Chase Bliss Audio Wombtone MKII Review – Best Analog Phaser Pedal?


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Rating:
5
On June 11, 2015
Last modified:June 14, 2019

Summary:

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Chase Bliss Audio recently had me shaking my head and throwing my hands up. After releasing the Warped Vinyl and Wombtone – 2 of the best guitar effects pedals I’ve ever played – the up and coming builder decided to refine those designs with MKII versions in a surprisingly short time timespan. (The Wombtone MKII was birthed in less than a year of the release of its earlier sibling!) I can’t emphasize enough when talking about Chase Bliss Audio that their focus isn’t just on making guitar pedals. They’re not content with having designs that already outclass and outperform nearly all (if not all!) other designs of a specific type of effect. No, that’s not their focus either. What they do is sleeplessly refine their designs in pursuit of the ultimate in tonal perfection, versatility, and every conceivable definition of quality. This makes Chase Bliss Audio perhaps the company that best captures the essence of why Best Guitar Effects exists.

Follow Your Bliss

Being the best isn’t about simply outdoing what others have done in terms of specs, sound quality, performance, etc. There’s a certain almost fanatical calling when you pursue something you’re good at or are sincerely passionate about. When creativity transcends thinking about the “bottom line” and “profit margins”, when you’re pursuing your passion, your true will or calling, there’s a certain magic that happens. No, I’m not talking fantasy and fairydust. It’s just what happens when you’re in the zone, your flow, and you’re divinely inspired to create something that simply leaves others in awe. Here’s an example: imagine when Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton (aka the guitarist-formerly-known-as-God) saw Jimi Hendrix perform for the first time. The creatively of what Chase Bliss Audio is doing in the realm of guitar effects pedals is on that level, and any builder looking on at what the future of innovative analog pedal design holds should look to Chase Bliss Audio first and foremost.

Back to the Womb

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If you missed our Chase Bliss Audio Wombtone review, check it out to see why it was one of the best phaser pedals ever made. There really wasn’t much to improve upon really. I actually wrote to Chase Bliss Audio and mentioned that it would be neat if the Depth knob set the maximum sweep range when using an expression pedal. Yes, that’s here in Wombtone MKII. Did I mention Chase Bliss Audio is a company that appreciates customer feedback? And once the Eureka light-bulb went off to have the Ramp knob serve dual functions on the Warped Vinyl MKII, it must’ve seemed only natural assign Feed to the Ramp knob and include a new dedicated Mix control for the Wombtone MKII that now lets you go from completely dry to 100% wet. And while the Wombtone’s 4 & 6 stage options were more than adequate, the Wombtone MKII now features 2, 4, 6 stages for more floaty phaser fun. There’s also crazy deep MIDI functionality including CC knob parameter control, 122(!) MIDI selectable presets, and MIDI channel selection (Wombtone MKI was pre-assigned to channel 6). Chase Bliss Audio also refined the Feedback function and added more range to the slower side of the Rate. And yes, like the Warped Vinyl MKII and Gravitas, the dip-switches are now top mounted for easier access.

Here’s a feature rundown before we dig into our Chase Bliss Audio Wombtone MKII review and discover whether or not this is still the best analog phaser pedal ever created.

Features:

  • All-analog signal path.
  • Ramp control knob can be set to control any of the 5 parameters (Volume, Feed, Rate, Depth, Form) individually or simultaneously via dip switches on the back of the pedal. Controls the ramp time in which this takes place.
  • Feed (Ramp) control knob controls the amount of feedback on the phasing effect when no Ramp dip-switches are in use.
  • Volume control knob sets the level of the effect.
  • Mix control knob can be set from 100% wet, to 100% dry, or anything in-between.
  • Rate control knob controls the rate of the phasing effect. Can be overridden by the tap tempo switch.
  • 1 – 2 – 3 (3 – 6 – 8/STG:2 – 4 – 6) toggle switch sets the tap division for tap tempo. A dip switch on the back accesses the “3 – 6 – 8” divisions. Another dip-switch allows this switch to select between 2, 4, and 6 stage modes.

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  • Depth control knob sets how wide the phaser goes. Vocal tones can be found somewhere around 11 o’clock.
  • Form control knob sets the center point of the modulation. Set it counterclockwise to make the wave ramp up quickly and down gradually. Set it clockwise to make the wave ramp up gradually and down quickly. Set it at noon for a perfectly symmetrical wave.
  • Left Wave Shape toggle switch sets the first half of the wave modulation. Left for sine, middle for triangle, right for square.
  • Right Wave Shape toggle switch sets the second half of the wave modulation. Left for square, middle for triangle, right for sine.
  • Bypass foot-switch activates or bypasses the effect via true relay bypass. Can by changed to a momentary bypass via a dip switch in the back of the pedal.
  • Tap Tempo foot-switch sets the tap tempo and always honors the last two stomps.
  • Preset toggle switch recalls presets. Middle position reflects current knob positions, right position recalls right preset, and left position recalls left preset.
  • Exp input jack allows expression pedal or CV control of parameters selected via dip switches on back of pedal. When no parameters are set to Ramp, it manually controls the phaser sweep.
  • Tap/MIDI input jack can be used for tap input or output with a regular ¼” instrument cable.
  • Powered by 9-volt battery or 9VDC power adapter (consumes ~25mA).

