Marshall GV-2 Guv’nor Plus Overdrive/Distortion Review
- Amazon: Marshall GV-2 Guv’nor Plus
- Pros: It is fairly easy to set up and use.
- Cons: The two controls are stacked on one knob.
- Overall: You can achieve a unique crunchy Marshall sound at a fairly low price.
The reissued version of the original Guv’nor overdrive effects pedal, the Marshall GV-2 Guv’nor Plus, is a versatile distortion stompbox whose captivating design will immediately attract you. It’s hard to remain indifferent to the retro beauty of its shiny sturdy metal housing. There are golden control knobs for gain, deep, bass, mid, treble, and volume. It is very user-friendly and it requires no effort to press on/off switch. The Guv’nor Plus employs a passive bypass switching circuit. In the beginning I used a power supply but soon after switched to a battery. A long battery life is what makes the pedal highly reliable at concerts. It is powered by 9-volt battery or 9VDC power adapter. With the chassis hard as a rock, the pedal has a high level of stage survivability, which is another feature that adds to its reliability.
As a fan of a more alternative, warm sound, I was a bit dismayed when I first started using the Marshall GV-2 Guv’nor Plus. However, by increasing the volume of the pedal and reducing the gain and deep, one can achieve an awesome crunchy tone. The fans of a massive sound should adjust the Deep knob so that the pedal simulates the sound of hard rock/metal bands and provides the feeling as if you were directly plugged into the old JCM800. Furthermore, with simple adjustments, it is possible to gain slight bluesy overdrive as well as natural sounding bottom tone.
However, one might reproach the Marshall GV-2 Guv’nor Plus for the technical solution, the tone controls are stacked, the Bass and Deep are located on the single knob, as well as the Treble and Mid. It may happen that you accidently move the knob without realizing when trying to change something else – when you desire to turn the Bass up or down, you will most probably end up simultaneously moving Deep.
This is one of the most pleasant distortions I’ve ever played. It’s been on my pedalboard for years and I have no intention of changing it. The ideal boost is achieved if you add along Big Muff or another fuzz pedal. The Marshall GV-2 Guv’nor Plus is totally compatible with my Marshall amp, using both leaves me with the feeling that the two are fused together. The difference cannot be noticed, the pedal almost identically simulates the Marshall overdrive – as if it were a part of the amp. However, this pedal will add power and punch to any amp; one can experience its full potential when using it with an amp other than Marshall, the one with a cleaner sound, such as Peavey or Vox. In that case you can sense the real difference in sound and experiment with control knobs.
This is an awesome and reliable pedal, no matter what music you play, the tone you get will be outstanding and the range of sound goes from pure overdrive to dirty distortion.