Of all the guitar effects we have at our fingertips (or should I say at our toe tips), none are more fascinating than the modulation effects, which include flangers, choruses, tremolos and, of course, phasers.
While hardcore gearheads will argue that parametric EQs and noise gates are the true gems of the guitar pedal world, there’s really nothing more fun than making weird, wild noises with your modulation effects and frightening anyone who might be within earshot.
A while back, I made a video about the greatest wah-pedal moments, and it was a fairly easy list to compile, which it probably would be for most guitar players. Tackling the phaser effect, however, had me doing a lot more research to find tunes that made the cut. I learned a lot about certain guitarists’ rigs and also brushed up on my ear training by hearing a lot of flangers that I originally believed to be phasers—and vice versa.
So, without further ado, I present my favorite phaser pedal moments in music. Feel free to let me know what songs I left out.
Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win. His entertaining guitar-related content receives hundreds of thousands of video views on Facebook per month, and his online guitar courses tout more than 1,500 students with a cumulative 4.7 rating on Udemy. Get in touch with Tyler on Facebook, watch more of his guitar lessons and vlogs on YouTube, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.