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Based out of Nashville, 1981 Inventions started out as owner Matt Hoopes’ endeavor to modify the circuit of the popular RAT pedal. What came as a result of Hoopes’ labor, though, is much more than simply a clone or emulation. The 1981 DRV, the flagship pedal option from the brand, has become impressively popular and scratches an itch that neither overdrive or distortion can normally reach. With simple 3 knob control, your tonal range stays incredibly wide, based on how you use the DRV (drive), CUT (high cut), and VOL (overall volume) settings. Imparting a warm and punchy sound, players can reach for low gain, vintage vibe or push knobs wide open for a heavier, thicker sound. Often selling out within a day, it’s clear that 1981 blazed its own sonic territory.

A result of years of prototyping in collaboration with Jon Ashley (at Bondi Effects), the 1981 pedal delivers clarity and richness across its spectrum of sounds. Designed with simplicity in mind, the company is insistent on its approach to straightforward, 3 knob tweaking. Aside from DRI's brilliant sound, it’s clear that 1981 Inventions got plenty of other things right along the way. Each pedal is hand wired and built in the USA, choosing top notch components without hindrance of budget in mind. Routinely offered in limited batches of unique color palettes, the DRV pedals come out in waves that are still personally hand numbered and tested by Hoopes himself.

By selecting choice components and venturing to spawn a new, exclusive sound, 1981 Inventions offers an incredibly enticing tool in its DRV pedal, the sole offering of the brand. Those looking to blur the line between drives, distortions, and boosts will find 1981’s design to be a fantastic tool, fitting right into existing pedal boards. Whether classic style drive is what you’re after, or a nuanced colored boost is what you had in mind, the 1981 DRV nails a broad spectrum of tones with ease and style. So don’t wait! Order your 19981 Inventions gear here or browse our full selection of branded gear to find the perfect products for your studio.

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