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Marshall GV-2 Guv'nor Plus Effects Pedal

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Like adding another Marshall amp to your rig. The GV-2 Guv'nor delivers stacks of gain, loads of level, and plenty of power and tone. Also: gain, bass, mid, treble, deep, and volume controls; passive ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Like adding another Marshall amp to your rig. The GV-2 Guv'nor delivers stacks of gain, loads of level, and plenty of power and tone. Also: gain, bass, mid, treble, deep, and volume controls; passive bypass; metal casing.

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(22 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


Why have I been playing without this?

By Hater

from Orange County, CA

You have to try this pedal out!! It gives you such a rich sounding distortion that other pedals cannot come close to. It definitely gives you that vintage Marshall tube amp sound which is great but it also gives you great range. From one end of the spectrum to the next it never compromises the sound of your playing either, every chord rings true. I can only describe the sound it puts out as creamy distortion. If you play metal this may not be for you, but if you like a classic rock sounding distortion go into your nearest Guitar Center and pick this up!!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Fat and awesome!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This thing wails! I'm running it through a 100 watt Musicman using an HH strat and it frankly sounds amazing. Easily the best sound I've gotten out of this amp, it's as if the guv'nor was made for it. Crank the bass, crank the treble, turn down the mid, and bliss out...

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Marshall Guv'nor II

By Boogie69

from Atlanta,GA

This pedal is an accurate representation of a marshall amp at all different levels. Whether you want an over the top over drive, or just a slight overdriven marshall. If your looking to get a killer marshall tone but dont have the money for it, this might be a great alternative. Even better yet combine this with your marshall to get a really killer tone.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Really good distortion...

By Darwinist from Kansas

from Wichita, KS

This pedal provides some really rich distortion. With a little bit of reverb it can make any humbucker scream. There is alot of attack, but it doesn't sound thin, percussive tone without losing the meat of the tone. It also works well with my wahs (Dunlop Hendrix and Dunlop Dime) which is sometimes a difficult thing to balance. Really awesome piece and very well built. The "doubling" of knobs can be a little tricky to figure out and remember at first but you can catch on real quick. Really good for rock and hard blues style lead tones while keeping a good rhythm sound as well.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


An Important Rock and Blues Pedal

By brlrs

from Kent, OH

Marshall really has come up with a "tone beast" in the GV-2. The Guv'Nor can turn a basic clean channel on my Marshall into a wall of Marshall stacks. I have never before heard such an accurate model of a Marshall tube amp in such a small box.The "deep" adjustment is a great feature that adds a powerful bass boost, which helps give single coil pickups a nice and throaty bottom end, reminicent of Ritchie Blackmoore's signature tone. I have worked with my GV-2 and a Stratocaster to produce a tone that is dead on accurate to Billy Gibbon's rig on the track "Cheap Sunglasses." I am thouroughly impressed with the Guv'Nor and it is a great looking, great playing pedal with an even greater(i.e. smaller) price tag. Buy it and dont be affraid to experiment with it.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


The Guv'nor

By BigT

from San Clemente, CA

I play a Fender Blues Deluxe with a BC Rich Bich and use the Guv'nor to get that Marshall crunch sound. The other guitarist in my band has a TSL 602 and my amp with the Guv'nor comes pretty close to matching the TSL's sound. I've had this pedal for about 6 months and couldn't be happier. I recommend using it with a clean tube amp to get the best sound out of it (haven't tried it with my SS amp yet). I play old school punk and metal such as Prist, Maiden, Sabbath, Bad Religion, Pennywise and it's just perfect. It's not over the top high gain, but it definitely has more than enough to satisfy old school metal heads like me with no probelm.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


close, but no cigar

By PRSlover2112

from minnetonka MN

while im a huge fan of marshall amps and distortion, and i really do like this pedal, it doesnt completely do it for me. i can really hear that its going for a tube distortion tone that marshall is famous for but it doesnt sound very natural. i would recommend it if you dont wanna spend a whole lot, but if you want to get a real tube tone then you should probably get something else

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great distortion pedal.

