This unit virtually launched the phase craze.
The MXR M-101 Phase 90 Pedal gives you classic phasing with variable speed control. Add shimmer to lead passages or jet-plane resonance to muted strumming. Not just for guitars; it works well with b...
In this photo, an M-101 can be seen on the right, on Jimmy's pedalboard. This pedal is discussed further on [this website](http://www.led-zeppelin.org/studio-and-live-gear/1119). It was used for part of 'Immigrant Song' as well as 'Dazed and Confused', and for "Rock and Roll' at Live Aid 1985.more
In this video, titled "Tom Morello Guitars & Home Studio," Tom Morello is in his home studio and shows off some of his gear (mostly guitars). He doesn't talk about it specifically, but you can see a quick shot of his pedalboard at 3:32. The first pedal on the left is the MXR Phase 90.more
In the video, it is shown that Billy used two Phase 90s, labelled "2" and "3". "MXR Phase 90s I've used for years to kind of get more movement during solos... like for example, on the 'Oceania' solo, I use the Phase 90 and the [Fulltone] catalyst, so you get some movement in the lead," he said in this Premier Guitar interview at (5:20).more
"I love MXR’s Carbon Copy Delay, plus their Phase 90, Bass Octave Deluxe, Bass Envelope, and one of my favorite delays that Way Huge makes called the Aqua Puss," Michael League says, in [this interview](http://www.notreble.com/buzz/2014/02/13/from-the-ground-up-an-interview-with-michael-league/) with No Treble.more
"We go to the Phase 90... it's set on a slow setting for whatever Munky wants to fade that in and out on, not really specific to any song in particular." – Jim Otell (Munky's guitar tech, from this video: http://bit.ly/ZkUTOi). This pedal is also mentioned in the [2020 Premier Guitar interview](https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/29753-Korn-The-Nothing-Brian-Head-Welch-James-Munky-Shaffer-interview-nu-metal-Nick-Raskulinecz?page=2).more
Steve Jones used the MXR orange phaser live when he was in the Sex Pistols. He said in an interview with Ultimate Guitar it was a Phase 45 (https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/interviews/the_classic_albums_never_mind_the_bollocks_heres_the_sex_pistols.html) He mentions recording "Anarchy in the UK" with an MXR Phase 90 in a 2017 interview, seen here: http://teamrock.com/feature/2017-10-24/the-guitar-stories-behind-never-mind-the-bollocks-by-steve-jones 0:21 & 1:07 of the video shows an orange phaser on the floor at his feet, & based on the orange color & sound, it's clearly an MXR phaser. Given that he himself has mentioned he used both the Phase 90 & the Phase 45, who knows what phaser he actually used. Either way, it was an MXR. While I've confirmed Steve Jones used a Phase 45 &/or MXR Phase 90, I'm not sure of which specific MXR Phase 90 version he used, but I'd guess it's the script version. Here's why I believe it's the script version of the Phase 90 and not the later block logo version: according to the Sex Pistols' official website section on "Anarchy in the UK," (http://www.sexpistolsofficial.com/records/anarchy-in-the-uk-7/) the song was first released as a single on November 26, 1976. According to the Wikipedia page on the MXR Phase 90 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MXR_Phase_90), the block logo version of the Phase 90 wasn't released until the next year in 1977, meaning it would have been impossible for Steve Jones to use the block logo Phase 90 to record Anarchy in the UK, as the block logo Phase 90 hadn't been released yet. However, there was a transitional period between the debut of the original Phase 90 in 1974 and the update to the block logo version in 1977 where some Phase 90s with script logos had the circuits from the newer block version, and vice versa. So while it's impossible to know the exact circuitry version in Jones' personal Phase 90, we can confirm that the phaser he used on "Anarchy in the UK" was indeed an MXR Phase 90, as seen in the video of the Sex Pistols performing "Anarchy in the UK" in 1976, and in the aforementioned interview where Jones explicitly states he used an MXR Phase 90. Personally, I'd recommend trying an MXR Phase 95 to replicate Steve Jones' sound with the Sex Pistols. While we don't know what circuitry version was in Jones' MXR phaser, or whether it was a 45 or 90, the MXR Phase 95 can switch between script/block circuitry & 45/90 modes, and it's an MXR phaser like Steve Jones used in the Sex Pistols. Hope this helps!more
"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
In this interview he says, "I have a pretty basic setup. I use two Gibson Les Paul Goldtops live. For my main dirty sound I use a Marshall JCM 800 or a Diezel Herbert through a Marshall 1960 Cabinet. For my clean sound I use a '65 Twin Reverb. I have a few pedals which are an MXR GT-OD to overdrive my clean sound for a buzzy sound. I have an MXR Phase 90 and a Micro Chorus for modulation stuff, and a boost pedal for solos."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
Aaron says, "I keep it pretty simple - stomp boxes. I have a Dunlop Cry Baby. MXR Phase 90. The new Digitech delay pedal, the Digidelay. It has seven settings. I have this old and pretty rare - there used to be this company called Way Huge - it was an all hand-built overdrive. Sounds great, works great. Like I said, I try to keep it simple," in [this interview](http://guitar.com/articles/if-its-broke-aaron-fink-breaking-benjamin).more
"I wanted to explore these new instruments to find out what they could do. Try to make a new language for them. I’d been working at home with the synth and drum machine. Began in 1978 with an Arp Odyssey, an Elka string machine, a Roland 301 Space Echo and a Roland CR78 drum machine and a four track. " "CM: 'Can we have a list of your gear?' JF: 'I couldn’t possibly list all of Benge’s gear but if I work alone then sometimes I record the CR78 and then work on top of this with both analogue and digital synths and effects. I mainly use the Aryp Odyssey and the Roland Vocoder. I believe in using a limited palette of sounds - with just one or two in real focus for the track. The star sounds. This allows for consistency and some innovation at the same time. Arp Odyssey Arp Sequencer Roland Vocoder Plus Elka Strings Moog Minimoog Roland Juno 60 Roland CR78 Roland 909 Outboard: Roland Space Echo 301 MXR Phaser - orange footwitch type Electro Harmonix Electric Mistress Flanger." - Interview, John Foxx - Computer Music Magazine (unknown issue)more
I wanted to use my MXR Phase 90 ( block logo, therefore manufactured sometime between 1977 and 1984 – I bought it for ten bucks from a kid in the building WZ lived in when we first moved to L.A. ), which I managed to set so that the rate and tone of the phase-sweep ( yes, I know the Phase 90 has only one knob, but there is an internal control as well ) accented the guitar riff in a cool waymore
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"For effects I use a Peterson tuner, either a Chandler Digital Echo or an MXR Carbon Copy, an MXR Phase 90, a Boss OC-3 Super Octave Pedal, a Morley Bad Horsie Wah-Wah pedal and a Morley Optical Volume Pedal. I’ve also just started using an MXR Micro Flanger which Joe Bonamassa recently gave me."more
This unit virtually launched the phase craze.
