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The Golden Age Of Marshall

Posted in History: Marshall Amplifiers with tags , , , on April 27, 2008 by ivancheung


Above: Jimmy Page with his Gibson double neck guitar, probably playing Stairway To Heaven, a song recorded with Marshalls

The 70s were definitely the golden age for Marshall. Not only were Marshall amps sold worldwide, they were seen on stage with the best musicians. These musicians often reflected the heaviest music styles, and many of them happen to be British as well.

Aside from the usual suspects such as Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix; The 70s saw (to name a few) Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore, Marc Bolan, Gary Moore, Angus Young, Paul Kossof, Billy Gibbons, Ace Freshley, Joe Perry and Eddie Van Halen (this list could go on forever) all adopt Marshalls. Only the loudest amplifier could serve the loudest players.

The mid 70s also saw the development of a master volume amplifier (later to be called the JCM800). This allowed guitarists to achieve the distinct overdriven sound of Marshall without the full volume of a 100 watt amplifier. This amplifier would become a significant part of Marshall in the next decade.

Aside from Rock n Roll, the 70s also marked a time when Marshall diversified by producing amplification equipment for instruments such as bass, keyboard and organ; along with sound equipment such as PA systems, mixers, and sound desks. This diversification meant that Marshall equipment weren’t just seen on stage with Rock/Metal bands, but also others who desired the utmost quality – musicians such as Elton John.

The 70s truly was a good time for Marshall (with the exception of their ongoing deal with Rose-Morris).

For those interested in Jim Marshall and the company he created, I highly recommend you buy:
Maloof, R. (2004) “Jim Marshall: The Father Of Loud”, San Francisco: Backbeat Books.

Marshall Who?

Posted in NPD: Guitar Amplifiers with tags , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2008 by ivancheung

Below are lists of words, names, and quotes which were obtained through Marshall’s website, catalogues, and consumer perceptions. I feel that they can tell us who Marshall are…

Top 10 Keywords

  • Loud 
    This applies to the literal meaning of the word and the attitude it has created. Jim Marshall is the father of loud!
  • Rock n Roll  
    Although Rock n Roll refers to the a musical genre from the 50s, here it simply means the lifestyle of Rock; Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll. Marshall can be seen on stage with some of the heaviest and wildest bands.
  • Power
    This term goes together with Loud 
  • 60s and 70s
    The height of guitar music, a style Marshall made possible.
  • 80s
    The new breed of Rock. Heavier yet reminiscent of the styles of the previous decades.
  • Valve
    The valve kings.
  • British
    Marshall were at ground zero during the beat boom and British Invasion. Although their products are sold worldwide, their HQ and main factory remains in the UK. The Marshall sound will forever be British.
  • Classic
    The Marshall look is familiar to most. The script logo, the black stack amps. Marshall created a look in the beginning which has rarely changed.
  • Legendary
    Marshall will go down in history as the amplifier behind other legendary guitarists such as Hendrix.
  • Handcrafted
    Marshall is very proud that the majority of their models are handcrafted by a team of experts. 

Top 10 Players Who Played Marshall
(this is a list of 10 of the most important players I think are relevant to the image/identity of Marshall. The list may change depending on others opinions)

  • Pete Townshend (The Who)
  • Jimi Hendrix (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
  • Eric Clapton (The Yardbirds, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Cream)
  • Jimmy Page ( The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin)
  • Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow) 
  • Angus Young (AC/DC)
  • Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
  • Kerry King (Slayer)
  • Slash (Guns n Roses, Velvet Revolver)
  • Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society

Famous Quotes

  • Kerry King
    “If I stand in front of my rig, if my nuts ain’t shaking then I ain’t satisfied… and the only stuff that can do that is my Marshalls.” 
  • Zakk Wylde
    “What does a Marshall sound like – strength, warmth, commitment, beauty and destruction… all wrapped up in a giant f**king wrecking ball.” 
  • Billy F. Gibbons
    “The fine Marshall line remains heavy as lead… solid as steel. The best.” 
  • Lemmy
    “Old Marshall’s never die – just blow your f**king head off!” 
  • Slash
    “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; I won’t consider trying anything else – something that consistent you just don’t f**k with.”