Turbo Rat with Ruetz Mod for Bass?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by NICQ, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. NICQ


    Jun 22, 2014
    Vienna, Austria
    I just got a new Epi Thunderbird and wanted to try it out with some Overdrive (I have a BigBassMuff for full on distortion) so I thought I try my Turbo Rat.. I kinda have the impression that it cuts too much bass and I also don't turn the Gain Knob past 10:00 as it changes from a nice growl to fuzzy distortion quickly...
    Has anyone tried the Ruetz Mod on a Turbo Rat for Bass? I read a lot about it - seems to let more Bass thorugh the circuit and reduces the gain...
    I know I just have to clip the one resistor - but I still want some opinions first :)
  2. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    It does exactly what you described. How handy are you with a soldering iron?
  3. NICQ


    Jun 22, 2014
    Vienna, Austria
    I'm not really good at soldering - I read about installing an on/off switch or even better a Pot but I'd rather look for someone to do this for me

    but just clipping the resistor shouldn't be a problem ;)
  4. bigtone23


    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    Just clip one leg of the resistor and give it a listen. Makes the pedal way more bass friendly. Wouldn't worry about the switching options as it seems you don't use this in the higher gain regions, anyway.
    I clipped my 1993 Rat 2 in such a way that if I want it stock, I just need to push the resistor body back down to the clipped leg and add a drop of solder, chances are I won't do it since the clipped tone is way better for not just bass, but guitar, too (to my needs and ears).
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