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April 5, 2012 7:59 AM   Subscribe

Jim Marshall, builder of guitar amplifiers, has gone silent at the age of 88. Perhaps one day, the volume knob will surpass him.
posted by Smart Dalek (51 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by littlerobothead at 8:01 AM on April 5, 2012


NO SILENCE, GODDAMMIT!

NEEER NEEEER NEEEER NOODLEY NOODLEY NEEEEEEEEEER!

*windmill*

*windmillllllll*

*windmilllllllllllllll*

annnnnd...

*devilhorns*
posted by Madamina at 8:08 AM on April 5, 2012


My stack's been collecting dust since I switched back to bass for a few years but I guess I could plug it in and run through some Kreator riffs in memorium.
posted by SharkParty at 8:08 AM on April 5, 2012


Holy shit I didn't even know he was still alive! As of...yesterday/? I guess? Maybe more accurate - I didn't even know he had still been alive?
posted by spicynuts at 8:09 AM on April 5, 2012


*drives head of guitar through face of amp*
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 8:10 AM on April 5, 2012


"...I approached Jimi and told him my name was Jim Marshall, that I was one of the photographers. He made some comment like, 'Far out, man, maybe this shit is supposed to be,' and I asked what he meant. He said that the dude who made his amps was named Jim Marshall, and smart ass me says, 'yeah, I know that.' But then he said, 'What you don't know is that my middle name is Marshall.' We were all pretty stoned (the amp Marshall wasn't there), but there were three Marshalls onstage at once." Not Fade Away, Jim Marshall
posted by hal9k at 8:15 AM on April 5, 2012 [3 favorites]


I just heard about this. Damn.



posted by Thorzdad at 8:17 AM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Jim was a great neighbor: "Hey you kids, turn that sh*t up!"
posted by hal9k at 8:17 AM on April 5, 2012 [5 favorites]


11.
posted by borges at 8:18 AM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


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posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:19 AM on April 5, 2012


*wah wah*
posted by hal9k at 8:21 AM on April 5, 2012


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posted by soundguy99 at 8:25 AM on April 5, 2012


His amps are a big part of the reason I can't make out conversations very well in crowded rooms any more, and I'm fine with that. Thanks, man.

Also, when I was doing comics about music, Marshall half-stacks were by far the easiest amps to draw, so thanks for that, too.
posted by COBRA! at 8:30 AM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


\m/
posted by jonmc at 8:30 AM on April 5, 2012


\M/
posted by Renoroc at 8:31 AM on April 5, 2012


You come running in on platform shoes
With Marshall stacks
To at least just give us a clue
Ah, here it comes
I know it's someone I knew

Teenage riot in a public station
Gonna fight and tear it up in a hypernation for you
posted by gompa at 8:35 AM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


i spent much of my formative years listening to Marshall amps. draw your own conclusions.
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 8:40 AM on April 5, 2012


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posted by fingers_of_fire at 9:01 AM on April 5, 2012


He has gone to eleven.
posted by bukvich at 9:05 AM on April 5, 2012 [6 favorites]


Crank it UP!
posted by Lynsey at 9:13 AM on April 5, 2012


Leo Fender, Les Paul, Jim Marshall.

This music we call rock and roll would not have happened (or certainly would have sounded different) without their contributions and innovations. RIP
posted by mosk at 9:20 AM on April 5, 2012


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posted by Mister Bijou at 9:29 AM on April 5, 2012


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posted by cmdnc0 at 9:30 AM on April 5, 2012


So turn off your smoke machine
And Marshall stack

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posted by rahnefan at 9:36 AM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


A minute feedback in honor of Jim Marshall. No, literally, a minute's worth of feedback.
posted by monospace at 9:39 AM on April 5, 2012


A moment of silence for Jim Marshall, in which all I can hear is the horrible ringing in my ears. Thanks Jim, for the rock and the tinnitus.
posted by TheCoug at 9:45 AM on April 5, 2012


>Feedback followed by power chords<
posted by ersatz at 9:54 AM on April 5, 2012



posted by NordyneDefenceDynamics at 9:54 AM on April 5, 2012


A5 D5 A5 E5 D5 A5.
posted by tommasz at 9:55 AM on April 5, 2012


Rumor has it, he looked at this photo immediately before his passing.

