MXR EVH90 Phase 90
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MXR EVH90 Phase 90

EVH90 Phase 90, Phaser for Guitar from MXR in the Phase 90 series.

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 15 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent
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hthomas04/27/2012

hthomas's review"Phase all the way"

MXR EVH90 Phase 90
Excellent, versatile little pedal for a range of classic, usable phasing effects. Not just for Van Halen fans, this pedal with it's "script" button gives you both effect types found in the standard MXR Phaser, and reissue "script logo" models. (It's just a subtle difference, mainly the standard MXR has a little more harsher mid-tone spike to it which is great for a pronounced phase rhythm effect, and the more tamed "script logo" sound which is better when soloing with distortion.) It's construction looks very solid, it's blue "on" light is practically blinding (like a deer in the headlights?). The only little annoyance I had when hooking this pedal onto my pedalboard was where the AC connecting input slot was found - on the side, close to the 1/4 inch guitar cable coupler. It just meant I had to place the phaser a little further apart than normal, to clear the daisy-chain connector. Apart from that, it's an excellect phaser and highly recommended for all styles, whether you're playing clean or overdriven, rock or jazz, or anything in-between.

UTILIZATION

This is simple as it gets with one knob and a one toggle button to work with. Simple and easy.

SOUND QUALITY

The quality is awesome. It nails all kinds awesome phaser sounds. VH all day long. I use it a lot for small little bits for leads. Just adds some great layering to it.

OVERALL OPINION

The Phase 90 pedal offers everything that went wrong with digitally produced sounds. I've used several Line 6 products over the years, such as the Pod, Spider and Flextone, but nothing can come close to the authentic sound of that tiny phase box. This is a simple device but can tweak your sound toward more retro music such as Sonic Youth. If you want Phase, this is the way to go.
crankyrayhanky04/18/2012

crankyrayhanky's review"not a passing Phase"

MXR EVH90 Phase 90
This is a simple setup: 1 on/off toggle, 1 knob to adjust speed, 1 button to change from tradition mxr phase to EVH phase. It is said to be true bypass.

UTILIZATION

Controlling the sound is ridiculously easy; simple speed control and EVH switch. I never read the manual as operation is completely intuitive. I typically run the phase with a speed setting at 8:30 and the EVH button engaged. Special wacky phase tones I set the speed up to 3 or 4 o'clock.

SOUND QUALITY

I use this pedal with a variety of guitars in a variety of tuning, including Gibson Les Pauls and Fender Strats. I put it towards the end of my pedal board: tuner>Wah>OD>Phase>Noise gate>Amp

In bypass, the pedal scores high marks in keeping the signal pure, avoiding the usual tone suckage many other pedals present. Engaged, the phase sounds are fantastic!

OVERALL OPINION

I was hesitant to buy this pedal, thinking that the lack of controls would be a huge disadvantage. I thought a dry/wet mix feature and depth controls would be absolute necessities, so I hesitated. But I love EVH, so I made the plunge; I am thrilled i did!
Once plugged in, the simplicity becomes a HUGE asset. The depth and wet/dry mix are actually perfect, as the tones of the phase yield a present effect without ever approaching an overbearing splash of "too much". The difference in the standard vs EVH push button are gentle, so typically i roll with the button engaged to EVH. The speed settings are easy to find great tones, as it sounds great in many areas, depending on the material. This pedal has become a set and forget it, as the effect sounds so great delivering classic EVH vibe. It is a pleasure knowing the effect will always sound great and you can spend more time playing and less time tweaking endless parameters.

I usually find effects annoying and enjoy straight ahead guitar to amp tones...but this phase has a soothing effect on the listener making it real easy to jam for sustained periods without inducing the usual fatigue associated with phasers.


MXR knocked it out of the park on this one and I am sure to try the EVH Flanger at some point in the near future.
James...10/01/2011

James...'s review"Its THAT phaser sound"

MXR EVH90 Phase 90
This is a simple pedal at face value, and in truth it is very simple. Just one knob? Well that's all you need. It's a phaser...sort of. And there's no need for a ton of parameter knobs with this pedal. Because it's not trying to be all phasers at once. It knows exactly what it is.

UTILIZATION

Seems solid enough. MXR boxes are generally a cut above everything else in their price range. But these days if you don't have metallic housing and metal switches, most people won't bother. The large knob is a nice feature on a lot of these style pedals. MXR gets high marks for ease of use and reliability here in my book.

SOUND QUALITY

Here's the thing. This is not a traditional phaser. Yes it does have that 80's jet engine thing going on. But you would expect this since it is after all the EVH phaser and his whole sound is basically a very flagrant thick jet style phaser. It's definitely not subtle. If you want a musical phaser or a vintage style one, this is not your pedal. If you want the EVH solo phase tone this will get it. It also does that crazy 90's phase that you hear so much in grunge rock stuff. Here's the thing though, it also has a lot of chorusing going on, and for that it's not just a true jet phaser. It's honestly a bit of a unique effect. Want a vintage phaser that sounds simpler? Get EHX or a more boutique offering. People say this thing sounds a lot like a script logo but I don't hear it. The script is way more subtle.

