Our faithful re-creation of the late ’80s classic UK distortion that was originally manufactured for only four years but currently commands prices upwards of $600. Originally designed to replicate the smooth, rich character of a Marshall amplifier, these early version pedals were found to deliver a unique sound all their own that is still sought after by many.

“If you want to be able to dial in that special Marshall amp sound without actually purchasing a Marshall amp, check out The Guv’nor overdrive pedal. This pedal was created in the late 80s to replicate the drive tones of the Marshall Plexi and JCM800 amps. The Guv’nor allows you to control the gain, level, EQ, and sports a loop output for use of other pedals. Famed guitarist Gary Moore used this pedal on his album “Still Got the Blues,” speaking to the pedal’s ability to build up anything from bluesy tones to stand-out leading tones.”

NOTE:  To accommodate the smaller MXR-sized footprint we relocated the original pedal’s “Middle” tone control to an internal trim pot on the circuit itself.

Guv’nator features:

  • Exacting replication of the original 1988 version 1 UK distortion
  • Controls for Volume, Bass, Middle (internal trim), Treble and Gain
  •  Fully hand-wired analog circuitry – no circuit board!
  •  Compact MXR-sized enclosure
  •  True bypass 3PDT switching
  •  Bright indicator LED
  •  Accepts standard 9V pedal adaptor
  •  9V DC battery clip included


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