Marshall Amps founder Jim Marshall dies aged 88

Jim Marshall, founder of Marshall Amplification, has passed away at the age of 88.

Marshall, who was born and raised in London, founded the amplification company in 1962 and has gone on to be recognised as one of the key innovators in the development of music equipment.

The company posted an official statement on the website about Marshall’s passing this morning, which reads as follows: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved founder and leader for the past 50 years, Jim Marshall. While mourning the Guv’nor though, we also salute a legendary man who led a full and truly remarkable life.”

It continues: “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.”

It continues further: “While the entire Marshall Amplification family mourns Jim’s passing and will miss him tremendously, we all feel richer for having known him and are happy in the knowledge that he is now in a much better place which has just got a whole lot louder!”

Various musicians and industry figures have tweeted tributes to Marshall, with Download Festival organiser Andy Copping among the first to pay his respects, tweeting: “Jim Marshall, the founder of Marshall Amps passed away today…Jim was an innovator & total legend…music owes him a lot. Pay your respects.”

Rising rock band Futures also offered a tribute, tweeting: “The man that created the best amps. Dr. Jim Marshall OBE 1923 – 2012”, as did LostAlone singer Steven Batelle, who wrote: “RIP the legendary Jim Marshall, Ill be cranking my JMP up to 11 today.”

Skindred guitarist Mikey Demus also offered his respects, tweeting: “RIP Jim Marshall, The Father Of Loud. Without his contribution to music, god knows what we’d all be listening to.”

You can read the full statement at


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