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Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal   (Used)

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Mellow to mindblowing distortion with true bypass and much more!

The Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal is different from any you've ever heard, with sounds ranging from a mellow twin to a raging English stack. Its smooth distortion puts extra punch in rhythm work and makes solos cut through with authority and power. The Rat2 has glow-in-the-dark luminescent control graphics and new LED status indicator for easy use on dark stages. Steel enclosure has a "no tools" battery compartment. True bypass mode utilizes passive switching of both input and output to eliminate the loss of power and clarity caused by other devices.

Features

  • Distortion ranging from a mellow twin to a raging English stack
  • Extra punch in rhythm work and makes solos cut through with authority
  • Glow-in-the-dark luminescent control graphics
  • LED status indicator
  • No-tools battery compartment

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Pro CoRAT2 Distortion Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 89 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (68)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Responsive (8)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (6)
    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Home studio (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Professional recording (4)
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      • Experienced (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    My Old Friend

    Maybe I can help out on the old Rat versus the new Rat argument.

    I had a Rat back in the 80's, and I loved it. Somehow through the ever-shifting,...Read complete review

    Maybe I can help out on the old Rat versus the new Rat argument.

    I had a Rat back in the 80's, and I loved it. Somehow through the ever-shifting, unpredictable and treacherous sands of time (read that "STUPIDITY"), I lost it. Over the ensuing years, I played various other boost / overdirve / distortion pedals including the excellent Chandler Industries Real Tube Driver, Exotic Effect's BB boost (Phenomenal pedal by the way), Tube Screamer, and Boss Super Overdirve to name a few. All were great in their own way.

    A few months ago, I was in a pawn shop, and spotted a new model Rat under the glass. On a nostalgic whim, i picked it up and brought it to band practice that night. The other guitar player was excited when he saw what I had, and told a few "back in the day" stories when he used to play one too. I set it on my pedal board, hooked it up, and with one strum it all came back to me! I thought, "THERE YOU ARE - my old friend!" It was instantly recognizable, and I was delighted to hear that familiar character - still there in all it's 80's era glory! Fantastic warmth, incredible string-to-string separation, abundant harmonic content, I could go on and on. I am here to tell you, the new Rat puts just as big a smile on my face as the old one did. i just wonder why it took me so long to come back to one.

    The Rat has not left my pedal board ever since, and it's going to stay there. I still use the BB. It is the best clean boost that i have ever played. Between the two, I have all the bases covered with no need to worry any more.

    Getchya one!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Very cool pedal

    You really get to enjoy the sound quality coming out of this black box. Very versatile, going from a bassy crunch to a noisy fuzz. I was getting the best from this, until...Read complete review

    You really get to enjoy the sound quality coming out of this black box. Very versatile, going from a bassy crunch to a noisy fuzz. I was getting the best from this, until the electronics failed. It seems to not have enough room inside for the 9V battery without getting some cable twisted or summat. Well, now I'm making the warranty thing work, so I'll get a new one soon, and I bet it won't break. I'd rather get an earlier USA version (not chinese) and I haven't tested A LOT of pedals, but I'm sure you wouldn't be dissapointed after buying one of these.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Very cool pedal

    By Pelos

    from Santiago, RM

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

      You really get to enjoy the sound quality coming out of this black box. Very versatile, going from a bassy crunch to a noisy fuzz. I was getting the best from this, until the electronics failed. It seems to not have enough room inside for the 9V battery without getting some cable twisted or summat. Well, now I'm making the warranty thing work, so I'll get a new one soon, and I bet it won't break. I'd rather get an earlier USA version (not chinese) and I haven't tested A LOT of pedals, but I'm sure you wouldn't be dissapointed after buying one of these.

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      4.0

      Review of Rat2

      By JAC

      from Durham, NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Need Adapter For Ac Input

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

      I finally got one of these pedals after years of shunning distortion pedals and so far I'm pretty satisfied with it. For the longest time I've only used amp distortion for live performances in my original products but now that I'm in a covers project I'm playing around with some other options.
      The features on the pedal are really good. True bypass with simple controls are always a plus. Only thing I would say against it is that they should really mention that you need a 1/8" adapter to use an external power supply with it (luckly I already have one for my TS 808).
      The sound of these things is great too...nice warm and full tone. To my ear it's almost like it picks up where a tube screamer leaves off with just as much versatility in the dynamic responses. The comparative tone between the two of them is different but not so different they don't belong in the same pedal board. It cleans up well like a good TS when you role back the volume but it can also do the hard clipped chunky rock rhythm stuff or liquid, singing lead sound the more distortion you use. It's great to have in addition to my overdrive pedal(TS808 or Full Drive 2) when I need to go from Chili Peppers to Alice in Chains.
      The only other cons are that 1)It might not sound good with all amps and 2)You need to turn up to get the best sound. I tried it out with my 40 watt Egnater and my 6 watt VHT combo. The Egnater sounded good enough at bedroom level but definitely prefers to be pushed. The VHT, which is an awesome sounding class A combo by itself, sounded like garbage with the Rat. This amp doesn't seem to like distortion/OD pedals in general though so I'm not sure what to make of that. In any case I'm pretty confident the pedal will work well in my live set up. For this type of pedal there doesn't seem to be anything better out there at this price range.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great unknown blues pedal

      By dontfret

      from Bellingham, MA

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Different Power Supply

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

      Misunderstood as a heavy rock pedal, this can also do bright tight Albert Collins, warm subtle SRV, or thick singing Santana. Harmonics jump out, tone control is very versatile, breakup doesn't fizzle out like some do at low gain settings. I bought this as a second one, I don't want to ever be without it. I have tried a lot of pedals and it has proven to me that this is the best.

