Hey, friends. I am opening up orders on the second official batch of my DRV distortion pedal. I am so excited to bring you DRV No2, which will be the same as the first run sonically and structurally. It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but it is a soft, slightly reflective, flat chrome color. I really love how unique this enclosure looks and feels and I hope that you do, too. I feel that it was closer to my initial inspiration - the DeLorean (also released in 1981). This type of powder coat is unique in that it is flat and does not have a top clear coat. This means that each pedal will wear uniquely, like a nice pair of jeans or a vintage pedal maybe? My goal in this project is to capture the feel and essence of a vintage pedal—that extra something special—and I feel that the DRV captures the vibe of a vintage pedal in its specificity alone. This is a unique sounding pedal.
I will be building these pedals by hand along with trusted and skilled friends.
All pedals will come with an updated black canvas bag made by my friends at Cully Craft / Benson Amps. I decided to go with the same style as the first limited bag option for this run, adding a branded 1981 Inventions tag.
Runs on 9v standard (boss style) power. Battery clip or power supply is not included. An isolated power supply is recommended.
A uniquely designed steel enclosure made with quality components throughout. My goal was to spare no expense. I realize that sometimes in the world of guitar gear, there isn’t always one answer in choosing the best components and designs, so I just picked my favorites. This includes Switchcraft 11 open frame jacks, and a super quiet soft touch switching system via an internal relay.
The DRV is a distortion pedal, based on another pedal with a whiteface graphic. I have been working on this project for the better part of three years, as a collaboration and with engineering by Jon Ashley of Bondi Effects. I feel that the pedal is unique in design and sonically unlike anything I have ever heard, especially in the lower gain and boost settings. There is a subtlety that feels more like a vintage pedal than a modification of a classic. There are two circuits present in the pedal, one distortion and one preamp boost, running at 18v via an internal voltage regulator. I made this pedal with the idea to create a distinction for my own sound, and what I found is that it is an extremely useful tool for capturing a lot of different types of sounds. I am most proud of the lower gain side, as I feel it is the most unique section of the pedal, but I must also include that the gain section is extremely sweet sounding throughout, especially for heavy and complex chords. There is a midrange punch that I love and a warmth and thickness that reminds me a bit of a ribbon mic. When the development of this pedal turned into something new and unique, it became the catalyst to starting 1981 Inventions, so I decided to make this the first official release.