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JHS PackRat Overdrive/Distortion Pedal

JHS PackRat Overdrive/Distortion Pedal


 
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Presenting JHS's newest overdrive pedal, the PackRat Overdrive and Distortion.

In 1978, the most versatile and influential distortion pedal of all time was invented in Kalamazoo, MI. Scott Burnham and Steve Kiraly first had the idea after playing, repairing and modifying all the available distortion pedals on the market. They wanted something that didn’t exist in the then mainstream throes of MXR, DOD and even BOSS’s product line; they wanted a pedal that could go from overdrive to distortion and then all the way to fuzz. By 1979 Scott had perfected the circuit in his RAT-infested basement workshop, and the rest is history.

The PackRat is JHS's ultimate tribute to the 40+ years of the Rat's evolution and its impact on the guitar’s sound. Artists from every genre have used the iconic tones in this unassuming black box to create their sounds, including Nirvana, John Schofield, Pink Floyd, Metallica, REM, the Eagles, Jeff Beck and Radiohead.

Building on JHS's Multi-Mode pedal series that includes the Muffuletta and Bonsai, the PackRat uses the same unique digital runway system to direct the paths of 261 components through 40 individual switches. This means that when you choose one of the nine legendary or rare modes, you are playing fully analog circuits that perfectly replicate that mode, even down to the aging components (also known as component drift).

If you purchased these nine hard-to-find pedals on the used market right now, you would pay around $4,000....

Let's look at the PackRat's
MODES:

  • The OG V1 (1979-83): The OG is a perfect recreation of the first production Version 1 Big Box/tone control RATs ever made. This is the model that started it all.
  • White Face V3 (1984-1986): The “White Face” is the first Small Box RAT and is recognizable for its white filled block logo across the top of the pedal. This model has the more traditional reverse Filter control instead of Tone.
  • Turbo V5 (1989): The Turbo RAT introduced the world to a different type of distortion by introducing LEDs to the RAT’s clipping section to produce a more powerful distortion sound.
  • BRAT V6 (1997): In the late nineties, Guitar Center launched an exclusive “budget RAT” with big tone and some unique modifications. The BRAT is the most unique RAT variation ever made by ProCo.
  • Dirty V7 (2004): What happens when you replace the stock silicon diodes with germanium? It gets even dirtier.
  • LA (1986): Japanese pedal companies loved the RAT circuit and used it throughout the 1980s disguised as their latest and greatest “original” circuit. The LA Metal is one of the most interesting takes on the circuit from this era.
  • Landgraff MO’D (1999): Swirl paint jobs and point-to-point wiring made Landgraff a father of the nineties boutique era. The MO’D distortion is one of the greatest RAT-style distortions ever made.
  • Caroline Wave Cannon: When Josh from JHS started the PackRat he knew immediately what friend he was going to invite to the party. The Wave Canon is Caroline Guitar Company’s stab at making this classic circuit even better. Josh bought the version 1 back in 2012 and immediately fell in love.
  • JHS Mode: The JHS Mode is the discontinued “PackRAT” modification that Josh did to RATs for over ten years. It takes everything he lovse about this circuit and elevates it!
JHS Pedals Packrat: A bunch of RATS
Shawn Tubbs demonstrates the new JHS PackRat Overdrive/Distortion Pedal
JHS PackRat Multi-Mode RAT distortion pedal
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5 of 5 Versatile Rat July 11, 2022
Reviewer: EGarcia from FL United States  
I've never ordered from guitar sanctuary before but I've heard the name. After reading a lot of good online reviews I decided to take a chance. Pedal was shipped extremely fast and got here in a couple days. Super happy with my ordering experience.

As far as the pedal if you're into Rats but want something more versatile this is great. Nine variations of the rat circuit. I've barely scratched the surface of what this can do but everything I've tried so far sounds great. Also works well with other pedals. I love running my OD808 in front of it. I play humbuckers and p90s and it sounds great through both of them into the clean channel of my Orange head. The pedal itself is also well made and does not feel cheap in any way. Recommended.

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