Founded in 1973, MXR Innovations entered the effects market as a pioneer with the development of tough and rugged stomp boxes, simple utilitarian designs, and small sizes. The first MXR effects pedal was the M-101 MXR Phase 90, widely used on the first two Van Halen albums. A milder version of the effect was also released, the MXR Phase 45. Today the Phase 45 is prized as a classic for its couldn’t-be-simpler one-knob operation and subtle but rich two-stage analog phasing that adds depth and texture without dominating the tone. Give a listen to this video, after the jump, that highlights a re-release by MXR (now owned by Jim Dunlop) of the classic MXR Phase 45 selling for about $90 online.
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Now General Guitar Gadgets now offers a reproduction in their MXR™ Phase 45™ Replica Complete Kit, priced at $60. The kit includes all the parts and materials you need to build one, including the printed circuit board and a matched set of JFETs (Junction Field-Effect Transistors) selected for the best sound possible. Guitar Kit Builder doesn’t yet have a kit to evaluate so we’re sharing a video from a completed kit that highlights the sound for comparison with the first video above:
Category: Pedal & Effects