Tweet on Twitter The idea for this article came about when I purchased a box of effects pedals from the owner of a music store which had closed in the late seventies. Most were new old stock Electro-Harmonix with a few other brands mixed in. I spent several hours deciding which I found useful and thought others might profit from the information. I have searched diligently through the years for the Duane Allman, Dickey Betts type guitar sound. After playing through at least 50 different amps the last two years I arrived at the ever popular Fender Bassman. This amp is a dual rectifier amp and sounds delicious at all volumes with all types of guitars. I go into detail here as this amp was my tone base for all testing. Those of us working in smaller venues, clubs etc. Achieving a singing sustain and fat tone in a small rehearsal space or a club is a different animal entirely.
Dating an MXR Phase 90 w/ 1/8″ DC Jack
I was in one of the local guitar shops not long ago; one that sells second-hand pedals. In their pile they had this: I asked how much they wanted for it and they told me that it was broken.
It’s all there, but needs work. Here’s what we know. When we first powered the unit up slowly on our Vari-Ac, it started climbing in current to almost 3 amps by the time we approached 60 volts. The motor would not turn at almost 60 volts. I disconnected the motor and brought it up on the Vari-AC by itself with similar results. I tried to spin the motor with my fingers, and it started turning, but had a lot of “un-lubricated” bearing noise. I then lightly and superficially, lubed the motor and at 60 volts it ran pretty well, but still had a lot of current draw, almost 3 amps.
The motor windings, while they don’t smell bad, are very dark so I’m guessing the motor needs to be re-wound, repaired or replaced. Other than the shape of the axel it’s a standard AC motor that’s used in most motor driven devices. Should be able to interchange the armature with another motor. The electrolytic caps seemed to be holding charge fine. I didn’t see any other burnt or problematic parts. The heads are all there, but I don’t know their condition.
Again, this is a project that will need to be restored as it’s 40 years old.
About Guitars Buying a new guitar is a considerable investment for most of us. An instrument is all about inspiration. You are the musician and the guitar is the tool you use to express your feelings and music. This has nothing to do with what models you choose or how much they cost. Some basic knowledge about the different wood types, neck and body profiles, pickups etc will help you in making the best choice.
This website is frequently updated. Last update October I do not want to repeat the information that can be found there, but I felt since I do my own thing here with sound clips that a general guide to those effects is necessary, but I highly recommend you check out Gilmourish for a comprehensive guide to all of David Gilmour’s gear and an album by album gear guide.
Below is a guide to the basic effects gear needed to create a typical David Gilmour lead tones as heard on Pink Floyd studio and live recordings. I have used every one of these effects at one time or another. This is not a comprehensive list of every effect Gilmour ever used, but just a general guide for getting the tones.
It goes without saying that you should use a Stratocaster type guitar with vintage style single coil pickups for the majority of Gilmour’s tones, and most importantly, learn to play in a similar style. A vintage style wah pedal, like a Vox Wah, can also be used for some very early Pink Floyd, such as the bird like screams you hear in the middle section of Echoes, and the wailing sounds heard on Is There Anybody Out There.
Additional pedals like a Digitech Whammy for Marooned and The Blue and a volume pedal can be used for certain songs. EMG-SA pickups were also key to the tones from this era.
Is MXR phase 90 analog?
I just finnished building the Pez90, or a clone of the mxr90 phaser. Beacuse it does not have that over-the-top-swooishooiiish that some other phasers have, it phases in the midrange somehow, I dont like when phasers swooishes in the top frequencies, allmost removing the bottom. You can trim this a bit and I did not set it on the top position because of this.
I got a pcb from Francisco, and it was the B version or the B2 version as I beleive it does exists 2 types of the B version. I got 2N I actually build two Pez
The original MXR and Dunlop layout has had considerable modifications; the first models used 6 single op-amps while the latest utilize 3 dual op-amps. Last models include smd components and pcb mounted jacks. This is the summary of the different versions of the Phase 90 circuit. During the years some circuit modifications appeared: Finally the six single op-amps were replaced for three dual op-amps.
LED and adapter jack were added during the process.
Should I buy a new amp or some new guitar pedals? I was just wandering because my amp is terrible with my current setup and creates a lot of background noise and stuff. It will take forever to save enough for the amp stack though, since I just turned 15 and have no job.
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One of the best flangers from the early days and the flanger of choice by EVH back in the early days of Van Halen. This one is in typical rough cosmetic condition, with a replacement cord, but works perfectly and sounds fantastic. Bill Finnegan built around of the original Centaurs on a folding table, all by hand. Players feel these pedals emulate the sound of a tube amp better than any other overdrive, with the best of a TS tone, but not compressed sounding.
Despite being ramped up for production, these are frequently out of stock by many dealer. Batch number V dates it to The ES ‘s were near the bottom of the price list for Gibson archtops of this era, but that only means minimal cosmetics appointments as it was built by the same craftsmen who built their fancier models. Although Gibson made a thin-body version T , this is the original full depth 3. Other features include
The Dyna Comp Mini Compressor combines classic tone and modern convenience in a housing that’s nearly half the size of the original, featuring an all-new Attack switch to toggle between slow and fast attack times. Housed in a rugged aluminum enclosure, the tuner features fast note detection, superb accuracy, wide calibration range and true-bypass wiring with an easily accessible foot switch.
