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MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal

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Often imitated but never duplicated.

The elusive vintage MXR Phase 90 guitar pedal is at the top of the list for pedal collectors world-wide. The original version-available from the company's inception to the late 70's-practically defined the classic phase shifter sound, and was heard on everything from hard rock to jazz-fusion and funk hits.

The MXR Custom Shop Script Phase 90 brings back the headroom and clarity of the original, along with its ultrawarm and smooth phasing and reduced midrange swell. And the pedal comes dressed in the original orange paint job and script logo, with an LED, direct from the MXR Custom Shop.


You'll never grow out of this phase - order now.

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MXR Custom ShopCSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Compact (7)
  • Responsive (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great phaser pedal

My expectations were by far exceeded with the sound of this pedal. I have been playing 16 years and don't know why it took me so long to try this pedal. I use this...Read complete review

My expectations were by far exceeded with the sound of this pedal. I have been playing 16 years and don't know why it took me so long to try this pedal. I use this with my band and it really compliments the music I play.
I'm really into Pink Floyd and this nails the classic Gilmour tones in a very warm analog way. It does not have a volume drop and the pedal always seems smooth and just right when engaded and does not cause any unwanted pops or noises. If anything there may be slight increase in volume.

The pedal is voiced in such a way that it sounds so good all you need is the one speed knob to go through quite a nice range of tones. I find that the pedal is useful at almost any speed and it is just so easy to set it and just play instead of tweak a bunch of knobs like most other pedals out there.

The MXR is extremely musical and I am glad I bought this custom shop edition. It sounds a lot warmer/ better to my ears than the standard phase 90 and I think it surely was worth the small amount more this model has. I really enjoy this pedal and I pretty much think it has a home on my pedalboard.

I also own a boss ph-3 which is junk compared to this, I like and use a lot of the boss pedals, Swear by the SD-1, and I have modded a few of mine but the ph-3 is not good for what I do and I plan to sell it asap. The boss phaser has huge volume loss when engaged that makes it not useful to me as a gigging musician especially in the 4 stage setting, and just sounds sterile and cold compared to the MXR. Who wants their volume to drop noticeably mid song??? It's that bad.

I would reccomend this MXR to anyone who wants that true classis analog phaser tone. It is extremely easy to use and colors the tone so musically it is mesmerizing. Highly reccomended!!
In this case only having one knob is a great feature. The pedal is very straight forward and extremely easy to dail in the perfect tone.
Feels like it would last a very long time, extremely solid casing and the pedal just feels like it is good quality when you pick it up. Seems to be well built inside and out.
This is a really good deal for a custom shop pedal that really nails the warm classic swooshy phaser tones I wanted,

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A stagnant classic

This pedal is legendary, and that is how it is marketed. Listen to Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti or the first Van Halen album and you will find this al over the place. The...Read complete review

This pedal is legendary, and that is how it is marketed. Listen to Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti or the first Van Halen album and you will find this al over the place. The problem is that this phaser is a one-trick pony. It is limited in what it does (while still sounding great). I have had it for four years but am quite bored with it and need something with more versatility other than this four stage phaser. Phasers have improved much since this one came out in 1974, so don't get caught up in that "retro is better" mentality. I am not knocking this pedal, but I know there is much more to explore out there.

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(7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A stagnant classic

By SoundChaser

from SE Asia

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • Limited Selection Of Effects

Best Uses

    Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal is legendary, and that is how it is marketed. Listen to Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti or the first Van Halen album and you will find this al over the place. The problem is that this phaser is a one-trick pony. It is limited in what it does (while still sounding great). I have had it for four years but am quite bored with it and need something with more versatility other than this four stage phaser. Phasers have improved much since this one came out in 1974, so don't get caught up in that "retro is better" mentality. I am not knocking this pedal, but I know there is much more to explore out there.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great phaser pedal

    By crazy Al

    from Petersburg, Va

    See all my reviews

    Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

    My expectations were by far exceeded with the sound of this pedal. I have been playing 16 years and don't know why it took me so long to try this pedal. I use this with my band and it really compliments the music I play.
    I'm really into Pink Floyd and this nails the classic Gilmour tones in a very warm analog way. It does not have a volume drop and the pedal always seems smooth and just right when engaded and does not cause any unwanted pops or noises. If anything there may be slight increase in volume.

    The pedal is voiced in such a way that it sounds so good all you need is the one speed knob to go through quite a nice range of tones. I find that the pedal is useful at almost any speed and it is just so easy to set it and just play instead of tweak a bunch of knobs like most other pedals out there.

