In our 4th installment in the line of the “Effect-ive”-articles, Bernd Meiser investigates The Rat. For me personally, translating this article was a great way to catch up with history because somehow this pedal completely weaseled (or maybe “ratted”?) its way around me. Of course, I knew that this pedal existed, but at the time I was somehow so involved (and happy) with tube preamp & power amp distortion in my modded Fender amps that (to this day) I never even tried out The Rat. Maybe that’s a mistake that needs to be corrected …
Anyway, don’t let yourself get bitten (… too much …)!

T.Z., May 2019

Teeth! …… Checking out the circuit of THE RAT ­čÉÇ