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Re: The Rat
« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2013, 09:22:57 PM »
Wait...that's not an etch...is it? It's super clean. Tell us great one...how did you do the rate art?

Yep, it's an etch.  I got a bit lucky that the enclosure was in decent shape under the powder coat.  Sometimes when you etch away that much material, you can see a lot of inconsistent color (or scratches) on the enclosure underneath.

The rat art was, like always, laid out in Adobe Illustrator.  The text was just a matter of finding the right font.  The image I found on Google search.  I traced it in Illustrator which converted it to a vector.  Generally, etching pixel based images like JPEG or Bitmap yields somewhat poor results, so the conversion to a vector image is important.
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Re: The Rat
« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2013, 09:40:32 PM »
This build is so clean, inside and out.  And that rat...if there was a guitar pedal rodent deathmatch, it would definitely give the Super Whitey a run for its money.

For some reason a RAT never caught my fancy even though a few of my guitar heroes use them...instead I opted for the BOSS DS-1 for my cruddy distortion.  I might have to build one of these to see if I like them.
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Re: The Rat
« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2013, 09:47:20 PM »
Wait...that's not an etch...is it? It's super clean. Tell us great one...how did you do the rate art?

Yep, it's an etch.  I got a bit lucky that the enclosure was in decent shape under the powder coat.  Sometimes when you etch away that much material, you can see a lot of inconsistent color (or scratches) on the enclosure underneath.

The rat art was, like always, laid out in Adobe Illustrator.  The text was just a matter of finding the right font.  The image I found on Google search.  I traced it in Illustrator which converted it to a vector.  Generally, etching pixel based images like JPEG or Bitmap yields somewhat poor results, so the conversion to a vector image is important.
That looks so good.i gott do some more research on etching.
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Re: The Rat
« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2013, 12:22:00 AM »
This looks grand - as usual.

A friend of mine likes to play a modified Rat in his band and he states that it -maybe because of its enhanced mids- makes his playing fit perfectly into the band sound.
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« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2013, 03:23:20 AM »
A friend of mine likes to play a modified Rat in his band and he states that it -maybe because of its enhanced mids- makes his playing fit perfectly into the band sound.
This is a recurring comment about the Rat. Many find that it sounds meh when you play alone, but with a band, it falls right in the spot.

Also, it's great to use with an overdrive—I've been using one with an OCD since January, it makes for a very versatile combo.