Indispensible part of my rig. I would definitely replace it if I had to.
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: gift
3 knobs. I had an LED added to show if the effect was active or not. (nothing worse then some screechy distorted note in the middle of the father-bride dance)...
Sounds good in every situation i've tried, sounds best in front of tube amp
Not complicated- just pick a sound you like and turn it on and off.
Sometimes mine acts squirrelly- it will suddenly be softer- I just turn it on and off and it is ready to go.
While not the perfect heavy-metal distortion unit on it's own, if it is used with a decent quality 1/2 stack's distortion, this pedal ROCKS! It really comes alive when you're playing at higher volumes. Harmonics, and some good 80's "crunch" really start to appear.
Even has a cool "Filter" knob, which contours the sound quite a bit. I can see why so many pro's use this pedal, and I can see why people like this pedal so much. Very versatile.
Think I will start selling some of my other distortion pedals now that I found this RAT Pedal. I feel this pedal will suit my needs, and replace all the other distortion pedals I've bought over the years in trying to find the "right" distortion pedal for my playing style.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $60.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
3 knobs, one footswitch!
AC or Battery powered. Does NOT come with AC Power Supply.
I currently use either a Strat or a Kramer, I play metal/rock/blues...Seems to suit all styles.
Very well suited for any distortion needs, but alone, the pedal is a bit fuzzy/raspy..."ratty"! A very good ditortion pedal. Produces VER CLEAR distortion. Does not disguise your sound, it actually makes each note sound VERY clear.
Sounds it's best, when used in conjunction with your amplifier's distortion.
A cat could use it.
3 Knobs, and a footswitch! It may take a little time to find a suitable setting that works for you.
As easy as a pedal can get, really....
Really easy to install a battery too.
Reliable: Oh yeah! Built very solid! Strong steel box!
Put it this way, if you ever got in a fight on the way home from band rehearsal, you could whip out the ol' RAT pedal, knock the other dude on the noggin' with this puppy, and walk home unscathed.
I think the list price is ok, but I would try to get it like I did (used). Its light, cool to play with and has a great history and a great name. "Hey Jason, Leggo of my Rat!"
Where Obtained: Friend
Well lets see, three knobs, and a fancy LED, what more do you want?
Its sounds alright, but needs alot of tweaking to get a suitable tone. Capable of serious marshall roar.
Ease of Use:
Built like a boss pedal. Just don't stub your toe on it at night.
For solid-state distortion in a box, this is my favorite. Lately, I've been using a rack-mounted tube preamp for my distortion, but for small gigs or if you want a light load to haul, this is my choice.
Model Year: 1992
Price: $60.00 (new)
Where Obtained: EU Wurlitzers (Boston)
Pretty standard - distortion, volume, and filter (tone control), on/off push button switch with LED. Runs on a 9-volt battery with one simple screw for easy access to the battery compartment
I love the distortion sounds from this pedal. I've used it both with my Les Paul and with my semi-solid Ibanez jazz guitar and it performs equally well. I don't use the filter control that much - I just leave it about 3/4 of the way up - and just crank the distortion setting up.
Hey, it's got three knobs - how hard can it be?
The pedal is built like a tank. I've dropped it more than a few times and it keeps on trucking. The battery life is pretty standard for a pedal.