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 volu...
Used as one of his distortions, Damien keeps 2 of these. They are right next to his Line 6 delay. Photo credit [Patrick Ford](http://www.gettyimages.in/detail/news-photo/photo-of-damien-rice-performing-live-onstage-with-guitar-news-photo/85510998). The photo is captioned, "Photo of Damien RICE; performing live onstage with guitar effects pedals"more
Kelley Modded Rat "This is my third stage drive that I use for solos/parts during big sections where i need to get out in front of a loud band. You dont need to dial the overdrive knob up very far before it starts getting too dirty. Passed 11 o clock you start sounding like you’re in a medal band.. so i keep it at about 9 or 10. It has a bright eq, so it really can cut through when you need it to. I maybe use this guy about 10% of a set. Mine is modded by Keeley. The mod fixes some eq issues and add a LED."more
"This has to be THE device I’ve always been missing to get that raw techno sound we’re all looking for. Back in the days out new stuff. At a we used to mix everything on a big mixer (like a Mackie) and since those mixers always had a certain character and ice could deliver andaddition to the sound, if you cranked up the gain or EQs it really could get messy. But that is what techno is all about: it ccess Virus C but has to be a little dirty and smashed! I’ve been using it literally on every track which I’ve been producing the last year and o I bought again the it seems to appeal to a lot of people because, since I’ve been using it, I got so many responses like: “Sounds so fat!!” So, t feeling of the B I guess it does the job perfectly!"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.
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.
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.
I got this as soon as it came out in 1988, its been used in the studio, and live many many times, I may use something else for a different sound....but nothing because it sounds better, this is it, the "if I had one pedal"
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.
This pedal is a fantastic pedal in my opinion, but I don't like the filter. I can see why people use it though, since the pedal can get very fuzzy. Most people want the distorted sound that this pedal is famous for, but if you turn the distortion up so that it's past 10 o'clock, you have to use the filter knob in order to keep it from getting fuzzy, which causes the pedal to lose some of its awesome bass end.
If you love rock guitar sound from 80's and 90's, you'll love this pedal! It gives you the same vibe, while it adds the same colour to your sound. Crispy, rich, not too noisy. With the FILTER knob you can clean up the brightness of the sound, and turn it into a Fuzz machine... I like it, but I'm giving 4 stars because I wish it could have another knob to control the tone. I need an EQ in front of it to make it sound the way I like it. Some people add an overdrive before the RAT, but I tried and it changed too much.
This was my main distortion until I started playing the Orange. I did the Ruetz Mod to it, including replacing the 47 ohm resistor with a 1K pot. Now it's another noise bomb.
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.
I heard great things about this pedal, which lead me to buy it, which now leads to me telling you guys that it's AWESOME if you want to get that really fuzzy kind of Smashing Pumpkins feel, down to some great classic rock tones. 10/10 would buy again
Had this pedal ever since I remember even playing guitar. Even as a beginner I loved this pedal - It's the most user friendly pedal i own since you can dial in anything from mild overdriven sparkle of sort, to a heavy distorted fuzz tones while keeping the harmonical overtones very clear. Rat has its volume levels sorted out, unlike some distorions coughucough DS-1... The versatility comes from the relations you make between the filter knob and the gain. I use it in combination with low volume chorus to bring out even more of those harmonics and create sort of fat grungy sound..
It's a great distortion pedal for any genre you're playing. Metal, Country, Blues, Shoegaze, anything. It can even take different instruments from bass to synths. This pedal can be everything from boost, overdrive, distortion that can almost become fuzz. This pedal does it all. At my last show I used it as a boost for my keyboardists Microbrute and really colored the digital pedals she was using.
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!
If I was go back in time and tell the 16 year old me what pedal to buy, this one would be it. It has the perfect range of distortion for most any style of rock. With it's price, the Rat is the perfect first pedal.
However, the Rat's weakness is its biggest strength. There is not distinct or trademark sound to the Rat. It has an generic distortion sound – but that helps it blend better with other pedals. The high end is not overly bright, like MXR's Distortion plus...and the fuzz is not over the top, like the Big Muff. Infact, I would barely consider this a fuzz pedal.
Long story short, this is the most well rounded pedal you can add to your board. I recommend it to anyone who only wants one distortion pedal.