OVERALL OPINION

About the only thing it could use it some sort of tempo control since it's heavy on 'swirls' as some people call them. But using the single knob you can get about any territory you need. This isn't a do it all phaser by any means. But a lot of people, not just EVH fans seem to love it. I personally like it a lot for some solos and wacky passages. Outside of that I rarely use it. I'm not a phase nut anyway. For the price it's pretty good. Not an insane deal but you do get what you pay for.
Hatsubai05/18/2011

Hatsubai's review"Great sounding Phaser"

MXR EVH90 Phase 90
The EVH Phase 90 is one of the pedals that Eddie helped design. He was one of the guitarists that helped make this effect really stand out, so it was only natural for MXR to offer Eddie his own signature pedal. The EVH Phase 90 differs from the normal one in that it has the classic EVH stripes, an LED and a special button to select between script and block mode.

UTILIZATION

The EVH MXR Phase 90 is a great Phaser for those looking for a decently priced Phaser without having it be as thin sounding as the current standard production MXR Phase 90. The pedal is super easy to use to the point where it doesn't need a manual at all. The biggest difference with this, aside from the LED and slight revoicing, is that this has a button to select between the old school script mode and the new school block mode. Most people will be running this in the script mode, so I'm not really sure why they decided to add that feature.

SOUND QUALITY

The pedal sounds great for those looking for that classic Phase 90 sound. Where was block can sound a bit thin, script mode seems to be the closest sounding to the old school Phase 90 sounds that MXR was so well known for back in the day. The effect is so simple to use and easy to get a great sound out of that it's truly idiot proof. EVH used to run the knob all the way down and use it on his solos, so try that. Personally, I keep the knob somewhere around 10 o'clock for my leads.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're in the market for a good sounding phaser that won't break the bank, check out one of these. While it doesn't sound quite as good as the custom shop '74 Phase 90, it does still sound good. It's also cheaper and has an adapter plug, unlike the custom shop version. I highly recommend adding one of these to your board.
iamqman03/25/2011

iamqman's review"Great phase"

MXR EVH90 Phase 90
If you are a huge fan of Van Halen and need a quality phase pedal than this is for you. With the Frankenstein EVH graphics this is a must for the guitar player who is going for the Eruption tone. It is a simple Phase 90 type pedal in that it only has one control knob. In addition this pedal it has a mini button to switch from modern block logo phase to script phase. So when engaging the script button there you will find the early Van Halen phase tones. This is where this pedal lives in my opinion. Keep in on the block logo side and you will get new phase tones coming from today's modern music. However, the change is very subtle. The phase knob sweeps just the regular Phase 90 and the range is extremely pleasant

UTILIZATION

Just like its big brother the Phase 90 it only has one control knob. In addition this has basically an EVH resurrection mini button. This button goes into script phase from block phase which essentially the phase waveform is changed. So basically this makes this phaser two phases in one. Which is a nice option to have.

The manual has some suggested setting that will help you get that Eruption tone. So that was a nice feature

SOUND QUALITY

If you like the simplistic value of a phase 90 and are a fan of EVH then this is the pedal for you. It has that all so recognizable Frankenstein graphics which are very cool.

This pedal needs to go in front of an overdriven plexi Marshall of some sort. with a variac on the end of course. You'll need a super Strat like the EVH Charvel art series with the same graphics if you can find one used. Couple that with a 4x12 with G13H30 speakers from Celestion and you'll have EVH's tone in hand. doesn't mean you'll sound like him but at least you be there with the equipment.

OVERALL OPINION

I love this pedal! I love the graphics and the option to go from block to script phaser. It looks so good on the pedal board. Couple this with an EVH flanger with the white Frankenstein graphics and you'll be set. This pedal is priced at around $130 bucks which is a little higher than the regular phase 90, but still a great price for a great pedal.

I would recommend this pedal to any fan of Eddie and anyone who needs a simple phase pedal that has a nice option to change from script to block phases.
yoyoland06/25/2014

yoyoland's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Phaser top"

MXR EVH90 Phase 90
Phasing effect purely and simply
Switch with Eddie Van Halen

The color of the pedal and the LED are beautiful

UTILIZATION

A switch a knob, I think we can not simpler.
It is very easy to adjust, you plug it rotates and plays.

SOUND QUALITY

This is really a very very nice pedal. The small switch EVH allows a preset, the sound of the master.

Clearly not as saturated, it sounds ...

Otherwise the race knob is very effective, set to 11h c sound halenien van, 13 to 14h, c rather hendrixien. C frankly a very reactive pedal. and set to background, as its pretty funny c ..

I used a PRS Custom 22, now on a Les Paul custom shop reissue 1958 is terrible. At my pedalboard, it is placed so it can be used either before saturation (one of my amp) after saturation (g pedals for OD and Fuzz Disto passing him before).

I would say that I prefer rhythmic ME before saturation, but for leads I prefer to have it before, especially coupled with a small delay type in MXR Carbon Copy

OVERALL OPINION

Used in recent years, this pedal is not ready to leave my board, I tried anything else before, I wanted this pedal, referring me to a lot of reviews and video on the internet. And EVH switch is really a little more.

