This fuzzy rat is loaded with edgy distortion.
The TurboRAT expands the versatility and sustain of the unique rat tone, and its maximum output of 2.8V is more than double that of the Turbo's predecessors. Features a nearly indestructible steel ... read more
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Bullet proof, versatile, loud
With my band we have a couple of stoner-type riffs and I have a fuzz which is supposed to be suited for that but, no matter what kind of music I am playing, I really can't stand losing the attack of the guitar... So I was searching for something as much raw and dirty but hopefully with a little more attack, basically I bought this pedal for those riffs. Well, as many reviews and videos show , it really can do that and so much more! I'm pretty shure I'm not gonna use it only for those couple riffs but in many other applications. If you crank the distortion knob all the way past 2 it can be compared to a muff/fuzz kind of distortion but with more attack and definition. With the same knob between 12 and 2 it has that "nineties" sound it is best known for, a really aggressive distortion that mantains clarity and definition. And the sustain is just amazing... something you can only find in heavy distortion or fuzz effects I think. If you turn down the distortion it can also sound great as an overdrive. I compared it with a ehx soul food and a mooer pure boost, and honestly it was better. One peculiar feature of this pedal is the filter knob. It is actually a high cut (or low-pass) filter, this means that moving it you are adjusting the point in your frequency range where the filter starts cutting. The more you turn it up the lower the frequency cut will be, taking out the frequencies that are higher and leaving unaltered the ones that are lower. If you keep it at minimum, instead, there is no frequency cut. So keep in mind it is completely different from the tone/filter knob you find on most pedals. Those usually work in a addictive mode, while this is a subtractive mode. I am a sound engineer more than a guitarist so I feel at ease with this because I am used to work this way with eqs, but I guess for someone it can be not so comfortable. About the volume knob: not sure, but I think the main reason proco has manufactured this version is that lots of guitarists were complaining about the classic rat output level being too low. Well this is definitely loud. I mean really loud. One last thing I think it’s useful to say is how much it changes with the guitar you are using, much more than any other pedal I ever owned! With my SG it sounds ok, but I have to close the filter up to 2/3, otherwise the midrange is way too much, it really eats everything else sounding really ringing and acid with no bite. With my telecaster instead it is just AWESOME. It sounds fuller, more clear and the sound stays incredibly full and creamy no matter what I do with the knobs. Can’t really explain why… but no doubt I’m gonna use it with the tele. Seeing that Graham Coxon and other guys on the list above are devoted to fender guitars makes sense, this pedal apparently sounds way better with single coils than humbuckers.
So much volume on tap
This pedal is the most versatile overdrive/distortion/fuzz I've come across, I think it can do all three convincingly. It has tons of volume on tap. I used to use a muff, but this just has a lot more bite and midrange, and very nice clarity to it while still able to achieve Kevin Shields tones when drenched in reverse reverb. It's the perfect sound for post-punk, shoegaze, or noise rock style music in my opinion.
I used it on our song "Whirlpool Eye Turbo Guy". I have all knobs at 10. I don't use this pedal too often but Pat (our rhythm guitarist) uses it and the normal ProCo Rat on many of our songs. works great with WMD Bit Crusher, and that is how I used it. Will recommend.
This fuzzy rat is loaded with edgy distortion.
The TurboRAT expands the versatility and sustain of the unique rat tone, and its maximum output of 2.8V is more than double that of the Turbo's predecessors. Features a nearly indestructible steel housing with "no tools" battery compartment. Built for trouble-free reliability on the road. An LED indicates on/off status, and luminescent control graphics enhance visibility. Powered by 9V battery, or a special jack accommodates the RPS-1 power supply (sold separately).