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Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal  

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The Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal is jam-packed with vintage and modern phasing effects, including Rise and Fall modes for unique, unidirectional pha...Read More

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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.

FEATURES
  • Rise and fall modes
  • Tap tempo synch

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BossPH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 86 reviews)

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    (11)

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      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

       

      Hardly A Phaser

      It's hardly a Phaser pedal, guys. I run this unit through my Ibanez & Les Paul guitars into a Marshall TSL100 stack and found much disappointment. I've played with other older Phaser pedals...Read complete review

      It's hardly a Phaser pedal, guys. I run this unit through my Ibanez & Les Paul guitars into a Marshall TSL100 stack and found much disappointment. I've played with other older Phaser pedals before and didn't have much problem achieving that classic EVH sound of the 70's and 80's. This unit does have more dials (A Plus), but it really does me no good, because, all it seems to be doing is mimicing my flanger, chorus, & Wah Wah pedals. The effects are cool, but...I'm a player who likes that natural distortion & clean sound from my Amp. Occasionally, I'd use a chorus in front of my mixes to achieve an EVH sound or any other band that uses a chorus effect. But as far as a Phaser goes, it's everything but a Phaser. Go try it for yourself and see. What's good for the goose isn't always good for the geese. I'm pretty sure, this pedal might be good for something, eventually. For my particular guitar setup, this unit just kills my sound when the distortion is kicked on. It seems to destroy the gain to an extent and creates an annoying high pitch sound that just isn't pleasing to the listeners. Unfortunately, this was a gift from my wife, so, I'm stuck with it. When she's not looking, I'm still gonna buy a new one. Good Luck.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WOW

      By PROSPECTOR BOB

      from OATMAN, AZ

      About Me Experienced

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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.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Boss Phase is Awesome

      By NORTHIDAHOJAM123

      from Coeur d' Alene, Idaho

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      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 !

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Breaking Tradition

        By BIGT

        from Hollywood, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        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.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent

            By Plexi-Paul

            from PA

            About Me Experienced

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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.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great pedal in right position

                  By Mike Moore

                  from illinois

                  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.

                  Comment on this review

                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal

                  Comments about Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal:

                  Back when I was a NOOB and wanted a gazillion features, I liked this pedal. It does give you a phase effect, and many of them. BUT, it completely destroyes your tone. For those that say it doesn't, pick your e,b and g strings with your bridge pickup, then shut the pedal off and do it again. It completely takes away your high and, and dynamics. The features list is nice. I have yet to find a phaser pedal that's really impressed me. But if you want your tone in tact, don't get this pedal. There is also volume loss with this pedal.

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                  (2 of 2 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.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Boss PH-3

                  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.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Almost perfect...

                  By TheWomberchomby

                  from Ingalls IN

                  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.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  CRAZY GOOD!!!!

                  By Noiseisbetter!

                  from New Hampshire

                  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.

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