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Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal

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Provides a wealth of vintage and modern phasing effects.

The Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal is jam-packed with vintage and modern phasing effects, including Rise and Fall modes for unique, unidirectional phasing. Syncing these phasing effects is as simple as tapping the Boss PH-3 pedal to tempo. Includes classic multistage phasers with selectable stages. Boss gives you a 5-year warranty with the PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal.

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Rise and fall modes 
Tap tempo synch
Multi-stage phasers with selectable stages

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BossPH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 90 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (67)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (5)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Good selection of effects (3)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great pedal in right position

Overall I like it. it is not a waste, it does not suck tone, and it offers diffrent flavors and then some. It is a usable pedal unlike some reviews Ive read....Read complete review

Overall I like it. it is not a waste, it does not suck tone, and it offers diffrent flavors and then some. It is a usable pedal unlike some reviews Ive read. I dont know what those folks are talking about, but I suspect some people have trouble playing guitar and want a proxy.
Good array of diffrent phasing effects, some classic, some new, and one unique. The rise and fall modes is where I think this thing shines. The step is cool when dialed in right. The 4 mode is a shot at classic phse 90, but a bit strong for my taste. There are 8,10,12 modes and each give a diffrent flavor and a bit of eq change. The rise and fall mode seems to have a fairly transparent eq colour. Ive owned a few phasers over the years (live bands for 30 yrs) and this thing can get real close to a phase 90, but not exact. Boss gets the generation right, but makes up for the mxr's heavy colour with an eq tweak. It's a decent rendition, but not my taste. I think this thing shines with a unique boss thing goin on in the rise/fall modes, and a cool bonus with the step mode. This pedal is usable.
Quality is typical of any boss pedal. The board inside uses surface technology which, in a way is great. It can not be modded very easily if at all, and deters fools from hacking up a pedal and then shove it on e-bay. This is why I do noy buy used pedals anymore. Every kid and his sister are opening up pedals and 'improving' them. You dont know what your buying anymore. The down side is if a resistor or cap did take a dive, it may not be repairable.


People are saying it sucks tone. It does not suck tone. But it is very sensative to where it is placed. When I first got it I had it in the effect loop of a plexi reissue (along with delays, Ect...) and it just wouldnt jive. WAY to pronounced on any mode,and I did not use it the rest of the gig. I honestly thought I blew money. I decided to try diffrent positions and found it works best in front of the amp close to the front of the chain. It acts like it wants to see guitar signal more than anything else. So it's second in line (after wha). Perfect. Next gig I was finding myself WANTING to use it for certain parts. So, again, It is a very usable pedal.

The tap tempo does work but on the fly you have to think ahead to get out of tap mode or youll be stuck for a bit holding the pedal down while trying to play. This will be tricky for budding players, but a minor hastle to vets. I dont really use a phasor that much to be tapping on the fly, but I think that is one reason Boss gets the money.
This price clams is alot for a phasor. Not that I have anything against phasing, but phasing is not normally a nessasary effect. But it does offer alot of bang for the buck for guys who use it alot. It require a bit of tweaking to dial in. It is a digital pedal, and that might effect price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not my kind of phaser

Bought this thinking it would do the job of a Phase 90 with an added bonus of giving me a lot more extras to play with. Even on the 4 stage setting, to me...Read complete review

Bought this thinking it would do the job of a Phase 90 with an added bonus of giving me a lot more extras to play with. Even on the 4 stage setting, to me it sounded far too digital and extreme even with the depth dialled back.. Also the volume dropped quite a bit when it was switched on. I sold it after a month or so and got a Hardwire, SP7 Phaser which I think is an excellent pedal despite being a digital also. To be honest if its just a 4 stage phaser sound you want, just go get the MXR Phase 90 and don't bother with multi mode digital phasers. I also have the Boss BF3 Flanger which is an outstanding capable and versatile Flanger which does the lot from a decent chorus sound through to rotary and into very extreme flanging sounds. The BF-3 does not sound digital, and I was expecting something as equally impressive with the PH3 but was let down soon as I plugged it in. To my ears it sounded too extreme and digital in every mode. I tried it in front and after my overdrive & distortion and I couldn't find a sound I liked. However if its extreme phasing you want or you like the digital phaser sound this might just be what you are looking for.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Boss PH-3

By Stephen Brauner

from NJ

Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

I don't know why so many reviews find fault with the pedal. True, this is a digital phaser, but it is extremely versatile. I have personally A/B'd it with my other 2 favorites, the EH Small Stone, and the MXR Phase 90, and the Boss can sound like either one. The trick is to keep the Stage knob set to '4'. To sound like a vintage Phase 90, make sure you keep the 'Resonance' control very low. To sound more like a Small Stone with the depth switch up, slowly increase the 'Resonance' knob. This unit can also sound like a MXR Phase 100 by setting the Stage knob to '10'. Yes, it does require tweaking, but all the classic sounds are there including Univibe type vibratos. The speed control has a large range. The step and rise modes are nice to have, but gimicky, and may not be to useful. Bravo Boss.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pedal in right position

