The late, great Jim Marshall's story is a true "rags to riches" tale. After a childhood illness robbed him of a formal education, Jim’s drive to succeed made him one of England's top drummers in the 1950s. In 1962, his success as a musician and drum teacher made it possible for him to open his own drum shop, where he put together a team to develop "the first rock ‘n’ roll" guitar amplifier after listening to the needs of the up-and-coming guitarists who frequented his shop. The team succeeded with the JTM45 and the signature "Marshall growl" created quickly exploded with players of both sides of the Atlantic.
Throughout rock's golden age, Jim continued to listen to the wants of guitarists and react accordingly. For example, the legendary 1959 100-Watt Plexi head came to be because Pete Townshend of The Who needed an amp that was a "weapon" that would allow his guitar to be so loud the audience were unable to talk during his performances! As a result, his design innovations met the needs of countless artist and acts such as Eric Clapton, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, ZZ Top, AD/DC, Judas Priest, the Deftones, Slayer, Joe Satriani, Randy Rhoads, Slash, Zakk Wylde, and more. Not surprising. Marshall, who passed away in 2012, was recognized as “The Father of Loud” by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
One of the most significant development pioneered by Marshall is the "stack" – an icon that became synonymous with both the look and sound of hard rock as it continued to explode. Throughout the decades, Jim and his team continued to listen to the needs of guitarists which resulted in classic lines such and as the JCM800, JCM900, DSL and JVM all-valve lines. In addition, the much revered solid-state MG Series offers guitarists a combination of simplicity and affordability
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