The English Company Marshall Amplification is one of the most important producers of Guitar Amplifiers. The company is also producing bass amplifiers, effect pedals and other guitar related products.The Marshall amp series are famous for the golden front and the Marshall letters on the speaker.
The inventor and firm founder is known to be James Charles Marshall, who was born on the 29th of juli 1923 in Kensington, UK. In 1960 he opened his own musicstore, selling nothing but drums and started to built speakers in his garage. Many drummers took their guitarists and bassists to James' store and that is why he expanded his little shop. Together with his first employe he created the first Marshall' amplifier, basing on the famous Fender Basman amp. The first series were called JTM45 and released in 1966. These are popular until today. Together with Pete Townshend of British Rockband The Who the first famous Marshall Stack was created, consisting of an amplifier head and a giant 8x12 speaker box. Because of it's size and weight James Marshall was forced to built 4x12 cabinets which could be stacked on each other to make the amp easier to carry for the poor roadies of Pete Townshend. That is how the Half Stack and the Full Stack were created, half stack because of only one cabinet box beneath the tube head. Arround 1980 the famous jcm800 series were released which are known to be amplifiers with the sound of the gods. A few years ago Marshall released the first amplifiers with more than just the typical Marshall brown sound but also good clean channels and even high gain options.
Marshall Amps are known to be used by Jerry Horton (Papa Roach), Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Angus Young (AC/DC), Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Pete Townshend, Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead), Slash (ex-Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kerry King (Slayer), Bryan Adams, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers (all 3 Iron Maiden), John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
--ZakkWylde 16:40, 9 January 2008 (UTC)By ZakkWylde