The Drunk Beaver Bat Cold War V2 is a mutant Rat circuit, using NOS US-made LM308 and NOS Soviet UD1408B op-amps as well as 6 different clipping modes to give 36 different iterations, enabling you to dial in your perfect Rat sound!
Stefan Karlsson of the Guitar Pedal X blog calls Drunk Beaver founder Vitalii Bobrov 'the master of Rat Distortion', and it's easy to see why - Vitalii has crammed so much into a small chassis and it sounds phenomenal. And he hasn't stopped at just one Rat-based pedal: check out his Bat V2 for another take on the theme.
Bat Cold War V2 Clipping Modes
The Bat V2 has 6 clipping modes:
"Boost" - A very loud signal with tube-like response and break up
"Soft MOSFET" - BS170 MOSFETs give a crunchy character
"Soft Ge" - NOS AAP153 germanium diodes; great for bass
"Hard Si" - 1N914 silicon diodes as used in the classic Rat
"Hard LED" - Red LEDs as used in the Turbo Rat
"Hard Ge" - NOS Soviet D9 germanium diodes, similar to those used in You Dirty Rat
Bat Cold War V2 Op-amp Modes
The Bat Cold War V2 is loaded with 2 both NOS LM308 and OP07 op-amps. You can switch between them to dial in the voicing you're after.
"West" - a NOS LM308 as found in the original Rat
"East" - a Soviet UD1408B chip, a reverse-engineered LM308 clone with a slightly rawer and buzzier character compared to the US-made LM308.
Bat Cold War V2 Controls
As well as the Clipping and Op-amp modes mentioned above, the Bat Cold War V2 introduces a three-way Fat switch to toggle between Fat, Stock and Low bass response. This is a new addition for the V2.
The Distortion, Filter and Volume controls work in the same way as a traditional Rat.
Bat Cold War V2 Demo
Bat Cold War V2 Features
36-in-1 Rat-type pedal with NOS Soviet components plus sought after LM308 op-amp from original Rat
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!