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Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE

Billed as an overdrive, the RevivalDRIVE is more like “several amps in a 6" x 5" x 2" enclosure.” Equally adept at bone-crunch distortion, sweet overdrive, and subtle warmth, RevivalDRIVE replicates amp circuitry in miniature, with transistors standing in for tubes. Boasting phenomenal build quality and realistic amp response, it provides a vast array of vintage tones when played through an amp or recorded direct with downstream effects.

$649 street
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