After a successful career as a drummer and teacher of drum technique, Jim Marshall first went into business in 1962 with a small shop in Hanwell, London, selling drums, cymbals and drum-related accessories; Jim himself also gave drum lessons. According to Jim, Ritchie Blackmore, Big Jim Sullivan and Pete Townshend were the three main guitarists who often came into the shop and pushed Marshall to make guitar amplifiers and told him the sound and design they wanted. Marshall Ltd. then expanded, hired designers and started making guitar amplifiers to compete with existing amplifiers, the most notable of which at the time were the Fender amplifiers imported from America. These were very popular with guitarists and bass players, but were very expensive. The three guitarists were among the first customers of the first 23 Amplifiers made.
Marshall’s guitar amplifiers are among the most recognised in the world. They are known for their Marshall “crunch”. This signature sound was conceived after guitarists, such as Pete Townshend, visiting the drum shop complained that the guitar amplifiers then on the market didn’t have the right sound or enough volume. After gaining a lot of publicity, Marshall guitar amplifiers and loudspeaker cabinets were sought by guitarists for this new sound and increased volume. Many of the current and reissue Marshall guitar amplifiers continue to use vacuum tubes, as is common in this market sector. Marshall also manufactures less expensive solid-state and hybrid (valve and solid state) equipment.
Nic Rush is one of South Africa’s most highly regarded Rock guitarists. From 2003 to 2011 he served as lead guitarist for Watershed, earning himself 3 Gold and 2 Platinum Record awards, playing on every major festival stage in South Africa and numerous overseas tours worldwide. From 2011 to 2013 Nic played guitar in Brent Harris and Thee Jam, and still performs on occasion with Brent to this day. In 2013 Nic was offered a position at The Barnyard Theatre Company as a Musical Director and Lead Guitarist and Vocalist, a position he currently still maintains. In the past 18 months he has been an invited guest onstage with Prime Circle and The Parlotones, South Africa’s two biggest Rock bands. Nic uses Marshall Amplification exclusively to meet his needs, and is currently performing with the JVM 205h head and 1936 2 X 12 speaker cabinet.