I did a very stupid thing yesterday: I woke up late. Yes, it was Saturday, and yes, I got in late from the Dave Willis/Dana Snyder live show (hilarious, by the way), but when I awoke at 7:30, I knew something would be...off...that day. Apart from an annoying sinus infection, I temporarily forgot, as do we all, about the legendary side effect of eating asparagus. It never stops me from eating it, but still... Anyway, this does get to a pedal. So, after spending far too long on cleaning my grill, I went to my local Guitar Center, which takes about twenty minutes to get to - perfect, if I want to listen to "This American Life," as is my wont. After the predicted disappointment, I went on to Best Buy, in the effort to buy a Blu-Ray for my snazzy, not-so-new player. Since I refuse to buy "Avatar," because I can't stand the films of James Cameron, save for two (they both share the same word in their titles), and because I didn't see anything else worth buying that day, I went to the musical instrument section of the shop. I've always been slightly apprehensive about Best Buy incorporating an instrument section, but I was ill, and bored. In said section, which consists solely of the big brands - Fender, Gibson, the lot; in other words, nothing interesting or good - I found one gem amongst the landscaping gravel: an MXR script-logo Phase 90 w/LED. I asked the store clerk to tell me what I don't know about it, which is actually quite a lot, and he had the audacity to tell me that all effects are digital these days, so it doesn't matter which model I bought. Although I got the pedal, I now realize WHY I hate that section of Best Buy. To paraphrase the buzz word of Meir Kahane: Never Again. After some other irrelevant Best Buy-ery, I went home to try my pedal. BUILD: It's an MXR. It's the same little box as every other MXR pedal. What do you want to hear? The paint is different, though: there is no clear-coat on it, unlike the other pedals in the range. I am also a bit annoyed by the location of the 9v input jack. It should be on the top of the box, like a Small Stone. That's not an opinion; that's fact. COST: A c-note. I feel no shame in admitting that, because if you go online, you'll find it easily enough. SOUND: It is distinctly different from the block-logo box, but I'm not so certain about it being entirely faithful to a real '70s Phase 90. It is a bit subtle on a low 'B,' but not inaudible. Otherwise, through my Roland JC-55, it is a delight on a bass. It may not be perfect, but it's good enough for my ears. WORTH THE SINUS INFECTION, THE MORONIC CLERK SHENANIGANS, AND THE $100? No. Why is it that every time I get excited about an effect, I'm either deathly ill, or they release a "High School Musical" movie? In short, don't buy your pedals at Best Buy, unless you want your nose to melt off.