MXR Phase 90

Pedal

Made by MXR

Description Your basic Phaser/Flanger, used by such greats as Eddie Van Halen and others. One knob, one footswitch...
Posted By Chris Pinto (24466)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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Overall Rating: 4.8 (of 5)
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On 11/10/2005, Redmond Militante (957) posted:
Overall Rating:

-this pedal is classic. it's so simple to use but stimulates so much creativity when just playing around, it's quickly become one of my favorites. useful for many types of playing styles. even if you don't use it all the time, it's essential for any pedal board.
Price: $70.00
Where Obtained: eBay
Features:

-1 speed knob, simple
-battery or ac powered, i use an ac adapter
-true bypass
Sound Quality:

-les paul or strat through ac30, works well with a dl4 delay and a little compression
-i use it for rock, van halen shred stuff, 'ten years gone' and 'nobody's fault' by led zep etc.
-classic pedal used in all types of songs
-not noisy at all, but very sensitive, so it's best to keep it switched off when not needed
-i've heard the newer ones are not as warm as the earlier script logo ones, but haven't had a chance to compare
Ease of Use:

-extremely simple to use
Durability:

-haven't used it live but seems pretty solid. no problems yet
On 1/5/2005, Randy Hano (12149) posted:
Overall Rating:
This a good effect to boost your highs on a slow sweep. And if you want to get that Pink Floyd effect on "Have a Cigar", I'm for it!
Price: $35.00
Where Obtained: trade - along time ago
Features:
One knob swooshing that allows you to control your sweep. True bypass switching on this unit along with AC power mod.
Sound Quality:
I like it! It is different from the Small Stone in that the depth isn't adjustable and deep. But to simulate the rotating speaker swoosh, I am pleased with it.
Ease of Use:
It is as simple as can be. One knob to adjust your sweep and you can change the sweep in the middle of a song if you have the rubber boot around the knob.
Durability:
MXR made their effects in tank cases during these years. Only your 9v battery would prevent problems and occasionally your bypass switch.
On 8/19/2004, Jonathan Meraviglia (386) posted:
Overall Rating:
Digitech, Boss...and then MXR. Try it for yourself. It's trully a great pedal.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $50.00
Where Obtained: eBay
Features:
Speed knob, one puch to great phasing effect. I was impressed by how simple this pedal is, and how effective it is at the same time. Boss makes the Ph-2 Super Phaser and the PH-3 Phase Shifter, each of which cost more and have way more options that the MXR. Unfortunately for them, I found the Phase 90 so fufill all my phase needs.
Sound Quality:
Sounds great. Fast phasing to deep slow phasing.
Ease of Use:
VERY easy. Like I said, speed knob and the on/off switch. Simple.
Durability:
Small and strong. I don't see why this wouldn't last forever if taken care of properly.
On 5/30/2002, Bernardo Pires (4599) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great phaser. A classic...
Price: $100.00 (new)
Features:
Only one knob to use. Speed control: turn it to the right and you get faster phaser
Sound Quality:
Sounds great clean and w/distortion. No noise or anything like that. It boosts the volume up a little bit.
Ease of Use:
Very easy to use.
Durability:
It's a tough little orange box (metal box).
On 4/3/2002, Chris Pinto (24466) posted:
Overall Rating:
My overall opinion is this: It DOES work for ME, I LIKE the Phase 90 pedal, and use it often. It can enhance or color a nice lead or rhythm part of a song, and can be a nice device to help you be more creative. The sounds it produces are very nice & warm. It's a good reproduction of the old Phase 90. I must admit, the input & output jacks are extremely tight & very strong!

However, from what I understand, Jim Dunlop USA is a bit of a cruddy company to deal with. So, if you have any problems or need some parts, don't expect tons of help from them.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $65.00 (new)
Where Obtained: zZounds.com
Features:
One switch, one knob! A/C optional wall plug. (Does NOT come with unit) 9V Battery operational No Tubes No Stereo
Sound Quality:
Sounds great for any Van Halen song, or any other song you want to add some dimention or "color" to. Also used by Randy Rhoads. One effect, suited for any kind of music. A bit more subtle than a flanger. Not as "whoooshy". :) I play mostly metal, rock & blues. Currently using USA American Deluxe Strats, 1980's Kramer, running thru a Laney GH50L head, and a Marshall 1960A 4x12 cab, and various pedals & effects. I like the fact that it's not as "in your face" as your typical flanger.
Ease of Use:
You'd have to have the IQ of "Toe Scum" not to figure this pedal out.
Durability:
Durability....is questionable. After Jim Dunlop took over MXR, their quality has suffered a bit. HOWEVER, the overall heavy steel construction of these pedals is great, but I already own another BRAND NEW MXR Dyna Comp which sometimes gives me trouble whenever I step on the switch. As far as being physically durable...Yeah, they're built well on the outside, but not sure about the inside components. I'd be willing to bet 100 to 1 that the stupid footswitch is actually soldered directly to the PC Board. If that's the case, then, it could have been built better. By the way, Mr. Dunlop (If you happen to read this)....Thanks for the stupid Wah-Pedal instructions that came with the DYNA-COMP!