Happy days! I went to a nearby flea market and found a Pro Co Rat 2 for 20euros :) Tried it out at home and was blown away by how good it sounded…Closer inspection revealed it has a LM308 chip, it’s made in 1990 and it has a “woodcutter” sticker on top of the pots. Never seen that before in a Rat but google revealed that some old rats have those stickers. It might be the assembler’s nickname, who knows.
On the pcb there’s also some weird text: “Brought to you by the captain of the universe – The Rat” and “The baddest box for the baddest axe” :) Also a date code 12/86.
Anyway, Rat is one of my all time favourite distortion boxes and this one sounds so good I don’t want to modify it ;)
Here are a few close-ups of the pedal & insides. Enjoy!
Get the original RAT2 here > ProCo Rat 2 @ Amazon