Electro-Harmonix Nano Pulsar review – a flexible, if not entirely up-to-the-minute, tremolo pedal

The Nano range offers classic EHX tones in a more compact format, but this downsized version of the Pulsar tremolo manages to add more controls to the format

Electro-Harmonix Nano Pulsar
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

The EHX Nano series is a great space saver, and as this Pulsar tremolo pedal shows it also offers viable substitutes for the larger pedals that inspired them.


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    Does the job of its larger sibling.

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    Tidy build.

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    Small size.

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    Small price.


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    Some players might want tap and harmonic tremolo modes.

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Maybe surprisingly, the Nano version of the Pulsar tremolo pedal actually adds a knob over its larger version with adjustable volume, which, of course, is useful for counteracting any of the perceived volume drop that a tremolo effect can exhibit – and in this case it also has enough on tap to kick a useful boost down the line. 

There’s a mono input to the pedal, but you get the choice of standard mono tremolo use or a stereo output for auto-panning. We have standard Depth and Rate knobs here, both with a wide range, and a toggle-switched choice of triangle or harder-edged square wave modes. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.