Marshall amplifiers and Rock n’ Roll are synonymous with each other. Defining the term “British Sound”, Marshall has been the leading pioneer of loud and in your face amplifiers. Starting in the late 1960’s modifying Fender Bassman amplifiers to handle the UK power voltage, Jim Marshall started building amplifiers to compete with the loud drummers of the era such as Kieth Moon and John Bonham. Since the Model JTM45 was released, Marshall amplifiers have given the sound to many famous guitarists including Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Lemmy Kilmister, Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Billy Gibbons, Randy Rhoads, Richie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Notto, Paul Jackson, Rick Nielson, Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, Greta Van Fleet, Jason Isbell, and Lynyrd Skynyrd just to name a few… The legacy of Marshall amplifiers carries on through today with the brand still issuing true hand wired amplifiers alongside affordable practice amplifiers and small room amplifiers like their studio series and MG series. Modern models of Marshall amplifiers such as the DSL40, Origin 50 and Studio series allow for players to have that classic cranked Marshall sound without destroying their hearing. 4x12 Speaker cabinets are also a Marshall innovation, utilizing 4 12” Celestion speakers in an enclosed cabinet to project the full range of the guitar’s output. Again, these speaker cabinets were used to keep up with the bigger venues being played to spread the full throw of sound. With these 4x12 speaker cabinets being used, the “wall of Marshalls” soon came to rise.
Today, Marshall Amplification seeks to keep their legacy alive, reissuing famous models such as the JTM45, JCM800 2203, Blues Breaker as lower wattage “Studio” models, allowing players to achieve those classic “cranked” sounds at a lower wattage for recording and live use. Modern models such as the DSL series, origin series, JVM series, and MG series amps give players a more affordable option to get that classic sound. Retaining their legacy, Marshall has also reissued their famous line of effects pedals: The Guv’nor, Blues Breaker, Drive Master and Shred Master pedals. These pedals are complete replicas of the original pedals released in the 1990’s and retain that same sound! The model 1960 speaker cabinets are among the most legendary and sought after Marshall speaker cabinets to this day. With a simple, yet effective design that allows for speakers to breathe and project at a full range of volume, Marshall speaker cabinets are definitive in the sound of Rock, Blues, and Metal music to this day. Marshall’s legacy is so important to rock and roll music that many amplifier manufacturers borrow design techniques and schematics to obtain that classic sound that is so coveted. Often paired with Celestion speakers, Marshall speaker cabinets deliver bold and potent tones that help their amplifiers speak their voice. Marshall combo and tube guitar amps are among the most popular and widely used with players looking to be heard! When searching for a Marshall amp, all a player needs to do is plug in, turn up the knobs and rock out!