Dating mxr distortion pedal
I bought the Handwired 1974 Vintage Phase 90 from Analogman with these mods/additions: True bypass, buffer, orange LED, internal volume pot. I use the Phase 90 first in the chain, and Analogman's buffer has really made a huge impact on my overall sound. mxr evh, small stone w/analogman mods, sub decay, and a load of others, none of them gave me what i was looking for. Ended up preferring the MXR over pedals costing much more. 2006, bought the block letter one, it never gave me that 'wow' feeling like the vintage. Read reviews of the Script, bought one, plugged it next to the Block & made it sound like a joke. Got it from analogman modded BOSS style power jack and green LED.
I've had several phasers, but this is hands down the best sounding phaser pedal I've ever heard. I use nine pedals, so I guess a buffer was long overdue. The buffer has basically made my whole sound come alive. This one does, i have the boss style power and true bypass mods with a led. Since I desired a 9v power option, buying from Analogman was a no-brainer. I noticed the Block has more overdrive, less transparent. You can leave on for long periods without compromise of tone. When you start stacking effects you can end up with a mess that sounds nothing like original tone, esp. I'd have a decent tone w/ my DOD250 Mojo, & then step on the Block and it sounded crappy. Get it with true bypass, I think makes a difference, & green LED so bright, burns my eyes, LUV IT! I play mostly with a fair amount of distortion--hard rock/metal, and when in the 9 to 10 O'clock position, this sing is amazing.
Feels like I'm plugging straight into the amp, even with a medium/big-sized pedalboard. Phase 90 has suddenly become the single most important pedal on my pedalboard. Granted, I don't engage this pedal very often, but it definitely provides that vintage phase tone when needed. Block cuts higher bell tones of my strat & boosts sound up with artificial swoosh sound/ more noise too. Delivers subtle yet present sweep allowing true tone thru. Very warm and subtle--adds so much when playing lead.
Well, the pedal certainly has a wide range, from hitting your amp with just the merest hint of overdrive distortion to heavy saturation.The folded-metal boxes housing all these pedals have a distinctly vintage look, in keeping with the name, that reminds me of the early Electro‑Harmonix pedals.Sturdy metal jack sockets are used for the inputs and outputs, and there's a standard coaxial socket for external power, although only three of the four units reviewed come with their own power supplies.First out of the box was the VP1 Phaser pedal, which can run from a 9V battery or a standard centre‑negative 9V PSU; the battery compartment is accessed by means of a plastic cover in the base.It works all its magic using a single knob and a two‑way tone switch.