Rat Owner's Club (ROC) Pt. I

Hiker

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The Fat Rat likes to feed on 9v or 18v. I like the Fat/ Mosfet options this pedal has on tap.

Got a Rat, or rat clone?
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Axegrinder77

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Got a turbo rat I bought used around 15 years ago. It's a keeper. Don't use it much, but it's a great pedal.
 

Strebs

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I've got a humble $60ish brand new Rat 2 and it's one of my primary distortion pedals. It's super versatile and probably the most "built like a tank" pedal I own. It's truly awesome how great these affordable proven pedals are.

I hunted down an LM308 that I was going to swap into it, but after playing it for a while decided that I like it just fine as is.

The RAT2 rocks. Awesome bang for the buck pedal!
 

Charlodius

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I have a small box one from 86. Great pedal that I used pretty exclusively for dirt through the 90s. Nowadays I change dirt boxes pretty frequently because I have a short attention span and because stomp boxes have become so cheap. Lately I’ve been playing a Nux plexi clone that is pretty rad.
 

Mark617

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I love my Rat ! It truly gives me that 70 - 80 arena rock vibe
 

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Lost_N_Austin

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I'm in (again) this has been covered here before.
If you don't know the history on your RAT pedal, this is the place to review.
https://www.ratdistortion.com/topic/about

Here is mine. I haven't fooled with a Pedal or a Pedal-Board for years. Pedals didn't help my playing ability so I kind of diverted my attention.
Rat-1.JPG Rat-2.JPG

The second picture shows my solution to awkward reverse polarity issue.

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Hiker

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The Fat Rat hit the mailbox today, and is connected to 18v at the moment. It's alive!!!

With the Pedaltrain Nano+ there's no pedal overhang above or below the board but difficult to see in photo. It's going to hop over to a double row Mr. Power pedalboard for placement.

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basher

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I built my first Rat using a layout on the Tagboard Effects page, using an LM308 that may or may not be genuine, and I had it on my board for ages. I'm mostly using a recent stock Rat2 now. The Rat2 is a little more aggressive in the high mids--I like how it sits in a band mix--and it's also a bit less noisy than my homemade one.
 

Carcinogen

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I just picked up my first Rat 2 and it’s probably going to replace every other dirt that I own. I couldn’t resist painting the outer shell, though
 

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Peegoo

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Turbo Rat (1989) here. If you have an old one, pop it open and you'll probably find a cute little message from the builder.

Want the skinny on these cool pedals? Looky here:

 

jondanger

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Bought at a pawn shop in Michigan in the early '80s. Probably payed around $30.

This is pretty early. I think they changed the “Tone” knob to “Filter” in the late 70s. I recently sold a fringe logo Rat for $1200. I got a great deal on it and knew it was valuable. There were no comparable pedals listed, so I put it up for the craziest price I could imagine someone paying for a Rat.

It sold in an hour.

I already have a black logo small box from 86 or 87, and I did a side by side comparison before I sold the fringe logo - they sound exactly the same.
 




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