April 6, 2012Rest In peace Jim Marshall
The godfather of the big rock sound Jim Marshall passed away on April 5th. Jim started it all. From the absolute get go, the Marshall stack set the men apart from the boys. It surely didn't hurt that Jim had Pete Townsend and Jimi Hendrix ready and waiting to take his wares to the stage and studio. I will never forget the first time i heard a Marshall in person. Growing up in Far Rockaway, N.Y. we had our own guitar hero by the name of John Morales. John invited me over to his house and in the living room was a Marshall half stack. With his Gibson Les Paul slung low, the moment he flicked the mains switch from standby to on, it blew my mind. It was more then loud, is was bone shaking, yet behind the volume was that tone. The one i had heard on all those Led Zeppelin records. There it was, in John's home. Eventually i would get my own Marshall 1/2 stack. I still own that set...it's the one i recorded Rebel Yell with. I remember when we had to repair a blown speaker, when we opened the cabinet up, there was Jim Marshall's signature in pencil. I think the most amazing aspect of the Marshall design is that it allows every guitarist to still sound unique. Turn on any classic rock radio station, you cannot avoid Jim Marshall. You have to believe, Jimi put Jim straight to work at heavens gate.