Creator of Marshall Amps, Jim Marshall Dies

The entire music industry is mourning the death of the inventor of the iconic Marshall amplifiers, Jim Marshall. He is 88 years old.

Also known as the "Father Of Loud", he invented the first amp, the "Marshall Stack" in 1959. Since then it has become a must-have for every musician. It has been a recognizable symbol in every major rock show for generations. Almost all great guitarists have also used Marshall amps, some even since their humble beginnings. 

Here is the official statement from

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 GuvÆnor though, we also salute a legendary man who led a full and truly remarkable life. 

JimÆs ascent into the history books as æthe Father of LoudÆ and the man responsible for æthe Sound of RockÆ is a true rags-to-riches tale. Cruelly robbed of his youth by tubercular bones, Jim rose to become one of the four forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born. The ground breaking quartet also includes the late, great trio of Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover û together with Jim, they truly are the cornerstones of all things rock. 

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. 

While the entire Marshall Amplification family mourns JimÆs 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! 

Rest in Peace & thank you Jim. 

Your memory; the music and joy your amps have brought to countless millions for the past five decades; and that world-famous, omnipresent script logo that proudly bears your name will always live on.

An online condolences site will be opened to the public soon so everyone can pay their respects to the music legend.