I’ve always had a thing for a good phase effect in a guitar stompbox. It seems like if you’re going for that sort of spacey, out of this world sound, you can’t do much better than a decent phaser that’s well set-up. I was extremely interested when I saw the Moog MF-103 6/12. Despite its near-indecipherable name, it looks like just about the coolest phaser effect pedal you could ever hope to see, so I was anxious to see if it sounded as cool as it looked.
Here’s my review of the Moog MF-103 phaser guitar effect pedal.
Looks – As I’ve said, this is one beautiful pedal. It’s modeled after old-style synths, and has a woody look to it. The knobs are bare bones and to the point, giving you options on the phaser and LFO, and the old-style controls add to the vintage appeal. It’s not the smallest pedal in the world, but it would look amazing on your effect pedal board. Despite the carefully sculpted looks, nothing felt fragile about the Moog MF-103. It really seemed like a pedal that would last for years if you took good care of it–it’s not really out there enough to say for sure, but it certainly has the weight to it that you’d expect from such an expensive pedal.
Sound – Before picking up the Moog MF-103, I was very curious as to what kind of phasing effects it would offer. Old school phasing, or newer, metal-influenced phasing? Would it sound “thick,” or have the dreaded thin sound that so many modern phaser guitar effect pedals tend to carry?
I’m happy to report that the Moog MF-103 has a big, beefy sound, and as to the tone, well, it’s as versatile as you’d expect from a $300 effect pedal. You can make your guitar sound like a synthesizer or get an old-school surfer phasing effect. If you’re into psychedelic music, this is the pedal for you. If you’re into metal, this is the pedal for you. If you need a phaser at all, this is the pedal for you.
Price – Provided, of course, you’ve got $300 to spend. And that brings me to the one downfall of the Moog MF-103: it’s damn expensive. It’s worth every cent if you’re a serious gigging guitarist, or if you’ve got some money to throw around on guitar effect pedals–hey, some people do–but it’s going to be out of range for some guitarists. That’s a shame, because Moog has created the best phaser pedal I’ve ever played. If you’d use a phaser pedal, and you can afford this, buy it immediately. If not, your best bet is to open an IRA account. Hopefully you’ll afford the thing by the time you pay off your mortgage.
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