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    Default Can you hear the difference? MXR '74 Spec Handwired vs. EVH Phase 90

    Based on our convo in the other thread I thought I'd record a blind comparison of these two Phasers to see if Linkers can tell the difference. There are 6 tests/clips in here, each with Phaser A and Phaser B. Which phaser is A and which is B can change between each clip, so you've got 6 chances to identify the correct phasers. For anybody who wants to play along and guess I'll include an answer template below. I'll post the answers after a decent amount of people have guessed.



    Answer Template:

    Test 1 - Eruption
    Phaser A)
    Phaser B)

    Test 2 - Jamie's Cryin'
    Phaser A)
    Phaser B)

    Test 3 - Mean Street
    Phaser A)
    Phaser B)

    Test 4 - Runnin' With the Devil
    Phaser A)
    Phaser B)

    Test 5 - Somebody Get Me A Doctor 1/2
    Phaser A)
    Phaser B)

    Test 6 - Somebody Get Me A Doctor 2/2
    Phaser A)
    Phaser B)

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    Great Ed chops, Jed!
    They all sound the exact same to me.
    I can't believe all that handwired hype, current day components are different from components of the past.
    One sounds like it was made in 2016, and the other one sounds like maybe 2018
    They're probably more digital than they tell us.

    Can you get yours hands on a actual vintage unit?

    But mainly I wanted to say, you did an awesome comparo job

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    I don’t know which was which, but those clips were EXCELLENT examples of Ed’s use of a Phaser. Was HOPING to hear Jamie’s Cryin’. BRAVO!

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    It was very difficult to tell any difference. But I was perceiving a harshness and wider/more pronounced sweep in what I felt was the EVH model...


    I'm really just here to see what Allan guesses, but I had a go nonetheless....

    Test 1 - Eruption
    Phaser A) - 74
    Phaser B) - EVH

    Test 2 - Jamie's Cryin'
    Phaser A) - 74
    Phaser B) - EVH

    Test 3 - Mean Street
    Phaser A) - EVH
    Phaser B) - 74

    Test 4 - Runnin' With the Devil
    Phaser A) - 74
    Phaser B) - EVH

    Test 5 - Somebody Get Me A Doctor 1/2
    Phaser A) - EVH
    Phaser B) - 74

    Test 6 - Somebody Get Me A Doctor 2/2
    Phaser A) - 74
    Phaser B) - EVH


    Stellar playing as well, Jedi!
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    I'd guess the "Handwired" doesn't look anything like this?

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    Circa ~1980

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    Default Can you hear the difference? MXR '74 Spec Handwired vs. EVH Phase 90

    Quote Originally Posted by turnbuckle View Post
    I'd guess the "Handwired" doesn't look anything like this?

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    Circa ~1980
    No, that's a later block logo that's actually more similar to the modern day equivalents.

    This is a '74-'77 Script Logo board that the reissue is based on.



    And this is the reissue I use in the comparison video.

    Last edited by Jedi McFly; 08.31.21 at 07:53 PM.

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    First of all, great playing, Jedi. I could have listened to about ten more of those clips.

    As for the A/B, I don't have the ears for that. The only difference I could really tell was in Jamie's Crying, the B pedal sounded... don't know how to best describe it... warmer? darker? I'd say "muddier," but that's not the right word, because it wasn't ever muddy - the notes rang out clear - there was just a different sound that felt like less of the mids and highs were coming through. But that's just my horribly untrained ears. However, I'll at least guess on that one:

    Jamie's Crying:
    A: Hardwired
    B: EVH

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    Fun stuff, cool you went through all the effort! Enjoying this. All playing sounds great Jedi, all effects sounds EVH-ie.

    I believe a average person or fan wouldn't notice the difference especially if you have the licks and feel down, which you do.

    Thanks for giving me something entertaining during my tedious remote work day lol

    I went back and forth on a few. To give a lame disclaimer! lol I'm listening on the speakers of my Iphone 12 pro max and I do think it would be a little easier to hear the nuanced difference in person and without delay and reverb, but that could all be total bullshit excuses. lol

    IMO the EVH's have a tad stronger effect and a little more higher end fizz than the vintage, from my experience, first time hearing a reissue, let's see how wrong I am.


