"Sometimes we'd double a track using an old Pro Co Rat, and then hard-pan the parts so that a super-distorted guitar was in the left channel and a grindy guitar was in the right. Then we'd sprinkle in lots of clean guitar overdubs," explains Foo Fighters guitarist Dave Grohl about the Pro Co RAT Distortion Pedal.more
Bottom right corner of Brian Aubert's pedalboard, to the left of his Tube Screamer, it can be seen that he uses the Pro Co RAT distortion pedal. [This article](http://images.equipboard.com/uploads/source/image/37370/Pipx5Rm.png) taken from Silversun Pickups official website confirms that it's a 1980s Pro Co RAT.more
[This photo-article from MusicRadar/*Guitarist* magazine](http://www.musicradar.com/guitarist/manic-street-preachers-james-dean-bradfields-gear-280353) details all of the gear Bradfield used during the making of the Manic Street Preacher's 2010 album *Postcards From a Young Man.* The Rat is depicted in James' pedal collection.more
The bass rig is Paul Barker’s. The head is a Traynor TS-200. I don’t know anything about the cabinets or speakers. They look homemade hand-crafted by artisanal loudspeaker cabinetiers. The black pedal is a Rat, which I’ve used forever. The purple pedal is a Red Snapper overdrive. I don’t know much about it. Duane bought it because Joe Barresi recommended it, and I was trying it out. I didn’t use it enough to form an opinion, but when Joe Barresi starts talking about pedals, you better listen up.more
In this [Premier Guitar interview] (http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/21801-drone-alone-the-savage-soundscapes-of-sunn-o?page=3), Greg Anderson (speaking for himself and Stephen) states, "We have some other versions of RAT pedals and some modded Rats as well, but the main one on all the recordings is the original RAT with the 308. It’s the foundation of the front end of our sound before it hits the amp. I’ve used the pedal since the ’80s. I think I still have the same one I used back then."more
In this [Premier Guitar interview] (http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/21801-drone-alone-the-savage-soundscapes-of-sunn-o?page=3), Greg states, "We have some other versions of RAT pedals and some modded Rats as well, but the main one on all the recordings is the original RAT with the 308. It’s the foundation of the front end of our sound before it hits the amp. I’ve used the pedal since the ’80s. I think I still have the same one I used back then."more
The handful of stomps that he relies on includes: Fulltone OCD, Fulltone Fat-Boost, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner, Fulltone Full-Drive 2, Pro Co RAT, Maxon Rotary Phaser, Dunlop Crybaby Wah, Line 6 Echo Park, TC Electronic G-Force. And for strings, picks, and accessories, he currently jams D'Addario EX115 (.010-.049), Rocktron MIDI Mate, Whirlwind Selector A/B, Sunrise acoustic pickup, K&K Pure Classic acoustic pickup, and Avalon U5.more
“Cuando empezamos con El Mató… no tenía guitarra y siempre pedía prestado un pedal de distorsión a la banda con quien compartíamos fecha o usaba la distorsión del equipo que estaba en el lugar. En el primer disco lo único que usamos fue distorsiones. Para Prenderte Fuego, y en algunas canciones que quedaron afuera, llegamos a enchufar cinco pedales de distorsión juntos: un OverDrive Boss, un Rat Pro Co, uno rebarato que teníamos dando vueltas y unos Dedalo –porque el chabón que nos grabó es el de los pedales Dedalo, que hasta sintió lástima y me regaló uno. El Rat, el Boss y el otro eran de amigos de Laptra.”more
This photo was taken in 2011 during Rosenwinkel's concert in The Charles Hotel in Boston. More photos can be seen [here.](https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsmaz1/sets/72157628179367269) In this particular pedalboard photo, one of the pedals that can be seen is the ProCo RAT distortion pedal.more
"I play through a Rat Distortion Pedal that I keep on top of the amp and I don’t use on and off, I just dial it in and leave it like that. I like the Rat Pedal and I don’t know how to explain in distortion terms but the rate of the buzz, I like to have a lot of that. There’s something about the Rat is that it seems to make your tone very cold. So on the Blues DeVille amp I have the Bass set to 12 and the Treble is on 1. So the sound doesn’t come out particularly bass-y after going thru that pedal."more
this pedal gives you the fuzz of Dave Gilmour, the hard grunge of Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl, as well as the 80's distortion of Nuno Bettencourt. Easy to dial in tones, and there are so many. Mine has been stomped hard and still no problems 20 years later.
Very versatile distortion. I have used it with Teles and Humbuckers and it sounded great on both.
You can get a nice mid crunch that cleans well on volume knob and also get a super dirty fuzz. The tonal range is huge but the Rat never loses its character - a very organic and mid boosted sounding grind.
Build quality is very good, although design could be improved a lot compared to modern offers - more compact, with common 9v input, better shielding and enclosure etc.
This is the ultimate classic distortion in my opinion. Highly recommended.
I may be biased, but I have never needed to buy, or do research for that matter, for any distortion or overdrive, fuzz, etc. You can literally get any sound you need from a Rat. What I love about this pedal is using it along with the volume knob, at really low volumes it has a whole different character. As you turn it up, the character changes and becomes something more, but just as intriguing. I have had mine since 1987, I bought it from a friend for $40. I have never played any other distortion in my signal path and I played top 40, metal, rock, blues, funk, 80's, 90's etc, using this pedal for all kinds of effects. The filter knob, this is the key, when you play a room and the reverb is drowning you out, just turn this know until the frequency cuts through the hoopla, I cannot convey how great it is to have that ability and fix it in 5 seconds with no soundman debates, or having to turn your rig up and then you look like an a**hole. If you don't have a Proco Rat, a Whiteface, vintage or reissue, my preference, then stop reading and go get one if you want to have any integrity as a guitarist. If you kick this pedal on, and there are any guitarists in the audience, oh they will come to see what is making you sound like a beast! believe me, it will happen as it has to me countless times. Good luck in acquiring one!
I loved it when I've played it 12 years ago with my high school metal band but then it got broken in 2003 and I switched to Metal Zone. A tech fixed it for me this year, so after 13 years of gathering dust in my old room it's been resurrected and ready to rock.
The Rat is one of those items that has been around for a long time. Many use it as a drive pedal but I prefer to use it slightly differently. For me it lives in front of the amp, with little to no drive. This just adds some hair and pushes the preamp tubes a little. I find it too fizzy as a drive pedal but as a dirty boost it's great.
I had this in the early 80's. This and 2 other pedals were my sounds then and are my occasional sounds now. It is criminal to now have these pedals in consideration of their price. Why people deliberate over a few dollars, then rave about tone is a little odd to me. Get what you love and play!
I currently use this pedal as an alternative OD on my board for when I want a different sound or maybe cut through with a boosted lead on a track/ set
This pedal provides a very Bold sound reminiscent of the tones of many late 80s early 90's bands like the FOO FIGHTERS or Nirvana
It does require an adapter as far as powering the pedal but once its on its on