Side-by-side comparison of the Pro Co RAT2 and the MXR M104+

Today Music Critic will be comparing the Pro Co RAT2 to the MXR M104+. The team take this task very seriously - two products enter, but only one can leave. If you find this article interesting, you might also want to read The Top Distortion Pedal for Heavy Metal & More in 2023

 Pro Co RAT2Contestant number one is the Pro Co RAT2.

 MXR M104+The challenger is the MXR M104+. Another reissue of a legendary pedal, the Distortion + is the pedal of choice for that 70s/80s hard rock and metal sound. It achieves this through the use of some fairly hefty distortion, but with soft clipping that helps to ensure that you get a really nice bite, but that everything stays in harmony. It’s a very, very nice sound that you simply can’t find in a lot of distortion pedals, though it won’t be suitable for all genres.

Examining the MXR M104+

It is reasonably versatile too - if you really crank it up, you end up with some real fuzz that sustains well, but on the lower end, it can sound like a quality overdriven tube amp. Just a very nice sound all-round.


Pro Co RAT2

MXR M104+


+ Legendary distortion pedal
+ Unique distorted sound
+ Incredible build quality

+ Nails the 80s hard rock tone
+ Great looking, well made chassis
+ High-end product


This is a hugely versatile pedal, with truly excellent sound and wonderful build quality. It’s not a super-budget option, but the price is very, very impressive indeed. You’ll struggle to find a better pedal in this price range and overall the bang for your buck might just be unbeatable in the market.

If you want to sound like your favourite 80s hard rock or heavy metal guitarist, then this is probably the pedal for you. It produces a unique sound thanks to that quiet clipping, and comes in a quality package. The price is in the mid-to-high range, but we think it’s worth it to be able to pretty much guarantee yourself this tone.

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