I wanted something that sounded really nasty and mean so I bought the RAT. It was only £5 as well! The old man behind the counter told me to look after it (I bet they have great after sales service too!).
Well, it does look kinda mean, but thats about it. And that would be the only thing I like about it. Its big, brown and hairy. But it does scare all the other bands off the stage when its time for me to go on!
What dont I like? Well I got this thing right out of the box and OUCH! It wasnt happy anyway I can tell you that! A quick trip to the doc for a tetnis shot and I was back to my room, trying to plug it into my amp...but the pink cord coming from the back of it just didn't fit.
I think the construction is VERY bad, first time I stepped on it I heard it crunch beneath my foot and it gave out a loud wail. A few stamps later and there was no sound coming from it at all! A very lifeless pedal to say the least.
This thing sucked! I'm never buying a RAT again to beef up my sound!
The ProCo Sound RAT is an analog distortion guitar pedal. It has a 1/4 inch input and output and is not a rackable unit as it is a foot stomp box. It needs some sort of nine volt power to run on.
The configuration of the ProCo RAT is really simple and straightforward. It simply has three knobs - one for distortion level, one for filer (EQ), and one for volume level. It is easy to get a thick sound from this and is easy to manipulate the different parameters to get a sound that suits your needs. I don't have a manual for this, so I don't know how useful it is when learning this pedal.
The distortion sound from the ProCo Sound RAT is really thick and full. I would recommend this if you are looking for some really heavy, metal-like distortion for your guitar. I have only used this with guitar and it probably isn't all that useful for other instruments or genres other than metal or hard rock. Turning the distortion all the way up will give you a huge tone that is great for getting that fat distortion tone heard on many metal records.
I've been using the ProCo Sound RAT for about two years. While somewhat narrow in its ability, for getting a thick distortion sound it sounds really great. I would use this more for big rhythm playing rather than lead, but will work fine for both. It is hard to find a pedal that has as thick of a tone as this and the price is dirt cheap if you can get one used and quite reasonable new. If you are playing heavy metal or hard rock and need a pedal that will give you a tone for these types of genres, this pedal is worth a definite look.
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Marty62100's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
From a clean overdrive distortion through ... VERY VERY versatile!
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marcblondeau's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
ProCo Sound RAT
3 pots, it's simple but effective
A little bulky height, but easily box on a pedalboard.
Editing sounds simply dazzling efficiency
Unique interaction between the distortion and filter.
I use it all with a Strato with a 335 or a SG, so Gary Moore or ZZ Top.
Having any kind of pedals, I can say that the sound quality of the RAT
is the top level. More amp is good, more is realizes.
Transparent pedal, "Singing" and responsive to attack.
Does not bleed into the bass and treble aggressiveness is easily controllable with the filter.
It can also inhibit the Fuzz side with double and maintain good reactivity (how Guns & Roses).
Pedal and unbeatable cheap, despite the overall increase in quality (and price!) New pedals on the market.