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MXR CSP-001X Variphase Pedal   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Better control over the speed of the effect you have locked in.

The MXR Variphase is a killer twist on the classic Phase 90, providing more control over the sound and feel of the iconic effect than ever before. Built into a Cry Baby housing, the Variphase allows you to control the speed of the effect with your foot so you can ramp up and ramp down the effect as needed within and between songs. Set the speed to a slow, dramatic swoosh for strummed passages and then kick up the shimmery velocity for a ripping solo.

Open up the Variphase’s tonal spectrum with the Mix control, which enables you to set the ratio of wet to dry signals. Bring the phase effect up front and center with the Volume control. Finally, on the inside of the pedal, there’s a switch to toggle between aggressive Block phasing and the subtler Script sound.

The Variphase has been updated with a standard toe-down on/off switch.


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MXRCSP-001X Variphase Pedal
 
3.8

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (15)
  • Responsive (13)
  • Versatile (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great phaser

English is my second language so I'll try my best to explain myself.

I bought the Variphase CSP001X out of curiosity, it's a little hard to find reviews about this particular...Read complete review

English is my second language so I'll try my best to explain myself.

I bought the Variphase CSP001X out of curiosity, it's a little hard to find reviews about this particular pedal, most reviews I found are about the older model, the one with the spring that takes back the pedal all the time.

I've used a MXR Phase 90 in my pedal board for a year or so. I love the sound of this pedal but it increases the volume a lot every time it's on, so I decided to buy the Variphase and see how good it is.

First, it's eye catchy, bright orange, solid *same housing as any Dunlop Cry Baby, great sound, very clean by pass and the pedal control works excellent.

The only cons I found are that just as loud as the Phase 90 and the lower speed setting position of the pedal is like the 10 o'clock of the Phase 90.

However, this pedal comes with several interesting features. First there's no spring, it has a on/off switch as a Cry Baby. It comes with a volume control and a mix control that allows you to control the amount of effect that you want in your signal and the volume of the mix, it is loud even at a very low level. Inside the battery compartment there's very little switch witch allows you to select either *Shallow or *Deep. Shallow is pretty much the same as the Phase 90 and Deep is the Phase 45. Both options offer great sound quality. There's another control inside the battery compartment, a small knob that works similar to the rate control of a Chorus pedal, detuning the wet signal a little bit to make the effect more tridimensional.

It's a great effect, not very easy to control but totally worthy. MXR should include a user's manual inside the box, or at least have one online.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Interesting!

These Cry Baby housings are tough as nails. Seems like Dunlop made a heroic effort to change things, based on what people criticized in the original version. I think the disdain for the...Read complete review

These Cry Baby housings are tough as nails. Seems like Dunlop made a heroic effort to change things, based on what people criticized in the original version. I think the disdain for the spring-loaded treadle was a bit premature. Now there is a toe switch, so you have to push the effect into a rapid whirl when it comes on, then consciously back off, unless you engage it before the song starts. True, you can now leave it where you choose, which is great, but if you do rock it back and forth, you're still using your foot the whole time. I think the volume still doesn't go down quite far enough, and I never tried the original version, so I don't know if that has improved or not. I have it set on the "deep" setting, whichever one that is, but I'm already thinking the "shallow" setting might be better for me. I think the Mix knob on the side is a great feature. Maybe deep with less mix would be nice and subtle. I have a Phase 99, and this is different and useful enough to be on the board with it. So, a mixed bag. I think Dunlop is out of hot water, at least, and I appreciate getting a killer deal on it.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

defective and breaks immediately

By Jimmypagejunior

from Syracuse, NY

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • cool color

Cons

  • Breaks Easily

Best Uses

  • a large paper weight

Comments about MXR CSP-001X Variphase Pedal:

I plugged this in once, then did not use it- put it in the box new. The next time it was plugged in, it did not work. Dunlop has stated a number of defective units were shipped, and it appears that they went on the SDOTD?? I will be in touch about this, MF.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pedal!

By Rockabilly1015

from Panama City Florida

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about MXR CSP-001X Variphase Pedal:

    Great design love this pedal.

     
    4.0

    Really cool pedal

    By Elemeno Pea

    from Woodstock NY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXR CSP-001X Variphase Pedal:

      This is a great phase pedal, like a phase 90 crossed with a wah, and as far as the effects go it's great. My only complaint is that it doesn't operate as smoothly as my wah pedal which makes it hard to change the effect speed precisely. I can probably open it up or have it repaired, but I shouldn't have to, given what I paid for it. Besides that though, no complaints. Plus the color looks awesome in contrast with my other pedals. I recommend this one!

      Ps. Sounds surprisingly good for basses too!

       
      5.0

      Interesting take on the MXR Phase 90

      By Guitar Dave

      from Western NY

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Familar Format
      • Responsive
      • Versatile
      • Well Built

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about MXR CSP-001X Variphase Pedal:

        I got a great deal on this pedal with a stupid deal of the day. I'm not sure I would have bought one at the regular price. I really like that you can control the speed of the phase effect. Here is the interesting part.
        I have played Dunlop Wha-Wah pedals for years and am very accustomed to the feel of them. Having a phase effect controlled this way seems very natural to me. Also subtlety adjusting the speed, in wha-wha fashion is like a new sound of its own. Also great to use in an effects chain behind a B9 or C9 pedal for Leslie like effects.

