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The founder of Marshall Amplification, Dr Jim Marshall OBE, has died aged 88.

Fifty years ago a new guitar sound was born. Jim Marshall, a drum retailer began building amplifiers in the early 1960s. He set out to create a new valve guitar amplifier and after several prototypes hit upon ‘the Marshall sound’. The rest, as they say, is history.

The familiar Marshall logo is one of the most iconic names in music, gracing thousands of stages across the globe from small pub venues to huge arenas. Although widely used in jazz, blues and country music, Marshall is more associated with the sound of rock and endorsed by countless guitar legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Joe Bonamassa, Ritchie Blackmore, Pete Townsend, Jimi Page and Slash. Jim Marshall invented the ‘Rock’ sound.  Read more