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It has a Distortion, Filter and Volume knob and is either driven by a 9v battery or a 9v power supply with 3. In the 70s Scott Burnham and Steve Kiraly repaired and modded distortion pedals in a basement in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. When they decided to de their own superior distortion pedal inthe first RAT was born.

Pro Co began mass-producing the RAT in It is the first version that had a Filter instead of a Tone control. The filter cuts the high frequencies as it is turned clockwise. It features a red status LED and glow-in-the-dark graphics.

Over the years some changes were made. In ProCo made a reissue of the Vintage Rat that was produced until Some of this content can also be found at the official RAT website at ratdistortion.

If you ever get your hands on a RAT 2 with a flat enclosure and want to determine when it was made you will have to look at the six- or seven-digit on the back of the potentiometers. With the following instructions, you can date any pot and therefore date most of your vintage gear e. Keep in mind though, that the pot must be original to the piece and that it only indicates when the pot was manufactured.

The first three s stand for the manufacturer although there are some with one, two or four digits and the 4th and 5th s for the year. As example:.

Different versions

The says that it was made by CTS see manufacturer list below and the 85 tells you that it was made in 19 85! With the RAT having a rather simple layout it is a popular pedal for modifications. I would not recommend you to mod your vintage Rat. But for the newer versions, there are interesting mods like swapping the op-amp for the original LM or upgrading the capacitors. I am not an expert in electronics therefore I do not know if it is only because of the different op-amps. The rest of the circuit probably does play a role too.

Although the basic character of the pedal is in both, the LM has more thickness without getting muddy. It sounds smoother, fatter, bassier and the dynamic response of the pedal is just awesome.

The overall sound is tighter and the articulation is better. The OP07, in contrast, sounds fuzzier, harsher and not as crunchy to me.

Proco rat dating serial

Hi Sebastian, potentiometer codes can be six- or seven-digits long. Have you tried to get a date from the Pot Code Reader?

But if you open the Rat for the pot codes you can also check if it has a black four-legged chip that says LM on the top. post. Next post. Dating a Rat Or Any Vintage Gear If you ever get your hands on a RAT 2 with a flat enclosure and want to determine when it was made you will have to look at the six- or seven-digit on the back of the potentiometers.

As example: 1 3 7 8 5 0 9 The says that it was made by CTS see manufacturer list below and the 85 tells you that it was made in 19 85! Modifications With the RAT having a rather simple layout it is a popular pedal for modifications. View all of Michael Miller's posts. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Show more.

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