Mojo Hand FX serves up some old-school whoosh and swirl with the Mister-O Phase Shifter

Mojo Hand FX Mister-O
(Image credit: Mojo Hand FX )

Mojo Hand FX has unveiled the Mister-O, which if you say it really fast it sounds like 'Maestro' – which is apt, as when you plug the pedal in it should sound a lot like the Maestro Phase Shifter PS-1.

Designed by Tom Oberheim in 1971, the PS-1 was a six-stage phaser with a three-button setup that allowed you to set the phaser speed as slow, medium or fast. The Mister-O is cut from similar cloth. 

With all the dials at noon, the Mister-O emulates the PS-1's medium speed, and from there, set the speed to 2-3 o'clock for fast, dial it all the way back for slow. 

From there, however, the sky's the limit, and once you start tweaking it the Mister-O starts to show some of its own personality. At its fastest setting, it can take on a vibrato character. That is just how vintage 70s phase shifters operated, with a change of speed also changing the LFO shape.

The Mister-O's Depth control sets how dramatic you want the effect while Colour is described by Mojo Hand with really the only word that's appropriate when talking about phasers: "whoosh."

Everyone needs some whoosh in their tone now and again, and as you can hear in the demo above, there's plenty of range here.

The Mister-O Phase Shifter is true bypass, takes 9V DC power, draws around 70mA of current and is priced $149. See Mojo Hand FX for more details.

Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.