By Red

from Illinois

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Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

Overall I like it. it is not a waste, it does not suck tone, and it offers diffrent flavors and then some. It is a usable pedal unlike some reviews Ive read. I dont know what those folks are talking about, but I suspect some people have trouble playing guitar and want a proxy.
Good array of diffrent phasing effects, some classic, some new, and one unique. The rise and fall modes is where I think this thing shines. The step is cool when dialed in right. The 4 mode is a shot at classic phse 90, but a bit strong for my taste. There are 8,10,12 modes and each give a diffrent flavor and a bit of eq change. The rise and fall mode seems to have a fairly transparent eq colour. Ive owned a few phasers over the years (live bands for 30 yrs) and this thing can get real close to a phase 90, but not exact. Boss gets the generation right, but makes up for the mxr's heavy colour with an eq tweak. It's a decent rendition, but not my taste. I think this thing shines with a unique boss thing goin on in the rise/fall modes, and a cool bonus with the step mode. This pedal is usable.
Quality is typical of any boss pedal. The board inside uses surface technology which, in a way is great. It can not be modded very easily if at all, and deters fools from hacking up a pedal and then shove it on e-bay. This is why I do noy buy used pedals anymore. Every kid and his sister are opening up pedals and 'improving' them. You dont know what your buying anymore. The down side is if a resistor or cap did take a dive, it may not be repairable.


People are saying it sucks tone. It does not suck tone. But it is very sensative to where it is placed. When I first got it I had it in the effect loop of a plexi reissue (along with delays, Ect...) and it just wouldnt jive. WAY to pronounced on any mode,and I did not use it the rest of the gig. I honestly thought I blew money. I decided to try diffrent positions and found it works best in front of the amp close to the front of the chain. It acts like it wants to see guitar signal more than anything else. So it's second in line (after wha). Perfect. Next gig I was finding myself WANTING to use it for certain parts. So, again, It is a very usable pedal.

The tap tempo does work but on the fly you have to think ahead to get out of tap mode or youll be stuck for a bit holding the pedal down while trying to play. This will be tricky for budding players, but a minor hastle to vets. I dont really use a phasor that much to be tapping on the fly, but I think that is one reason Boss gets the money.
This price clams is alot for a phasor. Not that I have anything against phasing, but phasing is not normally a nessasary effect. But it does offer alot of bang for the buck for guys who use it alot. It require a bit of tweaking to dial in. It is a digital pedal, and that might effect price.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extremely controllable Phaser

By Stew-ahzvj

from Columbus, Ohio

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Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

I got this pedal last Christmas and it is incredible. Unlike the phase 90 or small stone with this masterpiece you can controll the temmpo of your phase. It has several stages you can choose from and also has rise and fall phase selections. It also includes a step setting which is alot of fun to play around on. A bit pricey but a geat buy.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

More phasing sounds than your ears could ask for.

By Jonathan Travis

from Sucktown, Fl

Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

"Features" is the deciding factor for buying this effect. This pedal easily matches the sounds of the other popular phasers like the Phase 90 or Small Stone, but it also offers you so much more! I love the lowest stage (Stage 4) for an older classic phaser sound, but the higher stages are also very pleasant and useful. The "rate" goes from far too slow to far too fast-I like that! That means whateve speed I actualy DO want I can get! With the tap-tempo feature changing speeds during playing is easy. (After holding pedal down for 2 seconds the light blinks green to phasing speed. Now you can tap the pedal the speed you want w/out turning the knob.) It has modes that seem to continually rise or fall, plus the "step" mode which I don't personally care for, but again, it offers a broader range of sound than I need so I'm never left wanting. I don't have or even want a chorus or flanger because of this pedal.
I bought mine used. Who knows how old and used it was but I've been using it for 6 or 7 years. As any BOSS, no physical or electronic problems at all.
Totally worth every penny. It is many phasers in one box.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Extreme Pedal that is Difficult to Tame

By NoNick

from Beyond the Sun?

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Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

The negative reviews are true, this is a tone sucking volume dropping mess when placed after distortion and overdrive. You can solve part of the problem by putting it toward the front of your chain. But even at the front it still changes your tone due to the Boss buffer, so put a dedicated quality buffer pedal right after it. I used an inexpensive T1M Mini buffer to counteract what was happening. Now that you have solved the two biggest problems you can start to have some fun with this pedal.

