The PH-2 adds an effect similar to that of a rotary speaker, with a phase shift circuit that provides twelve stages of adjustment for smooth, professional-sounding phasing. Two modes give you completely different tonal characteristics.
There are 3 boss pedals which can vaguely be made out. The pedal at the top of the picture is Squire's Ibanez Chorus (featured further down). The next one below that is a mystery pedal which we'll check out in a moment. The next one is the Boss flanger BF-2. This is identifiable via it's extra trim round the control panel. The one nearest the wah is a Super Phaser pedal.This has a sort of flange/chorus/wah effect all mixed together. Squire used this pedal as a sort of alternative to the chorus at the Tokyo gigs.'How on earth can you tell it's that pedal from the little pic?' I hear you say.Well, Mr Macauley kindly loaned me his copy of the book 'The Stone Roses Document' which has a much clearer picture. Plus I've had an amazing amount of assistance from a very nice chap in Edinburgh called Grahame Rae who has spotted amazing detail to confirm/rule out loads of things regarding identifying Squire's gear.more
"My second cool pedal was this Boss Super Phaser. My dad and I went to the Guitar Center in Hollywood and, y'know, I was probably just like checkin' out what they have or whatever, and I was like 'Oh, green one! Cool!' Y'know, I'm like, I don't know, I don't really think that's a cool sound now. Like, I still back the [DOD DFX9] digital delay, but the phaser, I'm like 'Man, I don't know about...'"more
"I saw a PH-2 Phaser on your pedalboard, too. Yep. Over my span of playing, I can’t count how many different ones I’ve run across. I used the [GE-7] graphic EQ pedal a lot. You’d turn the thing up and it’d give you the perfect overdrive, if you needed an extra boost. I [also] used the yellow OD-1 Overdrive. The DS-1 [Distortion], I have one of the original ones. It’s interesting…in 2007, I got to re-team up with Paul and go on a G3 tour. For me, that was pretty phenomenal, because it’s a Holy Grail tour for guitar, and I was just coming off of 10 years of not playing."more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has used mostly the BOSS PH-3 w/ and without expression live since 2016 and on the 2017 album. He has been seen using both the TC Electronic Helix Phaser and the BOSS PH-3 side by side live in late 2017-2018. Recently though Luke has been using an old school BOSS PH-2 Super Phaser on some 2019 recordings and has been seen bringing it onto live boards in 2019. In the 2006-2009 Positive Mental Trip live band era Luke used an EHX Small Stone Phaser which Steve Repka still uses when he plays with PMT live. Positive Mental Trip has been experimenting with the MOOG 12 stage phaser sounds on electronic drums, bass, vocals, acoustic guitars and electric guitars in the studio but will most likely not be using anything but the BOSS PH-2, PH-3 and TC Electronic Helix Phaser to re-create the MOOG sounds live.more
When I first got this phaser and put it in fx loop it pretty much sucked. Thin, more flangy than phasery sound made me throw it into drawer. I rediscovered it few months later simply by putting it in front of amp... jackpot!
PH-2 is somehow quite weird on clean channel - do not expect a great warmth and lushness that for example Phase 90 gives; it's more sterile and very tight and that makes PH-2 great for funky stuff. On dirt channel it beats all the phasers on the market - aggressive, punchy, and very distinct.
Since it has four knobs you will need to spend few minutes to dial into desired tone but that only makes it more tweakable so everyone will find something interesing here. Another two advantages: build like tank, dirt cheap (got mine for 20$).
I got this item in a trade. I only got it because I'm a huge Mike Einziger fan and I know it's pretty essential to his sound. But It's a cool phaser. I don't really use phasers and I just have it, just to have it.
Love my Boss pedals, and this Phaser has been my favorite since the 80s, beating out the Small stone and other competitors again and again
Very simple to use, and it has 2 different phase voices. I got it used (of course) and I must say I really liked the sound of it. It doesn't mess with the volume of your guitar (as the Phase 90, which add a little volume on the mid-high frequencies) and you have more control of the sound's shape. Spending some time with it, getting to know how to use all the 4 knobs, and you will be happy with it, for sure.