Rat 2 review by Pro Co

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.1 (62 votes)
Pro Co: Rat 2

Price paid: $ 10

Purchased from: Friend

Sound — 8
I have had my Rat 2 for about 4 months now and use it with either a Epi Dot With Dimarzio 36th Annaversary PAFs, LTD Viper 500 with EMG 60/81 set. I play through a Bugera V22 with a Rocket 50 speaker at home or a Marshall TSL 100 watt head and a 1960a cab at school. There is very little noise, even when distortion is high (of course the Epi will feedback, but thats because its a semi-hollow body) and it is a pedal with a lot of meat and punch in it. An 8 because it has a great sound, and I would only give a 10 to a tone that made me tear up because of the beauty and depth of it.

Overall Impression — 8
I play mainly blues and experimental rock, and this pedal is a tone machine. I have been playing 6 years and have owned about 10 various guitars through the years and keep getting new ones, and I'm looking to upgrade the Bugera for an Engl or Splawn. I have quite the collection of effects, and this is the most reliable and steady by far. I would replace it in a heartbeat if it was stolen, and I got it for 10 bucks from a friend, so I doubt I'd find that price again. Great pedal, great tone, great reliability.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing is a tank. I've dropped an Armour piercing tank round (only the tungsten head, not the entire casing), and it had a tiny scratch. Thing is built to stand world war 3. I use it regularly to gig w/out trouble. Pretty damn reliable.

Ease of Use — 7
The Rat 2 is a very simple, and very versatile sounding pedal. It can go from Pre-60's Blues to Motley Crue, but doesn't really well with Death/Hardcore Metal. It has 3 knobs. Distortion controls the gain, the filter has a backwards sweep where 9 O'clock is very trembly and 3 O'clock has more of a Bass oriented sound. The volume controls, well, volume. Kinda self explanatory. But it is a great Blues to Classic Metal Pedal. Wish it had a tiny bit more gain, but it is quite the tone machine!

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    It does have good and usable sounds, but it can be pretty finicky with your gear and flubby when trying to smooth it out. The kind of music I play that would utilize that much gain on tap, has a different tonality to the distortion altogether, so I'm considering just booting it.