"That Carbon Copy is the best delay I've ever used, hands down, no contest... The Cry Baby wah-wah pedal is more than just another piece of gear on my pedalboard. I purchased one the day I bought my first guitar and have never played a show without in the last 25 years. The same goes for the MXR Phase 90, and the mustard yellow Distortion+. It's at core of my personal sound, I use it as lead channel, I use it in a set position as much as I use it in an up and down motion. I couldn't live without it!"more
During his time in Undivide, Leda has released an album called "Materials Left Aside." One of the songs in the album, "White Hole," featured an ambient chorus/delay sound in the intro section. 3:51 - Several of Leda's front-of-amp pedals can be seen - he uses a TC Electronic Polytune 2 Mini, a TC Electronic Polytune, a wah pedal, MXR Phase 90 and an ISP Decimator.more
There are lots of phasers around, but somehow almost everyone ends up with Phase90. No other phaser sounds so natural, lush, warm and sits so great in the mix on cleans, overdrive or hi-gain distortions. Single knob control makes it extremely easy to use and offers lots of tones just right away - from subtle phasing to extreme psychodelic sounds.
However there is one minor flaw - current version, A.K.A. block logo has an awful volume boost which is quite annoying in some circumstances. Some people just get along with it, some do not. For those who do not a simple mod can be done - literally 5 minutes of work. Open up the pedal, find the R28 capacitor (manual on the web) and snip it. Problem will be gone, no more boost, just pure phase shifting.
If you are searching for the most user friendly, solid, intuitive and massive phaser you are searching for the phase 90 (or similar models from MXR). Before or after the OD does its job perfectly.
This pedal is definitely a sword hidden, when you use it everything changes, it is something that really changes the song, not only your tone; i can't imagine my pedalboard without it.
I can play without wah, chorus and flanger, but without the Phase 90 I'm lost! It gives life both to clean, crunch and lead tones, set it BEFORE overdrive/distortions and you'll be in heaven. Irreplaceable.
I have found very few uses for the Phase 90, but I've been able to truly create an amazing sound when I've felt the ability to incorporate it into my playing. In my experience, I've been able to use it in three situations: (1) Hendrix-esque soloing with very heavy distortion placed on top of the Phase 90's intensity set about halfway, (2) Effect-heavy lead lines in dark, weird alt-rock music (intensity set between halfway and full), and (3) Open, subtle chords played lightly over light pads (intensity very low, almost at 0).