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Boutique Guv'nor clones?

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

  1. andrew

    andrew Supporting Member

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    Is there anyone making clones of the o.g. Marshall Guv'nor pedal?
    I'd love to have one with a blend on it.
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    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.
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  3. N.F.A.

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    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

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    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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    ^ ^ ^
    Oo Fancy, any clips?
  6. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    i'll make a clip of it tomorrow. I think it's a pretty darn good od/distortion pedal for bass now.
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    Very cool looking pedal. Good Job
  8. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

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

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    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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    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.
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    The chancellor is another diy avenue
  13. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    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

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    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

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    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.
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    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.
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    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).
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    That pedal sounds amazing.
  20. johnk_10

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    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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