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Marshall Amplifier Pioneer Dead At 88

Written by Brayden Darke on April 6, 2012

Jim Marshall, creator of the famous Marshall amps that have screamed at guitarists for several generations, passed away last night at the age of 88.

After suffering several strokes in recent years, he had developed cancer at the end of 2011, which was what finally got the better of him. His son stated that he had been in an extended hospital stay after surgery and was in a terrible state for weeks. He finished by saying “He’s in a much better place now”.

Dubbed “The Father Of Loud”, his amps backed the likes of Pete Townsend, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. His amps were made to counter the 50’s clean jazz sound found in rival Fenders amps of the time, bursting onto the scene in the 60s offering what he described as a “raw, fuzzy power”.

He has also been credited with inventing the “amp stack”, which allowed bands to gain more powerful noise by combining multiple amps and speaker sizes.

A statement has been posted on the Marshall website saying:

“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.”

“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.”

“Rest in Peace & thank you Jim.”

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