Well, if it's pumpkin orange, it must be an MXR Phase 90 knockoff, right? My Phaze Craze pedal does indeed have it's roots in the venerable MXR "Script" phaser, but taken to a whole other level. Starting with the two-knob version of the BYOC Script 90 Phaser kit, I then applied the "ultimate fully loaded phaser" mod devised by "Kahel", one of the pedal gurus at the BYOC Forums. This mod added several features, including:
- A "feedback" (i.e. resonance) control pot to control the amount of processed signal fed back though the phase-shifting stages
- A "mix" control to adjust the ratio of wet & dry signals to the output
- A toggle to switch between Phase 90 and Phase 45 modes (the latter has only one pair of phase-shift stages vs. the Phase 90's two, so the effect is more subtle)
- A second toggle to switch between the normal phase mode and a "vibe" mode, which uses an asymmetric group of capacitors to give a more uneven, warbly character to the tone modulation. It's far from a true Univibe sound, but it's noticeably different from the phase mode.
The Feedback and Mix controls compliment the stock Rate and Depth controls nicely, giving you a much wider range of achievable phased sounds. The Phase 45 and Vibe modes seem less useful to me; though they work well enough, they require a tweak of the pedal's internal trim pot to maximize the phase effect, which is kind of a pain in the butt. However, drilling a 1/4" hole in the bottom of the enclosure directly over the trim pot enables access to it without needing to remove the bottom cover. But I find that I like the stock Phase 90 mode well enough that I just leave the pedal set up that way most of the time and enjoy the lush, swoopy sounds it produces. The pedal covers the gamut from Trower to Gilmour to Van Halen very capably.
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