Marshall Amplification is a British company that designs and manufactures music amplifiers. It was founded by the late drum shop owner and drummer Jim Marshall, and is now based in Bletchley, Milton Keynes.

Marshall Amps

Marshall Amps

No amplifier manufacturer is as synonymous with rock and metal music as Marshall Amplification, the British-based company with a client list that reads like a who's who of guitar and bass greats. Founder Jim Marshall started out as a drum kit retailer but began building amplifiers in the early 1960s, setting out to create a new valve guitar amplifier, using the Fender Bassman amp as a model. With the sixth prototype, he hit upon 'the Marshall sound'.

These were the JTM45 amps and were built as heads, with separate speaker cabinets loaded with four 12-inch Celestions. In 1965, the first combos and 100-watt models were created. By the late '60s, rock artists such as Jimi Hendrix could be seen playing against a backdrop of Marshall 'stacks'. The mid-'70s saw the launch of the Master Volume Marshall amps and in 1982, the company introduced its now-classic JCM800 split channel amps.


















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