1981 Inventions DRV vs Big Ear Woodcutter

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  1. mannyprieto

    mannyprieto Member

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    anybody played both and have any thoughts?
     
  2. Vhailor

    Vhailor Supporting Member

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    I've never even heard of either of those pedals, but, looking at your sig, that's an interesting and unusual selection of guitars you've got there.

    Nice!
     
  3. Gallery

    Gallery Supporting Member

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    Bump out of curiosity
     
  4. chadmo1

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    Never heard of the 1981 pedal, but I just ordered a Woodcutter. I have no idea how long it will take to get it, but I'll pass on my opinion of it once it arrives.
     
  5. Moniker

    Moniker Guitarchitect Supporting Member

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    bumpin this... as these two pedals seem to get a lot of "best RAT" variant nods.

    anyone used both?
     
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    Big Ear website is a bit lacking in info, but from the descriptions I've read on other sites, the Woodcutter seems to be a clone while the DRV is pretty far off from the original circuit.
     
  7. josiahmac

    josiahmac Member

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    Might as well add the Jam Pedals Rattler and the new Greer Gorilla Warfare.

    I’m interested in opinions as well, but more than likely, all you will get is...
    ‘Go buy the rat for less money and have the real thing’
     
  8. Footbutt

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    FOR THE LAST TIME.... the DRV doesn't sound like a RAT.
     
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  9. UrbanHymns

    UrbanHymns Supporting Member

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    Tell that to my non-musician wife. Or my bass player.
     
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  10. coltonius

    coltonius Señor Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Your argument completely fell apart when you asked us to view your bass player as a credible source.

    :rotflmao:rotflmao
     
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  11. ((TechnicolorSkyline))

    ((TechnicolorSkyline)) Supporting Member

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    I’ve got both. The DRV is tighter, much more “polite”. It’s more like a fine tuned overdrive/distortion that you wouldn’t really be able to tell that it had Rat similarities. The Woodcutter is totally Rat! It’s very fuzzy when cranked, and much more Rat like in tone overall. The Woodcutter is my favorite Rat type pedal next to a vintage real deal.
    [​IMG]
     
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  12. Kluch

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    Maybe it's just me, but shnobels DRV vs WF Rat video definitely makes me prefer the Rat vs the DRV... they're both cool though.
     
  13. halcyon

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    The DRV is very top-y, shrill, and noisy. I was extremely underwhelmed with mine when I compared it to various other RAT pedals. Even the modest, stock ProCo sounds better to me. Be wary of Internet hype...
     
  14. flyonthewall150

    flyonthewall150 Supporting Member

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    The DRV is basically a Rat with a Micro Amp boosting it.
     
  15. bulbasaur_85

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    I’ve had a real “woodcutter” labeled proco rat and currently have a DRV. The DRV isn’t a clone as far as I can tell, it does sound similar but it has more mids and low end versus a rat. Both sound and feel like hard clipping. Can’t go wrong with either!
     
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    I wanted to try the DRV until I saw his video. At particular knob settings he could get both of them to sound the same. Plus, I preferred the RAT. And yes, I wouldn't knock the DRV outa bed for eating crackers.
     
  17. Jerrod

    Jerrod Silver Supporting Member

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    What's the dealio on the wood top panel on the Woodcutter?
     

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