    The MXR is extremely musical and I am glad I bought this custom shop edition. It sounds a lot warmer/ better to my ears than the standard phase 90 and I think it surely was worth the small amount more this model has. I really enjoy this pedal and I pretty much think it has a home on my pedalboard.

    I also own a boss ph-3 which is junk compared to this, I like and use a lot of the boss pedals, Swear by the SD-1, and I have modded a few of mine but the ph-3 is not good for what I do and I plan to sell it asap. The boss phaser has huge volume loss when engaged that makes it not useful to me as a gigging musician especially in the 4 stage setting, and just sounds sterile and cold compared to the MXR. Who wants their volume to drop noticeably mid song??? It's that bad.

    I would reccomend this MXR to anyone who wants that true classis analog phaser tone. It is extremely easy to use and colors the tone so musically it is mesmerizing. Highly reccomended!!
    In this case only having one knob is a great feature. The pedal is very straight forward and extremely easy to dail in the perfect tone.
    Feels like it would last a very long time, extremely solid casing and the pedal just feels like it is good quality when you pick it up. Seems to be well built inside and out.
    This is a really good deal for a custom shop pedal that really nails the warm classic swooshy phaser tones I wanted,

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth It

    By SeattleSide

    from WA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal is good for both lead and rhythm guitar. The rubber foot wheel thingamajig is key for sure -finding what speed you want to dial in obviously is dependent on the song you're playing. It sounds very authentic to me, plus it's true bypass. It stays on the board. Thnx4readin.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    SWEET TONE!!

    By segovia1970

    from St. Cloud, MN

    Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

    At first I wasn't real impressed but soon discovered that this pedal sounds best if ran in FRONT of your distortion. In that position, it sounds wonderful! From slow lush "waves" to radical vibrato! Doesn't alter your tone or cut your level. There is actually a very slight boost in volume when pedal is engaged. Over all, this pedal is perfect. My fast runs sound awesome! Highly recommended for someone looking to add a little something extra to their tone.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Vintage Phase Magic!

    By joejitsu

    from Chicago, IL

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

        The "script" Phase 90 from MXR is an awesome phaser. It is a milder phase pedal than what I am used to using, but that is a good thing. It's a faithful recreation of the original, with the addition of an led, and is built like a panzer. Highly recommended!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Shoulda bought the block letter phase 90

        By "Tired of the road Joe" Morris

        from Norfok, NE

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        Pros

        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

            After listening to a sound sample of Waylon Jennings using the box letter Phase 90, I went with the newer version Script Phase 90 because reviews said it had more features and was more subtle. I prefer the sound of what Jennings was getting, but the box letter 90 only operated on a battery, and I wasn't sure if it was a true bypass. The Script Phase 90 had both, and that's why I went with it. It works fine, it's just a little too subtle for my tastes. Had the box letter 90 been a true bypass and operated on a 9-volt adapter, I would've bought it instead. The Script version does have a nice little wave to it, but I prefer more bite.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            BEST REISSUE PEDAL I'VE HEARD

            By tmurphy729

            from Des Moines, IA

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • True Bypass Cool Retro
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • None I've Found

            Best Uses

            • Using It On Bass Guitar

            Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

            When I heard that were making a more modern version of the original script logo phase 90. I had to check it out. I've had an original 74 "Bud Box" and it still works great, but I don't want to take it out to the gig. While this new pedal has a slightly broader sweep, it's very much in the park with my original. Makes my Fender Basses sound sweet!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Phaser

            By Plexi-Paul

            from PA

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            Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Great phaser. Most of all, it is a one trick pony....and it does that trick very well. The tone is very warm with no side effects.

            Truth be told, it is my second favorite sounding phaser with Boss's being my favorite. However, it is a close second. Add in the fact that it is bullet proof, idiot proof, very small footprint, and not capable of producing a bad sound....it stays on my live board.

            I would replace it if it broke or was lost.

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Classic phaser

            By bass 1923

            from California

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            Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Very pleased - btw using this on bass.
            I've always liked this pedal back from the 80's when I first encountered them. Classic unit. Rated an 8 because of the power on the side and not the back.
            Excellent quality and very durable.
            Good value - average price for a pedal.

             
            5.0

            Great sound just like I remembered!

            By ericsmusiclive

            from Preston, CT

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • This is the sound of phase used in rock songs

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I use this in my studio and for performances. Sounds great in both venues.

