Marshall The Guv'nor (1989)

A well-driven Marshall in a box.

The only issue with the Marshall Guv’nor MK1 is that it was only produced for four years. In the late ’80s, Marshall decided to recreate the legendary tone of the hard-rocking JCM800 as a pedal effect, and from 1988 till 1992 they did just that.

The Guv’nor MK1 is a lot of fun to play and definitely delivers that full power Marshall tone which made the JCM800 a staple of the ’80s rock and metal sound. There is a debate whether or not the Drive Master which came into production in the early ’90s is a direct replacement of the Guv’nor. We did not compare the circuits but the tones as this is what matters to us as players. Go ahead and add both to the player for a true AB comparison.

Marshall The Guv'nor (1989) technical specifications

Manufacturer Marshall
Made In UK
Year 1989
FX Overdrive
Additional FX Distortion
Type Pedal
Jacks mounted on Top
Bypass Buffered Bypass
Battery? Yes
Voltage 9
Polarity Center Negative
Circuit Analog
Tube equipped? No
Weight (in kg) 0.50
Width (in cm) 10.7
Height (in cm) 5
Depth (in cm) 12.4

Marshall The Guv'nor (1989) reviews & comparison videos

The Guv'nor (1989) reviews & comparison

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