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Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal

4.4 out of 5 stars 161 customer reviews
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RAT2
  • Used as a primary distortion, it excels at arena rock rhythm tones and soaring leads
  • Nails that sweet spot where a tube amp goes from sparkly clean to warm overdrive
  • Use the RAT 2 as a boost for solos and get the extra kick you need
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style: RAT2

The beauty of the RAT 2 lies in its versatility. Used as a primary distortion, it excels at arena rock rhythm tones and soaring leads. Do you have a powerful amp with too much headroom for the gig? The RAT 2 nails that sweet spot where a tube amp goes from sparkly clean to warm overdrive. Maybe you already love your amp's distortion. Use the RAT 2 as a boost for solos and get the extra kick you need.For any further queries please contact Pro Co's Technical Assistance (800) 467-2726 x1206 / Customer Service (800) 467-2726 x1123 / Quality Assurance (800) 467-2726 x2306.

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style:RAT2
Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 4.8 x 4.5 x 3.3 inches
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B0002MSQVQ
Item model number RT2
Batteries 1 9V batteries required.
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4.4 out of 5 stars 161 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,166 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#540 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > Guitar & Bass Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com July 20, 2008

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Style Name: RAT2
I got my first RAT way the heck back in 1984 when I was 14. I actually won it as a door prize at a Seattle Music Grand reopening party where I went to buy my first electric guitar (an Arbor les paul gold-top copy). I used that pedal for 26 years before finally loaning it to a guitarist who claims to have lost it (yeah right buddy). This model here is the same as the one I got way back then, and it sounds fantastic. The other reviewer here is right, it sounds and operates a bit like a Big Muff Pi, but without some of the wilder harmonics that the Big Muff manages. For hard rock and Metal, it's incredible. You can also dial in smoother tones with really good sustain for a great tone on a blues solo. This thing is virtually indestructible. Besides being a great guitar pedal, it's also a really good bass distortion because you can dial back the treble tone and push the fundamental frequencies of the bass harder. Over the years I've also tried the wider-bodied version of the rat, and tested some of the newer rat models. I realize Proco wants to make other models to appeal to customers they aren't yet reaching, but really, this is the best pedal they've ever made, and if they ever quit producing it, it would be a crying shame. Since losing my original, I've bought another, and I still love this pedal 24 years after first playing with it.
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Style Name: RAT2 Verified Purchase
The ProCo Rat 2 is the quintessential distortion pedal for grungy punk rock and is still widely-used today by punks and rockers of all stripes. The Rat 2 comes in a near-indestructible steel casing with heavy-duty knobs and switch. I've been using this pedal (not this exact one, had to buy it again after selling it years back during lean times) for years without incident. The pedal itself couldn't be easier to use with a Volume knob, Distortion knob and a Filter knob. You can dial in many, many different tones (check out some Youtube review vids for audio examples) and with just a little tweaking, the tone will change drastically. The Rat 2 can achieve a nice fuzz-like distortion, warm blues, trebly-high metal tones and many others. For this reason, I really recommend spending some time with this pedal to get it dialed-in exactly how you'd like it and to familiarize yourself with its tonal range and possibilities.

If you're thinking about purchasing this grunge box, a few notes: the Rat 2 does have a red LED (the original RATs did not) under the "A" so you can see when it's engaged, it is true-bypass, and most importantly, the plug for the power adapter is not the standard Boss-style plug (spacing the technical name), it's a 3.5mm (1/8" in.) plug. The power adapter plug can be an issue if you're using a daisy chain or power supply, but many of those will come with a 3.5mm adapter (most likely for this very pedal), or you can pick up an RPS-1 power supply. If you're sticking with batteries, getting to the battery case is no-tools-required, so no un-screwing four screws off the bottom of the case like a lot of other boutique models.

I highly recommend picking up this pedal for its versatility and tone. My personal favorite use for the Rat 2 is tossing a Boss BD-2 in front of it and running it into my Vox AC30.
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Style Name: RAT2 Verified Purchase
I've owned over 3 dozen dirt boxes over the years, and I just love the Rat. It makes my tube halfstack sing, and my practice amp sound like a big amp.

Its great as a stand alone distortion, running on a clean amp. It can get everything from that perfect bluesy grit to roaring sludge (just max out the distortion and use your neck pickup on an LP to sound EXACTLY like King Buzzo of the Melvins) and everything inbetween.

It can also be used to boost an overdriven amp into better sounding territory. Case in point, my buddy has an old Peavy stack from the 70's in his garage. Its a solid state head on top of a vertical cab of two 14" speakers. On its own, you can use the gain and distortion knobs present on the amp to get a decent sound, but with his Les Paul it still sounded oddly dark. We put the Rat in front of it and with some fiddling got that perfect AC/DC style overdrive out of it.

I think the main reason I love the Rat so much is not only the great tone and its sheer indestructability, but the filter knob. Normal tone knobs allow you to focus more on bass or treble, but usually if you boost one, you cut the other. The filter is more of a high end roll off, you can darken or brighten your tone accordingly, but when you DO go brighter, you still have the same bottom end. It doesn't CUT the bass out. So even with a more treble heavy sound, you still have a fuller rounder tone, it doesn't thin out so much.

Its really an excellent pedal. I've heard that some claim you have to get an older one with the LM308 chip to really get "the sound" but that's a myth. Look on a few guitar forums or on youtube for plenty of tests and testimony showing the fact that the new ones do indeed sound the same as the old ones. A Rat is a Rat, whether they're coming from China or the USA.

p.s. Mine is from 2010 and the face still glows in the dark. So I dunno what that other guy was complaining about.
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Style Name: DIRTY RAT Verified Purchase
Although ProCo promotes this for its 90's grunge sound, it's much more than that. Dial down the Distortion knob, dial Filter up to 2 o'clock and you get Jeff Beck and John Scofield tones from it. Turn Distortion up to 4 o'clock for thick early Sabbath, and as you dial back on Filter, the tone gets sharper for 80's rock tones. It has been fun seeing how many signatures tones it can produce.

Sounds great with my Fender and Marshall amps, using SC or HB pickups. My trusty Monte Allums-modded Blues Driver sounds awful next to this. If you're looking for a versatile dirt box that sounds great and is affordable, you can't go wrong with this one.
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