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1981 Inventions DRV Overdrive Pedal in Greyscale

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Cian Hodge

Authentic, classy vaporwave style. Dirty drive-meets-distortion. The renowned 1981 Inventions DRV packs a whole lot of boutique quality into this simple stompbox format.

The DRV is the result of a fruitful collaboration between 1981 Inventions main founder Matthew Hoopes and Bondi Effects engineer Jon Ashley. Between them. they've created a truly unique sounding drive capable of an incredible sound palette, from low-through-high gain settings controllable across just three dials.

No expense has been spared in production. The DRV consists of the very best hand-wired circuitry and Matt’s favourite components. That includes Switchcraft 11 open frame jacks and an extraordinarily quiet soft switching system. The results speak for themselves in both tone and seamless use.


Musically rich with a warm low-end, punchy midrange and expressive highs, the DRV is an extremely flexible drive in various scenarios. The drive, cut and volume controls work wonders across two circuits; the first a finely tuned distortion and the second a preamp boost running at 18v for loads of headroom.

Whether you’re looking for the little bit of X Factor in your gain layering or using the distortion as the driving force behind your meticulous tone, the DRV works beautifully as a boutique, high-class option.


  • Handwired low/mid gain overdrive pedal, made in the USA
  • Controls: DRV, VOL and CUT knobs, on/off footswitch
  • Power indicator LED
  • DIMENSIONS 86 x 107.5 x 46 mm
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Next Delivery Due: Friday, 9 October 2020  

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