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TurboRat-like distortion with blend or no low end loss

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Dugachug, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Dugachug


    Oct 9, 2012
    Anybody know of a pedal like this? Where i can get a good grind similar to justin chancellor of tool, or do i gotta pair the Rat with an EQ?
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Pair it with a clean blender instead, you will get better results.
  3. Essen

    Essen Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    I use a BOYC Mouse with a boss LS-2. You can mod the Rat to get more low end out of it, but using a blender is really the best way to do it.
    I have an EQ after the Mouse aswell, just to tame some of the frequencies.
  4. Lebowsky

    Lebowsky Effects Forum Resident Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2007
    Lausanne, Switzerland
    fuzzrocious rat tail
  5. taurus1


    Sep 13, 2006
    Vancouver B.C.
    I've been blending a Turbo Rat for years, I now prefer to eq it (which is actually how Justin Chancelor uses it, not that that matters to me).
    I've started using a Sansamp VT Bass for my low gain grind and it's working out great.
  6. DagoMaino


    Feb 1, 2013

    Bass Preamp with dirt and a bass parameter for your low end loss issues. Haven't tried it yet but heard good things and a pretty reputable builder.
  7. DOD bass grunge
  8. Drop-D


    Mar 23, 2009
    Kansas City

    I use a Fuzzrocious Rat Tail and Oh See Demon for my primary dirt pedals. And, at the end of my chain I used a Fuzzrocious Broke D*ck Peanut Gallery. The BDPG lets me EQ in more low-end if I feel like I am losing too much and even lets me add some more dirt. It's a win-win combination. In fact, I used to run the Turbo Rat (LM302 chipped) and EQ pedal combo. I ditched it for the Fuzzrocious stuff and have never looked back.

    You can check out clips of all the pedals I mentioned with various settings on the Fuzzrocious website.
  9. My G&L SB-1 with the OG MFD pickups provides most of the grind though
  10. Dugachug


    Oct 9, 2012
    Thanks for the replies. The Xotic is pretty close but not quite. I liked the sound of the Darkglass Microtubes B3K, but i can't find it anywhere for US dollars. It's probably about expensive as a Rat + LS-2 + GEB-7 but saves space on the pedalboard.
  11. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    A Turbo Rat blended with a Boss LS-2 have been my only effect pedals for like 6 years. That combo is super versatile, you can get anything from a light grind to a straight-up fuzz. Just get the LS-2, I would say. For what it's worth, I've used it in death/thrash metal settings, alternative rock settings, and even some more up-beat Christian Worship settings.
  12. Yup. Put it into LED clipping mode, and adjust the 1 and 2 knobs and you are there.
  13. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 GAS resistance is utterly futile... Supporting Member

    Digitech Bass Driver has a Rattish setting. The tone, blend and morph knobs make this a very tweakable pedal.
  14. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    I think the mxr m80 might be what you're looking for. the distortion channel sounds a little similar to the proco rat.
  15. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    +1 on the digitech bass driver. I own one and it sounds awesome. and yes it can deliver a proco rat type sound as well as a warm overdrive and an extreme fuzz-like distortion. it's not as extreme as the boss obd-3, but it's pretty versatile.
  16. Stretchhh


    Jan 10, 2012
    WA, Australia
    Fuzzrocious Rat King be an even better option than the Rat Tail they do as it has two distortion settings so you can set one for grind 2nd setting for full on fuzz. Haven't looked back at all in regards to my Rat King.
  17. omie


    Apr 5, 2011
    Another suggestion for a Rat Tail.

    I've got a tail, Geb-7 and xotic blender... rat tail don't need no extra eq'ing or clean blend. Rat Tail is is flexible and sounds as good at subtle settings as it does at extreme settings.... which is why the Rat King is also popular around here.

    Problem I've had with some other OD/Distortions is that they have a sweet spot and everything after that is some level of blegghh... and anything that loses the fundamental low tone is a no no, if you're playing bass.. in a band. So... Turbo Rat into GEB into LS-2 or just get a Rat Tail.