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Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal
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- 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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|Item Dimensions||4.5 x 4.8 x 3.3 in||6 x 4 x 3 in||6 x 4.5 x 2.75 in||3.3 x 5.1 x 2.4 in||5.9 x 8.6 x 3.9 in||3 x 5 x 4 in|
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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First off, this review is for bass. It's great for guitar as well, but that's not what I primarily use it for. Right out of the box, this pedal gives you a mean crunch. The bass output will quickly distort it so you have to leave the distortion at about 10% unless you just want fuzz. Turn the filter to about 70-80%, and you get a nice crunch without fizz burying the low end.
However, this pedal's real strength for a bassist comes once you've modded it. If you look up the Ruetz Mod, you'll get find instructions for how to very easily turn this into a truly wonderful pedal with lots of character. Basically, by cutting one of the filter resistors out of the circuit you can give the pedal much more headroom and cause it to preserve even more low end. With this mod, the distortion is actually usable for bass throughout the entire range because the deep tones don't immediately get blown away. This gives you a whole lot more room to dial it in. And, if you don't like it, just solder that resistor back in place and it's good as new.
If you, like me, are a bass player that has been trying to find a REALLY good distortion sound for a long time and just weren't getting it from other options, give this a try. Also, if you have an overdrive laying around you can use it to put a boosted signal into this bad boy for even more tonal options.
That being said, the knobs are sensitive so that you can tactfully dial in the sound you're going for. For me, I like a defined distortion so my tone knob is rolled mostly to the left, distortion between 9 & 12 o'clock, and volume at noon (that's up to you). Think Foo Fighters distortion: crisp and dirty. But experimenting with the subtle changes is half the fun.
I highly recommend this for anyone serious about their sound.
Then one day I played my friend's Rat and was so impressed with its sound. It blew me away, it felt like I finally met my soulmate of distortions.
We jammed a lot together so he left it over my house a lot. At the time I had a big muff and not much money to do anything with (late teens early twenties, when I was going through my Smashing pumpkin phase).
That was years ago, recently I began to play my guitar again after a 5 year hiatus. But most of my stuff was either broken or missing. So I went on a little spending spree and decided to finally pick this up. It was at a great price used. Its funny because I think back when I was a teen I remember this and the big muff being more expensive. Perhaps, I'm wrong or maybe I'm right since the market is saturated with new pedal companies popping up everywhere. I guess the 2008 financial crisis created a lot of pedal makers or maybe its cause of the all the information out on the web now. Who knows?
But all that matters is that even after years of not playing and plugging this baby in, it still feels like my distortion soulmate. And it seems like you can pump some fuzzy sounds with the filter at the right setting.