The Marshall Gov‘nor ™ started the ‚amp in a box era when it was first released in 1988 and there are rumors that the guitar player who tested the prototype said „that pedal is just the guv’nor“ so that could explain the name.
1991 Guv‘nor was replaced by the Drivemaster that’s basically the same pedal.
1998 V2 in the shiny mirror-like enclosure was released and is out till today.
So what makes this pedal special? It was one of the first pedals to used LEDs in a hard-clipping configuration that leads to less compression and a higher threshold. Plus it has a 3 band EQ that helps with it overall more amp-like behavior. We added a clipping option via a toggle switch. For a more open sound with minor tonal changes, I suggest blue LEDs. For more drastic results germanium diodes. – but you not up to make this fuzz like, are you? If using any other diodes just put the anode in the square pad. You could also use an on/off/on toggle to lift the diodes for more volume and less drive and compression.
- Diode Switch