Just read the sad news that Jim Marshall has died. It’s a name that anyone who has some rock n roll in there lives knows well, the Marshall script logo has been seen behind countless guitarists (and Lemmy) worldwide since the 60’s on amplifiers and speaker cabinets, sometimes in six foot high rows from one side of the stage to the other with a drumkit squeezed into the middle.
Rock music owes a whole lot to Marshall for allowing it to evolve and grow into the monster in became. My youth would have been rubbish without Marshall, thanks Jim.
I’ve had many Marshall amps over the years, some vintage stuff I wish I’d never sold and my old live rig from the 90’s which is still in storage. Below is my first Marshall amp, a 30 watt Master Lead Combo from 1984. It’s solid state, no valves, and with a little work at the settings it sounds fantastic. I still use it most days, that photie was taken an hour ago, and in its life all it’s ever needed is the volume pot changed. A sonic comfort blanket in black tolex.
That’s a quote from The Comic Strip Presents… More Bad News in the post title, it’s when a Marshall amp is found in the studio where the band are setting up to record their first single and they start to fight over it. It always brings a smile and kinda shows just what Marshall meant to metalheads at the time.