But, in all seriousness, RIP to one of modern music's pioneers.
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posted by schmod at 10:15 AM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


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posted by ZeusHumms at 10:16 AM on April 5, 2012


Thank you, sir, for all of the square waves you provided.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 10:16 AM on April 5, 2012


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posted by luckynerd at 10:43 AM on April 5, 2012


There's a guitar leanin'
On a Marshall stack
Used to sound like the sun on the horizon
Now I think
We've been had
posted by entropicamericana at 11:21 AM on April 5, 2012


R.11.P.

Was lucky enough to own a very old Marshall half-stack at the age of 16. It's been all downhill since then.
posted by colie at 11:27 AM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


I just saw Dinosaur Jr. with J Mascis surrounded by his Marshall stacks. What a glorious racket.

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posted by RobotVoodooPower at 12:06 PM on April 5, 2012


I'm dialing back from 11 to 0, but only for a moment...
posted by TigerMoth at 12:54 PM on April 5, 2012


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posted by pyramid termite at 12:58 PM on April 5, 2012


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posted by spitefulcrow at 1:01 PM on April 5, 2012


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posted by PuppyCat at 2:30 PM on April 5, 2012


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posted by Gelatin at 3:17 PM on April 5, 2012


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posted by Trurl at 4:30 PM on April 5, 2012


Over in the corner of my room, my Vox AC30 is gently weeping. It's quite touching, really. Also, I think somebody put something in my drink.

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posted by Decani at 4:31 PM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


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My first serious amp was a Marshall 50. It was way more amp than I needed. I remember taking it out to my parent's house out in the country, I set it up in the barn so I could crank it up and wail on some feedback and pretend I was Jimi. I got complaints from the neighbor.. 2 miles away.

Eventually, I sold the amp to a professional who used it on stage in small clubs. He said everyone complained he played too loud.
posted by charlie don't surf at 4:43 PM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


I work with a man who shares the same name and doesn't look too dissimilar. We used to have a photocopied article on Jim Marshall pinned at the front of the bay where the face of Mr Marshall standing before a wall of his amps had been replaced by the face of my friend. Every so often people would pass by whispering to their colleague "that's the guy that invented the amplifiers!".

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posted by bigZLiLk at 9:28 PM on April 5, 2012


I have to share my rather strange but totally marvellous Jim Marshall story....

When I was 16 or 17 he gave me a lift to work one time, at Woburn Safari Park (UK), in some ludicrous sports car after I spectacularly crashed my bicycle outside his house! Of course, I didn't know he was the great man himself at the time, I found out afterwards - he was just some posh guy that came running to my aid. He sorted me out some plasters and bandages, carried my twisted bicycle round the back of his house and told me to stop by after work to collect it - and when I arrived later on he'd fixed it up.... mended the front wheel and everything! This is totally true.

I'll never forget the look on my fellow workers' faces when I stepped out of his flash car in front of them. I don't remember the model, just that it was red and very low to the ground :)
posted by Monkeymoo at 7:12 AM on April 6, 2012


Shit, you know you're the fucking shit, when every single tube amp (and most of the solid state amps) built in the whole fucking world is trying to sound like the amps with your fucking name written in white letters on the front.

The sound, so thick and syrupy and warm and like honey flavored bourbon and the more you turned up the more warm and sweet it got, and if you had the proper Celestions speakers in there and ran a distortion pedal or two through the fuckers you didn't even need to hit the strings you could just hammer on the neck and produce some heavenly rockin' sounds that way and every step of the way from 1 to...11, if you were playing a Les Paul or a Fender Strat, it was like you were saying hello to the whole history of rock n roll 50 years of it, with each setting conjuring up one great song or another.



*Holds lighter aloft*
posted by Skygazer at 8:50 AM on April 6, 2012


*The lighter is burning bright*
posted by Skygazer at 8:59 AM on April 6, 2012


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Reminds me I've got to figure out where that hum in my Marshall is coming from and eliminate it.
posted by Mental Wimp at 12:15 PM on April 6, 2012


Reminds me I've got to figure out where that hum in my Marshall is coming from and eliminate it.

Bad grounding somewhere, most likely. I mentioned wailing on my Marshall 50 out in a barn. I had it plugged in and cranked up, when I dropped my guitar pick. I knelt down on the concrete floor to pick it up and POW 120v electric shock through my knee, up to my hand on the strings. I figure I'm lucky I wasn't killed.
posted by charlie don't surf at 11:24 PM on April 6, 2012


Nah...that's nothing. You haven't really lived or truly ROCKED, until you've played guitar through an ungrounded amplifier and have gone to sing with your lips against an ungrounded microphone.


#Bzzzt..... #YEEOOOOWW!!!
posted by Skygazer at 10:10 AM on April 7, 2012


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