Origin Effects RD Compact Hot Rod review

The RevivalDRIVE Compact with extra heat for that modded amp sound

Origin Effects RD Compact Hot Rod
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

The existing RevivalDRIVEs are great pedals, but if you yearn for something a little hotter, this one pushes classic amp sound that extra mile.


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    Compact size.

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    User interface.

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    Authentic hot-rodded valve amp sound.

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    Post-Drive EQ options.

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    Blend knob.


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    Nothing of note.

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Anyone who liked the idea of Origin’s original larger-format RevivalDRIVE pedals but not the price, or just wanted a simpler and smaller version more suited to pedalboard use, was well served by the RevivalDRIVE Compact

Its reduced, easily navigated set of controls kept the core sound, while losing some of the more nuanced parameter adjustments. Now the family line has been expanded with the RD Compact Hot Rod, which is basically the RevivalDRIVE Compact’s evil twin… 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.