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A holy grail of phase shifters
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.
From Gear Setup:
you have to take the Z28 mod out and that can age your pedal by years
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.
Best, simplest phaser ever
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.
its a classic
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.
Simple but effective
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.
Simple yet complete. Great phaser.
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. :)
Uno de los pedales de phaser más populares que existen en la actualidad también es uno de los más baratos, con un precio de venta de menos de $ 70 y, a menudo, cae dentro del rango de $ 50 a $ 60 si comprueba las opciones usadas y renovadas en el momento adecuado. Los circuitos analógicos emiten un tono de phaser cálido que es bastante satisfactorio fuera de la caja. De lo contrario, el único mecanismo de control que tendrá es una perilla de velocidad, que no ha cambiado mucho desde que se lanzaron los Phase 90s originales.
From Gear Setup:
The MXR Phase 90 is one of those classic pedals that a lot of musicians own, it has a very iconic sound. As a primarily Punk Rock guitarist though this pedal can be tricky to get the grasp of, not necessarily the controls since it only has the one knob but more so just trying to get it to sound pleasant in conjuntion with the other pedals - but if you are more of a Psychedelic or Funk player then this pedal would be perfect! And trust me, the phase here is incredible, just very strong.
The Classic 1970s Phaser
I was lucky enough to borrow an original 1974 Phase 90 from a friend in the late 90s when I was doing my first experiments with analogue synths, trying to sound like Stereolab. This reissue doesn't sound quite as nice as that one did, but it's pretty close. I think the Script reissue is supposed to be even closer.
The MXR phase sound is inherently richer and deeper than the EHX Small and Bad Stones, and I think it's useful to have both options. As some people have said, the MXR seems to add a tiny bit of overdrive to the guitar signal, whereas the EHX pedals sound a lot lighter and more translucent by comparison (whilst still sounding authentically 1970s). The MXR clobbers you round the head with very rich, chewy, unsubtle phasing. But if you want that 'Have A Cigar' sound, the MXRs are the only way to get it.