In this video we’ll look at the MXR Phase 90 phaser and how you can use this single pedal to cover all of David Gilmour’s 1973-75 era phaser and UniVibe tones.
The MXR Phase 90 was released in 1974. David Gilmour is first seen using one summer 1974 and he would go back and forth between his old UniVibe and the Phase 90 for the 1974-75 leg of the Dark Side of the Moon tour. See the Dark Side of the Moon gear guide for more.
The Phase 90 seems to have been favoured for most tones and was even left on for most of the set, including for songs like Echoes and all of the new songs they were working on, – Shine On, Have a Cigar, Raving and Drooling (Sheep) and You Gotta Be Crazy (Dogs).
You can use any phaser although a vintage style 4-stage model will sound more authentic. See the Buyer’s Gear Guide – Modulations for more tips on models.
I prefer having both phasers and UniVibes before any overdrive and distortion units. It sounds more natural that way. Placing it after dirt pedals makes these pedals sound thin and fizzy.
Do you use phaser pedals? Which one and for what kind of tones? Let us know!