The tuner’s full-color vertical display allows for quick intuitive tuning at home, in the studio or on stage. Building on Seymour Duncan’s original Shape Shifter, it’s now significantly smaller and features stereo inputs and outputs, Phase control between outputs and an expanded rate range, while a blinking LED knob like the one found on the Vapor Trail analog delay gives you a visual representation of the tempo, and stays engaged even when the unit is in bypass so you can alter the rate in between parts of your song.
The Shape Shifter provides a natural, first-class sound that is rich, authentic and highly customizable.
Gear History Phasers offer everything from slow, subtle whoosh to dramatic ray gun zaps, and they are used by musicians in all genres of music. One such device is the MXR Phase Born in , the original Script Logo Phase 90 was named after its cursive branding. A few years later, the fancy writing was gone and a new block logo took over. MXR succumbed to bankruptcy in , but the brand was resurrected by Jim Dunlop and production resumed, complete with new features, such as LED power indicators and the option to use a power supply instead of a battery.
Script Logo Phase 90 The original and granddaddy to them all. The first version of the Phase 90 had no power supply option or LED indicator, just a battery compartment and one knob to control phaser speed. For collectors, this is perhaps the most sought after version due to its O. Script Logo Block Logo Block Logo Phase 90 This version received a cosmetic change by way of a different font and is the basis of the modern reissue.
He probably had several of them, and may have had both Script and Block versions. In an interview with Guitar World, he mentions he picked up his first Phase 90 in the mid-’70s, so it could have been either version.
MXR Vintage Pedals- Block vs Script
American Rock Guitarists Delay Pedals There are nearly as many delay pedals as there are distortion pedals. Delay pedals bring an echo effect to your guitar’s sound. You can choose between digital delay pedals, which use digital signal processing, and analog delay pedals, which use bucket-brigade chips and capacitors.
This is an excerpt from the all-new November issue of Guitar World. Earlier this year, in preparation for the 40th anniversary of MXR, its parent company, Dunlop Manufacturing, took a survey to learn how guitarists perceive the pedal maker. Notably, the runner-up received fewer than half as many mentions. Did you use any pedals when you were a kid and learning to play?
A wah-wah was probably the first pedal that I ever tried. I probably borrowed it from a buddy. How did you discover MXR pedals? A really good friend of mine named Terry Kilgore and I were the so-called gunslingers in Pasadena back in the mid Seventies. We jammed together and would trade licks and have a lot of fun. I went to one of his band rehearsals once, and that was when I first saw a Phase He used to play a lot of Robin Trower stuff.
I decided to pick one up for myself.
Dating my Phase 90
Even knowing that it’s a product of Robert Keeley’s renowned expertise at crafting outstanding overdrive and boost pedals and a collaborative effort with a Plenty of companies release guitar pedals that promise raging full-stack tones in a box. But if you’ve ever played some of these pedals, you’ve probably noticed that they often fall short of delivering the promised crushing metal tones you’ve been looking for. The guitar effects industry is and always has been an eye-filling landscape pockmarked with never-ending, cavernous rabbit holes.
Some of us who traverse this plane seeking a sound all our own find ourselves unproductively wrapped up in ancillary selling points, designating ever-changing value and brokering favor based on how high the latest offering sets
Full Review The Sea Machine V2 is one of the most functional and resourceful chorus pedals on the market. The Sea Machine V2 offers state-of-the-art sound quality and modification choices rarely found elsewhere. Ranging from lightweight chilly chorus to a wilder metal-like tone, it can fit in various pedal setups on your board, and it will adapt to your needs, thus follow your guitar every step of the way. The Sea Machine is one of those pedals that offer much more than what its price suggests, if you in need of some sweet chorus with extensive customization, this pedal should be your first choice.
With chorus pedals, moderation is absolutely the key. While this applies to most effects pedals out there, it is even more imperative in relation to chorus effects. It is very easy to push things overboard and destroy your organic tone without even realizing it. Before we get to specific settings, we have to spend a moment talking about the placement of this pedal in your signal chain. We discuss guitar effects pedal placement in depth here , but we will give you the relevant summary just in case.
Due to its nature of copying, delaying and putting back together the input signal, chorus should be placed near the end of the signal chain. The main reason for this is the fact that you want all of your other effects applied before this deconstruction takes place. One is going to be Rate and the other is Depth. They might not always be labeled as such, but those are the core controls of an average chorus pedals.
Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Pedal
Sat Feb 21, 9: Please read the whole thing before passing judgement The and photos of Ed’s amps and pedalboards are just that.
Still, the song that brings out the enthusiastic grin on most of us is of course Dogs. Dogs dates back to the middle of the Dark Side of the Moon tour. David wrote most of the music later stated that he was particularly proud of the chord progression. The earliest version even had a long choir part in the middle section, similar to what David and Richard used to do on the 4-piece live version of Atom. Throughout the tour Roger would rewrite the lyrics several times as David found it too hard to sing — there were just too many words Musician, August Sheep and Dogs revealed a heavier side of Pink Floyd.
Although the band never fully entered the prog rock scene they used elements in their compositions blending it with their deep roots in blues and jazz.