A ferocious Rat clone with a few extra tricks.
This pedal’s full name is the Acid Pig LM308 Distortion Unit. The LM308 is a type of op amp (the integrated circuit that provides gain in most overdrive/distortion circuits). For crunchaholics, the LM308 connotes one particular pedal: the original ProCo Rat. Later Rat revisions featured different op amps along with other circuit changes. But for many fans of this potent and popular circuit, real Rats employ LM308s.
The Acid Pig is an excellent Rat reproduction, but it’s also more than just a clone. Like a number of current boutique Rat replicas, it expands the circuit’s range with modifications that can alter the distortion’s character and intensity. This is a retro Rat with improved range.
The Acid Pig resides in a standard 125B enclosure with top-mounted jacks. Internal construction is immaculate: Wires are neatly routed, soldering is flawless, and the PCB is secured to the housing via the Pig’s two switches. Either a 9-volt battery or a standard power supply (not included) can power the Pig.
The pedal’s three pots—gain, tone, and level—mirror the Rat. So do the tones when the switches are set to mimic the original circuit. (More on that in a moment.) The Pig sounds as good as any Rat I’ve heard. If you dig the Rat sound, you won’t be disappointed.
That sound is, for better or worse, strongly linked to ’80s hard rock, but you don’t have to love Ratt to love the Rat. Harder-edged than a Screamer and more tightly focused than a ’60s-style transistor-based fuzz, the core distortion sound lends itself to any aggressive guitar style requiring loud, bright distortion and strong note attack. The tone control is a simple treble roll-off, but it’s perfectly voiced to emphasize pick attack and dial in the right amount of edge. There’s massive gain range. The pedal can get insanely loud, yet it retains its essential character at modest output settings that don’t bludgeon your preamp—a great recipe for tight, chunky hard rock chords.
In fact, many modern metal and hard rock players will probably relate to the Pig. Even though the circuit that inspires it was created long before the drop-tuning and 7-string crazes, it kills on low-tuned strings. Drop-D sounds great. Baritone guitars in B or A sound great. Heck, even low-tuned bass guitars can sound great (though bassists are likely to long for a midrange tone control and a wet/dry blend).
On the other hand, the circuit is probably not a great choice for fans of warm/smooth distortion, or for players who like to sculpt tone via their guitars’ volume knobs. Rolling back a guitar’s volume a touch slims down the crunch, but you can’t really clean up the tone that way. Low guitar volume settings produce dark, tentative tones. The Pig prefers to rawk.
Do or Diode
The Pig’s two switches provide four variations on the classic Rat tone by jiggering with the diode configuration. (Like Screamers, Rats generate distortion via a pair of diodes, though they’re inserted at a different point in the circuit, hence the Rat’s harder/edgier sound. In fact, the Rat’s circuit is surprisingly similar to that of the Boss DS-1.)
One of the three-way switch’s settings replicates the original Rat configuration (silicon diodes). Another mixes silicon with an LED, yielding even louder and tighter tones. A third option removes the diodes from the circuit altogether, generating distortion exclusively within the op amp. Diodes suck volume as they distort, so bypassing them triggers a hefty level boost. This setting has less character, but man, is it loud!
A second switch selects between overdrive and distortion modes. As you’d expect, the overdrive setting softens the Pig’s bite, though it’s still plenty aggressive. The switch provides attractive variations in both silicon and silicon/LED modes, though it has no effect when the diodes are bypassed.
The Acid Pig delivers stellar Rat-style distortion plus several cool and useful sonic variations. It costs nearly twice as much as a new Rat (which are now quite affordable but made overseas,) but it offers far more tones and comes packed with the coveted LM308 component that many Ratheads swear by. If you seek quality dirt, but find retro-style transistor fuzz too squishy and Screamers too tame, Acid Age Electronics may have built your perfect pigpen.
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Available in two sizes, NOMAD ISO is a compact, versatile tool that offers the convenience of a fully powered board plus the additional freedom of not having to plug into an outlet. NOMAD ISO is ideal for stages with limited outlet availability, quick changeovers, busking outdoors, temporary rehearsal locations, and more.
NOMAD ISO builds upon the legacy of the ultra-convenient and reliable NOMAD rechargeable pedalboard line originally launched in 2018. The brand new NOMAD ISO editions feature eight isolated outputs (1 x 9V DC, and 1 switchable 9V/12V DC) for even more versatility and clean, quiet power. With an integrated lithium-ion battery pack boasting 12800mAh capacity, NOMAD ISO can fuel a wide array of pedals, and will last over 10 hours* on a single charge.
Each NOMAD ISO pedal board includes adhesive hook & loop pedal-mounting tape, eight (8) standard DC connector cables, and one (1) reverse polarity DC cable, giving you everything you need to build your ultimate "off-the-grid" rig. A rugged, road-ready padded gig bag with shoulder strap is also included, to safely protect your gear while you're on the move.
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Dunable announces new Minotaur model featuring Grover Rotomatic Keystone tuners.
The Minotaur's DNA is rooted in their classic Moonflower model, which Dunable discontinued in 2017. However, they have long since wanted to create a fresh take on a carved top guitar design, and various attempts to rework the Moonflower led them to a brand new concept with the Minotuar.
Dunable's goal is to give the player a guitar that plays fast and smooth, sounds amazing, and gives maximum physical ergonomic comfort. The Minotaur's soft and meticulous contours, simple and effective control layout, and 25.5" scale length are designed to easily meet this criteria.
- 25.5" scale length
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This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
Adding to the company’s line of premium-quality effects pedals, Missing Link Audio has unleashed the new AC/Overdrive pedal. This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal – the only Angus & Malcom all-in-one stompbox on the market – brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
The AC/OD layout has three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone. That user-friendly format is perfect for quickly getting your ideal tone, and it also offers a ton of versatility. MLA’s new AC/OD absolutely nails the Angus tone from the days of “High Voltage” to "Back in Black”. You can also easily dial inMalcom with the turn of a knob. The pedal covers a broad range of sonic terrain, from boost to hot overdrive to complete tube-like saturation. The pedal is designed to leave on all the time and is very touch responsive. You can get everything from fat rhythm tones to a perfect lead tone just by using your guitar’s volume knob and your right-hand attack.
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- Die-cast aluminum cases for gig-worthy durability
- Limited lifetime warranty
- True bypass on/off switch
- 9-volt DC input
- Made in the USA