Tone Report Weekly 195 - Page 18

F C 10 FAT C AT D IST O RTI ON The ‘80s was a big decade for the Pro Co Rat. Its distinctively meaty, focused distortion tones contributed greatly to the pop-metal guitar sounds that were all over the radio at the time, selling lots and lots of pedals for Pro Co. Naturally, competing guitar effects companies also began to do their own versions of the circuit, including the crew at Hoshino-Gakki. The FC10 Fat Cat was a result of this endeavor, with Ibanez adding a few interesting twists to the design. The circuit used a JRC5534 op- amp rather than Pro Co’s then-standard LM308, and the tone control was also reversed to act more like a 18 TONE TALK // standard tone knob. The Fat Cat also boasted a buffered, higher-impedance input, resulting in a lightened load on the guitar pickups and increased overall sonic clarity. It’s a very fine- sounding and versatile Rat variant that can be picked up pretty regularly for 50 to 70 bucks. There’s really no reason not to get one. That’s a 10: Five Stupid-Underrated Pedals From The Ibanez 10 Series