    Test 1 - Eruption
    Phaser A) EVH
    Phaser B) Reissue

    Test 2 - Jamie's Cryin'
    Phaser A) Reissue
    Phaser B)EVH

    Test 3 - Mean Street
    Phaser A) Reissue
    Phaser B)EVH

    Test 4 - Runnin' With the Devil
    Phaser A) EVH
    Phaser B)Reissue

    Test 5 - Somebody Get Me A Doctor 1/2
    Phaser A) EVH
    Phaser B)Reissue

    Test 6 - Somebody Get Me A Doctor 2/2
    Phaser A) Reissue
    Phaser B) EVH

    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    Based on our convo in the other thread I thought I'd record a blind comparison of these two Phasers to see if Linkers can tell the difference. There are 6 tests/clips in here, each with Phaser A and Phaser B. Which phaser is A and which is B can change between each clip, so you've got 6 chances to identify the correct phasers. For anybody who wants to play along and guess I'll include an answer template below. I'll post the answers after a decent amount of people have guessed.



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    This dumb drummer could only detect a tiny difference in a couple of the tracks. I just really enjoyed your stellar playing and tone, Jedi, and am also curious what garbaej will say lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    I'm really just here to see what Allan guesses, but I had a go nonetheless....
    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    am also curious what garbaej will say lol.
    LOL. I figure I'll reveal the answers after I get 5 complete guesses, so 3 more people need to step up. But Allen is really the one person I want to see tackle this before I reveal anything.

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    I just came here to say you play a mean guitar Jedi!
    It's 5150 time!

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    The phaser doesn't matter; the PLAYER does! Well played Jedi.
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    I’ll play…I will say that while I think the ‘74 script reissues sound close to my original vintage Bud Box MXR Phase 90, they don’t sound EXACTLY the same. I’m sure I’ll get several wrong and be exposed for the fraud that I am!😆

    Test 1 - Eruption
    Phaser A) ‘74 reissue
    Phaser B). EVH

    Test 2 - Jamie's Cryin'
    Phaser A) EVH
    Phaser B) ‘74 reissue

    Test 3 - Mean Street
    Phaser A) EVH
    Phaser B) ‘74 reissue

    Test 4 - Runnin' With the Devil (There is no Phase 90 anywhere on RWTD, but I’ll keep playing)
    Phaser A) ‘74 reissue
    Phaser B) EVH

    Test 5 - Somebody Get Me A Doctor 1/2
    Phaser A) EVH
    Phaser B) ‘74 reissue

    Test 6 - Somebody Get Me A Doctor 2/2
    Phaser A) ‘74 reissue
    Phaser B) EVH
    Last edited by garbeaj; 09.02.21 at 07:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garbeaj View Post
    I’ll play…I will say that while I think the ‘74 script reissues sound close to my original vintage Bud Box MXR Phase 90, they don’t sound EXACTLY the same. I’m sure I’ll get several wrong and be exposed for the fraud that I am!��

    Test 1 - Eruption
    Phaser A) ‘74 reissue
    Phaser B). EVH

    Test 2 - Jamie's Cryin'
    Phaser A) EVH
    Phaser B) ‘74 reissue

    Test 3 - Mean Street
    Phaser A) EVH
    Phaser B) ‘74 reissue

    Test 4 - Runnin' With the Devil (There is no Phase 90 anywhere on RWTD, but I’ll keep playing)
    Phaser A) ‘74 reissue
    Phaser B) EVH

    Test 5 - Somebody Get Me A Doctor 1/2
    Phaser A) EVH
    Phaser B) ‘74 reissue

    Test 6 - Somebody Get Me A Doctor 2/2
    Phaser A) ‘74 reissue
    Phaser B) EVH
    Well, you got that right, LOL!

    Seriously dude! You don't hear a phaser in the RWTD solo???

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    Quote Originally Posted by turnbuckle View Post
    Well, you got that right, LOL!

    Seriously dude! You don't hear a phaser in the RWTD solo???
    There is no Phase 90 on either of the solos from the famous first album version of “Runnin’ With The Devil”.

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