1981 Inventions DRV No. 3 Odd Stuff


Preamp/distortion based on the legendary RAT whiteface distortion.

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SKU: 404999

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A highly nuanced preamp/distortion pedal designed in collaboration with Jon Ashley of Bondi Effects. Through four years of abandoned prototypes and circuit tweaking, I think that we have emerged with something really special here. I wanted the DRV to be an extension of myself and what I personally needed from a distortion pedal. It is vintage minded in sound and concept. I find that there is a wide variety of sounds that can be found from tweaking three highly interactive knobs, which is how I like to tweak when I am finding a sound.

Clear and harmonic-rich warmth with guitar specific midrange, which brings a lot of clarity to almost any instrument. I think I’m most proud of the lower gain sections of the pedal, where preamp meets distortion. The DRV has a unique dynamic range and sensitivity, where instead of going clean to slightly overdriven, it goes from clean to slightly distorted. I also love the thick and yet clear fuzz sounds that you’ll find in the high gain settings.

Built and wired in the USA. Vintage style through-hole components on the PCB. The DRV features off-board jacks and power enclosed in a uniquely subtle folded steel box. Each unit thus far is personally tested and hand numbered.


Highlights Based on the vintage Whiteface RAT
Co-lab with Jon Ashley of Bondi Effects
Vintage style through-hole components on PCB
Soft-touch switching
Made in USA
Bypass True bypass
Power consumption 9V DC center negative (power supply sold separately)
58 mA
Dimensions H: 5 cm (incl. knobs)
W: 9,3 cm
D: 11,1 cm
Weight 518 g.