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JHS Pack Rat -the mystery revealed!!

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Vintage-TVintage-T Frets: 250
edited November 2021 in FX
So i popped into Guitar Guitar Camden today to test a couple of compressor pedals out.

 Needed some drive pedals i was familiar with too see if the compressor was doing the right things, one pedal i wanted to try was a rat style as I’m familiar with them.

lo and behold!!! Sitting on their shelf was a black JHS rat pedal akin to the bonsai or muffuletta, about ten modes including og, white face, brat, dirty rat, keeley mod, jhs mod and a few others.

i liked it, sounded ratty, but couldn’t justify the money on a rat when i have 2 already and am pretty happy with them.

 Started looking for it online and unless I’m looking in the wrong places, there’s absolutely no mention of them anywhere. I can’t remember what he’s called it, was black, had a pic of a rat on it. Just seems weird that shops in the uk would be already stocking a pedal without the usual fanfare on their channels or reviewers channels?


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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 19476
    edited October 2021
    Strange. They used to do a Rat called the All American distortion - I have a stewmac kit they did a collaboration run of, presumably to use up the last stock of circuit boards. I think they used to sell modded Proco Rats as well. 

    I’ve actually just ordered a Black Mass 1312 which is exactly what you describe - a rat circuit with umpteen clipping options. But that pedal has an upside down police car on it, not a rat. I have a hot pink one in the post :)

    Are you sure it was JHS?


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  • BintyTwanger77BintyTwanger77 Frets: 2047
    edited October 2021
    Vintage-T said:
    So i popped into Guitar Guitar Camden today to test a couple of compressor pedals out.

     Needed some drive pedals i was familiar with too see if the compressor was doing the right things, one pedal i wanted to try was a rat style as I’m familiar with them.

    lo and behold!!! Sitting on their shelf was a black JHS rat pedal akin to the bonsai or muffuletta, about ten modes including og, white face, brat, dirty rat, keeley mod, jhs mod and a few others.

    i liked it, sounded ratty, but couldn’t justify the money on a rat when i have 2 already and am pretty happy with them.

     Started looking for it online and unless I’m looking in the wrong places, there’s absolutely no mention of them anywhere. I can’t remember what he’s called it, was black, had a pic of a rat on it. Just seems weird that shops in the uk would be already stocking a pedal without the usual fanfare on their channels or reviewers channels?


    If I didn’t have a Warthog and Rat 2 already, this would be very much on my ratty radar. Going to have to do a trawl for this one.

    EDIT: I have found the square root of f***-all online about this either. 
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  • Vintage-TVintage-T Frets: 250
    It was defo a jhs, exactly the same design as the bonsai just black with different graphics. 

    No idea how it’s in a shop and not a dickie bird online anywhere
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  • Musicman20Musicman20 Frets: 1503
    I wonder if the shop has released it early by accident 
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  • It seems odd, they have a fairly exhaustive list of their pedals on their site. Sounds like the looks of the JHS Muffelta crossed with Zander Circuitry Cranium features
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  • Vintage-TVintage-T Frets: 250
    Might have to go back and at least take a photo.
     They did say it’d only been received today.
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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 10684
    They have been teasing something about a new multi mode pedal but it hasn’t been released yet. I wonder if that has missed embargo, or some such? 
    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • Vintage-TVintage-T Frets: 250
    Should have bought it :)
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 19476
    Vintage-T said:
    Should have bought it :)
    You could be Instagram famous for 4 days!!  :D 


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  • Musicman20Musicman20 Frets: 1503
    Josh is a big fan of the Rat.... Wouldn't be surprised. 
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  • Vintage-TVintage-T Frets: 250
    edited October 2021
    It may have been called the Pack Rat, but maybe that’s just my addled brain. If i can mooch back up to Camden today I’ll take a puc
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  • english_bobenglish_bob Frets: 4081
    edited October 2021
    It seems odd, they have a fairly exhaustive list of their pedals on their site. 
    Josh fancies himself as a bit of a pedal historian too, so if he'd made this a while ago you'd expect it to be something he'd mention on his Youtube channel. 

    impmann said:
    They have been teasing something about a new multi mode pedal but it hasn’t been released yet. I wonder if that has missed embargo, or some such? 
    This sounds plausible.

    Vintage-T said:
    It may have been called the Pack Rat, but maybe that’s just my addled brain.
    They currently sell a modded RAT called a Pack Rat

    https://www.jhspedals.info/proco-rat-rat-pack

    Don't talk politics and don't throw stones. Your royal highnesses.

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  • RaymondLinRaymondLin Frets: 9012
    Vintage-T said:
    It may have been called the Pack Rat, but maybe that’s just my addled brain. If i can mooch back up to Camden today I’ll take a puc
    Buy it !  =)
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  • Vintage-TVintage-T Frets: 250
    No go, can’t get up to Camden again. I guess it’ll remain a mystery until it’s officially launched?
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  • SassafrasSassafras Frets: 26707
    Sure it wasn't one of those old JHS pedals (John Hornby Skewes)?
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  • RaymondLinRaymondLin Frets: 9012
    Vintage-T said:
    No go, can’t get up to Camden again. I guess it’ll remain a mystery until it’s officially launched?
    You can't give up your 15mins of fame?
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  • Vintage-TVintage-T Frets: 250
    edited October 2021
    Tempting… but i ain’t in this game for the adulation! ;)
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  • I'm in Camden guitar guitar part exing an amp.

    It is indeed called a Packrat. 

    Pics here. 

    http://imgur.com/gallery/H1IAe3c

    Looks like they've done a modded rat with the same name before. 

    https://www.jhspedals.info/proco-rat-rat-pack

    No mention of this one online.

    Question is.... Do I buy it? I have no need for a Rat pedal. 


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  • Dan_HalenDan_Halen Frets: 1387
    That looks cool as hell. Does it have a price on it?
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  • It's £220.

    I will not be buying it.... 

    They had no idea it was so 'exclusive'....


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