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RIP Jim Marshall, OBE - Founder of Marshall Amplifiers

By April 5, 2012

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Jim Marshall, the man who turned his savings from teaching drum lessons into one of the biggest names in music equipment, responsible for the impeccable loud-and-gritty guitar tone of many top-performing artists through his brand Marshall Amplifiers has died, following complications from cancer treatment and "multiple strokes", according to his son, Terry.

Marshall turned his passion for heavy-sounding rock music into a successful business empire, producing many well-known versions of his Marshall amps. Production of Marshall amplifiers was always kept in England, a fact that Marshall was very proud of, despite pressure from the industry to outsource production.

Marshall was 88.
July 9, 2012 at 6:29 am
(1) Ed LEIATO says:

Sad to hear the passing of a great icon in the music world. Any one who played music in the 60′s definitely know what the name Marshall Amps stood for.

Condolences to his family.

July 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm
(2) Joseph Wernier says:

Thank you for that info, I am sorry to say that I missed the news of Mr. Marshall’s passing when it occurred. But it is better late than never, I hope his son and family get to read the comments left by people who have been impacted by Mr. Marshall’s contribution to the sound of modern music for something like half a century. That in it’s self is monumental but hearing from this article that he kept production in England at this time when out-sourcing and “the bottom line” is everything in business. That tells me something of Mr. Marshall’s character and the respect he had for his products but also his employes and his country. All business should take a lesson in the value of his approach in making something that musicians will be using for a very long time to come. Mr. Marshall you ROCK.

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