By Ed

from Cincinnati, OH

The Marshall Guv'nor Plus rocks. It is very sturdy and encased in metal. It has gain, bass, deep, treble, mid, and volume controls. It even sounds great on my little Marshall MG30DFX. I have used it with various Gibson guitars and a ESP KH-202. Marshall is a very reliable brand.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


The Guv

By Little Jimmy

from TN

This is amazing. I love Marshall. The Greatest distortion with a mix of overdrive. Use it with Les Paul Standard mainly. Love it. Thank goodness for this.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Best Pedal I Ever Bought

By LP Lover

from South Texas

This is absolutely the best pedal I ever bought. I don't care what the tube freaks say, we can't really tell the difference anyway...yes, I'm a tube freak also. This pedal has it's own EQ for bass, treble, and mids. It has a level control to add just the right amount of volume you need for added emphasis and that gain control...holy cow, couple this with a pair of DiMarzios and R&R heaven. And just like their cousins, it's built like a tank. You don't need to worry about crushing the sides...not gonna happen. I now see why people have loved Marshall for all these years. Just a side note for the tube nuts...I use Carvin amps. I have both tube AND solid state. It amazes me that every time I use the solid state with the Guv'nor everyone wants to know if it's tubed. And BTW, it's always a great amp until they look at the back. Guv'nor rocks dudes!!!


GV2 Plus

By Buck'o

from Central California

I just got it today. I spent a couple of hours using it with my Fender American Deluxe Tele and my Musicman 210/65 tube amp. I played it with the amp clean. I played it with reverb, WOW! I played it with the S-1 switch on on the American Deluxe Tele, WOW! Again! It's an amazing little box. It's sturdy, it's clean, it's dirty and everything in between. It's everything you would want in a distortion pedal from country rock to heavy metal! The price was right to! I don't have anything bad to say about it. Don't be afraid to buy it! You'll like it!


One for the MG Series owners.

By Yuki Hyo

from Tokyo, Japan.

If you are the owner of a little MG15 style Marshall, and you're not happy with the "Overdrive" (make that DISTORTION) that you're currently getting, then this is the pedal for you. I use it with an MG15DFX, and it gives a real tone substitute for the second-rate overdriven channel that spoils an otherwise great value for money amp. I also use it on an AVT20X with great results, but this amp's own overdrive channel can pretty much match it in most situations. It is built like a tank as others have said, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to any prospective buyer.


A Classic

By Glenn Cook

from Idyllwild,CA

This was my first distortion pedal, and I simply got it because my guitar teacher used an older version of it. I have not been dissapointed with it though, it's absolutely great for classic rock, and it's good at everything else as long as extreme amounts of gain are not required. I play a lot of heavier stuff now so I don't use it much anymore, however occasionally I do get an urge to play some beatles or stones stuff, which is what I'm trained in. I also use it for indy stuff from time to time, and I also use it on top of my other pedals to get a really extreme tone. And when I'm not using it my band's bassist is, believe me this thing handles punk rock bass amazingly. It also sounds really good with an old piece of junk amp I got for free from my friend that I slashed the speakers on (I don't reccomend this it will ruin your amp for anything except that one tone). My one complaint is that it sucks batteries like we suck oxygen, however this is easily fixed via a power supply.


Marshall Stack in a Box

By PRSmanic

from Chicopee

I own a Marshall JCM900 SL-X Model 2100.Over all a great amp.But with a Marshall you get a better tone with a stomp box for distortion or overdrive.But I do like the sound of a straight Marshall.So I bought this pedal.And sure enough all the things that bugged me with the amp's overdrive where solved just by using this bad boy.I play a Paul Reed Smith 513 Rosewood through this rig.And I love the difference this pedal makes with my tone.Buy it.You will be a convert to Marshall pedals.I also own the Marshall RG-1 Regeneration.Also a very good pedal.Wishing you the best w/your art.

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