Pedal Review: Phasers

Pedal Review: Phasers

Postby strumminsix » Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:28 am

Here is a quick phaser review that I extracted from another thread. Please add on by type!

MXR Script 45 - great watery effect but clips with duals and drops lows and low mids

Phase 90 - great but too extreme for my tastes and again clips and drops lows and low mids

Retro-Sonic Phaser - similar to a P90 but with greater headroom and less of a tone change and slight volume drop.

Small Stone Nano - best headroom, slight volume drop, less extreme than P90 similar tone changes and didn't stack well

Nebula - Similar to a P45 but less subtle and clips easily

Maxon PH350 - absolutely awesome. Huge headroom, stacks nicely with other pedals, can get sounds from P45 to P90 to P100. Almost no tonal changes and an ever so slight bump in volume which is almost needed to keep your spot in the mix and cannot be determined in a band setting.
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Postby tigerstrat » Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:03 pm

MXR Phase 100 - what Jerry used for almost 20 years.

Mu-Tron Phasor II (vintage) - just as smooth, but more versatile: with the Feedback control at approx. 11 o'clock it pretty much nails the Phase 100 sound. The Rate can go radically high, like in the 100's of oscillations per minute. I have a vol pedal wired as the Rate pot, so in a heartbeat I can change between slowwww sweeping to Warren Haynes mega-vibrato and all the way to "sci-fi death ray". I was very lucky to have a punk rocker friend gift me one when I was just starting to play 20+ years ago. Then I hardly used it until a couple of years ago!
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Postby hogan » Wed Sep 12, 2007 5:00 pm

TS,
how abot a quick how to on adding a expression pedal for speed on a phase 100?
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Postby China Cat » Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:45 am

im looking for a phaser, anyone familiar with the Subdecay Qeusar or the Maxon PT999?
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Postby summerstevaye » Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:08 pm

EH- Small Stone with Analogman Mod[----Nice feature with a volume pot inside so you can fine tune, very simple add color, change rate. I find myself using my foot to move the rate knob when playing. Soundwise I play through a Twin reverb and it peaks pretty good, almost too good with the color on, really feel the phase ya know. Playing chords with it is nice get a nice even feel. I'd recomend it for the price[/b]
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the lit says the new customs shop 90 is the old 100

Postby kenneybonz » Fri Sep 14, 2007 3:09 am

could that be right? the 90 script "custom shop" is supposed to delvier what the old 100 does, it says, for those who think that only the vintage 100 is any good...
how about that for confusing..

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so, one last clarification ( and why do they have 4 things named the same thing more or less? )
if the custom shop 90 script is the old 100 sound,
consensus here: that one new or the 100 new..

asking at the old guitar store don't seem to work.. i got the " they are all the same "comment which i know aint right :?
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Re: Pedal Review: Phasers

Postby groovemongrel » Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:56 am

strumminsix wrote:Here is a quick phaser review that I extracted from another thread. Please add on by type!

Phase 90 - great but too extreme for my tastes and again clips and drops lows and low mids


Good stuff on that Phase 90, strumminsix. I have one and hated that clipping. I took it out of my signal chain because of that. Wanna buy one? :P
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Re: Pedal Review: Phasers

Postby myoung6923 » Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:44 am

I had the Phase 90 and did the r28 and c11/c12 mods to it which eliminated the clipping. However, it is kind of extereme - it's either on or off - no room for subtlety.

I just got the Maxon ph350 and love it - there's a lot more room for adjustment including depth - so you can have it on just a hair if you want. It's triple the price of a P90 but 10 times the phaser.
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Re: Pedal Review: Phasers

Postby groovemongrel » Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:02 am

I don't spend much time phasing anyway. I want that big green Line 6 delay if I could get anything right now.
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Re: Pedal Review: Phasers

Postby strumminsix » Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:24 am

myoung6923 wrote:I had the Phase 90 and did the r28 and c11/c12 mods to it which eliminated the clipping. However, it is kind of extereme - it's either on or off - no room for subtlety.

I just got the Maxon ph350 and love it - there's a lot more room for adjustment including depth - so you can have it on just a hair if you want. It's triple the price of a P90 but 10 times the phaser.

BINGO! I couldn't agree more especially with that last part...
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Postby tigerstrat » Wed Feb 11, 2009 10:27 am

hogan wrote:TS,
how abot a quick how to on adding a expression pedal for speed on a phase 100?


Never saw this question, so sorry that its response is two yrs late!: pretty basic stuff, you just extend the leads that would go to the rate pot on the phase pedal, and run them to an adjacent (as possible) volume pedal and attach them to the corresponding lugs of the pot that your foot sweeps. I haven't tried it remotely, like if the phase itself was rackmounted w/ expression on the floor... might require sheilding?
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Re: Pedal Review: Phasers

Postby bucketorain » Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:51 am

The Boss Phase is pretty good as well...
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Postby Pete B. » Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:14 pm

hogan wrote:TS,
how abot a quick how to on adding a expression pedal for speed on a phase 100?


fwiw, i would reccomend this option for controlling a stomp-box parameter knob with a foot pedal:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/prod ... sku=150146

I want to get one of these to control the Poly mode on my Boss OC-3.

I used to play steel for a cowboy named Billy Waldo back in the 80's. When he called me for a reunion last summer I asked him if he still had that MuTron Phaser pedal he always used to use (fwiw, thanks to Waylon Jennings, Phasors were/are? big in country music).
Anyway, he said he hadn't used or even seen it in years, but if he could find it, i could have it.
Sure enough he brought it to the reunion, and gave it to me.
It needs a rehab due to at least one knob being non-functional, and it looks like it has been rode hard and put away wet many a time....
But it's a Mutron Phaser II!... (which fills out my MuTron trilogy).

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Re: Pedal Review: Phasers

Postby Tennessee Jedi » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:07 am

Why didnt you guys point this thread out BEFORE I bought that Phase 90 ?????
Hmmmmmmm.
It is as S6 says - too extreme - that nails it
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My thought behind buying it was : it has one knob ; it must be subtle.
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Re: Re:

Postby tigerstrat » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:23 am

Pete B. wrote:It needs a rehab due to at least one knob being non-functional, and it looks like it has been rode hard and put away wet many a time....
But it's a Mutron Phaser II!... (which fills out my MuTron trilogy).


Pete did you open it up to see what's up with that pot? It probably just needs to be re-soldered to the board, common failure in Mu's. Bring it on over one of these Thursdays...
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