The RAT2 covers all the bases: distortion, sustain, fuzz, overdrive - from the sweet raunchy to the grinding raunchy to the raunchy raunchy, RAT2 lets you pick yer poison! Has glow in the dark cont... read more
The RAT2 covers all the bases: distortion, sustain, fuzz, overdrive - from the sweet raunchy to the grinding raunchy to the raunchy raunchy, RAT2 lets you pick yer poison! Has glow in the dark controls for distortion amount, filter cutoff and volume level.
- Distortion ranging from a mellow twin to a raging English stack
- Extra punch in rhythm work and makes solos cut through with authority
- Glow-in-the-dark luminescent control graphics
- LED status indicator
- No-tools battery compartment
|Effects||distortion, fuzz, overdrive|
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The Legendary Rat
This pedal is awesome. I haven't messed around with it too much outside of getting the sound I wanted from it but its a very good pedal with a lot of gain but also retains my guitars clarity and doesn't the tone of my Gibson too much. My settings may change in a few days when I change the pick ups etc though.
the Filter knob is very effecting, I have it set just past noon which thickens up my distortion just a touch. I have the level around 3 oclock, could go a fair bit higher but I don't overly want to. I have the distortion maxed out but it also has a few good sound at 3 o clock and I'm sure anywhere else on the dial will sound great.
The construction is extremely good, a nice very thick aluminium enclosure, I'm pretty shure I could run this over in a car and it will still work. A nice weight to it too, fels very well built and the circuit inside is a mix of pcb and hardwired parts, like the switch, jacks and power inlet and the 9volt battey clip.
All in all a very good pedal and worth every penny. Its also silent, no hum etc of clicks from the switch.
Pure nastiness. In the best way possible
I'm a big fan of 80's sounding guitars. I like a nice bright, crisp distortion. What I love about this pedal is the filter option. If the tone is too bright, I can bring in a little more low end. You can turn it into a fuzz if you want, but I leave that to my fuzz pedal. This pedal, combined with the Seymour Duncan JB I put into my bridge, makes for a tight, raunchy, crunchy distortion that reminds me of a harder Joe Perry tone. And the pedal is an absolute tank.
Maybe the ultimate distortion
I always thought it was sort of weird that ProCo never made any pedals that weren't RAT variations, but it makes sense now that I have one: you've pretty much made the ultimate distortion, so what's the need in doing anything else?
I've owned a Boss OS-2 and an EHX Big Muff Nano and, for some reason or another, found them lacking as distortions. I'd go to what felt like excruciating lengths to tweak the knobs and never find a setting I was completely happy with. Even though I'd advise against cutting too much high-end, it's stunningly easy to find good tones with a RAT. It also rewards knob-tweaking in ways that I felt the previous pedals didn't: it works as a drive but you can also max out the distortion to get a wonderfully vicious fuzz. I'm not at the point in my gear collecting where I buy different versions of the same pedal, but I could definitely see myself doing that with the RAT.
Great for specific tones but doesn't blend with other effects very well.
I mainly use the Rat for fuzzy lead tones sometimes adding a bit of tremolo and reverb. For this it has a fat muffled sound especially when you roll off all your guitar tone and use your bridge pickup. Otherwise its pretty hard to find any other sound that really fits in with the rest of my board.
The disadvantage of the Rat is that you can't stack it on top of another drive without making your sound really harsh. If you're dialing anything less than half off the filter it starts to sounds gross and just sort of becomes incomprehensible noise. That might be great if it's what you want, but if you like your licks to be distinguishable this won't always work.
Had to have it!
Saw it advertised used on the inter-webs for about half retail and I just had to have it! It has that classic distortion sound to it. I did have the initial problem of getting power to the unit. The 9 volt DC polarity is reversed on the RAT, I use Live Wire Power (AC Adapter), so I had to use a battery plug that could plug directly in the RAT's battery terminal in the compartment. Works like a champ!
Great Dist Pedal with a huge range
I love this pedal. It has a very lineal Distortion, a huge range and nice options with the tone knob. I don't like the DC plug and it's kind of hard to make it fit in my pedalboard considering the big screws it has. Reliable and built to last forever.
Punk as f**c. or Metal, whatever.
This is nice on synth and guitar and bass and vocals and feels nice on your skin. It makes angry faces at me in the middle of the night and tries to start fights with my friends.
If you plug a guitar into this and then directly into a di with no amp or speaker modelling you will sound like Crass. Put a tubescreamer in front of it and it will sound like 80's metal.
It has no class and I love it.
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Cuts through the mix like a MUST
So this RAT. The feeling 'Notorious' in a pedal. Yeah, you're right, this renowned pedal does what it needs to do as a parametric distortion pedal. Dial it in with a lot of filter? You got your subtle Overdrive tones, yeah right. Dial it in full distortion? There you go: distortion.. You max it out? Oh man, fuzz comes to visit your gig! I tell ya, this pedal is sooo versatile. In combination with my Hagstrom Condor switches, it makes the sounds I want from really sharp to really boomy. Really neat.