Dip Switches:

  • Volume, Feed, Rate, Depth, and Form dip switches on the left side simply turn that parameter on or off for ramping or expression pedal capability.
  • Volume, Feed, Rate, Depth, and Form dip switches on the right side control whether the parameters rise or fall in ramp mode. This also affects the direction of movement with an expression pedal.
  • Bounce dip switch makes parameters go back and forth (i.e. modulate) or ramp and hold.
  • Stages dip switch allows left flip-switch to select tap divisions or stages.
  • MoByp dip switch activates momentary bypass, activating pedal only when Bypass foot-switch is pressed in.
  • Tap Control dip switch allows tap tempo to modulate Ramp rate (r) or phaser Rate (p). Bounce needs to be on to modulate Ramp speed.
  • Tap Division dip switch selects from “1, 2, 4” tap divisions (1) to “3, 6, 8” tap divisions (3).
  • Sweep dip switch selects where Ramp sweeps. In “t” (top) the ramping (or expression control) will occur between the current Ramp knob position and the max position (fully clockwise). In “b” (bottom) the range is set between the current knob position and the minimum position (fully counterclockwise).

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Sound & Performance:

As in our Warped Vinyl MKII review, I’m going to focus on the primary differences in the Wombtone MKII versus it’s predecessor. Visit our original Wombtone review for a deeper delving into its functionality. For all intents and purposes, they’re quite similar with these few (and major!) exceptions.

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One issue I’ve always had with most phasers is their lack of Mix control. They’re typically just wet. You activate them, and that’s the amount of phasing effect you get. Then you just set the rate and have at it. If you’re lucky you might get a Depth control. The original Wombtone was similar in this regard, but the possibility opened up to include a Mix parameter when Chase Bliss Audio discovered a way to have the Ramp knob easily serve 2 functions. Basically, if you’re not using all those crazy dip-switches to create wild Ramping effects, the Ramp knob controls Feed instead, a parameter that feeds the phased signal into itself for more intense phasing effects. The Mix control is now on the right side of the pedal where the Feed knob was located on the MKI.

Having a dedicate Mix knob is useful for a few reasons. First, when seeking subtle phasing effects, the Mix lets you keep the Depth high for a wider phasing sweep while still lowering the overall effected signal in your mix, giving your dry signal more space. This also helps the pedal stack well with other modulation pedals like, say, the Warped Vinyl MKII. But this really helps make the Wombtone MKII more usable in rigs that typically don’t have much of a modulation focus. If you don’t usually like the “extreme” or unnatural sound of phasing, you might be pleasantly surprised at how the Wombtone MKII can add interest to clean sounds in a way different from your typical chorus, vibrato, or tremolo effects. Also, as I’m about to explain, the Mix knob adds tone shaping for the pedal’s “notched-phase” effects.

2, 4, or 6 Stages?

The inclusion of a 2 Stage phasing option is another big testament to the extra versatility of this pedal. The 4 and 6 Stage options go from moderate to intense (and very extreme if you crank the Feed with the 6 Stage mode!), but the 2 Stage mode gives you an extra level of lighter phasing if you’re into the more mild sounds. It can be soothing like a sweet sonic lullaby. I also find the new 2 Stage option especially useful for “notched-phase” effects. This is fun for seekers of strange and bizarre tones. If you plug in an expression pedal with no Ramp parameters selected, the pedal will override the ModuShape LFO and manually control the sweep of the phasing. This lets you set it at certain points to achieve cool filtered tones, similar to how you get notched-wah sounds. Another neat trick is to just leave the expression pedal in the toe down position and use the Depth knob to set the exact notched sound. The Mix knob also comes in handy for letting you manually blend in that notched sound with your dry signal for an emphasis or de-emphasis on certain frequencies. Very cool. Be sure to use the Feed, too, and try the 2, 4, and 6 Stage modes to further explore this playground of phase filtered sound.

It really didn’t take much to improve upon the Wombtone, but the added Mix control and 2 Stage option bring the MKII even closer to perfection. I was already perfectly content regarding the Wombtone as the best phaser pedal around, but the MKII is pretty much ideal in terms of what I’d want in a phaser. It offers smooth, lush phasing and has heaps of options for controlling the sound.

Feed & Rate Improvements

There’s a little extra tweaking that happened from the MKI to MKII. The Feed function underwent a little adjustment. It wasn’t refined to an extent that seems to overly affect the sound in a significantly noticeable way. The Rate control gives you a huge mount of additional range on the slower side of the swirling spectrum. If you prefer to simply grab a knob and twist to set your phasing rate, you can find a ton of slow, churning range all along the left side of noon, a very welcome addition.

