Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal
The BOSS PH-3 Phase Shifter pedal provides a wealth of vintage and modern phasing effects, including new "Rise" and "Fall" modes for unique, unidirectional phasing. Syncing these phasing effects is as simple as tapping the pedal to the desired tem... read more
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This was an impulse buy, but it's really awesome! In all honesty I don't think I've truly mastered it; it can be tough to use without overpowering your sound, but that's really not a failing of the pedal!
The tap tempo is a nice touch, and I love how many options it has. Overall, really fun to play with.
my favorite boss so far
We did not turn out to be besties with Boss pedals somehow, I might as well be an Ibanez guy, but I've always found a better option to Bosses. Maybe because of their boxy 80's design, or too digital look and feel. Having owned a few analog phasers, and read the reviews, I did not expect too much from this guy, apart from a bit more versatility, but I could not resist a good second hand price, and it well worth the money. Firstly, this thing sings. To me the 4 stage mode sounds just as good as an analog phaser. To be honest, a bit better in case of the MXR, and a bit less "organic" than the small stone, but the differences are minimal, and maybe appear at playing dynamics, but I could hardly pass a blind test comparison. To my ears the 4 and 10 stage mode sounds a bit more natural than the 8 and 12, I guess the latter may be more beneficial at studio application than live. I tend to keep it on 4 stage for by now, and use the fun modes for solos, especially "fall" which gives a very unique edgy decay for the solo licks. I've also found the step mode usable with appropriate rate settings. And here comes the real fun: an option to synch the rate with the song tempo! This is a feature that all phasers should have! At first I was playing it with an expression pedal, that turns the pedal into a very sensitive wah pedal. It is fun for some songs, but I rather pump it than adjust, as it's not easy to find the sweet spot, but the tap tempo mode does the job very well. If I could ask for more, I'd prefer to have double tap mode too but i you are patient, the pedal is capable to handle very slow taps just as well. This really shows the beauty of phasing. I'm considering to get an exterior switch to tap tempo with it while still having the option to bypass the pedal, but it's not really a necessity, since when I use a phaser I tend to keep it on for the whole length of the song. For the same reason the slight volume drop does not bother me at all. What could be really cool is an option to switch modes with an exterior switch. Might as well be a doable mod. Anyways, this pedal is much recommended, very versatile, and sounds just as good as the classics.
The BOSS PH-3 Phase Shifter pedal provides a wealth of vintage and modern phasing effects, including new "Rise" and "Fall" modes for unique, unidirectional phasing. Syncing these phasing effects is as simple as tapping the pedal to the desired tempo, while an optional expression pedal provides realtime control of the PH-3's Rate, Filter and Tempo.
- Rise and fall modes
- Tap tempo synch