Marshall has been providing the world with their ingenious, iconic amps since 1962, and it all began in a small music shop in West London.
Jim Marshall, “The Father of Loud”, created Marshall amps in response to the many conversations he’d had with guitarists such as Pete Townshend, Ritchie Blackmore and many others, who said they just could not find the sound they were looking for - a powerful sound with plenty of tone that was extremely loud. Jim always listened to his customers, so set to work with his team on what was to become the archetypal rock guitar amplifier, the JTM45, and with this amp a music revolution was born: the ‘Marshall Sound’.
Most Marshall amplifiers and cabinets are still produced at the Marshall production facility in Bletchley, England, where they have been made continuously since 1966. Every amp and cab is built with passion and precision, with a human touch that’s rare in today’s manufacturing processes; resulting in precision hand wiring, speaker fitting and amp and cab covering. This attention to detail is what sets Marshall apart and is why it is has been the first choice of amplification for many legendary guitarists for more than 50 years
Not just an icon among musicians but a national treasure, it's impossible to know how the UK music scene would have looked without Marshall Amps. The likes of Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend relied on a Marshall stack amp not just to deliver the volume they needed but a true voice for the electric guitar. To this day nothing else sounds quite like a Marshall guitar amp, so the 1959, JTM, JCM and Silver Jubliee amps remain in production for a new generation.
Expanding beyond the British 'Rock and Roll' sound, Marshall's extensive range of combos, bass amps, heads and extension cabinets are used around the world for their clarity, volume and versatility.
The need for loud amps isn't quite so great these days and players can get away with a cranked combo along with PA wedges. So the DSL and JVM amps offer valve tone that goes down below 50 watts and is altogether more portable. If you only need that sweet tube distortion for practice and recording then Marshall offer guitar amps that go down to 5 watts and below, get the Marshall sound down without dealing with complications caused by the amp being too loud in the room.
To mark the 25th Anniversary of Marshall Amps back in 1987, Jim Marshall designed the Silver Jubilee amp series which quickly became a much sought-after, Limited-Edition run of classic Marshall amps. Chrome front-plating with a silver vinyl covering gave these amps a striking stage appeal, which also helped mark Jim's 50th year in the music industry. In 2013, Marshall re-released these iconic amps in the form of the 2555X Amp head and 2551AV Cabinet.
If you're just starting out or need an affordable practice amp then Marshall have voiced the MG Carbon range to make that unmistakable character available in a solid state combo. There's built in effects too, so no need for loads of effects pedals. For the truly portable there's the MS-2 Micro amp, Marshalls amp tone in something not much bigger than a pack of cigarettes!
Marshall even offer a range of clothes, accessories and merchandise so you can get the Rock'n'Roll look to match your amplifier or stack! It's only a matter of time before we see Marshall Guitars on the scene...we can only hope!
Not many brands have such a rich heritage and history as Marshall, hence when guitarists around the world choose their amps to deliver timeless guitar tone at the back of the big stage, in the studio or at home.