The R*t Pack !
When I was 16 years old I wanted to sound like Neil Young in Crazy Horse, but it just wasn't gonna happen with the clean amp I had. I would turn it up and it sounded like a transistor radio not a overdriven beast that I craved.
In Guitar Player Magazine they had an article on how to build your own Distortion Pedal, so I went to Radio Shack bought parts and had at it. After a week, I had nothing going on and I brought it to school to show a science teacher who knew less than me. A guy in the lunch room, who later went on to be one of the greatest guitar players in the world, looked at it on the lunch room table and shuck his head in disgust - "Just Go Buy One". What? They make these things ? I was in shock, as he walked away it hit me it was my birthday next week and I will asked Grandma for money for a D Box !!! She gave me $20 and off I went on my bike to Sam Ash in Hempstead, NY and told the guy after 20 mins of walking around too introverted to mumble anything of what I wanted. He said "Oh kid you want a R*t" - Ok how much is it, $14.95, cable $3, your out the door for 20 bucks (remember this is a long time ago). DONE !!!
I got on my bike driving faster than sound, got home, ran to the attic, plugged it in --- ANDDDDDDDD. This R*t Big Box pedal made a sound that I can still feel in my bones, now I wasn't very good but the feeling of that first distorted sound in my hands was like a TOP 5 moment in my life. It was just incredible, I was in Crazy Horse, I sounded like Neil Young. I went and ate dinner, came upstairs and stayed in the attic playing till my mother pounded on the door to go to bed.
This is my tribute to the R*t Big Box classic pedal Grandma paid for it and it started this whole journey!
The original was made in 1979, the first 100 where hand painted, I actually worked in a studio in the late 90s that had not one but two of them. A world guitar collectors owned the studio, and he had these incredible R*t handpainted big boxs.
I even put the Tone knob not Filter - TONE like the early one's is wired backwards. Odd yes, but it is my homage to history like the original. You will see a diode toggle, that I names the presets FRANK - DINO - SAMMY. Frank is LED diodes that was used in the Turbo version of the R*t that appeared in the late 80s, more aggressive and with some more grit and bite. The Dino is germanium diodes which I must say no R*t ever had but they should have, OMG SWEET !! Really musical and harmonic just a pleasure to play. The Sammy is silicon diodes which is what the original had, and the rest of the components are set JUST LIKE A EARLY BIG BOX !!!
I still have my original - ABed them for 3 hours - EXACT ! There are a few MODERN upgrades, Tru-Bypass, and it also has a Gain mod so when you turn the gain all the way down the pedal does not turn off like the old one's.
I love this pedal, it is aggressive, it is 70s hard rock and balls out rock n roll. You can get it built in a host of colors, and even hit the option for the LM308 Op-Amp like the original for a few bucks. They are no longer made and are not cheap IF REAL! I actually love the stock op-amp it is cleaner than the 308 but some people swear it sounds better.
Order NOW....I will pridefully build you on !
ReviewsFrederic PerreaultMan, simply the best R*t around! All the expected tone in a super rugged vintage-style casing and, a bonus three-way switch, offering new sounds! A million thanks to Tru-Fi Pedals for this masterpiece!Calvin
Tru-fi Rat Pack pedalWanted to thank you for this work of art Tru-fi Rat Pack pedal, it’s simply amazing. I feel like Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” who desired his beloved Red Ryder air rifle of his dreams and finally gets it on Christmas Day. I have had a ton of pedals but only a rare few have given me instant satisfaction on plug-in like your pedal. It begs you to play and that’s what it’s all about. The word of the day for me after receiving your pedal is Perfection. Hope others can experience your pedals, mine is amazing.Ken Michaels
TRU103 Rat Pack PedalThis is by far the best pedal I’ve ever purchased. I have 5 others and am using this one pretty much exclusively now.Charles
My new favorite pedal!!!!I have never been a big fan of R@t style pedals until the Tru-fi R@t Pack! This has become my favorite pedal!!!!Brad
Great RatExcellent Rat pedal. All three modes sound great, making it quite versatile, and the silicon mode, in particular, nails that old school Rat sound._fuzz_face_with_fingers_
Rock! Rock!No squeaking, hissing, and chattering here! This brings the grind, snarl, and smash! You aren't gonna get any closer to the original._fuzz_face_with_fingers_
Rock! Rock!No squeaking, hissing, and chattering here! This brings the grind, snarl, and smash! You aren't gonna get any closer to the original.
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