How do you use your Rat? Fuzz? Distortion? OD? What sounds best?

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  1. Greiginoz

    Greiginoz Member

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    I love my Rat I think it's a truly brilliant pedal, I have a fairly recent one I got when I was in New York (Dec 07).
    For me this covers the styles of a Smashing Pumpkins and Jimmy Eat World vibe. I use mine with humbuckers and I set it as follows for a Pumpkins sort of sound.

    Distortion 1 o'clock
    Filter 1 o'clock
    Volume to suit

    For a J.E.W sound

    Distortion 10 o'clock
    Filter 8 o'clock
    Volumue to suit

    Let me know how you set yours!
    Greig
     
  2. VintageToneGuy

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    I've got two Rat's currently. I have a 91 Big Box Rat and a 1988 Rat 2, both of which have the LM308N chip. They both sound amazing at any setting.

    For OD tones:

    Distortion @ 9 o'clock
    Filter @ 2 o'clock
    Volume @ slightly above amp unity

    For Heavy Rock \ Distortion tones:

    Distortion @ 4 o'clock
    Filter @ 2 o'clock
    Volume @ slighty above amp unity

    vtg
     
  3. E Baxter Put

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    Hey! Those are my settings as well.
     
  4. Godspeed64

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    Distortion 1 o'clock
    Filter TOTALLY ZERO..

    Gosh this has been the tone I've been looking for for soooooooooo long!
    Finally got it with a big box LM308 RAT.. I like it this way, it sounds like a distortion with fuzz characteristics for how the note decays..
    Fat as hell! :RoCkIn
     
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    Mine has been set this way for the past 6yrs:

    Distortion @ 3 o'clock
    Filter @ 2 o'clock
    Volume @ 2 o'clock setting


    and currently I have another Rat set as:

    Distortion @ FULL
    Filter @ 1 o'clock
    Volume @ 2 o'clock setting


    LM308 Rat = tonal heaven :phones
     
  6. jackrussel

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    I bought mine new, a year ago, and replaced the ic with the original LM308. much smoother.
    It's set to:

    distortion: 9 o'clock
    filter: 11 o'clock
    volume: 2 o'clock

    use to get a good smooth palm mute crunch on the low end.
     
  7. thewex

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    thats pretty similar to my BYOC rat settings. can't believe i only discovered this thing a few months ago!
     
  8. Twin63

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    I have a Keeley Rat. Current settings are:

    Dist. 12-1 o'clock
    Filter 11 o'clock
    Vol. Just above unity

    I like it on the "Phat Rat" setting...nice, fat distortion.
     
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    My favorite setting also :BEER
     
  10. EricPeterson

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    currently

    Distortion @ full
    Filter @ 12
    volume @ just above unity

    Sounds good to me, but I love Gain!

    Sometimes I monkey with the filter and Gain settings but ultimately land on this, it just cuts through so well.

    Oh, and I love my Rat with a WAH! Who else likes a Rat and Wah? I have always had trouble with my Muff and various overdrives with a wah, especially with a lot of gain, the Rat responds so well.
     
  11. Godspeed64

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    It is hard to find a good wah that goes well with the RAT.. Especially since I use it with zero Filter, making it very bassy sounding.. Not many wahs have that kinda sweep..

    Am I the only one using it with zero filter? Highest I ever turned it up is to 10 o'clock.. Other than that ain't my cup of tea.. But it seriously depends on the amp used..

    Check out a little clip I did at the settings I prefer..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2SqSFYkwvE

    Sucky playing I know.. :hide
     
  12. lv

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    Try the Area 51 wah with the Range and Q control. I use one with my Chupacabra (rat based pedal) and I just turn the range and q up higher when using a very dark tone on the chupa and it cuts right through.
     
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    Thanks for the recommendation..
    I was actually thinking of a vintage Morley Power Wah Boost..
    Or a Fulltone Clyde..
     
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    I use a 535 Dunlop (non-Q) and it works fine, it does have a range section switch but to be honest I think I keep it in the original crybaby setting. Sounds great to me!
     
  15. thewex

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    Nice Clip! I gotta try it with filter all the way down sometime. I used to do that with my TS and it was cool.
    I play right now a DOD wah and a Rat Clone and I have great range.
    Here's a clip: http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6852183
     
  16. Kev O)))

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    I set my Turbo Rat:

    Distortion: 2

    Filter: 2:45

    Volume: to taste
     
  17. Hugo Da Rosa

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    I have a late 90's Vintage RI Big Box Rat and I love it at low gain settings. This is what I use to push my amp while still having some nice cleans:

    Distortion: Right below 9 o'clock but now quite 9.
    Filter: Right above 3 o'clock
    Volume: Amp unity

    For some more gritty, fully overdriven tones, I like having the rat set more like an overdrive. I'm not much of a distortion guy so I dial in the sounds pretty low:

    Distortion: Around 10 o'clock
    Filter: Right above 3 o'clock
    Volume: Amp unity
     
  18. dksouthpaw

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    My rat's doing double duty right now till i get something else

    1. Gilmour-y type stuff with heavy Reverb:
    Distortion: 1 to 3 oclock. (does anyone else get high end cut when they turn it up full?)
    Filter: about 12 to 1 o clock
    Volume: slight boost above amp unity

    2. Gainy Rhythm:
    Distortion: 10 oclock
    Filter: off
    Volume: again slight boost over amp unity


    it does the gilmour stuff alright but its a little too woofy. but thats why i love my rat- so i'm hoping for a Top Fuel
     
  19. hurleysurf

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    Just picked up an early 90's big box Rat off a fellow forumite. I plugged it in today in my dorm room :)messedup) and wasn't amazed with it for chord work, but the leads (especially with a TS right after it) were awesome! Granted I was using a small 5e3 Victoria... I think I'm going to like it a lot more once I get home and run it through a Super Reverb.
     
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    I think it does well at all three. Lately I've been using mine for really, really over the top lead stuff... I'll max out the gain, roll the filter all the way to the left and put the volume wherever it needs to be. This into a lightly overdriven TS (Sparkle Drive in my case) makes for some nastiness.
     

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