Published On: Thu, Apr 5th, 2012

RIP Jim Marshall OBE (1923-2012)

Legendary founder of Marshall Amplification has passed away aged 88

We were truly saddened to hear the announcement this morning that Jim Marshall, amp pioneer and founder of the iconic Marshall brand has died.

Marshall began his career teaching drums and selling drum kits from his small shop in Hanwell, London. From there he quickly moved on to designing amplifiers with his shop repairman Ken Bran and EMI technician Dudley Craven at his side.

His esteemed list of early clients included Pete Townsend and Ritchie Blackmore who called upon his services to build a more powerful sounding amp than those available at the time. So, with a Fender Bassman as his starting point he set about the job… six prototypes later and he had developed 'the Marshall sound'.

Half a decade from those humble beginnings and Marshall is now a worldwide brand synonymous with rock music and virtually every guitarist worth their salt from Hendrix through to Slash has chosen one of its iconic amps for their perfect backline.

We ourselves remember buying our first Marshall combo as one of the proudest moments in our musical career…

Dr. Jim Marshall OBE

(1923 – 2012)

One of guitar world's greatest innovators stands shoulder to shoulder with another here!

Here's the full statement from Marshall Amplification:

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved founder and leader for the past 50 years, Jim Marshall. While mourning the Guv’nor though, we also salute a legendary man who led a full and truly remarkable life.
 
Jim’s ascent into the history books as ‘the Father of Loud’ and the man responsible for ‘the Sound of Rock’ is a true rags-to-riches tale. Cruelly robbed of his youth by tubercular bones, Jim rose to become one of the four forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born. The ground breaking quartet also included the late, great trio of Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover – together with Jim, they truly are the cornerstones of all things rock.
 
In addition to the creation of the amps chosen by countless guitar heroes and game changing bands, Jim was also an incredibly humble and generous man who, over the past several decades, has quietly donated many millions of pounds to worthy causes.
 
While the entire Marshall Amplification family mourns Jim’s passing and will miss him tremendously, we all feel richer for having known him and are happy in the knowledge that he is now in a much better place which has just got a whole lot louder!
Rest in Peace & thank you Jim.
 
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.”

 

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