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A revved-up, rodent-based circuit proves wickedly versatile.

Great fundamental RAT-like tones with useful enhancements and interesting alternative gain and EQ profiles. Compact size.

Tiny toggles in proximity to knobs make some operations tricky.

$149

Wampler Ratsbane
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Photo by Linda Brindley

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