The DOD Phazer 201 is an incredibly simple phase shifting guitar pedal that is analog based and has a 1/4 inch input and output. It is not a rack mountable unit as it is a foot pedal.
The configuration of the DOD Phazer 201 is as easy as it gets as it only has a single knob. While this makes the pedal pretty limited in terms of the sounds it can get, it makes it really easy to use without any problems. The single knob controls the level of the speed, and while you can get only a few different tones with this pedal, the sounds that it does make are pretty cool. I don't have the manual for the DOD Phazer 201, but it definitely isn't necessary at all because of its really simple make up.
The sounds you can get on the DOD Phazer 201 are pretty good, but you can really only get a small amount of different sounds because it only has a single parameter for speed. While this is a good parameter to have for a phaser pedal as it will allow you to get a slow moving phase sound as well as a fast step phaser type sound, it is still limited in its range of sound when compared to some other phaser pedals out there. I usually use the DOD Phazer 201 with a Fender Strat and a 1976 Fender Twin Reverb amp, so I have a pretty accurate and clean idea about what this pedal sounds like and while I like the sound it has, I just wish it was a bit more versatile.
I've been using the DOD Phazer 201 for about two or three years and it is a nice phaser pedal for the cheap price it has, but isn't a versatile pedal by any stretch. For this reason I would suggest getting a Boss PH-3 or another phaser pedal if you are looking for a true phaser pedal with a lot of parameters. This being said, the DOD Phazer 201 is a nice pedal in its own right and is fine for the player who isn't looking for anything to fancy.
DoD phaser pedal 201 original effect from 1978
2 stages of phasing
Any analog circuit
Speed control: CTS pot
Food: Unlike MXR 45, here there is a socket for power supply jack (3.5) or battery
-a single setting: speed
Sound Quality 10/10
-incontournable this phaser: soft, subtle, voluptuous .... can become Univibe's like
Overall Opinion 15/10!
I made the big mistake of selling my old 201 70's there 10/15 years and FINALLY I come to find a 1978 "like new" with the box, manual and warranty!
despite my XII Phaser b / k 4/8/12 floors TC Electronic 1982 and my phaser Ibanez BPL 6/10 floors this phaser 1985 2 stages remain for life.
My heart is torn between the Dod 201 (from my youth) and 45 MxR Ri .....
I find the 201 a slightly rounder "hair", softer and MxR very very very very slightly sharper but I keep BOTH, so I sold my MXR 1978, three 2-stage phaser is a lot is what not!
Price .... blah, "when you love it does not matter" is not it?
Brief: ESSENTIAL as the MxR 45
ps: I have owned an MXR Phase 90 there a few years, I kept it 15 days I never liked