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MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90

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The MXR EVH Phase 90 Shifter is a limited-edition version of the legendary MXR Phase 90. The Phase 90 was instrumental in creating the guitar tones o...Click To Read More About This Product

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A collaboration between Dunlop and Edward Van Valen.

The MXR EVH Phase 90 Shifter is a limited-edition version of the legendary MXR Phase 90. The Phase 90 was instrumental in creating the guitar tones on the early Van Halen records; the swirling, spacey sound on such songs as "Eruption," "Atomic Punk," and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love." The EVH 90 captures the warm, hypnotic tone of the vintage "script logo" Phase 90, and with the flip of a switch also delivers an intense, edgier phase tone. It features rock-solid internal construction and an indestructible enclosure to ensure years of flawless performance. Add to this the Van Halen-approved striped graphics from the guitar that changed the world and you have a truly unique piece of rock history.


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MXREVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90
 
4.5

(based on 103 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (9)
  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (7), Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My board couldn't live without it.

If you do your MXR homework, you will find that this pedal is the 'Best of Both Worlds.' With the 'script' button out you get the modern (block MXR logo)...Read complete review

If you do your MXR homework, you will find that this pedal is the 'Best of Both Worlds.' With the 'script' button out you get the modern (block MXR logo) phasing. With the 'script' button in, you get the classic 'script MXR logo' sound. The 'block' sound is a more enhanced, full-range phase, while the 'script' sound is a more subtle phase.

It's really like two phasers in one.

I really only use this to play early VH, with the script button in and the knob between 9 and 10. It VERY accurately replicates that early VH sound. I also use it to play Paul Gilbert's 'Fuzz Universe' with the knob at about noon.

I found it better to use this pre-amp vs. FX loop as the phasing was VERY IN YOUR FACE and enhanced in the loop. Placed preamp this gives you a nice subtle phase: You know it's on, but it's not overpowering.
I've tried my fair share of phasers and this one really knocks out the competition. Great bang for your buck and a phenomenal sound.!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not much luck with this one......

My wife bought me the EVH Phase 90 for Christmas at a local music store since she knows what a fan I am. I was really excited until I plugged it into my rig. ...Read complete review

My wife bought me the EVH Phase 90 for Christmas at a local music store since she knows what a fan I am. I was really excited until I plugged it into my rig. Nothing! The effect could be bypassed, but when you kicked it on, no blue light, no sound, nothing. I took it back to the store, and they had to order me another to replace it. Well, my wife picked it up for me when it came in 3 weeks later. I hooked it up, kicked it on, and the bright blue LED came on. Great......except all that I could hear was just a step above white noise. Nothing but static came out, making it sound more like a bad fuzz than a phaser. So, back to the music store. They had another EVH in the display that came when they ordered my replacement. I tried that one out also, and there was the same problem I had with the first: no sound at all, and the thing wouldn't even come on. So, there's 3 EVH Phase 90s in a row, each fresh out of a factory sealed box, never played in a store, that were all non-functional. This tells me that Dunlop has some quality control issues in the factory that need hammered out. I chose not to re-order another since three was the charm for me and got my refund. This is the most painful part of it all: my wife bought this thing for the smokin' hot price of $58!!!! So, I blew it on strings and cables and decided that I had enough pedals in my board already.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My board couldn't live without it.

By eruption77

from Irwin, PA

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Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

If you do your MXR homework, you will find that this pedal is the 'Best of Both Worlds.' With the 'script' button out you get the modern (block MXR logo) phasing. With the 'script' button in, you get the classic 'script MXR logo' sound. The 'block' sound is a more enhanced, full-range phase, while the 'script' sound is a more subtle phase.

It's really like two phasers in one.

I really only use this to play early VH, with the script button in and the knob between 9 and 10. It VERY accurately replicates that early VH sound. I also use it to play Paul Gilbert's 'Fuzz Universe' with the knob at about noon.

I found it better to use this pre-amp vs. FX loop as the phasing was VERY IN YOUR FACE and enhanced in the loop. Placed preamp this gives you a nice subtle phase: You know it's on, but it's not overpowering.
I've tried my fair share of phasers and this one really knocks out the competition. Great bang for your buck and a phenomenal sound.!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sound like Eddie himself!

