JIM MARSHALL: ‘They call me the Father of Loud’

From the archives; Alfred Hickling writes:

At the Marshall amplifier factory in Milton Keynes, there's a small museum piled high with musty, well-used equipment. There are original models of the 100-watt amps favoured by Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. There's a white leather model made for Paul Weller with a mod target emblazoned across its front. There is a replica of Lemmy's amp, which the Motörhead bassist customised with Soviet army insignia and christened Murder One. But it is the tributes that various stars have scrawled on to their gear that are most striking. An amp belonging to Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist Zakk Wylde is inscribed: "Dad Rules." A 50-watt model donated by Jeff Beck states: "Thanks, Dad, for everything."

Last Thursday saw the passing, at the age of 88, of the man the rock guitar community simply knew as "Dad". The timing was particularly poignant, as the company was due to celebrate, in September this year, the 50th anniversary of the first amplifier Jim Marshall built – a design reckoned to be  ...........

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