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R.I.P. Jim Marshall: the Godfather of Loud

Saying "Rest In Peace" for somebody known for LOUD seems almost an oxymoron.

Jim Marshall, the creator of the famous Marshall amplifier, died today in England at the age of 88. Some people say he's very much responsible for the guitar sound of the 1960's.

As the story goes, Marshall ran a drum shop in London that guitarists frequented by Pete Townshend,  Ritchie Blackmore and other guitar players. They wanted to know why he didn't carry more guitars and amps..so he added some, including some American made Fender amps. Marshall got the idea to try and create some amps that could be made more cheaply than the Fenders. WIth the help of some engineers, the Marshall Amp was born.

Aside from Townshend and John Entwistle of the Who and RItchie Blackmore of Deep Purple, others who used mainly Marshalls included Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Duane Allman and Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band..and down on the line to Randy Rhoads and Slash.

While many guitar players look to Marshall for a certain sound, others just like the image they bring. Often you'll see a wall of Marshall amps on stage..when only one is actually plugged in (or the guitar's plugged into something else entirely).

My boyfriend Mike is a guitar player, and I know when he decides to plug in his Marshall, it's time for me to go run an errand or two because they really are LOUD, even when set on the lowest settings.

I called Mike to tell him about Jim Marshall's passing, and to ask him for his thoughts. He tried to explain the technicalities of the Marshall sound, but quite frankly it was mostly over my head. But he did mention that both Dickey Betts and Duane Allman played through Marshalls (Dickey a 100 watt Marshall and Duane a 50 watt version).

Here's a video featuring the two amazing guitar players from the incredible Live at Fillmore East album. You can see the Marshall amps in the background.



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