Good bass phasers?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by alexclaber, Sep 10, 2001.

  1. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    OK, maybe I need just one more pedal - a phaser. I like the look of the MXR Phase 90 and 100 - any others you guys would suggest? Two important criteria for the pedal: not too big (I'm running out of space on the pedalboard) and analogue only (I'm sick of a better digital thing coming out each year thus killing the used value of my digital equipment). Oh, and preferably true bypass, but that's not essential.


    C.Alexander Claber
    Chief Groove Guru V.P. i/c Funk
  2. I tried the Phase 90 and loved it. It was very fat and full sounding. I don't think the Phase 100 can get it's sound although "they" claim it does. It isn't true bypass and you can hear it working in the background even when you've switched it off. Maybe a new switch could be installed? Great sound.
  3. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    I used to won a Mutron Phasor II and it worked Ok for bass.

    I always had a problem with phaser for bass, it just sounds weak...flange and chorus work better. I used to crank the regeneration on the MuTron to get close to a flanger sound anyway.

    Of the MXRs,the Phase 100 has a thicker sound than the 90, again this would be better for bass.
  4. Nails

    Nails Guest

    Jun 4, 2000
    Austin, Tejas
    I love my Phase 90. If it was between the Phase 100 and the Phase 90, the 90 wins everytime for me. I've heard rumors of a switch inside the 90 that changes how it sounds. So if you're unhappy with the sound take it apart turn the switch a touch and test it out till you get what you like. I however have yet to find this switch, but haven't taken everything out of the casing yet, I'm afraid I'll break it.

    Has anyone adjusted the Phase 90 internally? If so any tips on where to find it, how to adjust it, etc.?

    Also as Mad Subwoofer said, it's not true bypass. I have mine in a MIDI channel selection system, so when I don't want phase the system takes it out of the chain.

    brianrost: It's odd I alwas though chorus was weaker than phase on bass. I like flange but it's harder to get right to me than phase. Oh well, just a difference in opinion.
  5. Yah there is a wee trim pot you can tweak if you clear off the lump off epoxy on top of it. It just controls the depth. Could you not install a true bypass 3DPT switch top make it TB? Is there some space issue or something? Is the current switch installed directly to the circuit board? I've heard many times that bass players prefer the 90 to the 100.
  6. ImNotGeddyLee

    ImNotGeddyLee Guest

    Mar 13, 2001
    Providence RI
    i love my phase 90 and i have heard of people converting them to true bypass.
  7. Nails

    Nails Guest

    Jun 4, 2000
    Austin, Tejas
    Mad Subwoofer,

    Any idea where that trim pot is on the circuit board? Would it be on the side facing me when I open the pedal, or the other side? I love mine, but I also like to see what it can do with a different depth setting.

    As for converting it to true bypass. I haven't heard of anyone doing it, except from what ImNotGeddyLee said. I'm sure it could be done depending on how much room you need, there's not an abudence of extra space from what I've seen.
  8. Ibanez Tone Lok Phasor gets sick & twisted sounds that you would love, The the new BOSS phasor is nice...Try both of them out.
  9. Steven Green

    Steven Green Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Another vote for the Phase 90. I used a Mu-tron Phasor II and it was weak! The MXR has a better tone IMO and is tiny. I messed with the trim pot on a friends and it doesn't sound as good. I believe it is already set to the most pleasing setting. I couldn't find a setting better than the factory setting.
  10. RAM

    RAM Guest

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I use a Boss PH-3. It's a really nice unit with tons of settings and even has tap-tempo built in! Really cool little box;)
  11. I beleive the trimpot is under a blob of epoxy. It should be fairly apparent when you take the back off. Peel it off with a toothpick or something. It really is set at the best position anyway. If you want to decrease the effect (and why the heck would you wanna do that?!) you can tweak it.