced at home.

on the other hand, beware not to put too much substance, it is not personal at last the sounds m'intressent.

It colors the arpges its clear a shell on the distos grnages ...

I play with a classic 30 or a Marshall with a telecaster, I sometimes combined with a delay AD-9.

I put 9 / 10 because I did not test other tremolo pedals, so my opinion is not forcment trs goal, but it gives me tremolo Entire satisfaction.


I use the pulsar for 2 years.
Bcp liked its looks and the size of the pedals, which becomes a "inconvniant" From the time you want to combine a lot of effects or if it is to carry around in its cover guitar because the small btete takes place quickly. At least the pedals are rugged and reliable.
But the main strength of the pedals is what it was in the belly, and it's really pure happiness. The sound is incredibly warm, and if you like tremolo effects of "You" Radiohead etc, go for it you will not be caused by the pedals.
The ratio quality price is excellent.
Trs sign of good hardware Electro Harmonix, again ...

Rvg's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Electro-Harmonix Pulsar
Classique.trois tremolo knob


Very easy to use. Pasbesoin manual


The sound is very good very vintage.un little breath.
As against a significant problem exists.
When the pedal is bypassed, there is a constant background noise.
This noise can change and you can hear the tremolo effect on this noise.
Too bad he is a factory default.
Equipment used: Triaxis Boogie, boogie power amp and 2X100 Valley Art Guitar


Damage to the factory default in bypass.Si you do not have the means to TC Electronic
choose the line6 which is good with a variety of settings (waveforms, two different sounds is a dynamic setting to speed the effect. All with a vintage sound.

Shlublu's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Electro-Harmonix Pulsar
The Pulsar has three knobs: shape of the envelope, velocity, and depth. A swich mode lets you choose between progressive and square mode. As the form of envelope is not a switch but a potentiometer, one can define a variety of forms. It's very interesting, and I believe that no other tremolo does not offer that. Finally, this pedal is equipped with an LED indicator light.

Power is supplied by mini-jack 3.5 or by battery. No problem to power with PowerBank provided to make a small barrel plug cable male bosses -> jack male 3.5.

All outlets are located on the rear panel, which is very convenient. The case is sturdy (metal). It is quite cumbersome without it being a problem in my opinion.


The sound editing is simple.
The setting of the form provides easily the original form that you want, thanks to the reference shapes drawn on the case. It is therefore not limited to a few presets. The speed and depth settings are self explanatory.

The gradual switch / square shape can be applied by varying the volume gradually, or by breaking / restoration of signal. Excellent.

The diode follows the level of output signal. In progressive mode, it is itself progressive. Excellent well.

I ask nothing more.


The effect is very efficient and very clean, whatever the method.

I use a Hamer Special and a Crate VC5115. The result is very rock, vintage, very nice.

Only drawback: the switch on / off, a true bypass, sometimes causing a 'boom' which is defined very clearly in the amp. It can get messy in concert. It must be corrected with a capacitor, but I do not know how this circuit.


I use the tremolo for 8 months, in'm satisfied 200%. I particularly continuous adjustment of the shape of envelope, and ease of use of the beast. The sound is impeccable, very rock.

I tried other tremolo (standard as well, but I do not know by whom against), but failed to get what I wanted in terms of setting, and without finding comparable in terms of sound.

In short, I would do without hesitation that choice because I have exactly what I want, and reasonably priced (purchased new within 90 eu).
-W- aka ian wallace10/19/2005

-W- aka ian wallace's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Electro-Harmonix Pulsar
A classic tremolo with selectable curve
For settings see previous announcements


I find the buttons (big enough) allow fine enough adjustment, sontrairemement to what has been said, and therefore a little fiddling, there is exactly the effect we are looking
Digital lovers may regret not being able to store a setting friendly, but it is also the joy of the analog
You hop branches and it works! it made me awkward at first to see the LED flashing, but in fact there is a battery already in place within

small problem: the plug to the power supply is different from the Boss, so I'm annoyed with my daisy chain of power supply! for now it is up to the battery until


Frankly it's effective
good in all honesty, should ask a good time and try all possible combinations and adjustments to understand the limitations of the beast
I tried the Boss TR-3, but frankly it does not sound so hot with this pedal
I use it on my guitar but I will obviously try to see a clmavier, there's means surprising


Received today, after a long search for the doc to compare opinions, and tried the boss, and although I am delighted

The +: ergonomic, precise adjustment, a typical hot
le: size of the pedal (about 2 boss side by side!), the output gain non-adjustable (and it tends to be lower through the pedal in bypass)

69euros Thomann: should go for at this price!

got_disto+'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Electro-Harmonix Pulsar
It is a tremolo, 3 settings: shape, depth and rate


Décecant see global opinion


Excellent, comprehensive review see


A very good tremolo of a general point of view but with some flaws:

The grain of the guitar is very well respected
We can change the type of waveform for modulation is going up and down on a hash of his or her the most beautiful effect
There is a real by-pass
the price (80 €)

settings are not obvious and a few degrees on the button spleen greatly affect the frequency of the tremolo
when you push the button at the bottom Tremolo Depth kidding, the switching frequency and its changes become generally bad. Basically, this pedal works great if you do not exceed 3 / 4 of a turn on the Depth

In any case I do not regret my purchase, no pedal Electro-Harmonix not disappointed me so far

pumuckl's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Electro-Harmonix Pulsar
A tremolo what is most basic, no frills, triangular or square wave, tuning frequency and depth.

All adjustments are large, wide range of variation, the tremolo tremolo slow and soft to fast and chopped


The a word, without being disappointed, we must see it's not always easy to find immediately the sound we are trying but in the end there always happens.


Very good for that price, nothing to say ...


A good tremolo, value for money unbeatable at the moment