CONTEST CONTEST CONTEST!!!
We are giving away FIVE Limited Edition ’85 Whiteface Reissue RATs AND we’re throwing in a Lifelines Guitar Cable too!
Here’s the story submitted by our second winner:
Hi Pro Co!
When I first started using the Rat pedal – there was only one version.
The only other options I could find for distortion pedals were either
made by Boss or Morley. Metallica’s Master of Puppets had just been
released and I was obsessed with playing like Kirk Hammett. A friend
of mine had bought a Rat and everyone thought it was weird… but
cool. It was different, you know?
After a month, I had set aside enough money to pick up a Rat and I loved it. I could use it with a bass or a guitar and I always got an intense sound out of it no matter what amp I was abusing.
Fast forward 18 years… yes, 18 YEARS… and I’m approached by some friends to start playing metal again. With the field of pedals so vast and (nearly) limitless, I started to buy and borrow a wide, wide range of overdrive, distortion, and fuzz pedals.
Then one day, I saw an ad for someone selling a Big Box Rat and I remembered how much I loved mine from my early metal days. I bought it and it hasn’t left my side ever since. It’s incredibly versatile yet can get wicked in a hurry. I then found someone selling an older Turbo Rat and I’ve been using that as my booster for leads.
The two pedals make for a fantastic one-two punch of tone! I’m glad you guys are still releasing some great stuff! I’d love to win a Whiteface Rat… just like the one I had abused so many fond years ago!
~ Paul Chavez
Here’s the story submitted by our first winner:
Too funny that you ask for a ProCo equipment story. Mine started in SF in the summer of 1990. My friend and I were planning a move to Amsterdam when he crashed his motorcycle. From his hospital bed he said,”Take the money you have for the trip and buy a guitar. By the time I am better we can start a band.” The next week I found a small ad in the paper for a guitar and distortion box, $200. Turns out it was one of the old aluminum-necked Kramers that still had the Dimarzio stickers on the pups and a beat up old Rat pedal. Man, that purchase changed my life. That guitar took me around the world and I lugged my Rat right along the way. We made our first record in Berlin. The band was Handfullaflowers and the record was Can’t Stand the Weight of the World. We used that pedal all over that record. The engineer loved it so much I gave it to him in the end. It must have been used on lots of records by now. That pedal came into my life and served me well and I knew I had found a good home for it in Berlin. Some gear is just special and it has a life of its’ own. It is up to us to make sure it finds its’ way home!
Thanks for listening to my story. Click the link below if you want to hear my new band
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