This is a phaser for people who already own one or more quality phasers and want something more extreme to play around with. In that role it really performs. If you want the PH-3 to be the only phaser on your board, you are making a poor buying decision. If you want something to kick it into Smashing Pumpkins territory when paired with other pedals and maybe even another phaser after distortion, then this is what you want. I consider this one of those extreme pedals that can be great but are difficult to tame. Features like the Rise and Fall modes and the choice of up to 12 stages make it worth the effort.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Boss Phase is Awesome

By NORTHIDAHOJAM123

from Coeur d' Alene, Idaho

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

    Boss nailed it with this pedal,does more than I need it to do. I usually pick one setting and work with that. Easy to use, seems to loose a little volume but that's ok cause it's a thick effect so it's better that it doesn't jump out at 1st. Absolutely, buy one. There are great you tube's that explain what order to place effect pedals, really helps a lot. Rock On !

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Breaking Tradition

    By BIGT

    from Hollywood, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

        If you're a tone purist this pedal is not for you. If you like that classic 70's phase sound this pedal is NOT for you. If you like to experiment and break the rules then you should check this bad boy out.

        I'm a huge fan of this pedal. I'm very experimental and this pedal gives me a lot of options and untraditional phase sound and tone to work with. There are some more expensive phasers out there with just as many options/features that will sound "better" than this pedal. But I like the PH-3 because of it's volume and tone sucking shenanigans. Call me crazy, but that's why I like it. I like it's character and the sounds that I've been getting from it. I use this with some other (secret) effects and get some out of this world sounds. Go play one and see what you think.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Almost perfect...

        By TheWomberchomby

        from Ingalls IN

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        Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

        Once upon a time, I owned a Digitech Hyper Phase pedal. I didn't particularly care for the tones I got out of it, but I absolutely loved the step mode- It was the one reason I kept it around until I took a break from playing and sold off the majority of my equipment. Having returned to guitar, I decided I really wanted to play with that step phaser tone, but I didn't want to fight with the Digitech again. I tried this pedal at my local music store, and I loved every minute of it. Aside from having the Step feature I was after, the options presented in how many stages(4,8,10,12) the phaser uses allowed me to quickly and easily find neat and very musical sounds to play with. Thrilled, I purchased it and took it home. Sure, it was more than I planned on spending, but at that moment, it didn't matter.Then once I got it there some of the novelty wore off, allowing me to see some things I was not happy about. As other reviewers have mentioned, when you plug the pedal in it automatically turns on. Not a major problem, but definitely irritating. Also, there is a very apparent drop in volume when you engage the effect. With no level knob on the pedal, this could prove to be problematic in live situations. It eats batteries like none other, so either buy stock in Energizer or shell out the extra cash for the adapter.That said, I am still pleased with the sound that I get from this pedal, and I would really like to explore the possibilities of hooking an expression pedal to it. It is solidly built like all Boss pedals and I expect to enjoy this effect for years to come.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Mean Green Machine

        By Tubehed

        from Westminster, CA

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

          I think some people turn their noses up at this pedal because it is digital and doesn't come from a trendy boutique company. My advice, as with any piece of equipment, is to try the PH-3 out and decide for yourself. This pedal is capable of producing everything from subtle phase shifting to wild spacey synth-like sounds and everything in between. If you are just looking for a good basic meat-and-potatos phaser, I'd go for an EXH Small Stone or script logo MXR Phase 90. If you want a pedal that will do those sounds (perhaps with a bit less warmth and richness) while covering a great deal more sonic territory, then the PH-3 is well worth the price.

          The Hardwire SP-7 is also a multi function digital modeling phaser. I would give the SP-7 a slight advantage over the PH-3 in terms of sound quality. It sounds a bit more natural and analog compared to the Boss. If you plan to stick more to vintage and traditional phaser tones, I'd go with the Hardwire. If you want access to more adventurous and progressive sounds, the Boss really is the way to go.

          By the way, I do hear a moderate volume drop in 4 Stage mode that I wish wasn't there. However, I don't hear it with any of the other modes.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent

          By Plexi-Paul

          from PA

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          Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

          Great sounds are inside this pedal. It is very versitile. Love the tap tempo feature. It is one of my favorite phaser pedals.

          Truth be told, I did remove it from my live board. Not because of the sound, but a small nit picking feature. I mentioned the tap tempo...which as I stated earlier that I really liked. However, I found myself activating that feature while trying to turn it off during the middle of the song. It was errors on my part, but a side effect of a great idea. Not Boss's fault.

