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MXR Phase 45, underappreciated?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Blues Twanger, Jan 14, 2021.

  1. Blues Twanger

    Blues Twanger Tele-Afflicted

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    The MXR Phase 45 is the only phaser I've ever kept. I appreciate it for it's subtleness as a more typical phaser sound is more coloration than I want.

    It is also a surprisingly good cheat pedal on a small board for informal or low key stuff. It can fake well enough as a chorus, a leslie, and a vibrato to get me through.

    Anyone else on board with the 45?
     
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    I have the 95. Which has all the features of the 45, and the 90. I like the 45 sounds a lot. For most of my gigs I set it to “45” and “modern”. But I dig that it also has the the script and 90 settings available if I want them.
     
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    I bought a new one a few months ago. Sounded fine when turned on, but when switched off, it cut EVERYTHING, including all sound from the amp. Also, wasn’t a fan of it not having a dc adapter. I had an mxr eq pedal years ago and vaguely remember having some sort of issue with it too. So yeah, no more mxr products for me. But yeah, it’s a shame that the phase 45 would a the only one I ever tried that sounded good too. But they apparently suffer from very shoddy qc
     
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    I never needed anything other than a Phase 90. I think it’s the perfect phase sound. Every time I try something else, it’s back to the 90.
     
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    I like having the 45 option on my Phase 95. It does that subtle, always-on sweetening like Don Felder had on the Joe Walsh live album, You Can’t Argue With A Sick Mind. “Walk Away” is a good example.
     
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    I've never had a quality issue with an MXR product myself, and that over 25 years.
     
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    Me neither. Over thirty for me.
     
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    Ditto.
     
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    I had the 95 and found myself gravitating towards the subtler sounds so I ended up using the Phase 45 sound 99% of the time.

    I have a Walrus Lillian now, it's very good for the subtle stuff.

    In terms of just the MXR stuff.. once I realized I liked the Phase 45 sound better than the Phase 90 I would have been happier just having a Phase 45 instead of a Phase 95.
     
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    I happen to be a big fan of 2-stage phasers like the MXR Phase 45 and DOD 201 Phasor-- I think they have a more subtle, more "organic" sound than the typical 4-stage (MXR Phase 90, EHX Small Stone, Maxon Phase Tone) and 6-stage (MXR Phase 100, EXH Bad Stone) phasers. My personal preference is for the DOD 201, but every sample I've heard from the Phase 45 was almost equally-good-- I just wish Dunlop would make a version that wasn't battery-only.
     
  11. Blues Twanger

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    FWIW adding a power jack is pretty easy. I've done it to one before but my current iteration I left alone. Firstly because it's the custom shop handwired one, secondly because my mini board has a five lead power supply and currently holds six pedals, by default this was easiest to leave battery only. It lasts a long time.
     
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    I love mine. I’ve had a few different phasers, but after messing with all sorts of infinitely micro adjustable pedals, the only-has-one-knob-and-only-does-one-thing old school straightforwardness of the Phase 45 is refreshing. It’s deep, swirly, and the oscillation speed can be adjusted from smooth and subtle to maximum psychedelic warble. I mean, what else do you need a phaser to do?
     
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    I’m currently using a Phase 95 and it’s perfect for my needs, but the EQD Grand Orbiter does it all. I kinda wish I hadn’t sold mine.
     
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    Me. I still have the one I bought in 1975, added a 9V power jack (center positive which is reverse of standard, but the emclosure is wired to negative so need to use a reversing plug from the PSU) and pull it out and stick it on a board for a while every now and then. It also had a slight boost which I found useful back then.
     
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