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ProCo Vintage RAT

Pre-2003 model in 2019

Vintage RAT 1991-2005
As the vintage instruments market surged, demand grew for a reissue of the “large box” RAT pedal. The Vintage RAT can easily be identified from an original in two ways. First, the Pro Co logo does not contain the “Sound Inc.” text written down its right side. The reissue also features an easy access battery compartment on the pedal’s bottom.

For 25 years, discerning guitarists have used the Rat’s “magic” sound, its perfect blend of distortion, sustain and cutting power, usually found only at a volume too loud for club and studio work. Painstakingly researched and designed to produce a sound that is radically different from any “fuzztone” your have ever heard — a sound that sings and wails the blues, or spits and screeches the hardest rock’n roll. A sound that is as subtle as a vintage “twin”, or as bone crushing as a wall of those famous English stacks. The Rat’s smooth harmonic distortion and effortless sustain put the extra punch in rhythm work and makes solos cut through with authority and power.

Tune in just the right amount of overdrive, get the presence you need without any tinny treble, and balance the volume for the perfect extra “kick” for lead breaks. Distortion, sustain, fuzz, overdrive: the sound remains unmistakably yours. Not fake or gimmicky. Also the rat will not change the tone or power of your guitar when it is turned off; its true bypass switch disconnects it completely from the circuit when it is not in use, eliminating the loading effects common among other devices.

The Vintage Rat is a reissue of the original production models built circa 1977. It offers fat smooth distortion with effortless sustain. It gives a Marshall feel to Fender amps and humbucker muscle to single coil pickups. There is a wonderful natural compression to the Rat. As you search for your sound, you owe it to yourself to check out the Vintage Rat at great music stores everywhere.
VRAT Suggested Resale $149.95 RPS1 (Bat elim.) Suggested Resale $16.99