By Axl Rhoads

from Texarkana arkansas

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Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

This pedal is one of the most versatile ive ever come across! Im a huge van halen fan and really love 70's and 80's hard rock and heavy metal! This pedal is very useful for solos and lead work! it can give you a very spacious thick phase and then it can give you an almost chorus like effect depending on the settings u choose. The script phase mode is somewhat more laid back than the block logo, but both settings are very useful! This pedal is absolutely perfect for nailing EVH signature effects in the songs "Atomic Punk" "Aint Talkin' bout love" "Jamies Cryin" and any other EVH signature riff. This pedal is also perfect if you are a fan of Zakk wylde!!! Zakk actually uses this pedal on his pedalboard! it can give you very "zakk wylde" like tone if you roll the speed back to around 9 o' clock.
I have recorded songs on a tascam dp-02 portastudio using the phase 90 as a guitar effect and it sounds absolutely pitch perfect when played back! GET THIS PEDAL AND SOUND LIKE EDDIE VAN HALEN AND ZAKK WYLDE!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Real Deal

By Richard

from undisclosed

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Pros

  • Built like a tank
  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Great Phasing Sound
  • No Limitations To Your Cr
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • There Are No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording
  • Sound Like Eddie

Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

I have have had both the block logo and the script. While it doen't exactly match the script, it is pretty darn close. I am in love with the sound in both script and block stages on this pedal. I am not a huge pedal user but can't stop myself from using it. It is a compliment to a lot of different things I play. I am completely satisfied. It met and exceded my expectations. Very simple and complex at the same time. If you like experimentation, this simple pedal is a "must have" for anyone who likes new and old sounds.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent phase

By BlackBelt

from Memphis

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

    The MXR EVH phase 90 is a really well made, versatile phase effect. I was a little concerned before I bought it because I had read so many people saying they were experiencing volume drops when they engaged the effect. I had the same experience, but realized that the reason for that volume loss was the placement after a buffer on my pedalboard. Once I realized that I changed the EVH phase 90's position on the board so that it came before the buffer. This positioning allowed the phase to maintain the same volume level either engaged or not engaged. I know experienced guitarists usually already know this, but just in case someone had that problem there is the fix. The unit itself is extremely well made and has a good range of phase effect sounds. Honestly, I didn't care if my sound was "script" or "block" sound because I wasn't trying to sound like Eddie on the first record, or anybody else...I just wanted a 'great' sound for me and my band. I was able to build several good useful phase effects with this unit to add some flavor and texture to different songs in the setlist. I would recommend this phase for anyone that just wants to buy a phase effect one time in their lifetime and not have to worry about "is it good/professional enough" for a lifetime of making music.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Van Halen NOT Van Hagar

    By Guitaro Montalban

    from Jacksonville, Fl

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

        I got this and it sounds nothing like the Phase 90--I don't like it it's harsh, brittle and fake sounding.I prefer the original watery sound of the Phase 90. Also, to all of you out there that complain in EVERY post about ease/difficulty of changing batteries--WHY are you using batteries??? Get a power pack I wouldn't waste a dime on a stupid battery.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not for everyone

        By 2Shred

        from Northern Indiana

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        Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

        I ordered one of these some time ago, as my flanger/phaser was starting to show signs of self-destruction. I know EVH is an outstanding musician and wouldn't put his name on just anything, but this didn't do it for me. I run my time delay effects through the loop and apparently, this pedal needs to run out front. But, the pedal seemed to zap all the power and tone from my signal. Did I receive a dud? I don't know but I sent it back and ended up with another high end brand of pedal which has been on the spot since day 1.Sorry EVH and MXR but you don't get my vote for the EVH Phase 90. Great looks but lacks......something.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great sound

        By Just J.

        from RI

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        Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

        This Phase pedal is amazing...The stock effects are bright and almost chorus sounding. The script button slows down the swirls and it's noticeable if your dialed in around 1/3 of the way.I run my phase in front of all the other effects except for my EVH wah...Wah pedal goes first then run this one and anything else after...Always use an AC adaptor using pedals because this makes a hughes difference in the sound allowing the pedal to perform at 100%...

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love this thing

        By Michael Stahl

        from Minneapolis

        Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

        See my above comments, spells it out.
        Not much to this pedal but you don't need much though a level knob might be usefull. I tried it in my effects loop and it didn't sound quite right for what I wanted (that EVH style phase sound.) So I moved it to in front of my crunch channel and that made all the difference in the world, exactly that Atomic Punk\EVH sound. If you want a more in you face phase sound in the loop would be good, in front of your distortion channel kind of blends it into your sound more. The script switch does change the tonal quality of the phase but it's isn't drastic.
        Looks and feels like a rock solid pedal, can't hurt the thing though the LED light is insanely bright.
        You are paying extra for a little switch (that does slightly change the tonal quality) and the EVH paint job. Seems excessive but the pedal is good and I've seen many pro's with this exact pedal so I have no complaints on the price.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Ultra Warm Phaser

        By Petey204

        from Buffalo,NY

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        Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

