Electro-Harmonix Pulsar

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

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mooseherman 04/05/2011

Electro-Harmonix Pulsar : mooseherman's user review

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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.