1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

Phaser vs Tremolo

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by telereissue, Jan 26, 2021.

  1. telereissue

    telereissue TDPRI Member

    Age:
    30
    Posts:
    88
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2020
    Location:
    Georgia
    Which effect do you use more on your pedalboard, and why?
     
    Terrygh1949 likes this.
  2. Mr.Ike

    Mr.Ike Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    259
    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2011
    Location:
    Albany,NY
    Phaser gets my vote.
     
    Reivaj and jman72 like this.
  3. Mark the Moose

    Mark the Moose Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    45
    Posts:
    1,253
    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2018
    Location:
    Erie, CO
    I have two amps with nice bias vary tremolos. I keep it on a little all the time as part of my basic clean tone. It provides a little bit of motion in the mix and just sounds beautiful. I only recently picked up a phaser, still figuring out when I might actually use it.
     
  4. GuitarsBuicks

    GuitarsBuicks Tele-Holic

    Age:
    24
    Posts:
    685
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2020
    Location:
    Somewhere between here and there
    Phaser because the Trem/Vibrato on my SRRI didn't work when I bought it...not that I would you it that often anyways. Phaser all the way.
     
    telereissue likes this.
  5. telereissue

    telereissue TDPRI Member

    Age:
    30
    Posts:
    88
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2020
    Location:
    Georgia
    I'm looking at the Phase 45.
     
  6. GuitarsBuicks

    GuitarsBuicks Tele-Holic

    Age:
    24
    Posts:
    685
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2020
    Location:
    Somewhere between here and there
    Put the speed around 9:30 on a clock face, then go listen to Ol' Waylon's stuff...or stuff about Ol' Waylon

     
    rjtwangs, Maguchi, _dave_ and 6 others like this.
  7. GuitarsBuicks

    GuitarsBuicks Tele-Holic

    Age:
    24
    Posts:
    685
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2020
    Location:
    Somewhere between here and there
    Get the Phase 95. It has two phase 45's and two phase 90's. It's probably the best bang for your buck.
     
    j5jarod777, tanplastic, pi and 6 others like this.
  8. GuitarsBuicks

    GuitarsBuicks Tele-Holic

    Age:
    24
    Posts:
    685
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2020
    Location:
    Somewhere between here and there
    Or if you prefer, get the Phase 90 script and set it really really slow. It's a lot more suptle that one would think. Although the Phase 45 is just as good, it's to subtle for my tastes.
     
  9. Jakedog

    Jakedog Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    20,553
    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2003
    Location:
    The North Coast
    Phaser. I actually use it. If I’m being truthful, I think trem is a way cooler effect. But I haven’t used it on a gig or rehearsal in forever. I use the phaser at least once a night.

    I second the opinion above about the Phase 95. I have one. Killer pedal. It’s got script and block setting for both the 45 and the 90. And you can mix and match. It’s the best phaser I’ve had.
     
    Telecaster88, igor5 and GreatDaneRock like this.
  10. GuitarsBuicks

    GuitarsBuicks Tele-Holic

    Age:
    24
    Posts:
    685
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2020
    Location:
    Somewhere between here and there
    It was my first pedal. I now own both a Block Phase 90, and that one. I think the Block version in the 95 is a little more harsh than that of the regular current production 90. They are both equally good in my opinion.
     
    Jakedog likes this.
  11. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    10,470
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Location:
    Left of the Left Coast
    I only play for my own amusement, so my thoughts on the matter are irrelevant, but I've owned a phase shifter since 1982-ish, and rarely used it (except for the manual setting, it's a Bad Stone). I've tried, but it just wasn't "me." Tremolo, on the other hand, I use a lot. Like probably too much. I don't see them as either/or, though.
     
  12. GuitarsBuicks

    GuitarsBuicks Tele-Holic

    Age:
    24
    Posts:
    685
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2020
    Location:
    Somewhere between here and there
    I don't use my bad stone nearly as much as my Phase 90, which is almost always on.
     
  13. funkysoul

    funkysoul Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    515
    Joined:
    May 14, 2013
    Location:
    greece
    I bought a phaser....then I haven't much to do with it and sold it....life brought me a Joyo tremolo from a trade that I really wasn't need but I kept it....so now I can play nicely some CCR... That's all
     
  14. Mark617

    Mark617 TDPRI Member

    Age:
    53
    Posts:
    90
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2021
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Script 90 , set it to 9 o’clock
     
  15. Boxla

    Boxla Tele-Meister

    Age:
    46
    Posts:
    470
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2017
    Location:
    Jahmerica
    I've used the same phaser for 25 years and use it somewhat frequently. I've recently removed my tremelo pedal from my board for the 4th time. I want to like and use a tremelo pedal but in the end I don't like it all that much and seldom use it. To make it playable for me, I need to turn the effect down so much, that I find there's no reason to suck up space and loss.
     
  16. regularslinky

    regularslinky Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,268
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Location:
    NEPA USA
    I got one of these so I don't have to choose.
     
    _dave_, Tweeker, BorderRadio and 2 others like this.
  17. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Age:
    63
    Posts:
    91,371
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Location:
    Austin, Tx
    I use Tremolo a lot, Phaser, a little.
    I only use a phase shifter when I want to impersonate Waylon.
    I love Tremolo, I like phase shifting.
     
  18. D_Malone

    D_Malone Tele-Holic

    Age:
    50
    Posts:
    562
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2018
    Location:
    Ferndale, MI
    I like subtle phaser, but I LOVE tremolo.

     
  19. codamedia

    codamedia Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    5,406
    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2009
    Location:
    Western Canada
    Tremolo has been on my pedalboards for 30 years.... phasors come and go as required.

    There is no sinister plot... I simply play more material that requires tremolo than I do that requires phase... and I do have a preference of tremolo over phase.
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2021
    Maguchi, brookdalebill and D_Malone like this.
  20. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    9,332
    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2007
    Location:
    Manassas Park, VA
    For gigs, I used to use amp Tremolo when I was in a few different blues bands. And even then just for a few songs. ( I used the amp trem on a '67 Pro Reverb or '68 DR, or BJ+Boss Trem)

    - I've owned phase shifters when younger, but never really played music using them

    Today, I actually use a Boss Chorus Ensemble, set to a 'fast Leslie'/ organ kind of sound, for that funky Jimmie Vaughan " Wrap it Up" or " Hillbillies from Outer Space" - sound - just here and there, when I want to 'play organ' on a song or three.
     
    Maguchi and notroHnhoJ like this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.