That is how he liked to be known. The Father of Loud. If you are a rock, metal or punk guitar player, no matter what amp you play, you owe a debt of gratitude to Jim Marshall. For many years, if you wanted clean you played Fender anbd if you wanted dirt you played Marshall. Period. Ironically, Jim’s early designs were based on the Fender Bassman but he was the first amp maker who set out specificaly to make something “Loud and Fuzzy.”

 

Jim, who was a fixture at NAMM shows for years signing T-shirts (yep, I got one), had several serious strokes and was finally claimed by cancer. He was 88. There is sure to be a lot of stuff online about this but one of the better things we have seen so far is from the Hollywood Reporter. There is also a good one on the Huff Post.

Originally posted 2012-04-05 19:06:58.