Phaser Pedals

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About Phaser Pedals

Phaser pedals are the sound of psychedelia. With their swirling, spacey sound, phaser pedals can add shimmer to stale rhythm parts and chewy personality to solos.

Phaser pedals split your guitar signal into two or more signal paths. These signals are known as stages. One signal passes straight through unaffected. The other signal has particular frequencies removed or boosted, known as ‘notches’. These notches are then modulated up and down the frequency spectrum. The dry signal and affected signal then combine to create the final sweeping, three-dimensional sound. The more ‘stages’ you have, the more pronounced the effect.

Famous phaser pedal fancy include Eddie Van Halen, David Gilmour, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and Zakk Wylde.

Why Should I Choose a Phaser Pedal?

  • Sweeping, three-dimensional sound
  • Psychedelic vibe
  • Give interest to stale guitar parts

Frequently Asked Questions about Phaser Pedals

Question: What songs use a phaser pedal?
‘Eruption’ by Van Halen is the archetypical phaser sound. Other uses are in Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ and ‘Solitude is Bliss’ by Tame Impala.
Question: How does the phaser effect modify sound?
Phaser pedals split your guitar signal in multiple paths, then modulate certain frequencies out of sync with each other. This gives your guitar a swirling sound.
Question: What's the difference between flanger and phaser pedals?
Phasers work by modulating frequency whereas a flanger works by modulating time.
Question: Where should I put my phaser pedal?
Phasers are a type of modulation pedal. They typically go after overdrives and distortions but before reverbs and delays. Having said that, if you love phasers try putting it after a reverb for a really trippy sound.