Let’s briefly touch on a couple carried over features in this review.

ModuShape

The ModuShape functionality adds a level of waveform control beyond what you’ll find in any other analog phaser. This serves an appropriate purpose with the Warped Vinyl MKII as it allows you to get those cool “warped record” sounds, but on the Wombtone it may appear more novel at first. At the very least it’s worth exploring the differences in Sine and Triangle waveforms. But if you’re feeling adventurous you can experiment with Sine, Triangle, and Square shapes to add some real unconventional movement to the phasing that is quite unlike any other phaser you’d ever heard. Couple that with the Tap Tempo and 6 selectable Tap Divisions, and you’ve got endless rhythmic possibilities. Then there’s the ramping…

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The Wombtone MKII’s 16 dip-switches may seem daunting at first, especially if your last phaser was a single knob unit. But after you’ve become comfortable with the surface controls, you may want to try setting some of the parameters to Ramp. You can set parameters to Ramp up to the values you’ve set the knobs to when you engage the pedal, useful for a phase sound that fades in or swells up to the full effect. Or you can flip the Bounce dip-switch and have the selected Ramp parameters modulate back and forth. This lets you do some really neat things like having a variable Rate, raising and lowering Depth, and/or adjusting the Mix from Wet to Dry. That’s not even scratching the surface really. You can get lost for days playing with the Ramping effects.

Okay, back to the new stuff. There are a couple more things worth mentioning.

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If you tried the original Wombtone or Warped Vinyl, you were probably excited that Chase Bliss Audio had the 16 dip-switches protruding from a hole in the bottom plate instead of requiring you to unscrew plate to access them. But with all the control available it was still a bit annoying to have to keep flipping the pedal over to try new sounds. And if you’ve already mounted it to your pedalboard, forget about it! Ever the company to keep refining their designs, Chase Bliss Audio moved the dip-switches from underneath the pedal to the north side above the knobs. This means you can more easily access them without having to remove the pedal from your board. This is a most welcome convenience. It’s the little things that set this company’s products apart from the rest.

MIDI Madness

The original Wombtone, like the original Warped Vinyl, allowed you to use MIDI commands to Activate/Bypass the pedal and choose between Live Mode and the Left & Right Presets. The Wombtone was also pre-programmed to function on MIDI channel 6. The Wombtone MKII allows you to control all knob functions via MIDI, select and save 122 additional MIDI recallable presets, and use the pedal on any of the 16 available MIDI channels. This is cool news if you use a MIDI effects selector/router as you can now access a huge plethora of different presets with ease. And if by any chance you’re a MIDI nerd like me, try using a MIDI controller or software like Ableton Live to control and automate the pedal’s parameters in realtime. Never before has so much control been available in a 100% analog pedal until Chase Bliss Audio came along.

What’s left to say about the Chase Bliss Audio Wombtone MKII? The best phaser available just got better. Hey, someone should put that in an ad! Let’s see the final result.

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Overall-Rating-5.0

The Chase Bliss Audio Wombtone was arguably the best analog phaser around. Now the Wombtone MKII is even better thanks mostly to its additional 2 Stage option and Mix control knob. The tones are immaculate even if you never delve into the Ramping functions. But once you begin exploring all this pedal has to offer, you’ll likely never play another phaser pedal again. The expanded MIDI functionality is a huge plus, especially for accessing the 122 additional presets. Chase Bliss Audio’s digitally controlled analog pedals take the greatest analog sounds of the past and combine them with the best technology of today for sounds you’ll be hearing long into the future. The Wombtone MKII is hands-down the best analog phaser pedal ever made.

That concludes our Chase Bliss Audio Wombtone MKII review. Thanks for reading.

 

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563 COMMENTS

  1. Possibilities are endless. I love it. So much creative potential, would love to eventually acquire all three pedals for some amazing sounds! Would love to have this on my board!

  2. Chase Bliss Audio, great pedals by a great guy. I need a Wombtone to complete the pedalboard which already has a Warped Vinyl and Gravitas.

  3. The possibilities on this thing seem to be endless. Absolutely a top notch pedal, that goes above and way beyond. This analog phaser sounds awesome. Certainly something that would keep me glued to my guitar for hours!!!

  4. Love the width on these; doesn’t just sound like a circular/pulsing phaser, it sounds 3 dimensional (hope you’re smart enough to understand my ultra technical lingo…)

  5. The Chase Bliss hear is on another level! Don’t be intimidated by the endless possibilities of their stuff. It’s user friendly, and sounds better than any pedal you’ve heard before!

  6. In my opinion, the most controllable phase pedal on the market; the addition of midi control sounds incredible to muck around with for some new expression options, but even more importantly, the pedal sounds awesome!

  7. Usually phase pedals with more than a rate and depth knob seem excessive, but this pedal is more than just a phase pedal. It really should he just called a modulation pedal because it can do so much more than just a phaser. The endless possibilities is what makes Chase Bliss so innovative.

