Marshall Bluesbreaker, Shredmaster, Drivemaster and Guv'nor review

The well-loved, long-gone classics have returned as the Vintage Reissue Pedals series – complete with their original circuitry

Marshall Vintage Reissue Pedals
(Image: © Phil Barker/Future)

Guitar World Verdict

We might be inclined to ask the folk at Marshall why it took them so long, but this is a very welcome return for some classic pedals – and they all sound great.


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    Return of some classics.

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    True copies of the originals.

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    Solid build quality.

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    Marshall-flavoured drive.


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    Plastic battery cover on three of the pedals could easily go walkies.

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    Large enclosures for this day and age.

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The company name might be synonymous with guitar amps, but Marshall has been in and out of the pedal game since the SupaFuzz appeared in 1966. That said, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen any new pedals from Marshall, and now four have arrived all at once. However, they’re not strictly new as these are reissues of stompboxes that first saw the light of day in the ’80s and ’90s.

The Guv’nor was the first of these to appear in 1988, while the Drivemaster, Bluesbreaker and Shredmaster trio were first released three years later. All four were gone by around 1998, although Marshall did later bring out some smaller Asian-built versions that didn’t last too long, either. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.