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

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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. 

Jim Marshall was one of the true innovators and along with only a handful of others, like Leo Fender and Les Paul, has achieved legendary status in the industry. Marshall achieved The Queen’s Award For Export in 1984 and 2012 sees the company celebrating 50 years in the business.

K International may not have been around as long as Marshall but have been based in the same town for many years, and indeed are located only a mile away from the Marshall headquarters. Like Marshall, the work we do reaches a truly global audience and so as our tribute to Jim our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues in the following languages from around the world:

To Jim, rest in peace

A Jim, descanse en paz

Ruhe in Frieden, Jim

Jim, nyugodj békében

Repose en paix, Jim

Jim, spoczywaj w pokoju

Αναπαύσου εν ειρήνη