Submitted May 11, 2018 by Mark R. Garner in Metairie, LA
"Four Phasers in One"
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I've owned several phasers over the years; a 1983 MXR Series 2000 Phaser, a Boss Ph-2 Super Phaser and the MXR Zakk Wylde Phase 90. None of them ever really wowed me. (The Series 2000 was the best sounding of the bunch but even it left me underwhelmed.)
My quest has been that subtle phaser sound as heard on Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Tuesday's Gone'. The three phasers I had were all too, uh, pungent. Too strong. Then I learned the difference between MXR's 'Script Logo' & 'Block Logo' phasers; the Block Logo has a feedback stage that wasn't a part of the original Script Logo models. (I don't know how to properly define this 'feedback' other than to say it's too much of a good thing.) I just know I prefer the sound of the Script Logo.
The MXR Phase 95 is one seriously awesome pedal. It combines the uber-subtle 'Phase 45' and the more pronounced 'Phase 90' with a switch to toggle between the two phaser modes and another switch to toggle between the Script Logo and Block Logo configurations. Four pedals in one wonderfully small package.
Ease of Use
This pedal has LED's to show you which of the four modes you are using. It also features another LED that flashes at the speed of the sweep. Another WONDERFUL aspect of this "mini pedal" is the location of the 9v power supply input. It's at the back of the pedal instead of on the side. The pedal can only be powered via a power supply as there is no battery compartment. That may be an inconvenience to some but I "daisy chain" my pedals. (I have 25+ FX pedals and good 9v batteries aren't cheap.)
This pedal appears to be VERY well built. I own eleven Dunlop Era MXR pedals and I've never once had a problem with any of them.
I bought this pedal as a discounted 'blemished' model but it looked unused. It was pristine with all paperwork, etc. Even at the regular price this pedal represents the ultimate in value - it's four pedals in one.
I've never had to contact MXR. For their track record of quality pedals they merit more stars than this page allows.
The Wow Factor
Wow Factor... Hmmm, with this pedal I was finally able to achieve the phaser sound I have been wanting for years. Wow, that's awesome.
Former semi-pro now a stay-at-home jammer.
Rock, rock and rock.
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