Friday, April 06, 2012


Jim Marshall the creator of the iconic Marshall amplifier passed away yesterday aged 88. Known as 'the Father of Loud', Jim Marshall changed rock'n'roll with his brand of affordable guitar amplifiers

Marshall was a drummer and drum teacher who used his earnings to set up a music shop in west London in 1960. Among his customers were the likes of Ritchie Blackmore and Pete Townshend, and it was through talking to them that Marshall realised there was a gap in the market for a guitar amplifier cheaper than the American-made models popular at the time. When, at Townshend's request, a Marshall 1959 amplifier head was teamed with a cabinet, the "Marshall stack" was born, becoming the defining feature in rock bands' backlines for generations to come & an iconic image throughout the world.

Some of my favourite music has been made using your amps,Some of the best nights of my life have been at the business end of your stacks.

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