  8. Set your phasers to stun! Am I right?! This is the most knobs I’ve ever seen on a phaser. How are there even that many settings?! Sweet pedal.

  9. Tried one of these in a small boutique pedal store where I live. I absolutely love the sound of this pedal. Perfect for a shoegaze band. I would love to own one of these and include it on my bands next recording. Definitely a shoegaze bands’ go to pedal company.

  10. So the only other phaser I have really messed with was a BOSS phaser and it didn’t have even close to this many fun options. Using a phaser in my live arsenal hasn’t crossed my mind in a few years, but after seeing how it reacts to fuzz and distortion I could actually really get along with this pedal. Plays well with others.

  11. I’ve never owned a phaser. and it sounds as though there has been a reason – I’ve been waiting for the right one to come along.
    I played drums in a band for years and the guitarist was a “foot worker” … we may have even invented the term “shoe gazer”, since he was our vocalist and had his eyes on his feet so often that it seemed like he was shoe gazing.
    he used two different small stones which were great, but when that band hung it up and I focused on guitar again, the small stones were chic and not worth the price and I never found the kind of hi quality and features we see these days.
    (nothing against BOSS, but I’ve been thru too many of their pedals in the 1990s .. even more recently with a DD20 .. to ever buy anything but something like this again.

    besides the phase transitions and warbling quality, you can tell these pedals will never give out on you. that’s a big deal to me)
    fantastic addition to my tc triple delay .. I might envelope into a wormhole if I win it. ha!!

  12. It’s hard to imagine using a vibe pedal anymore when this gives you so much variation. I’d love to see Joel’s take on a Mu-Tron/Maestro sounding phaser; from the last NAMM video it would seem the Spectre Flanger will be the next production model though.

    thwOp-thwOp-thwOp-thwOp-thwOp-thwOp

  13. Wow, I can’t even imagine the possibilities and versatility with this!
    I play in a band and I would love to be able to express some really different
    sounds with this pedal! :)

  14. I can barely believe that they’ve managed to squeeze in so much versatility into a pedal with such a small footprint. Great tone as well! This is going to be on my pedalboard soon. The Wombtone MKII will redefine the meaning of phaser. “Set phasers to stun”!

  15. A) I expected someone like you.
    What did you expect ?
    ………..
    ……
    Are you an assassin?

    B) I’m a soldier.

    A) You’re neither. You’re an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.

    I’ll take one wombtone please.
    cashier ring.

  16. I absolutely love the sound of this pedal: on its own or paired with another analog delay/tremolo- all I wanna do is create atmospheric bliss with it.
    Fingers crossed on the giveaway

  17. This Phaser Looks and Sounds Amazing !!!!!!!!! i hope i get a chance to win this in your giveaway !!!! right now im using a Visual Sound Oil Can that a friend let me borrow for some original song recordings and its ok just not a stereo pedal ,, Thanks Guys at ” http://www.BestGuitarEffects.com ” KEEP ON ROCKING and ROLLING

  18. ALL the Chase Bliss Audio pedal seem like they would be great to use for keyboards. I’d like to hear some demos with synths, organs, maybe an elec. piano….

  19. The overwhelming variations in sound and tone produced by this mildly psychotic gateway into the realm of visage liquidity makes me feel like a solitary synaptic impulse being buffeted around the cascading cerebral maelstrom of a tripping marmot trying to escape from the weasel enclosure; excited, worried by the complexity of my task and interested in swirling, repetitive patterns.

  20. I’ve been considering the MXR Phase 99 lately, but this is WAY more insane, which is my M.O.! The zanier the better. And MIDI compatibility?! Forget about it. Great demo; I’m definitely sold. I’d save up for this for sure.
    Unless I won it ;)
    Actually, I’d buy another too.

  21. Great review! I love the color and the finish of this pedal, it might be one of the most beautiful pedals I’ve ever seen. I’d love to use it sometime!

  22. The range of this pedal and it’s tweakability seems daunting in the best of ways. MIDI functionality on all knobs would allow some serious integration possibilities. I would love to get my hands on one of these puppies.

  23. Great review once again. What an awesome pedal. It sounds very lush. I love that it is highly tweakable. I think that for the next iteration, they should add more stages, so that it can be even more versatil and lush. This pedal should also have a stereo option.

  24. What an awesome pedal. It sounds very lush. I love that it is highly tweakable. I think that for the next iteration, they should add more stages, so that it can be even more versatil and lush. This pedal should also have a stereo option.

  25. Ok, please let me win this- having all kinds of trouble getting phase shifts sounds I want, and this pedal looks like it will be able to get anything.

  26. Ok, please let me win this- all kinds of trouble getting phase shift sounds I want, and this pedal looks like it can get anything.

  27. This whole series of pedals is looking brilliant. Connectivity has been one of my troubles with effects pedals of late, looks like these guys have it covered. With the MIDI features and fun to be had with the expression pedal, I think this would work well in many a variety of set-up. Sequenced Phasor sounds anyone? Woo!
    Yep, this is one my wishlist for sure!

