Guitar amp builder, innovator, Jim Marshall
Guitar amp builder

Jim Marshall

July 29, 1923, London, England ~ April 5, 2012

Your memory; the music and joy your amps have brought to countless millions for the past five decades; and that world-famous, omnipresent script logo that proudly bears your name will always live on. ~ Official website ~ retrieved July 4, 2013 ©

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From 1960, Marshall owned a moderately successful music store in Hanwell selling drums and then branching out into guitars. His many guitar playing customers (including Ritchie Blackmore, Jim Sullivan and Pete Townshend) spoke of the need for a particular kind of amplifier and Marshall saw the opportunity. He recruited an 18-year-old electronics apprentice, Dudley Craven, who was previously working for EMI and, with his help, began producing prototype amplifiers, resulting in the foundation of Marshall Amplification, in 1962. It took Marshall six attempts to create an amp he was happy with, creating what later became known as ‘the Marshall sound.’ ~ Wikipedia: Jim Marshall ~ retrieved July 23, 2013 © Wikipedia

The music icon, fondly nicknamed ‘the Father of Loud,’ founded the popular Marshall Amplification 50 years ago in 1962. “Jim rose to become one of the forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar, as we know and love it today, to be born,” an official statement on Marshall's company website reads. […] Marshall's iconic amps have been, and continue to be, used by all of music's greats since the 1960s. Rockers like former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash are recognizing Marshall's contribution and expressing their condolences. “The news of Jim Marshall passing is deeply saddening. R & R will never be the same w/out him. But, his amps will live on FOREVER!” Slash posted on his Twitter account. According to his son Terry Marshall, the music pioneer died in a hospice in England this morning (April 5) after suffering from cancer and several severe strokes. ~ Spinner: Jim Marshall Obituary ~ April 5, 2012 © Spinner

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