- Published: 14 September 2019 14 September 2019
The Maestro MP-1 phaser was not only one of the first phasers available, it was one of the first pedals of any type, becoming available around 1971. Although information about recording details from back then can be a bit sketchy, the MP-1 may well be the phaser used on early Rush and Led Zeppelin albums, perhaps some classic outlaw country tracks, and, later, Smashing Pumpkins. It is a pleasing and versatile phaser that has stood the test of time, although original vintage units in good working order are getting a bit pricey.
Our Virtuoso Phaser compares to the Maestro MP-1 and delivers some great phaser tones, from slow and subtle movement to fast and deep spaciness. It has only two controls for Speed and “Balls”, just like the original. There is also an internal Depth trim pot that provides some additional range of tones, enough useful range that we may make it an external control option in the future. If you are trying to nail early 70’s phaser tones, the Virtuoso may help get you there. It’s also a great effect to get in a rack version, as the original pedal is pretty big, takes up a lot of pedalboard space, and runs only on batteries.
Check it out at Virtuoso Phaser
Or, better yet, check it out in person at our booth at the Amigo Guitar Show in Ft Worth on Oct 5 and Oct 6. We’ll be there with around 200 of our modules, including our newest releases, for you to try out. Hope to see ya there!