Speaking of Rats have you seen the Fat Rat? Sweeeet version of the Rat, check em on sweetwater, pretty nice !!I have narrowed down my search for the highly saturated smooth(ish) thick position on my pedal board. (Right now, I have my Catalinbread SCOD in the spot). I am thinking either a VFE Fiery Red Horse or a Basic Audio Spooky Tooth. I can find a used VFE pretty easy and with patience I should be able to buy one at a good price. However the Basic Audio seems to have a little more coolness (tones that are not as typical as the VFE). Any experiences or thoughts by you all, is always welcome by me.
Along the way I learned that the Rat is really a type of a fuzz pedal (square wave clipping). Makes sense to me, because I love the sound I get from my fuzzes when I hit them with a lower guitar volume output and thus they are cleaner sounding. I always dial the rat to have pretty low gain.