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Proco Rat Original

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by telecaster69, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. telecaster69

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    I have an Original Proco Rat and was wondering if anyone knows how to date them? Just wondering what year it was made....I was told it was the 80's...here is the serial number
    RT-171146
     
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    Lucky you :)
     
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    sweet - i want a vinatge RAT!!!
     
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    Date the Rat

    I have an old big box Rat. It stopped working and I took it apart. I removed the circuit board from its mounts and on the "other" side of the circuit board I found a date (day/month/year) and the printed phrase "Fuzztones For the Connoisuer." Someone else did fix it--bad battery clip.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Still can't find out what year it was or what circuits ....It's a small Box No LED serial number RT-171146
    Paul
     
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    I still have the one I got for Christmas when I was fifteen. It is one of the very early ones.

    It is loud and bright, which is what a Rat is supposed to be. I still use it occasionally.
     
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    Maybe something here can help you. I can't imagine that the potentiometers don't have a date code on them. Especially if they are CTS, which in the few that I've seen cracked open all of the older ones housed CTS pots.

    For Example, "1378412"
    Date Code: 137 = CTS, 84 = Year Produced, 12 = week of that year.


    You may just find some extra info from the snapshots, and collected info found on these 3 ebay ads: '81,'83,'94.


    Given LarryR's link up above, yours is probably anywhere from '83-'87. If the Logo looks like this>
    [​IMG], then its a later '83, you did say small box too...

    It seems that your serial number is a little on the high side. So that will probably help push it up into the later '80s. Plus its logo would also most likely be the opposite of that picture shown, the "RAT" would be white. The circuit would be the original, and it would be an FET based buffer.
     
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    the logo looks a little different...the Proco is on the front of the box and there is no border around the words rat....but everything else is the same...same size...same knobs and labels for the knobs
     
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    it doesn't look anything like the ebay ads that you listed...I'll post a picture maybe you can help..
     
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    rat picture

    here is what mine looks like.....just can't find what year it was and if it's an original that has the original circuits....
     

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  12. Sunburst Island

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    I wish I could help you more. By the looks of that picture it may be a RAT 2. I know you said that it doesn't have an LED, but the entire graphic layout appears to be like the RAT 2's, which would have a LED in the center of the "A", and the paint for the controls is suppose to be luminescent.

    LarryR's Rat Guide states that the RAT 2 started production in 1987.

    "Rat 2
    NONE BJT? Silicon Y DPDT
    True Bypass Narrow Heavy Gauge Steel
    H 73mm x D 103.2mm x W 79.4mm
    luminous/glowing Markers
    Labelled: "RAT"
    and "pro co" on edge face
    RAT is in white LED Rat
    Slight differences to original circuit
    1987-
    Bat: 3mA"

    Check it out.

    The only thing I can suggest is to crack it open again, and look for date codes on the potentiometer's cases.

    I know you want to know the date and more about it, but I guess the most important thing now is if you like the sounds you can get from it.
     
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