The prodigal…pedal…has returned. The Proco Vintage Rat Pedal
The Prodigal Pedal
As in the story of the prodigal, this pedal has been in some filthy places… Although this is not the pedal that was stolen from me in 2002 (That one was in pristine condition, made in 1995 (LM308), I found this similar ProCo Vintage Rat Reissue at a steal of a price on the e-bay.
I spent the first moments feeling the weight of the steel, and looking inside at the circuit board. They don’t make them like this anymore. I missed the pedal, even if there is no LED to the reissue.
Without even playing it, I took it apart and cleaned off every surface. It smelled like old dude.
The pedal has had some rust on the pedal switch, so I brushed out the circuit board for fun. The Circuit Board has the number ‘2492’ stamped onto it, including RAT RE-ISSUE 1991.
Dating this by serial number seems to be a trivial effort by the looks of the boards out there. I did run across some great resources here and here that helped me to find out exactly which model and year this was made by considering the date of the potentiometers. The number on the pot is R1379227, and as the 4th and 5th numbers are the date of manufacture, this one was made in 1992.
LM308 & Woodcutter
The LM308 chip is snugly placed on the board (Looks like a Motorola).
Across the potentiometers there is a sticker with the Dot Matrix Printed name “WOODCUTTER *”
Apparently the WOODCUTTER was the nickname of the person who assembled it.
The board itself holds an inscription:
PRO-CO SOUND INC KALAMAZOO MICHIGAN U.S.A.
FUZZTONES FOR THE CONNOISSEUR THE RAT TYPE B
REV. C CC1 2-0
I’m going to replace the Carling True Bypass footswitch with the same type, and the jacks must be changed as well. Maybe.
The sound of this Rat, when I played it back in 2000 was something else. Gain at 9 o’clock, and volume at 2 o’clock, I would push the preamp tubeys into breakup, as any self respecting overdrive/distortion/fuzz pedal should. I loved i…and looks like I have another chance to love it again!
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Love, love, love this pedal.
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