Rehoused and modded RAT

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  1. tonefreak

    tonefreak Member

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    A TGP member wanted to make his RAT more usable... didn't like the inherent harshness, plus the pedal housing was history. Did some AMZFX mods to tame it and rehoused with a black sparkle finish. New knobs, jacks, and power plug.

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    Sorry... no gut shots... closed it up and was too lazy to open it up again.
     
  2. sssmile

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    we need guts...
     
  3. sssmile

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    pics arent showing
     
  4. Deaj

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    Nicely done!
     
  5. tonefreak

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    Thanks... never really considered a RAT until I did the mods on this pedal... very, very usable tones!
     
  6. gkelm

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    I'm a Rat fat...this looks good, curious about the way it sounds!
    Greg
     
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    YoTone,
    Looks great but, WE NEED GUTS! lol
     
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    slick. Ive always been a big fan of the Rat. :AOK
     
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    whoismarykelly Oh look! This is a thing I can change!

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    You have the motivation to mod, refinish and rehouse a pedal but you cant take off 4 screws and snap a picture?
     
  11. bluesdoc

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    What's the tonal difference(s)?

    jon
     
  12. Shon Kornfeld

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    this is my pedal, when i get it back i will post pics and clips for sure!

    honestly, the old casing was almost destroyed, i was literally using the pedal as a doorstop in my studio. since ToneFreak has been making some killer DIY pedals lately, i asked him to bring the dead RAT back to life, and it looks like he did! cant wait to get it back!
     
  13. tonefreak

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    I worked on the pedal for the better part of Sunday... modding, painting, and wiring. I tested it before I house it, then closed it up and tested some more.

    I closed it up and moved on to the next build. Decided right before going to bed to take a quick shot and post it here because I was really excited by the way the whole thing turned out. You have to understand, I've got a family, day job, and I do internet consulting on top of making pedals. I didn't know that the gut shot was so important... I will try and remember for next time.

    In the mean time, I believe Shon is quite adept with his digital camera, so I'm sure he'll be taking some pics for you all. It's all packed up and ready to go out FedEx tomorrow... other wise I would have opened it up tonight for everyone.
     
  14. todd richman

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    Great looking pedal Derek. I will be back in touch soon for one.
     
  15. Rossl

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    Nice job! Makes the Rat usable for a pedal board. That's why I never take mine out to a gig or session
     
  16. tonefreak

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    Thanks for all the compliments!

    I implemented the Fat Rat mods as described in the PDF I purchased from AMZFX.

    The RAT, IMO, was kinda harsh and, well... ratty. The Fat Rat mods takes the edge off and makes the Tone control more useable. It's all about preferences really... some people love the RAT sound out of the box. Shon expressed his desire to have it more usable for his needs, and I believe the Fat Rat mods accomplished that. So much so that I want one for myself now... very cool sounding pedal.

    The first thing that I noticed that had to go were the jacks and power tap. Shon has a pedal power supply so that 1/8" tap doesn't fly, replaced it with a power tap he more readily use. The stock jacks have lugs supported by plastic... they work, but there's nothing like Neutrik or Switchcraft for durability and realiability.. I had some extra Neutriks, so they went in.
     
  17. Miles

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    I love rats, but after seeing that I don't like mine anymore.
     
  18. Rossl

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    Which RAT was yours originally? I have a vintage reissue, that thing is huge. Would that fit in a similar box?

    Is there a mod that would help the volume loss when you use heavy distortion?
     
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    Very nice. Considering the effort you've gone to, if it were mine I would probably have taken the opportunity to add a 3pdt switch and LED at the same time as well. :AOK
     
  20. tonefreak

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    Not sure what the vintage re-issue looks like, but this box was tall, short and heavy. The new enclosure is the size of the Hammond 1590BB, so not exactly smaller because it does have a larger footprint on a pedalboard.

    Volume loss... not sure what you mean there, but the Volume control will more than make-up any loss you experience when you activate the pedal.
     

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