  28. It would appear it’s not as much a question of what it WILL do as it is a question of what the hell can’t it do?? ;)

  29. It seems that with this pedal (an a little bit of time dialing it) you can emulate most famous phaser sounds, which is simply great.

  30. I was one of those single-knob Phaser guitarists you spoke. The amount of knobs and controls on the WombTone looks mind-boggling, but awesome! I dig spacey, washy tones, and this would sound amazing with my 7-string, and also on my electric piano for those gnarly, swooshy ’70’s sounds with cool chords. \m/

  31. I would love to try this peda with blues , must draw a bright sound on guitar, and especially in Blues, I’ll cross my fingers !!! Thank you so much for the draw. Cheers

  32. The thing that strikes me about this series of pedals is the clarity. The guitar tone seem pretty much unchanged except for the effect being added in, almost as a second bus with the guitar still running clean.

  33. I could never get a sound I REALLY liked out of the orange one knob phasers, but always loved phaser sounds. This looks like the phaser to end all phasers and loaded with options.

  34. Yes this sounds so cool, retro, futuristic and the now sound. Swoosh whoosh wah . Excellent. What would these guys do with a fuzz? Or delay? I am wondering.

  35. Joel Korte is has created some wonderfully inspirational machines!
    I’d love to get my hands on one of them to see where they will take me.

  36. Crazy cool pedal!! Astounding amount of tweakability… How would I use it? Exploration and experimentation – this is one of those pedals you could spend hours on end crafting different tones. I would use everything from subtle sweeping to intense overmodulated madness depending on what the sonic landscape requires. What would I like to see Chase Bliss Audio make next? I’ve been looking for an all analog “slow gear” effect. There aren’t too many slow gear pedals out there to choose from and usually the price tag is high. Cheers!

  37. This pedal just screams outer space, interstellar grooves to me. If I had this pedal I would set phasers to stun and wipe out the whole city. Hell, maybe even the whole planet.

  38. Tried one of these last week and I loved it. Definitely one of the best pedals around, would recommend it to anyone! I really didn’t care much for using the phaser effect, but after my friend offered me to test his new Chase Bliss Audio Gravitas…wow, I should have thought of buying this way earlier! If you can, buy it.

  39. I’m a bass player actually and I’ve been looking for the right phaser for a long time. I think that this pedal will be “the one”. Together we could produce amazing and very experimental bass tones.

  40. Fantastic review. Originally I thought that was too close to the warped vinyl but after reading this I can see it isn’t. Seems very versatile and I’m sure you could create endless tones with this. The MIDI functions also seem very useful, I hope in the future chase bliss could create a pedal themselves that connected all their pedals together for presets etc. Possibly using a computer to control the settings to begin with?? Great review keep it up

  41. Absolutely crazy phaser! I love the huge range of phase tones you can get from this piece. The sweep on this thing can be so gradual and lulling, but how it paired with the fuzz pedal, giving it that out of this world space tone was just so sick it sounded like what I imagine first contact would be like!

    Speaking of fuzz pedals, you should check out the Swollen Pickle Jumbo Fuzz MKII from Way Huge. I have one of those and it satisfies my fuzz needs, would love to hear what you have to say about it.

  42. Love the Gravitas and this phaser would be really fun too! I hope he can do the Chase Bliss treatment to a Flanger/Rotary type pedal. I will be first in line.

  43. Oh my god, everything that Chase Bliss Audio makes is just great. I would like to have every single pedal from them. I like the new Wombtone a lot, those improvements were spot on. I hope they come up soon with a distortion/fuzz/overdrive pedal, and I would really like to see a Chase Bliss Delay ❤

  44. I think this is the most flexible and good sounding phaser. It reminds me of the Mutron Biphaser but in a much smaller package with much more flexibility. It has been hard to choose this pedal for the giveaway from the current Chase Bliss pedals. The Warped Vinyl and Gravitas are really tempting too!, but for the giveaway I am more into phasers this time. Thank you! Pedro Arizmendi.

  45. This is a great sounding pedal, and hearing how well it blended with the fuzz was just icing on the cake. I thought the phaser for me was the MXR Phase 90, but I may just have to reconsider after seeing this one.

