Custom Cheap True-Bypass Phaser

This weekend was a  pedal project weekend for me. I had a Electro Harmonix Little Big Muff Fuzz pedal and a Behringer VP-1 Phaser Pedal (which is a Small Stone clone). I love them both and looking around online I found a few mods for them. The Phaser pedal is a great copy of Electro Harmonix’s Small Stone Phasrer pedal which I think sounds awesome. Has a great tone and can go from a barely there smooth airyness to Hendrix, to Van Halen even to a superquick tremelo effect and anything else you can think of, you can check out a basic here.

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Great pedal but a terrible scheme. Everyone knows which pedal is which so know reason to have to have so much of it dedicated to branding.

Some extra red paint, sharpie and Silver paint pen can do wonders.

Some extra red paint, a sharpie and a Silver paint pen can do wonders.

I found it for $20 on ebay,or you can go $25 new, but you get what you pay for parts wise. If you’re a gigging musician then you can drop $90 on the true Stone and stomp the hell out of it, but for playing around in the house it works. I like it alot so I decided to invest some time in it and added a true bypass and an actual “clicker” pedal switch. The biggest gripe I had with it was the On/Off switch, which is a silent push kind. You would press it down and there was never the normal pedal “click”, juts On to Off, so you never “felt” like you were engaging the effect. The true bypass was needed because after a few hours of playing thru it you can start to tell the difference in your tone when the pedal is plugged in your chain, even when the pedal is off. The true bypass and swithc replacement took about 2 hours of soldering around, but I suck at it so if you have a good soldering iron and know what you’re doing, you could probably wire it up in an hour from open to close. I also repainted mine to give it a custom feel and because I think the original Behringer style is just ugly as shit.

Custom paint job, I smudge a bit but I was in too much of a hurry to get it all back together

Custom paint job, I smudge a bit but I was in too much of a hurry to get it all back together

Some extra red paint, sharpie and Silver paint pen can do wonders.

Some extra red paint, sharpie and Silver paint pen can do wonders.

For $20 it makes a nice little Sunday Beer project that will last forever.

For $20 it makes a nice little Sunday Beer project that will last forever.

 

 

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