Second Run DRV No2
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.
The first 150 orders will ship out by early August. The next shipment will be sent out in the following 6-8 weeks.
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.