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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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this pedal is for marshall amps it with a e.q. and compressor made a awsome metal skull ripping tone I was thinking of a voodo mod but a friend told me about the pedal and man its... Read morePublished 20 days ago by L
Excelent distortion pedal, clear and with a wide range; you can get fuzz tones with an overdriven tube amp, and y it gets really heavy with another overdrive pedal before in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mario
Great pedal for nasty distortion. Great for bass as well, doesn't cut out too much low end. Very useful for a clean boost too.Published 2 months ago by Dillon Orr