Phasing is a popular pedal effect for electric guitars. Used widely in Psychedelic music of the mid to late 1960's, notably Itchycoo Park by British rock band Small Faces, and subsequently in the 1970's by Steve Hackett and Brian May and many more.
Phasing is an effect which splits the signal of the sound and changes it so that it – effectively – it goes round in circles. When the sounds match in the split signals, they cancel each other out, creating a dipping effect.
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If you're looking for quality, ease of use and eco-friendliness, our Number 1 choice of the best phaser pedals is the MXR M290 Phase 95 Mini Guitar Effects Pedal.
This pedal offers spectacular swirling sounds and the versatility of switching between the MXR 90 and the MXR 45: both of which are extremely popular phasers.
It's very small and extremely sturdy: you would struggle to break one! As you'd expect with a mini pedal, it doesn't have a 9V battery option, but this will encourage you to plug it in... meaning no dead-battery disasters!
For the more budget constrained our option would be the Behringer Vintage Phaser VP1.
It's very sturdy for a budget pedal and also offers a quality phaser effect! Not bad at all for the price and certainly worth it if the higher end pedals aren't an option.
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At a Glance: Our Choice Of The 5 Best Phaser Pedals On The Market
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And The Winner Is...
Wow! Aren't they all fantastic?
The Behringer offers astounding value, the TC Electronic offers innovative technology and the MXR 90 and the Whirlwind Rochester both offer sturdiness, style and stability.
However, it was the MXR M290 Phase 95 Mini Guitar Effects Pedal that we fell in love with.
It's difficult to resist a pedal that offers the versatility of two high quality pedals, at half of the environmental cost of one of them! Its charming miniature appearance, and the genuine coolness of all of the sounds it offers helped, too.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!