Electro-Harmonix shakes up its tremolo pedal lineup with the Nano Pulsar

Electro-Harmonix Nano Pulsar
(Image credit: Electro-Harmonix)

Electro-Harmonix has unveiled the Nano Pulsar, a downsized version of its longstanding Pulsar and Stereo Pulsar tremolo pedals.

Despite the trimmed-down enclosure, the new stompbox packs all the features of its predecessors, chiefly in its versatility, courtesy of a choice of triangle or square wave modes, further adjusted via a Shape control.

This allows players to choose between a range of synth-like volume swells, including falling and rising sawtooth, narrow and wide pulse width, plus more conventional triangle and square wave sounds.

As is customary with EHX pedals, the Rate and Depth knobs go way beyond the norm – past maximum, the modulation becomes asymmetric, warping the signal between positive and negative phase, which promises “a unique style of tremolo”, says the company.

One welcome practical addition to the Nano’s feature set is a Volume control to compensate for perceived volume loss when the pedal is active – a problem that could rear its head with the previous Stereo Pulsar.

Elsewhere, there are stereo outputs for panning effects, plus a status LED that pulses in time with the tremolo rate when engaged, while the pedal itself can be powered with a nine-volt battery or power supply.

Electro-Harmonix Nano Pulsar

(Image credit: Electro-Harmonix)

With its compact dimensions and dizzying versatility, the Pulsar might just find itself on the pedalboards of a new generation of tremolo fans, particularly with the addition of that handy Volume control.

The Nano Pulsar is available now for $99 – head over to EHX for more info.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.