JHS has unveiled the PackRat, which cleverly incorporates the circuit paths from nine variants of the iconic ProCo RAT distortion pedal into a single stompbox.
The pedal builder has described the Packrat as “the ultimate tribute to the 40+ years of rodent evolution.” The PackRat contains nine different ‘modes’, each of which offers their take on a sought-after RAT tone.
The pedal’s nine mode options include…
- ‘The OG’ (based on the early V1/V2 production RATs, built 1979-83)
- The White Face V3 (which had a smaller enclosure, built 1984-86)
- The Turbo V6 (introduced in 1989, using LED clipping diodes)
- The Brat (Pro Co’s budget Guitar Center-exclusive build)
- Dirty Rat (released in 2004, the most saturated RAT build)
- LA (based on Ibanez’ “quirky” 1986 take on the RAT design, the L.A. Metal)
- Landgraff MO’D (channeling the boutique 1999-2000 builds of John Landgraff)
- Caroline (based on Caroline Guitar Company’s Wave Cannon circuit)
- JHS Mode (the JHS mod, as performed on “thousands of RAT pedals from 2008-2018”)
The PackRat achieves all this using JHS’s Multi-Mode tech (as used in its Muffuletta and Bonsai pedals), which digitally directs analog signal paths, in this case through a reported 261 components and 40 individual switches.
This allows the pedal to utilise a huge range of all-analog circuits, which JHS says “perfectly replicate” those of the rare RAT builds.
The PackRat has an MSRP of $249 and is available now. Head to JHS Pedals' official site (opens in new tab) for more information.