There is a good reason why the MXR Phase 100 is still around!
Maybe you have an MXR Phase 90, maybe you are thinking of buying one, or maybe you are considering an upgrade. Either way the MXR Phase 100 M-107 is a great alternative to the Phase 90 if you want a bit more control over the overall shape of the wet signal. As the older cousin of the MXR Phase 90, the Phase 100 offers the same great tone but a few more features. The biggest difference is the notch control that lets you select the wave pattern. In conjunction with the speed control, you can dial in the exact phase sound that you want.
There are four wave pattern selections and, of course, the speed control is completely variable. The MXR Phase 100 takes up considerably more real-estate on your pedal board, but that is the price of having a more fine-tuned control over the effect. The biggest difference between this re-issue and the original is that you can use the Dunlop ECB003 AC Power Supply instead of a 9-volt battery.
At the end of the day, you’ve got that same classic plush, swishy phase swoop that can be heard on many classic rock albums, such as Van Halen I (“I’m the one” and “Eruption”) and Some Girls by the Rolling Stones (“Beast of Burden”). The key to these great tones is that each guitarist knows just how much to use and when to use it. When used poorly, you get that obvious cyclical pattern that cries out: “Hi, I’m a phase shifter pedal, and the person using me didn’t take the time to get a good mix; he just turned it on and started playing…” Yuk!
When implanted nicely in your signal path, the MXR Phase 100 can push your tone in just the right way so that it is enveloped in a molasses that listeners will not be able to detect, but will know, somehow, that you just sound great. This pedal is a lot of fun to play with: putting the MXR Phase 100 before or after key effects such as delay an yield some pretty other-worldly sounds.
However you choose to do it, the Phase 100 is a great phase shifter guitar pedal that does not require a degree in quantum mechanics to operate. Wave pattern, speed, indication light, selector switch; that’s it. No fuss, no muss, just great phase.
MXR PHASE 100 M107 Demo