The Rat will never die...

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by bluesholyman, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Tele-Afflicted

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    Periodically, I try to minimize the overdrives and distortions on my board and in my collection. In this latest round, I got down to two distortion pedals, a Turbo Rat (LED clippers) and a Way Huge Russian Pickle (Big Muff), which I have absolutely loved on my Vox amp....along comes the Bassman to replace the Vox...

    No matter what you put behind a Rat, it still sounds great....and like a Rat...

    The Pickle does not fair that well on a mid-scooped amp as it does on the British ones...at least for what I want to hear...

    So if I have one distortion pedal on my board....its still the Rat....
     
  2. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I have a few rat types. I've found some are better than others, my faves have been the (stock non-resistor "corrected")GFS Brownie Classic, and the ENO Myomorpha
     
  3. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

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    I love my RAT!

    It's especially sweet and fuzzy if you kick it in the face with a Tubescreamer.
     
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    mudbelly Tele-Meister

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    I have that GFS Brownie and really like it. I also like their delay.
     
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    RetroTeleRod Poster Extraordinaire

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    Rat fan club? I'm in!
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  6. Obsessed

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    Yup.:D
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    Classic Pedal
    Still Relivent
     
  8. black_doug

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    1531459767210.jpg Rattler does it well too.
     
  9. chris m.

    chris m. Poster Extraordinaire

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    Just used mine tonight after a long hiatus and at low gain is does wonders to take the strident edge off a bright guitar going into a blackface circuit. I was playing my Tele Custom with Telenator Mod 1 WRHBs and the RAT was a great match. GFS Brownie, with the resistor fix to match original RAT, classic mode, not “open” or “turbo” option. I like the open tone a lot, too, but the classic mode’s compression and almost slightly muffled sound really smooths things out. I just adjust the tone knob to find the spot where the tone starts to open up, keeping gain low and volume just a bit above unity gain.
     
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    the tool Tele-Holic

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    Its my only drive nowdays... for both low gain and high gain... it just works.

    everytime i try something else that i seem to like, i go back comparing to the Rat and it hits me in the face everytime with its perfect voice.

    I dont like it in its highest gain though... but just before it shows its fuzzy tendencie, its just amazing.
     
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    Took me awhile as I hadn't heard one since the 80's, but after I got my son a Chicago Stompworks Mr. Vermin and tried it, I gave the BYOC Mouse a try. Multiple clipping options are great!
     
  13. RoyBGood

    RoyBGood Doctor of Teleocity

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    'Blow By Blow' wouldn't be the same without it.
     
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  14. Shango66

    Shango66 Friend of Leo's

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    ? Blow by blow is 75, the Rat didn’t come out until 78 iirc.
     
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    jondanger Poster Extraordinaire

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    RoyBGood Doctor of Teleocity

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    Sorry, I meant 'Guitar Shop'.
     
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  17. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm gonna have to check this out ....
     
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    I stumbled upon that magic pairing by mistake in the late 80’s and used it for 13 years. Two Rats and a TS-9 into two BF Super Reverbs. Killer.
    I don’t know why it is I always come back to the old Rat. There is something in the overtone series that leaps out and soars and oddly enough, even on the lower energy high notes. Someone described this as ‘bloom’ in another Rat thread and it’s a good description of the effect.
     
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  19. Shango66

    Shango66 Friend of Leo's

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    apart from Jeff Becks Guitar Shop , what albums/artists best show off The Rat.?
    I mostly use OD or Fuzz.
    I have one distortion pedal, MI Audio Crunch Box that satisfies my "Distortion" needs.
    So if theres some compelling reason that says I must try a Rat, please show me.
    thx S
     
  20. RetroTeleRod

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    FWIW, I've been running my Hot Cake into my Rat on my traveling board. They stack together extremely well.
     
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