wampler pedals

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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Though it gets its due in boutique circles more frequently these days, the Pro Co RAT, for all its stature as a classic, still verges on unappreciated and underrated. Maybe the fact that you can still get a relatively decent new RAT 2 for 70 bucks has something to do with the lack of hype. That's cool—car nuts don't really get excited about ubiquitous and highly functional Toyota Corollas, either. But a good, basic RAT can be a source of everything from creaky, organic, and amp-ish overdrive to searing fuzz and wooly filtered distortion. And with its new mini-sized U.S.-built Ratsbane, Wampler expands that flexibility exponentially.

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