          Even though I don't currently use it today, it still sounds better then my script90 that I replaced it with. The script90 was smaller, 1 knob, and idiot proof :)

          I still highly recommend this pedal and will most likely return to it at some point.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Solid As Usual

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

          I wanted to replace my circa 1979 E-H Small Stone, I was gonna go for the EVH Phase 90, but that was expensive. So I plugged in the Boss Box and the EVH 90, and started A/B testing them ( with a Les Paul and Bandit amp). When the guys working at the store heard a particularly juicy tone and asked " Is that the Phase 90" ( and it was the Boss) I bought the Boss on the spot.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          BOSS PH-3

          By (-Ions)

          from Harlem, Ga

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          Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

          This is a simply amazing Phaser pedal. I can't find anything wrong with it at all so I'd recommend it to anyone in any style of music. Play at a fast rate with stage set to 4 or 8 and the depth at mid to get a nice wishy-ashy kinda sounds, or turn stage up to 12, set rate at about 3, and turn depth all the way up an awesome deep phaser. Anything and everything you plus some really odd sounds that you can pull out every once in a while for shock-value.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          CRAZY GOOD!!!!

          By Noiseisbetter!

          from New Hampshire

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          Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

          This is an awesome pedal. A lot of fun to mess with. Can achieve a spacey clean sound to a crazy alien invasion, catastrophic meltdown of planet Earth. I recommend playing with distortion over playing clean. Phenominal buy, if you know how to use it.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Provides lots of was to destroy your tone

          By HThe2GV34

          from Winnipeg, MB

          Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

          I own two phasers - the PH-3 and the MXR EVH Phase 90. I prefer the Phase 90. The main problem with the PH-3 is that it filters highs and leaves the resulting signal sounding flabby and synthesized. The Phase 90 produces a more natural and musical sound to my ear.To test the PH-3 I used a VooDoo Labs power supply, Evidence Lyric and Evidency Melody cables, an Ibanez Roadstar II guitar and a Cornford Hellcat amp. The PH-3 was routed through the Hellcat's effects loop.I do not find the PH-3 pedal to cause distortion as some reviewers have noted. Maybe they need a better power supply or better cables.I have noticed that the PH-3 does cause a significant signal level drop when it is turned on.When I power up my pedals the PH-3 goes to the on position which is a bit annoying because it's the kind of pedal that I'll only use occasionally, so I end up having to turn it off before I begin playing (the Phase-90 remembers the last on/off setting when powered up).I rated Features at only 4 because for all it's mostly useless settings the PH-3 does not have an effect level setting (something most of the other boss pedals do have).I rated Quality at 3 because the phase effect seems to filter the highs from the signal and is not musical sounding. The build quality is excellent as is typical with Boss pedals.

           
          5.0

          Excellent Phaser for those looking for a little more

          By Vomact

          from Falmouth, MA

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Flexibility, Multiple modes
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

          Great pedal. I was looking for a Phaser that offered more flexibility than a Phase 90 and this fit the bill perfectly.

           
          3.0

          Not my kind of phaser

          By Studio 247

          from London

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

          Bought this thinking it would do the job of a Phase 90 with an added bonus of giving me a lot more extras to play with. Even on the 4 stage setting, to me it sounded far too digital and extreme even with the depth dialled back.. Also the volume dropped quite a bit when it was switched on. I sold it after a month or so and got a Hardwire, SP7 Phaser which I think is an excellent pedal despite being a digital also. To be honest if its just a 4 stage phaser sound you want, just go get the MXR Phase 90 and don't bother with multi mode digital phasers. I also have the Boss BF3 Flanger which is an outstanding capable and versatile Flanger which does the lot from a decent chorus sound through to rotary and into very extreme flanging sounds. The BF-3 does not sound digital, and I was expecting something as equally impressive with the PH3 but was let down soon as I plugged it in. To my ears it sounded too extreme and digital in every mode. I tried it in front and after my overdrive & distortion and I couldn't find a sound I liked. However if its extreme phasing you want or you like the digital phaser sound this might just be what you are looking for.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WOW

          By BOB

          from OATMAN AZ

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • No Dislikes

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

          I love it. I finally found the sound I have been trying to get for years. Brings Waylon Jennings back to life.

           
          5.0

          It is totally awesome.

          By viper301

          from Ironwood, MI

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          Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

          The posibilities are endless with this pedal. Every time I turn mine on I discover something new about it. It is amazing.

           
          5.0

          Nice features

          By GuitarGodgt

          from King Ferry, NY

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          Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

          Definityl a nice pedal mutiple modes to pick from including a step like effect. Nice sweeping sounds. Hi performance that sounds really nice.

           
          5.0

          Man. Oh. Man.

          By Jimmy Sudekum

          from Nashville, TN

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          Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

          Your key to other worlds. This phaser has... Incredible powers. You can control the rate and depth to give yourself a much more subtle phasing sound... Very much similar to that of phasers of the 70s.

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