The MXR M-101 Phase 90 Pedal gives you classic phasing with variable speed control. Add shimmer to lead passages or jet-plane resonance to muted strumming. Not just for guitars; it works well with bass, keyboards, and even vocals. Vary the speed from a subtle, long cycle to a fast, watery warble with endless vintage vibrations in between. The MXR M-101 is powered by single 9V battery or Dunlop ECB-003 AC Adapter
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.
This is an incredibly simple pedal, obviously, with the single knob controlling primarily speed, though I suspect it changes something about the resonance or feedback or something along those lines. I notice the tone of the phaser changing as the speed increases and decreases (in a good way, I mean). The only issue I've ever had with it is the volume boost that happens as soon as you turn the phaser on. I've fixed that with my pedal-switching controller now, so the output is the same when bypassed and when on. It also distorts a little with higher output guitars, but I kind of like the grit it adds to the guitar tone.
Tagline just about says it. Great for solos or adding ambiance to sustained chords. Goes from slight warble to controlled chaos. The enclosure is super rugged. LED and 9V jack are great additions. Not much more to say.
My oldest pedal. I really love that this is really straight forward. Only one knob to dial your phase rate. From a slow sweep at it's lowest setting, to a middle setting sound Incubus-like and a full turn that sounds kind of a Leslie speaker. This is one of the most simpler yet most complete pedals I've ever tried. A must if you are looking to dial some Einziger tones. :)
A very cool effect! The pro is the quality, the possibility to change the level of phaser easily just using the foot, the cons the price for just one function and the boost to volume when the effect is turned on.
This pedal is perfect for those EVH, David Gilmour, Alex Lifeson, Dave Grohl, and countless other's tones. Set the rate low for EVH and high for Leslie-like warbles.
I hated the 90s, early 2000s Nu-metal sounds of this phaser once I had it (i was replacing my MXR EVH Phase 90 which i absolutely fell in love with (i'm more of a subtle phaser guy, but i use phaser on nearly everything). I hated the sound. So i researched it and found that removing the Z28 component would alter the sound back to the subtle tones i craved. IT DID AND WAS A TRULY UNIQUE AND INSPIRING PHASE TONE IN AND OF ITSELF. It was a special sound.
But after 6 years, the tone has now gone haywire and I can barely get the thing to phase at all. What we're left with is a slightly modulating boost pedal that sounds truly unique but when you WANT A PHASER YOU NEED A PHASER....
don't get this one. if you want a Phaser, built to last, get the MXR EVH Phase 90. If mine hadn't been stolen, I would've never stopped using it. Or get the Script version, but the sound on this is half-assed from MXR.
for a long time Iw as a phase 90 dissenter, rocking small stones, a phase 45, a mutron... but I get the phase90 thing. Its dialed in just right to do a certain thing. The limited bandwidth loved distortion in a way a smalls tone doesn't.... great pedal. This is also THE phaser to put on fender Rhodes or Rhodes samples tog et the Fagen sound. Nothing else will do on a rhodes, not even a phase100. Everyone needs one. MXR really used to knock it outta the park in the 70s.
Another of my collection of 'THE' pedals 'n' stompboxes, another classic must have IMO ... between the MuTron Phasor and the SA Lunar I'm relly thinking about pulling the Phase 90 AND the Bad Stone off the board
this is an amazing sounding classic phase pedal. From some Youtube comparisons I've seen, the script is a bit smoother, more subtle and less harsh than this one so I may spring for that one at some point.
Got one of these used for 40 bucks. My child, basically. It's really great for a Leslie effect if you jack it up on high, but it's also really good for slow almost wah type sounds when you put it lower.
Not too much to say about this pedal. It's orange, it has one big, foot adjustable control, it sounds everything from subtle to immense. What's not to love. So many uses, from a little extra dynamic movement to full on screaming movement for lead work. Sounds very different depending on where in the chain you put it, or if it goes in the loop, so experiment to see what you like. Can be more dramatic in front of the preamp, or less so in the loop after your delay.