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Boutique Guv'nor clones?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by andrew, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. andrew

    andrew Supporting Member

    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
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    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Regenerate Guitar Works
    Is there anyone making clones of the o.g. Marshall Guv'nor pedal?
    I'd love to have one with a blend on it.
     
  2. Jc575

    Jc575

    Feb 18, 2002
    Whitestone, NY
    General Guitar Gadgets has one (the MGV). It's a great sounding pedal, but unfortunately no blend. I actually have one for sale on the evil bay now.
    [​IMG]
     
  3. N.F.A.

    N.F.A. Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    Jerms made me one years ago, when I still played guitar. It was spot on. Jerms is Jim Roth the guitarist for Built to Spill. Not sure if he has a website. I met him on the DAM pedal list when I used to hang out there.
     
  4. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
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    John K Custom Basses
    I built one with a clean blend in it. the thing is, you have to have the clean blend circuit able to flip the phase since guv'nors reverse the phase of the original signal. I also slightly modded the tone stack and coupling caps for use with a bass (i.e. for no low end loss).

    here's a pic of the one that I built:

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  5. XXL

    XXL Everything All The Time Supporting Member

    Jun 14, 2007
    Riverside, CA.
    ^ ^ ^
    Oo Fancy, any clips?
     
  6. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Disclosures:
    John K Custom Basses
    i'll make a clip of it tomorrow. I think it's a pretty darn good od/distortion pedal for bass now.
     
  7. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Very cool looking pedal. Good Job
     
  8. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest

    That's beautiful are you selling those?
     
  9. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Disclosures:
    John K Custom Basses
    thanks. not really. I generally make pedals for myself, but I have made a few for others by request.
    here's a pic of most of the ones I've made lately (most of them modded for bass use) :

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  10. knumbskull

    knumbskull

    Jul 28, 2007
    UK
  11. fasto

    fasto

    Mar 4, 2007
    Amsterdam, NL
    good job ... as always!

    which schematic did you use? also interested in building a clone ... 2nd hand prices for the original pedal are very high.
     
  12. JonnyAngle

    JonnyAngle Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    Maple Grove, MN
    The chancellor is another diy avenue
     
  13. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
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    John K Custom Basses
  14. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Disclosures:
    John K Custom Basses
    here's a quick clip of my guvnor recorded with a zoom H4n playing a '62 RI p bass w/rounds thru my SVT7 pro/2x15 eminence 3015's. the very first part is bypassed, then it's clicked in clean. then I raise the gain in various increments without the clean blend. About mid way, I added the clean blend and messed around with the eq.

     
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  15. Jim C

    Jim C

    Nov 29, 2008
    I don't particularly like bass distortion but I could think of a used for something this versatile.
    Any suggestion on something store bought that sounds like John's modded Guvner?
     
  16. andrew

    andrew Supporting Member

    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
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    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Regenerate Guitar Works
    Your Guv'nor is the pedal that inspired this thread John, because it seems really cool and ideal for my needs but I also knew you wouldn't want to sell it. So I figured I'd see if anyone else has made something similar for sale.

    I have an original Guv'nor and it has a mids voice I havn't heard in another distortion pedal. I use it as a mildly set dirt/always on pedal for one particular band. It adds a ton of mean growl to my tone.
     
  17. Cody_Gibs1

    Cody_Gibs1

    Mar 15, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    Other than the annoyingness of the stacked knobs on the Marshall GV-2, I dig the GV-2 for a Tim Commerford(RATM) sort of vibe.
     
  18. Meddle

    Meddle

    Jul 27, 2009
    Scotland

    Hello John. Do you remember off hand which caps needed swapping? I quite like the look of GGG's kit (as well as their Brassmaster clone).
     
  19. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
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    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    That pedal sounds amazing.
     
  20. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Disclosures:
    John K Custom Basses
    it's been a while since I built it so I really don't remember. i'd have to look inside and compare what I ended up using against the schematic. in my builds, i always socket the input and output coupling caps, the tone stack caps, the IC an/or transistors and the clipping diodes so i can easily tune the pedal after it's built.
     



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