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  • #16
    I bought this Rat looking to modify it, but I'm struggling to find any issues that need resolved. Maybe it has a tad too little bass and a tad too much gain for what I usually do, but not enough to change it from stock. The beauty of these things are their flexibility, and I feel anything I do to improve it won't be an improvement so much as narrowing it's scope.

    Maybe I will put a 220 nF capacitor in parallel with the clipping diodes to thicken up the clean portion of my sound, but that's all I can think of
    You will never understand How it feels to live your life With no meaning or control And with nowhere left to go You are amazed that they exist And they burn so bright
    Whilst you can only wonder why

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    • #17
      Originally posted by '59 View Post
      I've never been able to get along with my Rat but then again I've never put much effort into trying. What does it stack well with, how do I dial it in?
      It stacks well with a 6505 amp with the pedal drive set to, like, 4 and the amp gain set to 3 and the filter knob at about noon.
      Last edited by RanchManSandy; 06-26-2024, 02:55 PM.

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      • #18
        I'm have a Rat 2 and a JHS Series 3 Distortion which is basically the same thing with a switch which I think basically switches diodes for Rat or Turbo Rat. The form factor just fits better on my board. I love Rats as boosters with the gain low and the volume high.

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        • #19
          Yeah, they definitely have a very narrow sweet spot where you can very quickly go between too much gain and too clean
          You will never understand How it feels to live your life With no meaning or control And with nowhere left to go You are amazed that they exist And they burn so bright
          Whilst you can only wonder why

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            • #21
              This thread got me looking into RAT clips and I spent maybe a little too much money on a whiteface reissue.

              This thing rips! With just 3 controls and the knobs on my guitar I can do just about anything with this thing! Especially with the interactivity that was mentioned earlier.

              I could do a whole set with this thing with just the onboard controls on my guitar!

              Definitely holding onto this one

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              • #22
                I'm looking at a used 1981 DRV at my local pawnshop but I'm unable to get a chance to play it. And No Refunds.

                Has anyone here tried it and how does it compare to a vintage rat? I remember the rat having some big areas of the controls where nothing happened, not a lot of bass, and being pretty bad at low gain. Has tbe DRV addressed this?

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                • #23
                  I couldn't tell you, but I see them a lot, so people like them.
                  You will never understand How it feels to live your life With no meaning or control And with nowhere left to go You are amazed that they exist And they burn so bright
                  Whilst you can only wonder why

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by BadAspen View Post
                    I remember the rat having some big areas of the controls where nothing happened, not a lot of bass, and being pretty bad at low gain.
                    Your opinion is your opinion, but I'm thinking you remember wrong.
                    Originally posted by Bad City
                    He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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                    • #25


                      Modified RAT w/ NOS LM308 and some tweaks.

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                      • #26
                        Have to go with the Proco SOLO. Most versatile to my ears with amazing searing tones. But...I do feel that I've never had a bad experience with a Rat.

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