Very good value for money, I really do not want to change
ZeB-WolFie01/14/2013

ZeB-WolFie's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" No better than a Phase 90 R28 mod standard!"

MXR EVH90 Phase 90
The classic phase 90 R28 switchable modification and finishing evh ...

UTILIZATION

Nothing is easier as all the phaser brand. Namely, the effect of centering is done by the internal trimpot, attention well locate and mark the factory setting before touching.

SOUND QUALITY

Engaged with the mod, script position, the sound is cleaner than the standard phase 90 and there less distortion in the effect but we are still far from the original phase 90 or excellent reissue of the custom shop csp026.

OVERALL OPINION

Sold for a long csp026. For a phaser rather modern and rather strong but it is very good for those in search of his vintage no hesitation: csp026. And for those who has true bypass, LED and power supply absent from csp026 could miss csp026 or modified in AnalogMan Whirlwind Orange box ;)
MAD611401/06/2013

MAD6114's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" An excellent phaser foremost"

MXR EVH90 Phase 90
This is the famous analog phaser MXR Phase 90, but the colors of Van Halen. Being a fan of Eddie, I love the design of this pedal and I resigned myself to be a victim of marketing and pay a little more expensive! ... For others, the classic MXR Phase 90 pedal should be enough, the switch script / modern do not justify a priori the price difference.
The size of the nano pedal is handy on a pedalboard and it can be fed in a conventional manner 9V (negative polarity at the center as the most power).

UTILIZATION

Using ultra simple, one knob. Personally I use three knob positions: position 1/4 VH his classic position half its type Leslie, 3/4 position its type tremolo.
It is nevertheless regrettable that there is no effect level knob, but it is naturally well proportioned.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound of the MXR Phase 90 has proven, just look at the number of professionals who integrate Pedalboards this pedal, it is not by chance. The phaser is very musical, there is no frequency screaming like phasers cheaps.
Personally I position the switch in the "modern" even if the impact is actually not revolutionary, on my gear I think it adds a bit of definition to the phasing effect.
Regarding the sound of Van Halen, nothing wrong, the test is simple: I plug my EVH Wolfgang tube in a Marshall, I set the phaser to about 1/4, I play the intro and Atomic Punk I seem to hear the album!

OVERALL OPINION

An excellent phaser, his legend and not just that of Van Halen, but you pay a bit expensive design EVH ...
I use it for 7 years after having had a cheap Ibanez phaser, and I see no reason to change.
ezekielhimself01/05/2013

ezekielhimself's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good effect"

MXR EVH90 Phase 90
This is a Phaser, like "phase 90" with good color friend Eddie!
as it says it is a pedal "Phase" and click on it stage! just a big knob on the pedal to set the intensity of the effect, pure analog, true bypass pedalboard put in a brief it fulfills that function, side connections that could not be more simple, input, output a power supply or ability to work the pedal with a 9 volt battery. There is also a button on the top left "script" engaged or not, the sound does not change ... I read on various forums that this feature is supposed to allow the sound deteriorates when multiple pedals are not triggered true to say that is not obvious, not to say non-existent ....

UTILIZATION

There is a manual, but it is of no use here, we click and it works, turn the knob to stage it more or less, taking less than five minutes hand shows hands after dairy business is like it or not, I personally do not find much difference with the "Phase 90 and Phase 100" from MXR also in the same register there to "Small Stone" from Electro-Harmonix, a bit more "vintage" once again a matter of taste!

SOUND QUALITY

effect and effective and of good quality, made for the guitar, it is convincing in its clear saturation, tweaks and it would almost "Eddie" himself, or at least "close to the truth"

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 3 years sporadically, I am generally quite satisfied, the grain is modern in comparison to the "Small Stone" Electro-Harmonix, the downside is that I think it does quite indistinguishable from other "Phase" from MXR, it is a little more expensive because it is the line "EVH" all for a painting is a bit bad, despite this, is a pedal MXR EVH90 quality robust and that sound will delight fans of the genre.
Dlz01/05/2013

Dlz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

MXR EVH90 Phase 90
This collector's edition of the classic MXR is very successful aesthetically.
This is not seen in the pictures but the paint is excellent, generally the pedal is very classy.

Certainly the most beautiful pedal my pedalboard.

Beyond the aesthetics, it's classic nano size - supply. standard.

There is also (in an attempt to justify the collector's edition by anything other than the pretty paint) a small switch to slightly change the sound (modern phaser / vintage)

UTILIZATION

Plug and play.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound quality is the rendezvous is a classic.

The switch to change the type of phaser does little to nothing, unlike modern / vintage is very subtle (like the switch "mod" the analog delay of the same brand).

OVERALL OPINION

The big problem with this pedal is the price / quality ratio compared to a non collector pedal (about 155 € instead of 95 ....)

Basically you pay 60 € for a coat of paint and a switch pretty useless ....

This is annoying compared to Phase 90 basic and also in relation to small stone (EXH) which sounds great (a little more personality character, the MXR is also more subtle neutral) and costs about sixty of euros.