Hot Rod

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£279.17 ex VAT

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Hot-rodded Amp Overdrive!


The RevivalDRIVE Compact uses the same ground-breaking Analogue Amp Recreation circuitry found in the “big box” RevivalDRIVE, condensed into a smaller, more intuitive, pedalboard-friendly package. A streamlined set of controls make it easy to dial in a variety of stunningly realistic vintage valve amp tones, while the powerful Post-Drive EQ lets you adjust your overdrive tone to suit your preferred amp and settings, not the other way around.


  • Complete “hot-rodded” valve amp-style signal path with dedicated class-A preamp, long-tailed pair phase inverter, and push-pull output stage
  • Variable negative feedback to fine-tune breakup characteristics or boost presence
  • Reactive design simulates interaction between amp and speaker for realistic feel and authentic sound
  • Accurately recreates power supply sag for subtle, natural compression
  • Full control of tone, dynamic response and distortion characteristics
  • Interactive Blend control backs off the gain as you add dry signal, for the most natural sound
  • Tour-grade, all-metal construction
  • Powerful tone-shaping Post-Drive EQ
  • High-impedance buffered bypass with silent switching
  • Designed and assembled by hand in England
  • Designed and built in England



When the legendary amp techs of the ‘70s and ‘80s went in search of new, aggressive, sustaining Rock guitar tones, they took tried-and-tested amps and explored the limits of what they could do. That’s exactly what we have done with the RD Compact Hot Rod – taken our already popular RevivalDRIVE Compact pedal and pushed it to the extreme.

Built on that pedal’s authentic, amp-like overdrive, the RD Compact Hot Rod increases the gain for huge overdrive and saturation. The voicing has also been tweaked for a more cutting, in-your-face character, while the power supply sag has been reduced to make percussive riffs hit even harder. Make no mistake, this pedal is not a one-trick, Hard Rock machine. Its valve-amp style circuit can still clean right up, just like the real thing.

Just like all the pedals in the RevivalDRIVE range, the RD Compact Hot Rod is all about real amp overdrive. By replicating every stage of a valve amp’s signal path using all-analogue components, with specially designed transistor-based circuitry in place of valves, the RD Compact Hot Rod delivers stunningly realistic tone, feel and dynamic response, ranging from clean to fully cranked. Control preamp voicing, break-up characteristics and low-frequency distortion – all the key components that shape a great amp tone.

The built-in Post-Drive EQ means you don’t have to compromise your favourite amp settings to get the perfect drive sound from the RD Compact Hot Rod. This proprietary filter lets you tailor the output of the pedal to work with just about any amp, as well as flat-response power amps, cabinet simulators and recording interfaces.

Housed in a hand polished, brushed stainless steel enclosure and furnished with aluminium controls, Neutrik® jack sockets and heavy-duty footswitch, the RD Compact Hot Rod is at equally home on the road and in the studio.






620 g (1.37 lb)


143 x 66 x 65 mm (5.62 x 2.6 x 2.56 in.)

L x W x H - Includes knobs and switches


Input Impedance

1 MΩ

Output Impedance

1 kΩ

Current Draw

100 mA


Power Supply

9V DC 2.1 mm centre-negative

Please note: the RD Compact Hot Rod is powered by a mains adaptor only (not included). We’ve dispensed with the usual 9V battery option, both to save space and to allow us to adopt a high-current approach, yielding lower noise levels and superior tone.

Origin Effects pedals are designed to deliver impeccable performance using a range of power supplies. We recommend you only use a regulated power supply specifically designed for guitar pedal applications as power supplies which do not have sufficient internal filtering can result in unwanted noise.

We recommend the following power supplies for use with our pedals:

  • Voodoo Labs Pedal Power series
  • Cioks supplies
  • Truetone 1 Spot Pro series
  • Strymon Zuma

This product should only be operated at 9V. The design employs a voltage doubling circuit to achieve higher internal voltages for improved sonic performance.