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    Default MXR '74 Phase 90 Review...

    Just picked up one of these on eBay for kicks. Decided I'd mod it for an LED and power jack, compare it to my EVH and then decide which one I'd sell. Now keep in mind that there are 2 different Reissues Dunlop is selling. One is basically the EVH version on script setting in an orange box. The other is hand-wired to the same exact specs with the same components as the originals. This is the hand-wired one.

    Well finished it up a few minutes ago. Did a 15 minute comparison with the EVH and the winner is.....

    The '74 RI. It was a pretty close call. The EVH has the advantage of being able to switch from the more aggressive block sound to a faux-script sound, and has stripes that match my flanger. But the '74 won in that it's more organic sounding, has a more pleasant high-end sweep, and as soon as I played the bridge section of Mean Street, the sound hit me. The sweep was in the perfect spot and the perfect speed, it was exact.

    Another disadvantage to the EVH is sometimes live I feel there is a very very slight drop in volume when engaged. Well I tried to test that out here at home, and I'm pretty sure the '74 does not have that same volume drop.

    So now the '74 is staying, and the EVH is going to one of my buddies tomorrow morning.


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    Brand new it's $120, $10 cheaper than the EVH.

    I got mine on eBay for a grand total of $83. + a DC jack, new switch, LED, and 30 minutes of my time to mod it.

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    Cool review--good stuff to know. Thanks for posting, dude.

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    What amp did you try it with?

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    I used my EVH 5150iii w/ Avatar 2x12 that has Eminence 50w GB's.

    Guitars were my alder strat that has a Dimarzio Norton in the bridge and my ash Frankenstrat replica with an IM1.

 

 

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