        This pedal has made my tone sound so much warmer, something that I did not expect when I plugged in. Both the script and modern settings are very good and can fatten up any guitar or bass tone. Put the speed on slow for classic evh tone or crank it for the tone of "Love Hurts" by nazareth

         
        5.0

        Nothing else does it exactly like the EVH Phase 90

        By Super Fleak Guitarist

        from Austin, TX

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Limited Selection Of Effects

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

        I've tried many other phase pedals side by side with the EVH phase 90 (including the new phase 95 mini and the original phase 90 script), but nothing else quite has the same sweetness and clarity. Yeah, the EVH phase 90 is limited in what it does, but it does it so well. This is my second EVH phase 90; when I set up my second pedalboard, I tried several others, but nothing else would do. If you want that perfect amount of phase to jazz up those hammer-ons and pull-offs, don't bother with the others.

         
        5.0

        Good Van Halen whoosh!

        By Booch

        from Spfld.il.

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        Pros

        • Compact Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

          Had to get the evh 90 for the reminiscent look. Gives you that early EVH whoosh. Worth the extra $$ 2 effects pedals in one. Pretty cool pedal!

           
          5.0

          Good stuff

          By Hammer

          from Midwest

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Gap between the case and the script logo setting

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

          I put this thing to the test. When I first got it, awesome out of the box. I was playing a big gig opening for a national act and a bottle of water was dumped into the pedal. It sounded like fireworks going off, thought I blew up my amp. Anyway, I was heartbroken because I paid full retail and waited for the pedal forever to get it. I called service and they were cool about it and going to repair it. I got ready to send it in but tried it before I boxed it up and it came back to life! About 4 years later its still on my pedal board and works great. I travel and play all over every weekend and more during the summer and it has survived unbelievable conditions. Really love the script logo setting which is when the button is pushed in. Just be careful as there is a gap where the script logo button is where stuff can slip into the pedal. Its not completely water proof but will survive almost anything!

           
          4.0

          Its a good pedal, but not super essensial.

          By Mattman!

          from Sarasota Florida

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Limited Selection Of Effects

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

          Would probably buy it again, but I wouldn't call it super essensial to get the "VH tone". It is a quality built phaser and I will give it points for that, but not every VH song has phase 90 in it. If your like me the paintjob will get you every time. Its an awesome looking pedal.

           
          1.0

          Disappointed

          By Firecracker Fingers

          from Honolulu, Hawaii

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          • Compact Design

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

            The video promoting this product is very misleading. The sound of the effects is very dependant on the guitar and amp that is being used. Or maybe the sound is enhanced to make the product sound great. Disappointed.

             
            3.0

            Not the same

            By Junior Lover

            from CT

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

              Good idea with the script button but over-all it can cut your volume down about 20-25%. Something I'm not willing to compromise on.

               
              5.0

              Best Phase shifter on the market PERIOD!

              By Brandon Howell

              from Paden City, WV

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Simple To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

              This is the best phaser on the market. I absolulty love it and I find it inspiring to play with. I am a huge Van Halen fan but the reason I bought this pedal was for the script switch. You can say Van Halen 1 in a box this gives you the best of both worlds with the script sound and the block sound. I would recomend this pedal to anyone who is looking for a quality phase shifter. MXR is the best of the best... Accept no substitutes

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              EVH Phase 90

              By SirSmasher

              from Chicago

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

                Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

                1 word Perfect

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                EVH let me down a "little"!

                By Boogie Bob

                from Rockwell, NC

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Drops Vol When Engaged
                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                • I Use This For Live Work

                Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

                There is a little drop in the volume when I switch this unit on. Not sure if that is normal for a Phaser. Had an MXR 90 years ago and don't remember that. Maybe it's just with an acoustic guitar? Haven't hooked it up to an electric rig yet!

                 
                5.0

                A must have

                By Kenny

                from Tulsa, OK

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                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

                  What can I say? Ive been tying to emulate the sound of EVH for years but it never hit me to buy this phaser and it would push me over the top. I think the paint job makes me a better player also... well, maybe just makes me think Im a better player. I like this pedal a lot.

                   
                  5.0

                  The climax of my life

                  By LoveroftheEVHpedals5150

                  from Pennsy

                  Comments about MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90:

                  I bought this pedal about 6 months ago and I could not stop using it. THIS THING IS MY PRIZED POSSESSION!!! It's durable, looks amazing, kills the phase 100 I had, has a supa-brite blue LED, and the SCRIPT SWITCH! When I first looked at the instruction book I almost died when I found the EVH setting! Its totally spot on for his tone! I LOVE THIS PEDAL! AND MXR!

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