TR-2 Tremolo review by Boss

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  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Sound: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 7 (53 votes)
Boss: TR-2 Tremolo

Price paid: $ 70

Purchased from: local store

Ease of Use — 10
Three knobs: rate, depth and wave make it very easy and quite versatile. Despite the fact that Boss adds a manual (plus some other papers, too) I think that it would not be any difficulties to dial into desired tone without manual added. The chasis is like always here with Boss very user-friendly. On-off switch works very fine, one does not have to put lot of strength to turn it on. Also no pop-sound while engaging Boss TR-2. You can mess with it's placement in effects chain to get some wild and crazy tone alternations.

Sound — 10
This tremolo offers everything that one could ever desire from that kind of effect. You can get lots of different sounds: gentle, warm swell / classic-vintage '70s tremolo-vibrato-a-like/psychedelic helicopter. I use it mostly with Marshall amps (DSL5C and JCM800 plus 4x12 cabinet) and it fits it perfectly to add this sparkle into my tone. Pedal is very quiet, does not produce any noise, also no tone affection here. It should work in effects loop, in my humble opinions gives its best before delay and reverb.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Some say that once it was thrown into space and this is how moon craters were created. Now seriously - like all Boss stompboxes it is a true rock and tank. I guess it will survive any hardcore-durability test and it's very likely to work forever. I don't play any gigs but I think that it can safely be used in any live-stage conditions without breaking down. All input-output-9v jacks are mounted very reliably. Also, there are no protruding elements that can be broken with your feet. Great, as Boss is great!

Overall Impression — 10
Overall impression - like with all Boss pedals - is obviously great. Good, reliable, nice-sounding pedal which can surely enrich your tone and improvisation possibilities. What is very important: works great with other pedals (and I mean other brands). I previously had other tremolos (Joyo JF-09) and in comparison with others this Boss is brilliant - no noise, no hum, just pure tremolo. Hard to get used as not many people buy it, rather get it new. A little tip for you guys: it is possible to get a nice vibrato-a-like sound here, just tweak your knobs into secret position.

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