The Guv’nor was the first pedal ever released by Marshall to emulate their amplifiers’ tone, beginning the era of the Amp in a box pedals we still seeing today.
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 its 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 and germanium diodes for more drastic results. – 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
For further analysis on this circuit take a look at this thread on Free Stomp Boxes Forum.