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  • Marshall Guv'nor

    Hi I was wondering if there is a way to tell whether one of these pedals was made in England besides the usual sticker that has the serial # and text. I was contacting a person selling one and he said he didn't know whether or not as the sticker on the pedal was unreadable, so I was wondering if there were other little spec that could let me know that its the england made one. All help is appreciated thanks. :thu:

  • #2
    There's an older version



    and a newer version



    The general consensus is that the older version (GV-1) is from England and doesn't suck. And the Newer version (GV-2) is not nearly as good and made in China.

    http://acapella.harmony-central.com/archive/index.php/t-2648062.html

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    • #3
      Thanks also but i thought that some of the older big box ones were made in korea as well, which is what I was wondering about

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      • #4
        Yeah, there were Guv'nors MIK. Frankly I think they sound better than the MIE ones, they're both well made as far as I remember and should both sound great. The Marshall pedals were really, really inspirational, employing some neat stuff for the first time in the given configurations. With that initial pedal lineup, Marshall improved the vocabulary of stomp boxes in general and a lot of very good pedals can trace some significant component arrangements to the roots of the Guv'nor, Bluesbreaker and Shredmaster.

        Does it matter especially whether it was made in England or Korea?
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        • #5
          I'm not sure i guess i just assumed the England ones were better, but if you dont think so then i guess they aren't

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          • #6
            I don't command the kind of authority to tell you which is better or worse, I'm just sharing my opinion that I find them to be at least equal, with the MIK possibly better. But you are definitely right that there were both Made in the UK and made in Korea versions of the original pedals.

            I don't know why they messed around with the Guv'nor Plus GV-2 - the addition of the "Deep" knob just muddies the low frequencies unless you dial it completely out, in my experience, and the whole package got a little weaker when they could have just reissued them as they were and had nice, reliably good sounding pedals. The new Bluesbreaker was pretty good, though. I think they've discontinued the whole line now, though, someone else might know more. I had a GV-2 for awhile and it was mildly disappointing. Worked okay as an overdrive but really didn't sound nearly as good as the old Guv'nors when the gain started going up.
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            • #7
              from here: http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2537254-How-to-tell-if-quot-The-Guv-nor-quot-is-made-in-UK-or-Korea&highlight=mik+guv%27nor

              I have one of each and I will compare them (outside of the obvious sticker difference). IIRC there is a difference with the screw for the battery compartment. The English one has a slotted screw, I think the Korean one has a Phillips. I'll check on the weekend.



              i could have sworn someone went on to make a thread comparing the two aswell.. i remember something about the english one being less bassy or something?.. :idk:
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              • #8
                Yeah, they wanted to create a modern Guv
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                • #9
                  With the Bluesbreaker, Drivemaster and Shredmaster the easy way to tell if it's the English or Korean one is the finish of the enclosures are glossy on the English and matte on the Korean. Not sure if it's the same for the Guv'nor though :]
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                  • #10
                    I've had both, the difference is barely perceptible IMO.
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                    • #11
                      Alright well thanks for all your opinions but from what it sounds like that it doesn't really matter, and I actually like more bass so maybe the korean one is better anyway. Thanks for the info and help and I'll see what I can find.

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                      • #12
                        Alright well thanks for all your opinions but from what it sounds like that it doesn't really matter, and I actually like more bass so maybe the korean one is better anyway. Thanks for the info and help and I'll see what I can find.


                        Just to clear it up, the problem one is the reissue - GV-2 Guv'nor Plus, the second picture Juri posted. You may like bass, but the way it changes the basic sound of the unit makes it a lot harder to use as a good distortion. The Guv'nor makes a nice OD, but losing the ability to have good distortion is a cryin' shame.

                        Any of them that are like the first picture Juri posted will sound more or less the same (or at least the differences are minor enough that even the choosy seem not to care all that much) and are awesome. Good luck and have fun.
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                        • #13
                          Just to clear it up, the problem one is the reissue - GV-2 Guv'nor Plus, the second picture Juri posted. You may like bass, but the way it changes the basic sound of the unit makes it a lot harder to use as a good distortion. The Guv'nor makes a nice OD, but losing the ability to have good distortion is a cryin' shame.

                          Any of them that are like the first picture Juri posted will sound more or less the same (or at least the differences are minor enough that even the choosy seem not to care all that much) and are awesome. Good luck and have fun.


                          Sorry I meant that I don't think it will matter between the original English or Korean made. I am for sure not going to get the GV-2 I am only looking for the big box one.

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                          • #14
                            The old guv'nors are teh shizzy; never knew thay had MIK ones...
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                            • #15
                              I had and original and wasn't impressed, I actually don't mind the GV-2+ because you can dial in some 4x12ish bottom end at low volumes.
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