MXR Phase 90...Which one?

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  1. dread1

    dread1 Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking to place one of these suckers on my board but not sure which one. I won't pay 500 for a vintage one, so it will be a new one. Block?, script?
     
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    dread1 Well-Known Member

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    Or maybe a Phase 100?....:hmm:
     
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    I have the block logo one and I like it a lot. Never played a script logo one, so I can't compare.
    The EHX Small Stone is also a good one, and cheap.
     
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    I got the block phase 90 here as well, the script model only runs on a 9 volt battery. At least that's how i remember it when i was looking for one.
     
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    dread1 Well-Known Member

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    I think I'm leaning more toward the block logo phase 100. I'm going to have to try them all out for sure. I hate going by the youtube vids.
     
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    From all the one I've tried, I like the generic BLOCK Phase 90 best. It just has a lot of presence and authority in the sweep. What ever you do, don't go with the MODTONE ATOMIC PHASER; that thing sucks!

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svVz84Vx1i8&feature=relmfu]‪Guitar Phaser Pedal Shootout MXR Electro Harmonix Modtone‬‏ - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Does it also add a slight distorted tone too?
     
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    dread1 Well-Known Member

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    That's a good shootout vid. I think your right, I like the generic one too.
     
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    I have heard the EVH is harsh sounding to a number of people, and I would avoid the block phase unless you are spending $40 or less used.

    If you are "serious" about phase (not there yet myself), I would go with a CMATMODS Phase 90 script reissue, a retrosonic, or a script-modded standard phase (and there is an outfit of former MXR guys making the classics under their own name, forgot which).

    If you don't give a crap, then consider the DOD Stereo Phaser/Phasor. It's not a pretty-sounding phaser, but it is very useful (esp with the stereo feature) and they are dirt cheap (mine was $15).
     
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    The BLOCK logo Phase 90 is my current piece and so far I have yet to find anything better.
    I have tried an EVH and may pick one up but frankly I am not sure the cost makes it worth it over the standard deal.

    And yeah, I would pay the 70 bucks or whatever it is these days for a brand new one. :thumb:
     
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    The question is "what have you compared it with" having decided nothing was better? I have nothing against the block logo myself, but I have heard enough comparisons to favor the script model if I end up getting a MXR.
     
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    I'm not a fan of overdone phaser.
    I prefer a more subtle effect, like the solo on "We Will Rock You", or "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" or the Live After Death version of "Powerslave" (the slow modal solo).
    And it MUST be in the front end of the amp.
    Post-distortion phaser sounds ghey.
    For all of the above, the script Phase 90 is the key.
     
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    DSL100 Dude New Member

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    Fair question for sure.
    Old 80's MXR phase 90
    Old Boss phase
    Current phase 90
    Current script phase 90
    Current EVH phase 90
    Digitech Hardwire SP7
    Digitech GNX-3000
    TC Electronics G Major

    All of the above have their pros and cons and for what I do with a phaser I have found the block 90 to cover my needs. Now I admit I would REALLY like to try a MoogerFooger. ;)
     
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    i have to agree with Papus on this. i prefer a more subtle phase effect.
    not really high on my to get list either. for me the script 90 sounds better than the block 90.
    not sure about the vintage. i also think they should go in front of an amp.

    the Phase 100 looks more flexable. the 100 does sound more intense.
    i dunno how the lesser depth settings compares to the script/block/vintage 90's.
    not the best demo, he switches to a bass mid way :rolleyes:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AREuTrzrT3s[/ame]

    one thing to note is that none of the MXR Phase pedals are true bypass.
    they refer to them as hardwire. if that is important to you, modding it to true bypass
    shouldn't be hard. they also sell cables/converters with 9V battery ends on them.
    if your handy you could put a 9V jack in.

    good thread
    /max
     
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    Hi mate,

    The Block has more mids than the Script, the Script being smoother and warmer - i kinda like both.
    Dont discount the Phase 45 if you are more sublte and clean pieces, its a seductive little beast!

    Upscale, the retro-sonic phaser is more open and in a way more subtle, but with higher headroom than any MXR.

    More interesting: the Subdecay Quasar. Very versatile.
     
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    I bought a 100 but found it impossible to tone down. I'm now using an Eltro Harmonix Small Stone which is a lot more subtle, which is ideal for what I'm doing with my Strat and DSL.
     
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    dread1 Well-Known Member

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    Well for what it's worth, the only phaser I've ever had was a Mutron II. Excellent phaser. Thick, rich, controllable phaser. It's just that I don't use a phaser too much in my playing, but I do use one. It basically comes down to I can't justify the mutron taking up half of my board for something I don't use all of the time.
    Probably not going to get the rich, vintage tone without using the vintage piece....
     
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    gearmandude is better than most but with all that gear he doesn't have a mic?
    also he never plays chords :confused:
     

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