I think I’ll try to start blogging some sound samples of some of my favorite guitar effects pedals. Randomly, I’ll start with the HomeBrew Electronics Psilocybe Phaser.
It’s a bit more versatile — the Shift 1 and Shift 2 switches change the speed and EQ significantly — but it never gets off-the-rails chewy like the classic MXR Phase 90. I mostly use its gentle sweep but it can get Univibe-like (if the Univibe were insane) if you crank the Regen and Speed all the way. Here are some sound samples!
I recorded this with the neck pickup of my Strat in single-coil mode, straight into a speaker emulator:
This is with the Strat bridge pickup in single-coil mode, into the Strymon El Capistan doing nothing but emulating a spring reverb, and my Precision bass with the Black Ice (passive fuzz) turned on:
Finally, this is with the bridge pickup in single-coil mode, with the Strymon doing a little echo as well as spring reverb:
I’ll probably write about the El Capistan next. It is a gem for sure.