MXR Phase90 VS. EHX Small Stone

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by chips, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. MXR Phase90

    6 vote(s)
  2. EHX Small Stone

    11 vote(s)
  3. Carrots

    10 vote(s)
  1. Well, the title says it all really. I have the chance to get a new small stone for $150 including shipping. Or a new mxr phase90 for $159 including shipping. Either way im daving about $100 from buying them in a shop, so the price part isnt really a deciding factor.

    So which would you recomend i get, and maybe a little on why?
    What are experiences with these pedals?
    Also.. i already have the Small Clone, which ive heard goes well with the Stone......

    Cheers guys
  2. Dash Rantic

    Dash Rantic

    Nov 12, 2005
    Palo Alto, CA
    Carrots. I like baby carrots. Eat them with peanut butter.

  3. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I go for ranch dressing.

    For me, either of those phasers would work. As much as an EHX junkie as I am, I'd still probably take the MXR for that more classic sound.
  4. Dash Rantic

    Dash Rantic

    Nov 12, 2005
    Palo Alto, CA
    I used to be a ranch dressing junkie, so I can agree that it's good also.

    In all seriousness, I'd prolly go for the MXR Phase 90 if I were looking for a phaser. It's basically the standard for phase sounds :)

  5. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    I like both, but they have different sounds...

    The Small Stone has a sort of 'wind through your tone' sound, while the MXR is more a 'swell and decay' sound.

    I have an MXR and find that it fits my playing style better... and it's about half the size...
  6. I dont mean to hijack the thread but can you get a larry graham jet phaser sound using the MXR?
  7. Ranch dressing + 1
    MXR Phase 90's + 13 (with another one winning on eBay) ;)
  8. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
  9. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    They put out an Eddy Van Halen signature Phase 90 with the striped paintjob and a mode switch between regular phase 90 and another version.
  10. sirnoahthepure


    Oct 2, 2005
    Well I know that larry graham uses an antique phaser pedal that was made by roland called the jet phase. It is no longer made and you can occasionally find one for around 400 dollars.

    Im not sure if you can get a similar sound because it sounds like the jet phase graham uses almost has a pinch of fuzz or something mixed into it?

    Is that right?

    Has anyone ever had a set up to sound like larry grahams earthquake or other heavy jet phaser stuff?
  11. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    I'd go for the EHX, I love mine. I decided on it after A/Bing it with the MXR. I just love the Colour switch, it provides a full, wet sounding 'swoosh'. A great buy, and ten bucks cheaper, IIRC.

    Graeme :bassist:
  12. If you are asking if the Phase 90 I was winning on eBay was the EVH, then yes it was - I was after one for my mini pedalboard (I already have a EVH on my main board - very versatile, with the script switch and the blue LED is bright as!).

    Missed out when it went over $160 Aust. I think I got my first EVH from the states for $99US shipped by Air (three days delivery to Tasmania).

    The EVH is my favourite Phase 90 at at the moment, but I do have a very worn block logo in the shed waiting repair that was signed by Dirk and Mike from Incubus, which has a special place in my heart.
  13. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    I voted MXR because it's smaller, sounds a tiny bit better to me, and it has the same 9v connector Boss pedals do. That being said, I use an EH Small Stone, because the on/off button works all the time in my pedal board, while the LED on my MXR sometimes would not come on when it was supposed to. The MXR did work fine with a battery, though.
  14. Sako


    Nov 4, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    I had an EHX Small Stone for a while and liked it, especially the versatility the Color switch added. But with my set up, I experience a bit of a volume drop when using it. I ended up parting with the EHX, and just tried an MXR 90 today in the store. It's going on the Christmas list. I love the effect, the size of the pedal, and the simplicity (not that the Small Stone was complicated, mind you).
  15. Jonesy4fnk

    Jonesy4fnk Supporting Member

    I'll go with the Small Stone....I like the depth it can achieve, and even though it has some my setup its run in my effects line which has its own volume control to compensate if needed.