  46. Im the guitarist for The White Rhinos and im a huge pedal/gear freak. i just recently got introduced to this phaser about two months ago. I literally got to experince it on hand and i was blown away by the options, switchs, mini dip switchs, knobs etc. Believe it or not i got to run it side by side with a 12 stage moogerfooger. i must say tonally and ease of use goes to the Wombtone, I dont anyone who will deny the amazing sounds of moog, plain and simple moog is primo in sound quality. But even though wombtone had more of complex look to it, once you start tweaking you’ll understand that a slight turn of a knob will just seem right, while IMO the moog you will have to tweak tweak tweak to get that sound in your brain to your pedal. Seriously though by first glance youd think some mad scientist made this pedal but really its a form of art that lets each individual create a sound of thier own. this is a pedal, yes, but really its a completely new instrument that will take time to learn. On a second or third note (lol) it has the abilitly to have two presets!!! pretty ridiculous considering its the size of your standard pedal. Chase Bliss is going above and beyond all these mass produced pedals. Look at what they come in… how about that… Creativity, Accessibility and Uniqueness is what Chase Bliss Audio is about to me. They are in their own class of pedal technology, this ladies and gents is the future, its groundbreaking what theyre doing in such a confined space. Hope this review helps

  47. This pedal seems amazingly versatile and fun. I’ve seen it both as a pretty straightforward phaser but also a thick univibe. Would love this one!

  48. Everything i dream of a phaser pedal… what i could do with it? create a music festival with my neighbors every night in my apartment… all night long!!! The next big thing that Chase Bliss Audio can do? Suprise me!!!

  49. This pedel sounds just as amazing as the Warped Vinyl which I was lucky enough to aquire last winter. It is probably the best tremolo/chorus pedal out there, at least for my taste. If the Wombtone is as good as this thorough review says it is, its is truly someting to dream about to some day have on ones pedalboard. And speaking of pedalboards – I actually considered to have my Warped Vinyl on a small pedistal but scratched the idea due to lack of smoothness when playing.

  50. I’ve been wanting to get this since I first saw it a few months back. I’ve been a phaser junky. Perhaps this will cure me.

  51. Wow! A great review on a fantastic pedal. This is on the cutting edge of where the future of guitar electronics is going: Pure analog audio signal path with digital microprocessor control that is very controllable and configurable by the end user. Very sonically and technologically advanced. I’m really impressed with the multitude of control available to the consumer. I’m sure it also sounds great right out of the box, using just the knobs and switches on top of the pedal. Chase Bliss, I’m going to keep an eye on you and the fantastic audio technology marvels you come up with. I want this Phaser Pedal!

  52. Chase Bliss Audio have done the impossible. Made me fall in love with phasers. Never wanted one, until this came out.

  53. The ramp effect is really nice. It reminds me of how a Leslie works. I think the zvex vibrato can ramp as well. Modulations usually have the same sweep that gets old without some expression. Good job guys!

  54. I just love phasers. MY favorite still is my very first pedal, the Schule Compact Phasing I.
    But maybe it is about time to kick it off his throne?!

  55. I use a vintage PH-1 by Boss but this pedal seems a lot more versatile. Definitely a pedal worth checking out.

  56. It’s so cool that we now have pedals that fit so many features into such a small size factor, I’d love to have a fuzz feeding back into it and just moving the dials to create weird tones.

  57. I love this phaser pedal. Would love to win this one as I would utilize it to play “Have a Cigar” by Pink Floyd and guitar riffs from Brian May with Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and “Don’t Stop Me Now.” I think Chase Bliss Audio makes awesome pedals and would love to see them with a flanger pedal as well. Thanks for this great contest and congrats on the anniversary of Best Guitar Effects!

  58. The wealth of options is mind boggling!!!!! Its so extensive you could play from now til the end of time and still not hit the sea floor on this pedal

  59. Wow! This is an awesome looking pedal. I’ve recently started considering a phase pedal and decided on the MXR Phase 99, then I saw this review. I have to say that this by far is the superior pedal. The only bad thing about it is its cost!

  60. I want one of every pedal CBA makes, the sound of their pedals is just unparalleled by any other company in my opinion.

  61. I recently started working with pedals and leaving multi effects behind. I’d love to get this one into my collection!

  62. Can’t believe the amount of control offered with these pedals. It’s a new world! Would love to be locked in a room for 24 hours with my rig and this pedal

  63. I would love to have one of these pedals. My pedalboard is in serious need of a high quality modulation pedal.

  64. Wow! And I thought my Empress Phaser had a lot of sonic possibilities… great review! I’d love to grab one. Love switching between quacky envelope filter type grooves and syrupy Gilmour-esque tones.

  65. I have really been Jonesing for a new phaser pedal, and this one totally knocks it out of the park! If anything, it’s too full featured. But, hey, that’s a handicap that I’ll gladly live with if I can win one for free.

  66. How does this pedal work for bass? I always keep a phaser in my signal chain, this looks to expand a lot on the ones I’ve tried before!

  67. I had no reason to think I needed a new phaser until I saw this demo! Now I can sell my old phase 90 and small stone and pick up one of these babies!

  68. Chase Bliss seems to make really cool pedals. This thing sounds so great and you can do so much with it AND it’s analog. Owning it would be a dream i cant imagine winning it for free.

  69. To be honest I´m here to win this jewel, although I am not really experienced at htis topic. I´m an 18 years old student from Germany trying to become one of the greater musicians and right now I am fighting with getting the right equipment for fullfilling this dream. I will treat it as the treasure this seems to be and it would help me very much on my way of improvement, so if whoever decides who gets this thinks I am the right person to get this, it will not be a wasted investment.

