The Drunk Beaver Fat Bat is yet another of founder Vitalii Bobrov's takes on the Rat pedal, this time based on the Ibanez Fat Cat circuit, with additional Ibanez LA Metal and Pro Co Fat Rat voicings. There are 6 different clipping modes, 2 op-amp modes and a 3-way Fat switch.
Fat Bat Clipping Modes
The Fat Bat has 6 clipping modes:
"LED" - Red LEDs as used in the Turbo Rat
"LA" - Op-amp clipping as used in the LA Metal...Very loud!
"Ge" - NOS Soviet D9 germanium diodes similar to You Dirty Rat
"FC" - 1N914 silicon diodes as used in the Fat Cat
"BAT" - BAT85 silicon diodes
"FR" - BS170 MOSFET and 1N914 silicon diodes similar to those used in the Pro Co Fat Rat
Fat Bat Op-Amp Modes
The Fat Rat is loaded with NOS JRC5534 (FC / LA) and NOS CA741 (Bat) op-amps. You can switch between them to dial in the voicing you're after.
"FC/LA" - A NOS JRC5534 op-amp as used in the Fat Cat and LA Metal
"Bat" - A NOS CA741 (similar to the LM741 found in distortion pedals such as the MXR Distortion+) giving more low end
Fat Bat Controls
As well as the Clipping and Op-amp modes mentioned above, the Fat Bat includes a 3-way Fat switch to toggle between Fat Cat ("FC"), LA Metal ("LA) and Fat Rat ("FR") bass response.
The Distortion, Tone and Volume controls work in the same way as a traditional Rat.
Fat Bat Demo
Fat Bat Features
36-in-1 Rat-type pedal based on Ibanez FC10 Fat Cat, with Ibanez LA Metal and Pro Co Fat Rat voicings
Had a few vibes, absolutely loving this one, check the YT demos, lovely satisfying vibe with all the swirly goodness you could hope for. Beautifully made and reasonably priced. Highly recommended - and Jim at Boost is a top guy
I came across the Formula B Fuzz Rangers via online demos on Youtube, and they all sounded so good that I had to get one. Looking online I found the Boost Guitar Pedals website via the Formula B website as a listed UK stockist. Jim was excellent and the pedal arrived when he said it would and it was perfectly packaged. I would have no hesitation in buying any other product from Boost.
As for the Fuzz Rangers, it is a great pedal. I had to work at it a touch to get the sounds I liked from it, but it seems to react really well to different guitars and different amps with adjustments to volume and tone on the guitar and different amp settings. I found it works best into a slightly cranked amp, and volume roll-off on the guitar offers a great variety of sounds from clean to classic fuzz. Thoroughly enjoying the pedal. Well done Jim, great website and a great selection of interesting brands and pedals..... Which one next????
Having used a number of univibe clones over the years this one truly nails the sound for me, it comes with some clever additions in a pedal board friendly size and is excellent value for money. If you want the true sound of the original this pedal delivers.Special thanks to boost Guitar Pedals for putting this deal together so quickly..
I'm still working my way through all the sounds, but so far I'm loving them all.
Each time I think I've got a fav sound I flip the diode switch and there's another one. Great value for a four-in-one fuzz pedal!!
Both modes really useable. The first can get a wooly or starved/wolly sound or more nasally raw sound depending on how you dial it in.
Mode two can be more mid focused and with both switches down it's just a real nice deep, warm wall of fuzz. Great stuff.
Awesome pedal. Does everything from short slaps, to long endless delays, or echo-verb. The infinite delay feature on the button hold is interesting, though if you need a certain sound out of it like that, you have to be okay with the sound that those settings create when the infinite hold feature is off. I’m sure it will be great for recording some interesting textures, but I don’t think I’d use it live, as the infinite hold sounds glitchy and cuts off very quickly at some of the shorter, more subtle delay settings that I use. The art on the pedal is nice, and the build quality is solid. Comes with a carry bag, for some reason, but I can’t complain. A great unit by any standard, but especially good quality and features for the ticket price.
This pedal is simply fantastic.
Great fuzz with a good sweep of control with the guitar volume pot. Cannot get an unlikeable sound through any pickup selection single coil/humbucker.
Added benefit of the Rangemaster included is just lush. I am preferring boosting into the fuzz and use the boost into other drives along the chain.
I am praising this as 2 great pedals in one comfortably sized housing. Amazing!
I have held myself back from purchasing a vibe for years now but I took the plunge on this and I am extremely happy.
The size of the unit is great on my board and pairs with my drives and fuzz amazingly well. I am preferring the flavour of keeping it pre-gain stages on the board.
Simple controls with the added benefit of 2 speeds.
I highly encourage anyone else who was on the fence like me, go for this!