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Rat2 distortion pedal

      By Delmeteor

      from NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Great Sound Range
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Live And Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

      if your are a fuzz head like me you have to own this box. I have tons of distortion/od devices and this one can range from "Satisfaction" distortion to "sunshine of your love" fatness with one twist of filter knob. Besides settings glow in the dark. How cool is that!

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My Old Friend

      By Chuckles378

      from Billings, MT

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      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

        Maybe I can help out on the old Rat versus the new Rat argument.

        I had a Rat back in the 80's, and I loved it. Somehow through the ever-shifting, unpredictable and treacherous sands of time (read that "STUPIDITY"), I lost it. Over the ensuing years, I played various other boost / overdirve / distortion pedals including the excellent Chandler Industries Real Tube Driver, Exotic Effect's BB boost (Phenomenal pedal by the way), Tube Screamer, and Boss Super Overdirve to name a few. All were great in their own way.

        A few months ago, I was in a pawn shop, and spotted a new model Rat under the glass. On a nostalgic whim, i picked it up and brought it to band practice that night. The other guitar player was excited when he saw what I had, and told a few "back in the day" stories when he used to play one too. I set it on my pedal board, hooked it up, and with one strum it all came back to me! I thought, "THERE YOU ARE - my old friend!" It was instantly recognizable, and I was delighted to hear that familiar character - still there in all it's 80's era glory! Fantastic warmth, incredible string-to-string separation, abundant harmonic content, I could go on and on. I am here to tell you, the new Rat puts just as big a smile on my face as the old one did. i just wonder why it took me so long to come back to one.

        The Rat has not left my pedal board ever since, and it's going to stay there. I still use the BB. It is the best clean boost that i have ever played. Between the two, I have all the bases covered with no need to worry any more.

        Getchya one!

        Comment on this review

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        good dirt

        By KF

        from Pgh, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Solidly built

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events

          Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

          My old 80s RAT was stolen. Everyone seems to think the old ones sound so much better, but it's been so long ago that I don't remember the sound well enough to compare the two. But this RAT2, with a tube amp and used in conjunction with a good overdrive, is a wonderful thing.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A violinists prospective

          By Brian Schmidt

          from Ithaca NY

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

            I am an electric violinist. There are very few of us out here in the music world so I find it important for me to share any knowledge I can with the community. I had previously used a boss ds1 for my distortion pedal. The rat has a warmer tone and if you push it, a fuller distortion than the boss ds1. I have come to like this pedal a lot for my electric violin (yahmaha sv-120) because anything that can warm up the higher piercing frequencies will help a lot. But of course with distortion pedals, it's all about your sound and your personal taste. This pedal is working for me with my current setup and the current sound of my band. Therefore I like it a lot. Sturdy, ergonomic, great sounding pedal.

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            5.0

            My One and Only Distortion!

            By Lloyd Rummell of One Adam 12

            from Nanty Glo, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • No cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

            This is a great effects pedal, the sound is awesome!the build quality is awesome! you just can not go wrong with this pedal... it's worth every penny and then some. I use this pedal as my main guitar sound and then kick on my bigmuff for solos.... i love this combination, have been using this pedal for about 3 years now...much better than the Boss DS-1 i was using previously.

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            5.0

            Rat2, a great pedal! Send me more!

            By neal edwards

            from Normal, Illinois

            Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

            I have been playing over 30 years & have had many pedals. Only a few are memorable - The Rat is one of them. This product I have bought twice & I have been wanting a new Rat for a long time.If you ever have this pedal and it goes missing as mine did... its one you will think of It every time you go looking for that perfect note. This pedal offers great control and exciting results with minimal effort (3 knobs!). I hope to try more ProCo products. To my ears, it offers a bit of fuzz along with expected distortion sounds. Solos will sing and sing. I like that the knobs turn with some resistance & don't just fly when turned. The filter control is a sort of magic ingredient, and the pedal seems to have a nice amount of compression built in. It has very good pick & attack response, and it cleans up when rolling volume down. Its hard to describe, but its the only product like it, and it is a great value. I am really happy I have my new Rat2 pedal!
            This a great pedal. I had a late 80's rat and it was always magic. This new one is as good. The tone is easy to dial in. I love it!
            its built with steel - very durable! Everything about it feels solid and well made.
            Being my 2nd Rat in over 20 years. I am pleased with the great value ProCo and Musicians Friend have given me. From my view I scooped up a great deal.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Satisfied!

            Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

            Pedals with the serial number post 300000 will apparently be of lesser quality because of the lack of a certain chip the gave the Rat it's creaminess. i have one of "lesser" quality but I run it through a Fender fm212 with a MIM strat (stock pups) and I think it sounds amazing. It puts the amp's overdrive to shame of course and it makes my sounds much stronger and heavier. I feel like I'm wielding a weapon when the Rat is on.

            This is my first distortion pedal and I will never get rid of it. I may get a TS9 to supplement but Im very happy with this purchase and I love the sound.
            Simple 3 knobs. The first controls the distortion which maxes at 12 o'clock and when turned higher it adds fuzz from some nice low end. The Filter lets in the high frequencies at 0 or it turned all the way counter clockwise and you can roll them off as you turn it up or clockwise. The volume knob is self explanatory.
            All three knobs turn with precision and the entire build is high quality. The button is solid. You can smash skulls with this pedal then melt faces as you plug it in and it still works perfectly. It's solid.
            Not a bad price for this distinct sound at all. This is my first distortion pedal and I love it.

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