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Another year, another dazzling parade of pedals, guitars, amps, modelers, and accessories that made our noggins spin.


Fractal Audio Systems AX8

Fractal Audio System’s rackmount Axe-Fx units awakened many players to the possibilities of digitally modeled amps, cabinets, and effects. The AX8 puts Fractal’s realistic modeling technology into the pedalboard format and provides plenty of juice for most applications. The ruggedly built unit sounds stellar, and if you invest the effort to get acquainted with this open-ended device, you’re likely to be inspired.

$1,299 street

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This year’s Premier Gear Award winners are, as usual, an eclectic set—full of old-school vintage homage, leading-edge digital developments, and imaginative meetings of those worlds. Dig in and dig it as we revisit the gear that fired the enthusiasm and wonder of our editors and contributors in 2017.

A classic ’70s phaser is resurrected—again!

There have been plenty of phasers over the decades, but only one Phasor. Until now, anyway.

The original Musitronics Phasor was created by stompbox visionary Mike Beigel in 1974. It was a simplified version of Beigel’s earlier Bi-Phase—a dual-oscillator device beloved by many players and producers. Phasor had only simple depth and rate controls, while the later Phasor II added a feedback control. (Phasor II’s existence means my “only one Phasor” sentence was a lie, but hey, why should facts get in the way of a snappy intro?)

Now, 43 years after Phasor’s debut, we have Phasor 2X from Mu-FX, the new brand launched by Beigel himself in 2014. Vintage Musitronics designs are the company’s focus, although the new versions feature savvy refinements and expansions. Phasor 2X is a great example: It’s basically two Phasor IIs in a single enclosure, with the option of real-time control. (Expression pedal not included.) Meanwhile, it adds such cool features as stereo output, 6-stage and 4-stage phasing, and multiple controller modes.

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An enhanced reissue of the classic Musitronics Mu-Tron Phasor II.

Encinitas, CA (May 31, 2017) -- The long-awaited Mu-FX Phasor 2X is the enhanced reissue of the classic Musitronics Mu-Tron Phasor II.

Designed by Musitronics co-founder Mike Beigel, the Phasor 2X features the same analog electro-optical phase-shift circuitry as the original Mu-Tron Phasor II, with many enhancements. These include: dual independent 4/6-stage phaser control sets, stereo (modified 5-stage) output, silent footswitches with true-bypass, expression pedal or CV control, and “EXP” toggle switches to control rate or sweep functions. With no EXP/CV pedal plugged in, these toggle switches allow the Phasor 2X to become a stereo “multi-pole- filter” EQ.

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