The Guv'nor

gregb

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Finally pulled the trigger on an old Marshall Guv'nor, made in England. Sounds incredible! Can I get an "amen"?
 

scott1568

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Congrats

I'm really thinking of building one.

Can it do Plexi style gain and / or low gain OK? Or is it all JCM800 type sound?

Decent touch sensitivity? I ask because I love my Bluesbreaker clone as well.

It's hard to tell going by Youtube demos.

thanks in advance.
 

slopeshoulder

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I played one many many years ago in a store for 5 minutes, expecting junk. I never forgot how good it sounded. Congrats.
 

blackba

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I wish I still had my Guv'nor. Cool pedal. I had a drivemaster too and liked the Guv'nor better.
 

Paul Conway

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Got mine (my first pedal!) when they first came out. In Britain, it was an affordable alternative to Tubescreamers and the like. I like it best on low-gain/high level....and the effect loop is handy...
 

gregb

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Congrats

I'm really thinking of building one.

Can it do Plexi style gain and / or low gain OK? Or is it all JCM800 type sound?

Decent touch sensitivity? I ask because I love my Bluesbreaker clone as well.

It's hard to tell going by Youtube demos.

thanks in advance.
Scott, the best way I can describe mine is a mix between John Sykes (Thin Lizzy) and Angus Young (ACDC). It doesn't sound or feel anything like the original Bluesbreaker, which is fortunate because I use one of those as well.
 

ZebadeeRust

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Has anyone AB'd the original with the GV-2?
Yep, I've had mine since 1989 and it's still going strong and still on my pedal board.

I had the opportunity to try it up against a GV-2 for a week or so. IMO the GV-2 was horrible compared to the original. It sounded harsh, scratchy and fizzy, like a very poor facsimilie of the original. Even though the GV-2 had 4 eq knobs compared to the original's 3, I couldn't get it to sound anywhere near as good.

The effects loop on the original is a very useful feature in certain circumstances. It's brilliant with a non switching 2 channel amp e.g. Twin Reverb. You can plug the pedal's normal output into the reverb/trem channel and the loop output into the "normal" channel of the amp and you end up with a channel switch + overdrive with one stomp. very useful.
 




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