  70. After owning the Warped Vinyl MKII, this is high on my list along with the Gravitas! Can’t wait for his take on a delay!

  71. Review on this was great! Also enjoyed the video of whoever, jamming around with it.
    love the placement of the dip-switches, super smart move from chase bliss.

  72. I don’t own a phaser but if it was the Chase Bliss’s one. well, I guess it would be my most often used pedal so far!

  73. Would love to have this much power in such a small package on my board! It would take me years to find all the nuances, so much going on here!!!

  74. The fact that tree is someone taking the time to rate these guitar effects is awesome. It is hard to find a good source to trust you will get all the low down on guitar gear. My thanks to best guitars for all there efforts to find the best out there. I would in deed be happy with any of the Chase Bliss products as they seem to go over the top with great ideas and well made pedels. Wheather I would win something from Best Guitars is moot for me I have champaign tastes on a bear budget and good is good. The Wombtone MKII looks great as all the gear that Chase bliss creates and I will save my pennies to buy this beautifully put together addition to my music gear that’s Best Guitars for the info have a great day blazing the way

  75. Amazing versatility,yet again.It would take weeks to work through all of the variables of this pedal,but I’d enjoy the effort!

  76. Oh Wombtone, wombtone. I wouldn’t really care for a phaser if it wasn’t designed by chase bliss audio. I’ve looked at a few videos and – no surprise, I want one now… Thanks Joel Korte for the amazing work!

  77. Phased sounds have always intrigued me but I have never fully enjoyed any phaser I’ve had. This phaser actually has me interested to try one again. It helps when its from Chase Bliss and the pedal is crammed full of tweaking fun … they really know how to make complicated look simple and elegant.

  78. This pedal sounds amazing and is seems quite versatile. The builder is almost as inspiring as the sounds he has created and captured in this box. Gotta catch um all.

  79. It’s effects like these that get me excited: Chasr Bliss Audio isn’t just copying a Phase 90 and calling it a day – he’s creating what he thinks is the ultimate version of the a phaser that he has presumably dreamt about for many years. It’s unique anf customizable, which is why I want this on my board!

  80. I can’t wat to try this out. Phase is my favorite effect and this sounds like there are so many variations and the programability is incredible!

  81. Sounds amazing! Would be great to see a small two button preset selector switch to plug into the expression jack for easy access to presets without getting into MIDI.

  82. The Wombtone is great for adding great variance to your tone, specially with how versatile it is, with its wide intensity range and mod modes. Definitely one of my most wanted pedals. :D

  83. Phase has always been my favorite modulation effect. I’m currently using a Small Stone and while I enjoy the sound for the most part, I can’t help but want to tailor it more to my personal taste. The Wombtone looks like the phaser with the largest amount of control over its parameters. I’d love to be about to play through one.

  84. I’ve never been a huge fan of phasers, but that’s mostly because I’ve never felt enough control over the texture of the effect. I’ve never used the wombtone, but I think it contains the features that I need to really gel with a phaser. Plus it looks like a hell of a lot of fun.

  85. I’m a huge fan of Phaser’s, and from the demo video I just watched, I find the Wombstone to be superior. Although I do like simple Phase 90’s, I love all the options you have here. I could have fun with this for days!

  86. I’m a huge fan of Paher’s, and from the demo video I just watched, I find the Wombstone to be superior. Although I do like simple Phase 90’s, I love all the options you have here. I could have fun with this for days!

  87. This looks to be the quintessential phaser for any kind of music or genre. So many options and settings for us tone-chasing knob-tweakers. Very well done!

  88. I would love to lock myself in a closet with this thing for a month and explore the possibilities. I will not come out until a rock baby emerges from the Womb(tone).

  89. Well then, my search has ended for what seams to be the controllable and expressive phaser pedal I was looking for. . . This pedal sounds great and looks sweet and I really want to win!!!

  90. this seems like the most modern, advanced phaser on the market today. its mind boggling all the sounds you can get out of this thing. I’d love to have one of these on my pedal board.

  91. The first Pedal i owned was a PX-8 Phaser by Washburn. I lent it to my little sister and never saw it again.The Wombtone MKII looks killer would love to add it to my board! *Note* Never lend your pedals to nobody * LOL

  92. This pedal is beautiful! I’m a phaser freak, and this bad boy seems like it was TAILOR MADE for the phaser fan who already owns every phaser out there.
    That’s not me, by the way, I 100% deserve this phaser as I do not own enough phasers yet!

  93. I’m normally un-phased by pedals…
    *dons shades* :D
    But this one really takes the biscuit. Keen to get my hands on this!!!

  94. Would love to get a phaser that sounds as good as this instead of my boring phase 90 that I took off my pedal board.

  95. This thing makes sounds that make it feel like my ears are being dipped into bowls of psychedelic jelly repeatedly ! I just completely dig the range of warm, warped sound the wombtone can make, it is probably the closest thing we will ever come to that sounds like the mind of fetus. Awesome review as well , it really covered what the pedal can do !!