         
        5.0

        Great sound and the treadle makes it super easy to use

        By tremelo68

        from Boston, MA

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        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXR CSP-001X Variphase Pedal:

          Great phaser. All the MXR Phase 90 sound in a versatile and easy to use treadle pedal. Step on it to activate and then use your foot to set the pedal to the speed you like. I used it recently to mimic a Leslie speaker speeding up and slowing down. On close listen, it sounds nothing like a Leslie, but in the mix with the rest of the band and another guitartist, it really had that effect. Excellecnt pedal and I am glad it popped up at the Stupid Deal of the Day.

           
          5.0

          "Multi-Sound Phase Shifter"

          By Ove - "The Friendly Hippie"

          from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Hobbyist
          • Home Studio

          Comments about MXR CSP-001X Variphase Pedal:

          The MXR Vari-Phase is a Phase Shifter housed in a Cry Baby Wah housing spray painted orange. I have the MXR Phase 90 but bought this unit so I could explore more phase sounds and tones. If you like the Phase 45 it has that if you like the phase 90 it has that too and many many more sounds which makes it so appealing. Yes it takes up a lot of space on a pedalboard but for recording it is wonderful.

           
          3.0

          Interesting!

          By wiregrass

          from Montgomery, AL

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          Pros

          • Innovative
          • Rugged

          Cons

          • Feature Trade-off
          • Still a Bit Temperamental

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about MXR CSP-001X Variphase Pedal:

          These Cry Baby housings are tough as nails. Seems like Dunlop made a heroic effort to change things, based on what people criticized in the original version. I think the disdain for the spring-loaded treadle was a bit premature. Now there is a toe switch, so you have to push the effect into a rapid whirl when it comes on, then consciously back off, unless you engage it before the song starts. True, you can now leave it where you choose, which is great, but if you do rock it back and forth, you're still using your foot the whole time. I think the volume still doesn't go down quite far enough, and I never tried the original version, so I don't know if that has improved or not. I have it set on the "deep" setting, whichever one that is, but I'm already thinking the "shallow" setting might be better for me. I think the Mix knob on the side is a great feature. Maybe deep with less mix would be nice and subtle. I have a Phase 99, and this is different and useful enough to be on the board with it. So, a mixed bag. I think Dunlop is out of hot water, at least, and I appreciate getting a killer deal on it.

           
          4.0

          Awesome Modulation Effect, Well a worth The Money

          By Gearfreak.

          from Baton Rouge, La

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about MXR CSP-001X Variphase Pedal:

            So I bought the Variphase CSP-001X on a SDOT purchase. I already have the MXR EVH Phaser, which is great but always having to adjust the speed between sings is a pain. This looked like a good alternative and solid as a rock.

            So, the tones are very simular to the MXR Phase 90, block and script versions since this has an internal switch to toggle between the versions. There is a wet knob that allows you to make the effect more dramatic and a volume knob of course for volume. Then the treadle for the speed, which also has been upgraded to allow you to set it in a position and leave it there. . Toe down switch places the effect either on or off. Original version didn't have the on/off switch and the treadle was not a set it and forget it type as it was spring loaded to turn off which meant you had to keep your foot on it and hold it in place the entire time.

            Now, this effect, to me, is very versitile with the adjustable on the fly speeds and additional knobs for the effect. Would I buy it again, yes! Would I recommend it to other, why yes!

            The tones are exactly like my EVH Phaser. Spot on! But I find it almost better being able to adjust the wet side of the effect by bringing the actual effect up front or behind the original tone.

            Awesome twist on the original version.

            Only one minor issue some may not like is that the volume does increase slightly above the original volume when you engage the effect even when the pedals volume knob is set all the way down. Not an issue for me as I usually use it when playing lead and I want to step out of the mix just a little. I think it's perfect for that.

            Before I got the Variphase, I rarely used my EVH Phaser because of constantly having to change speeds. This one is a keeper for sure since I can adjust the speed on the fly.

            They should have built this version years ago. Do yourself a favor and get you one.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Fun to use and great sounding

            By JB914

            from NYC USA

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about MXR CSP-001X Variphase Pedal:

              Many years ago, I used the Maestro Phaser which was kind of a small console with 3 rocker switches for slow, medium and fast phase settings. It was not sturdy enough for foot control and was better sitting on top of an amp but then had to be done by hand. I miss that sound, though, and this wah style pedal fills that need. It's pretty easy to sweep from slow to fast and can be left in any position. The mix and output controls on the side are easily used although I pretty much keep them in the fully off positions. The switch for mode selection between "script" and "block" is great but it's inside the battery opening. I keep it in the script/softer setting anyway but it would be nice to have the bolder block sound immediately on tap. I have the pedal Velcro attached so it's inconvenient for me. Not sure what sort of bypass there is, it's not mentioned anywhere, but I couldn't detect any signal loss or change when placed inline between guitar, amp and other pedals. Otherwise, great sounds, easy to use and very good quality.

              (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              phaser in wah enclosure

              By kb

              from southern, il

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              Pros

              • Compact Design

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily
              • Not Responsive

              Best Uses

                Comments about MXR CSP-001X Variphase Pedal:

                Finally they updated unit with on/off switch, I figured "worth trying out". How could I go wrong with "custom shop" model. Mine was new and no phase effects signal would pass. Not my idea of "custom shop" where surface mount parts do not provide room on board to modify with good parts if it worked. Perhaps this sting will make me never consider dumlop effects.

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