TTK Reviews the Pro Co 1985 Whiteface Reissue RAT

February 16, 2010 

Pro Co 1985 Whiteface Reissue RAT

By Marc Johnson for

From listening to my opening licks you can tell that something brutal came my way for me to check out. For old school players the Pro Co RAT was the stomp box of the 80s. Well, Pro Co has reissued their little baby with the Pro Co ’85 Whiteface Reissue RAT. I use the word ‘reissue’ loosely because, unlike most reissues, this is the essentially the same pedal that you would’ve bought back in the day.

When I pulled the gain almost all the way back, I had a blues tone that would make any bend wail. Many distortion pedals ‘die’ when you try to back off of the gain, but this one let the notes come through with amazing clarity.

The thing that really got me going, though, was when I started rolling the gain back up again. The first thing I thought of was Van Halen Circa ‘78-’85 and instantly wished that I had taken the time to learn “Eruption” all the way through. It had all the articulation and dimension of Eddie’s ‘Brown’ sound with a real bite.

When I turned down the filter knob, that let loose some of the blistering high frequencies. As I moved in the other direction, it took a bit off of the top but still left enough behind to cut through the mix. This little beast may look like a pedal, but it sounds more like a preamp.

I think the thing that distinguishes the RAT from most other pedals is the fact that it’s not a one trick pony. You have your “metal” pedals and your “blues” pedals, but when you try and push them, they leave your guitar sounding like it’s playing out of 10 watt amp inside of a garbage can. The RAT gives you a range of sounds to play with. And guess what. They all sound good!

Pro Co’s website claims that they didn’t want to simply make a reissue that sounded like the RAT. They just wanted to make the RAT, and that’s exactly what they did.

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About the Author: Marc published his first novel Becoming in 2010. It’s a kick-ass book with monsters and dreams and stuff, and you should buy it. Since then, he’s written thousands of articles for, many of which have been picked up for circulation by manufacturers and other news outlets. His next book, Drugs and Pancakes, should be available early 2014 if his alcoholic editor can find time to work on it in-between destroying his liver and screaming about punctuation. He graduated from Roosevelt University with honors, which means that he’s not as dumb as he looks. He’s been playing guitar for over 25 years, which is almost twice as long as most of his students have been alive.

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