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Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal
- 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||3.45 x 2.75 x 5.75 in||6 x 4.5 x 2.75 in||3.8 x 8.5 x 4.2 in||5.9 x 8.6 x 3.9 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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The build quality is very good, sturdy metal housing, tactile switch and the knobs are good quality. It is heavy enough to keep itself from moving on the floor, so far found nothing against the build.
Now as for the performance, I am using this with bass (do not know whether its meant for the guitars only or not) and it requires a bit of adjustment for it's lo cut. If the song has distortion and clean both, balancing with the bypass is little tricky; had to cut the treble , lower the middle and boost the bass from the amp side.
My sweetspot is 20% on the distortion, 70-75% on filter and volume and it delivers good level of OD.
To make it even more dirty, I crank up the volume booster on the guitar rather than using the distortion knob.
For the $70, this is a very good pedal over boss but don't expect augilar or TS808 out of this.
For practice and experiment, I'm using it already; for live, I may or may not use this; for recording, nah... I will stick to my aguilar tubes.
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.
Bass boost or "Fat" setting is great for standard tuned guitars, but it might sound muddy on extended range guitars.
The fat setting will boost the low end and cut some of the upper frequencies which can muddy up the sound a bit. The stock setting sounds better for brightening up the low strings while keeping the rat growl intact.
I ordered both the rat2 and the fatrat to see which one sounds better for doomy riffs and the cheap rat2 growls just as good as the fatrat with the stock setting.
I dont want a low rumble, I want a growl. I'm returning the fatrat and saving a lot of money.
I have been playing guitar for decades and have always been searching for that perfect distortion sound. I have a Digitech RP200, which is a great pedal full of great sounds that I still use; for years I tried to sit down and create a distortion sound that fit my playing just right but I just never found the pitch perfect sound that I was looking for. Turned out that what I needed wasn't a complicated minicomputer pedal but a simple distortion pedal that harnessed the natural sound of my guitar rather than completely synthesize a sound.
I've played through all the other big-named distortion pedals at one time or another: Boss, MXR, Behringer, Zoom.... they all sounded too fake, like toys. The RAT on the other hand has three simple controls - three's the charm - for distortion, focus and volume that compliments the natural sound of your instrument, rather than cover it up, while creating a great sound covering the spectrum from a thick, powerful distortion to a smooth overdrive. Once you go RAT, you never go back.
On a side note, I bought a Keeley Fuzz Head to replace this, until I realized I could cop the sounds of the Fuzz Head but with WAY more flexibility in range.
Doesn't really get super clean even with the distortion down. So don't get it assuming it will be a Boost-OD-Distortion.