GV-2 Guv'nor Plus review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 5
  • Overall Impression: 5
  • Reliability & Durability: 1
  • Ease of Use: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 4.5 Poor
  • Users' score: 8.4 (64 votes)
Marshall: GV-2 Guv'nor Plus

Price paid: € 50

Sound — 5
I'm using it with a Crate VTX212B at home. Although during gigging situations I typicaly would use Marshal JCM800's or Vox AC30s (whatever is available at the venue/my amp, basicly). It's not very noisy. I'm not overly impressed by the distortion on it's own, but colouring it with a small bit of amp distortion creates a nice fuzz. I can't get a very usable sound out of this pedal if I'm honest.

Overall Impression — 5
I play blues, rock, metal and punk. I've been playing 4 and a half years, though I'm better then most guitarists with twice my experience. I own a Strat, Melody Maker, Telecaster, and Les Paul. If it were stolen I'd laugh at the thief for robbing himself a mighty fine paperweight. The sound even when it worked wasn't impressive. I would recommend most guitarists to buy a BOSS DS-1, I've gigged with people who have owned those for years without a problem... And for the money they sound pretty decent. In conclusion AVOID THIS PEDAL.

Reliability & Durability — 1
It has a very rugged metal case, and metal nobs... My first impression was that this would last the test of time. And then it completely died on me (and yes, I switched batteries etc). So long story short, no, I would not depend on this without a backup.

Ease of Use — 7
It's a very easy pedal to use (though for a distorion pedal that's not really saying much surprising). What I will say is that I felt my one was a little bassy for my liking. That the eq made little difference... The middle and treble are effective, however the bass control made very little difference to the rather vanilla tone.

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    Sounds like nearly every review is coming from people playing through crap solid state amps. Through a tube amp it opens up great, I love it. 60 bucks - thats not a hefty investment, turns my single channel amp into a dual channel amp. Perfect for anything vintage, but I play a lot of alt-rock/post hardcore sounding stuff, and it works just fine for me that way. Don't buy Boss distortion pedals. They're mediocre at best - the Guvnor is more of an overdrive, and is a lot warmer sounding. It wont give you death metal, but hard rock is easily attainable.
    Sorry, Mr. Guvnor! Only 5 from 10 Points. It sounds good, better than the Jackhammer, but it sounded not so good as my Boss, T-Rex and Visual Sound Distortion Pedal.
    I think its great for rhythm rock. But for solo, has a thin sound. The treble sounds too much like a "zzzzz".Does anyone to make it better?