JHS Packrat Review: 40 Years In One Box

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“JHS Pedals” presented it’s new guitar pedal “Packrat”. Distinctive feature of this gear is nine modes, emulating the sound of 9 popular guitar pedals. The masterpiece of JHS Packrat is it’s unique sound. So when the guitarist selects one of the nine modes, he is playing entirely analog circuits that flawlessly reproduce that mode. And all these features go in a small box.

Speaking about boxing, JHS Packrat goes in black color, decorated with a rat with red eyes. On the front panel there is a metal switcher. It turns ON and OFF the pedal. To his right is located a red LED. There are 4 controllers in the upper part of the front panel. “Volume” controls the output volume. “Filter” controls  the overall brightness of the circuit. Some modes get brighter as you turn this clockwise and some are reversed, getting darker instead. Each mode reacts exactly as the original circuit does. “Distortion” controls the amount of gain/distortion within the circuit. Clockwise is more, counter-clockwise is less. “Mode” selector is the main controller and it selects between 9 different versions of classic and rare RATs. Just rotate it to the mode you want and the pedal transforms itself instantly.

JHS Packrat Review: 40 Years In One Box

Speaking about these 9 popular guitar pedals, which JHS Packrat simulates. First one is “The Og” which is a classic RAT tone from the 70’s. “White face” pedal was popular in the 80’s and the sound is much like “The OG” but with a different type of filter control. “Turbo” mode is better for overdrive tones. “Brat” mode is perfect for grunge music. “Dirty” mode gives the most saturation and waveform clipping. “LA” has a different and more rodent tone. “Landgraff Mo’D” and “Caroline Wave Cannon” simulate distortion sounds from 2000’s.  Finally “JHS Mode” is a classic modification from JHS with louder, “bigger” sound.

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