Guitar amplifier pioneer Jim Marshall has passed away at the age of 88.
The revered Rock icon, nicknamed the Father of Loud, has long been admired as one of the key pioneers in amplification after he began building amps in the 1960s and founded Marshall Amplification 50 years ago. His name is synonymous with quality, and his equipment has been used by rock's most iconic stars, including Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Slash.
News of his death was posted on his company's website on Thursday. An official statement reads, "Jim rose to become one of the forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar, as we know and love it today, to be born."
"In addition to the creation of the amps, chosen by countless guitar heroes and game changing bands, Jim was also an incredibly humble and generous man who, over the past several decades, has quietly donated many millions of pounds to worthy causes."
Rest in peace, Jim. Thanks for the gateway to incredible musical achievement.
"The Marshall guitar amplifier doesn't just get louder when you turn it up. It distorts the sound to produce a whole range of new harmonics, effectively turning a plucked string instrument into a bowed one. A responsible designer might try to overcome this limitation – probably the engineers at Marshall tried, too. But that sound became the sound of, among others, Jimi Hendrix. That sound is called "electric guitar." –Brian Eno