1981 Inventions debuts eagerly awaited second pedal, the LVL – but the first batch is already gone

1981 Inventions LVL pedal
(Image credit: 1981 Inventions)

Matt Hoopes, best known as the lead guitarist in the band Relient K, has announced the second pedal from his sought-after 1981 Inventions brand is an overdrive unit, dubbed the LVL.

The box has been described by Hoopes as a “non-transparent” overdrive pedal, which is designed to emphasize natural harmonics and dynamic range, with a light-clipping circuit and an op-amp boost. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.