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Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal  

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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 smoot...Read More

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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 91 reviews)

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    (69)

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    (10)

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    (5)

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    (4)

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    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (10)
  • Excellent sound quality (9)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (8)
    • Amateur recording (6)
    • Professional recording (6)
    • Home studio (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
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    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

     

    Don't waste your money!

    I am very curious as to why this thing has such great reviews. I guess if the only distortion you have used is a ds-1 or some distortion that came from an amp...Read complete review

    I am very curious as to why this thing has such great reviews. I guess if the only distortion you have used is a ds-1 or some distortion that came from an amp modeler then this thing sounds better. I decided to give this new Chinese made Rat a head-to-head test with an older Rat I have from the early 90s (1991 I think). There was no shock at all in which the winner was. The new Rat has a very harsh and ugly sound that is not musical at all. I tried pairing with some other distortion pedals I had including an old Big Muff Pi, a Marshall Guv-nor, Metal-Zone, and and even a BK Butler Tube Driver. None of which helped this little sucker out.I would suggest seaching out one of the older Rats that were made in Michigan. They can be ungodly rude sounding, but with an amazing cruch and musical quality not found in most modern distortions. Props to ProCo for making one of the best sounding distortions ever made. Unfortunately, their pedal-making turned sour when they decided to have their stuff made in China.

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    5.0

    Main source of distortion.

    By Aaronisradder

    from Austin TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

      I love this pedal. I'm very picky with my distortion and I actually have 2 side by side that I use. This is my "heavy" pedal, and the one next to it is my "light" pedal. I don't rig this thing up for metal, although depending on your kind of metal this thing could totally do it. I rig it up for some dirty blues, filter around 10-11 o 'clock, and distortion around 1 o'clock, however that's plenty distortion for me. Recently I've turned the distortion up a little bit more because I added a compressor to the mix which made me realize I relied on my highs being louder for the glass cutting, powerful distortion. I evened that out quickly though.
      My number 2 pedal is currently a MXR Distortion lll pedal, although I'm currently considering a Tube Screamer.
      I've seen a lot of reviews by old guys saying "the old one was awesome, blah blah blah" and that makes me happy I'm a young musician. The old one might have been better but I love the one I have and it's one of the 3 pedals I can honestly say are going to permanently going to be in my chain. I hear "oh man, back when that pedal came out it was so much better. Now it doesn't sound as awesome as it did!" all day long. However the only time I've EVER had the chance to test 2 side by side was actually with a Tube Screamer. One made about 2 years ago and the other made in the early 80's. They said the TS-808 was an amazing remake. Everyone recalling memories from the 80's said it wasn't, however they sounded exactly the same with minor differences in the aesthetic feel of the nobs and button itself, which could have been an age thing. After that experience I never trust "back in my day" speeches.
      No matter what, if you played this pedal when it came out, or you didn't, it's still a great pedal to use for your distortion, or to set next to your current distortion.

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      4.0

      Good, not great...

      By Patrick D.

      from Clarksburg, WV

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Too Much High End

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

      I read a lot about this pedal and watched a lot of demos before purchasing. I was convinced this was what I needed. I was somewhat disappointed but I still like the sound overall. If you pair it up with an overdrive, like a tubescreamer, you can get a nice fuzz sound out of it. But it's a little too high end and produces a little too much static and distortion for my taste. That said, I still like it and still plan on using it. I plan on getting the Alchemy Audio mod soon so that I can expand on the sound and add some low end.

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      (0 of 3 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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        Verified Buyer

        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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        (8 of 8 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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