               
              5.0

              Just What I Needed!

              By Silvercrow

              from South East Pa.

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              Pros

              • Analog Goodness
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Lush

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

                In my search to get an ambient yet present phase sound I bought and sold / returned three "Uni Vibe" type pedals. All expensive, all glorious sounding but all too "over the top" for what I required. A fellow musician suggested the Script Logo Phase 90. And there it was, at about 1/3 to half the cost of the expensive boutique vibe pedals! I love this pedal because it adds just what I require: a lush analog phase effect, very controllable and built to 'take it'. MXR, IMO, is robust and their attention to detail is apparent in sound quality and design / build. I own or have owned pedals by JRAD, Fuller, Keeley and JHS and those brands are present on my pedal board, but right next to them is a Carbon Copy and now, this Script Phase 90. This pedal can take you into Gilmour / psychedelic rock arena without overpowering your sound. I chose the Script model over the "block letter" model because the Script sounded more pleasing across a wide band of frequencies, to me.

                 
                5.0

                Good Pedal

                By Moe

                from CO

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I must say that I really like this pedal. It's solid, sounds great and looks cool. This phase is much more mellow then the other mxr's with a wide sweep. It not over bearing and sits in the background. I like the power connector and the led. There is one downside, the first unit I received was damaged, the second one was fine but they both had a similar problem, the input/output jack doesnt click in and can slide out. The first one was bad, the one I have now the jack stays put better, Its on a pedal board so no big deal, there isnt any movement to pull the jack out. Anyway It's a great pedal for me, if you want lot's of heavy swooshy phase sounds this isnt for you.

                     
                    5.0

                    The Phaser

                    By Alex Dumble

                    from Encino, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      The Phase 90 Script is the classic phase sound thats so common in music. This is a well made pedal theres no need to search for a boutique version of it. Some people add a level and put paramaters on speed and depth but the straight up sound most people want is right here in this pedal.

                       
                      5.0

                      Smooooooth phaser

                      By Shocker John

                      from Madison, WI

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                      Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      The script logo Phase 90 is the GOAT, period. It's the smoothest, most iconic phase effect for anything I would ever care to play.

                       
                      5.0

                      Superb phaser

                      By Shocker John

                      from Madison, WI

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                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          Beautiful, smooth phaser effect. If your looking for that classic 70's and 80's phaser sound, this is it to absolute perfection. No please go buy a different pedal so yours isn't as cool as mine!

                           
                          5.0

                          Does what it's supposed too.

                          By Big hoss

                          from Michigan

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy operation
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Responsive

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            Does not color my sound at all when off, no drop in volume when on, tried it in different positions on pedal board,liked it best before o.d.pedals. Was a little less in your face sounding when engaging those pedals, Sat better in the mix,But to each their own taste should decide. If your into tweaking and changing parameters all the time, it's not the pedal for you, but if you want a classic easy to use phaser, this is it, one knob does it all, during live performance that is key for me. The Mxr phaser is still the best sounding one out there. Now with true bypass and an l.e.d., they did a great job on this pedal!

                             
                            4.0

                            MXR Script Logo Phase 90 Pedal

                            By Billy C

                            from El Mirage AZ

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                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Responsive

                            Cons

                            • No gradual from off to on

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            Never used a phaser before, ok for some things but to me a gradual increase from off to on would work for me to adjust the amount desired, for sure.........

                             
                            4.0

                            It is what it is.

                            By Paul E B

                            from Quincy, IL

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • A Little Bit Noisy

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Performances

                            Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            Sounds exactly like I expected it to. Really not much else to say. It's beauty is in it's simplicity and that classic sound.

                             
                            4.0

                            Subtle but full sounding ...

                            By La Cabronita

                            from California

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                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Excellent Sound Quality
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Performances

                              Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              Tried it several places in the chain. very distinctive and full sounding but subtle so not over powering .. adds a nice touch to a lot of tunes .. I keep forgetting to turn it off.

                               
                              5.0

                              Awesome

                              By Swannie

                              from Augusta, GA

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                              Comments about MXR Custom Shop CSP-101CL Script Logo Phase 90 with LED Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              This is an amazing pedal. I got it as a gift for Christmas and when I heard it I was blown away. It has a great, crisp, clean sound, whether it is used with distortion or clean. It has a great old-school sound, which is what i play most of the time. It's got a great bright LED and a little attachment that goes on the knob so it can be adjusted with your foot while on a pedalboard. It's the great small MXR-size, and it's worth every penny. Buy it.

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