  96. This pedal is another amazing work of Chase Bliss Audio, If I have the money I will remplace my EHX Small Stone for this beauty . I hope win one of this amazing piece of gear.. I will record my first LP soon and I need a new sounds … Greetings from Peru :)

  97. Please, i need one of these, i emptied my wallet for a new amp and i cant buy this….if only i could get it for free somehow..
    HINT HINT

  98. I just bought the warped vinyl over the wombtone but hopefully I win this so I can play them both together. Stupidly amazing pedals from chase bliss audio.

  99. We are the music makers,
    And we are the dreamers of dreams,
    Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
    And sitting by desolate streams;—
    World-losers and world-forsakers,
    On whom the pale moon gleams:
    Yet we are the movers and shakers
    Of the world for ever, it seems.

    -Arthur O’Shaughnessy

    looking forward to your fuzz, Joel.

  100. Wow. Looks like they really built this with quality in mind – both in components and exceptional sound/output. Great pedal.

  101. What a great pedal. Looks like they built this to be a real work horse not only with great components, but exceptional sound and output

  102. Oh boy, as I said of the Warped Vinyl I say about the Wombtone mkII: Owowowowow!
    not only this pedal sounds great, but it also added 2 stage phase, mix control and other improvements!
    I’ ve been a fan of Chase Bliss Audio since I saw your review of the Warped Vinyl mkI!
    And the 3 effects that they make are between my fav ones (phaser, tremolo and chorus/vibrato). If only I could have em all 3.. Anyways, crossing my fingers to be one of the lucky winners!!!

    Thanks for the review & giveaways!!

  103. Phantastic little guy this one, I’d twist it’s knobs anytime, oh hell, I’d go all the way, I’d play with the switches too, I don’t care. I’d like to see it with all the 122 presets on, dayum!

  104. I’ve been hanging out for a really cool analogue phaser to create those funky phaser effects since my old Mutron crapped out last decade. I can’t wait to rock this baby.

  105. This pedal has amazing versatility compared to something like the phase 90 by MXR. This thing is cRaZy, the sounds are nuts. This looks like a fantastic versatile pedal. Good work Chase Bliss Audio, it looks like you’ve done an amazing job.

  106. I loved the original wombtone but am absolutely ecstatic about the mkII. The mix and 2 stage phasing options would allow me to create the very subtle phase sounds I try to go for. My favourite use of phase is also all about long cycles, so I’m excited to see just how slow this pedal can go. I need to get one of these somehow!!!

  107. I find myself getting into the fetal position slipping into the warmth and wushy-ness of womb when listening to this pedal.

  108. I’ve never been a big phaser fan, but after reading the review and seeing demos of this pedal, there is a whole new world of sounds waiting to be unlocked. I’d love to try it out someday.

  109. Been reviewing the different demos on YouTube after reading about Chase Bliss Audio in “Premier Guitar.” I’ll buy each pedal one-by-one (I have to save up; they are not inexpensive) because they have no equivalents in the pedal world. That is, these units are sui generis, which is Latin for one-of-a-kind. A strong selling point is that Joel put in a lot of time at ZVEX and I have several of their pedals including the Lo-Fi Junky; and each one is great. Plus, Chase Bliss Audio is a family business.

  110. Chase bliss audio are amazing, they never seem to stop trying to refine and perfect their products! Its unbelievable how much attention to detail they give, and the attention to customers feedback is stunning. Definitely a big fan.

  111. Cannot wait to play with one of these! Chase Bliss is certainly pushing the boundaries of analog pedals!!

  112. This sounds great. Most phasers have a couple of good settings with minor tweak-ability before you are out of the useful range. The wombtone looks to upgrade the experience with extreme tweak-abilty. I am looking forward to getting this and exploring what looks to be a wide range of sounds.

  113. Just when I thought you guys couldn’t build an even more amazing pedal, I find out you’ve proven me miserably wrong! So much want.

  114. You could tweak those knobs and switches for days and still only get a fraction of what this thing can probably do.

  115. I so wish Chase Bliss starts exporting to India. Would really love to try out these pedals, even Electro Harmonix. My only hope of getting is through here, so wish me luck, haha!

  116. Beautiful not only in appearance but also in its complexity. The controls gave us freedom to explore one of the warmest sounds in a pedalboard: the Best Phaser Effect.

  117. It’s pretty cool to see a company putting so much effort into building the best product they can. Most people just seem to benchmark something and that’s “good enough”.

  118. Beautiful not only in appearance but also in its complexity. I love it ‘cuse I can feel free to explore one of the warmest effects in a pedalboard: the Phaser. Thanks to Joel Korte and ChaseBlissAudio for this jewel.

  119. Great review of a great pedal. I never thought I’d need a phaser. I changed my mind! Chase Bliss make some great pedals.

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