GV-2 Guv'nor Plus review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (64 votes)
Marshall: GV-2 Guv'nor Plus

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 10
I have a Fender Stratocaster with a Seymour Duncan Humbucker installed in the bridge position along with a Fender Stage 160 amp. There isn't any feedback that I get from this pedal. The distortion is nice and strong and can easily be used for every playing style.

Overall Impression — 10
If this pedal were lost or stolen I'd need to buy a new one, I absolutly love this pedal and couldn't last long without it. I have a Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal as well as a Boss Metal Zone but this is defintely my favorite distortion pedal out of all of them and I can get the exact sound I was looking for. I play mainly punk rock and post hardcore music and the pedal works great for both. Overall it's a well built pedal and suits almost every genre and playing style.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This pedal is what some would call a tank. It is extremely durable and strong. I don't feel the need to have a backup during gigs it's that reliable. I think you could probably set this out in the street and let cars Drive over it without it breaking. If a warranty or some sort of damage replacement offer is given to you like it was me, don't bother since you won't be needing it.

Ease of Use — 9
This pedal is very use to use straight out of the box. It also helps that there are 4 shown settings in the manual so there is less time fiddling with it right away even though I suggest going back later and finding the perfect tone. Actually it has quite an informative manual that I think you should read.

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    I paid 20 quid for mine. Haha. Birlliant pedal, best in my oppinion for really good british rock distortion.
    i got it second hand. 20 quid was knocked off for one of the control knobs being missing. But marshall sent me a new one when i emailed them.
    Seems as though this pedal is a cheaper alternative way of the tubescreamer; i would really love to give this thing a whirl.
    ive had mine for about half a year unfortunatly i dropped it on its arse and snapped the volume nob off but it snapped off at 10 so that was lucky. i use this every time i play (i choose it over my other four pedals) lush vintage sound when gain at bout 4 and it sreds with gain at 10, medium 1 and trebble at 10 all round nice pedal!!
    Man, buy the Guv! I own it, and it rules! I play it through a Fender Blues Jr. amp and a Les Paul, makes it sound a lot like a JCM900 boosted with a Tubescreamer. Better gain than the Ds 2.