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About Marshall Amps

Marshall amps are without a doubt the most famous brand in guitar amplification. Their logo is recognised across the world and their amplifiers have sat on more stages than any other amp in history. A wall of Marshall 'stacks' is part of every guitarist's dream!

Marshall Amplification's story goes back to the dawn of Rock. It all started when Jim Marshall - a drummer - started an amp business to offer alternatives to Fender and Vox. The resulting models proved extremely popular, not least because of the volume levels he made them at! This was in the infancy of PA systems and guitarists were also looking for 'more'. The signature Marshall crunch has been a staple of electric guitar music ever since. If it's good enough for Clapton, Hendrix and Angus Young, it's good enough for us!

Marshall amps come in a large variety of shapes and sizes. As well as the world-conquering stacks, there are large valve combos, solid state modelling amps, small low-wattage valve combo amps, and the fun MS-2 battery powered micro amp that fixes onto your belt!

Marshall are an innovative company. They offer lots of variety within their black and gold liveried guitar amplifiers. But all of them carry different degrees of that famous overdriven roar that put them so securely on the map. Choosing a Marshall amplifier puts you in the pantheon of the world's rock greats. Every guitarist should experience playing through a Marshall amp!

Frequently Asked Questions about Marshall Amps

Marshall amps are exceptionally good for rock and metal, that much is abundantly clear. But an amp is what you make of it and Marshalls are capable of all kinds of sounds outside the realm of distorted rock. Many styles of music, from funk to pop to roots, require a guitar sound that sits on the edge of breaking up: this is something of a specialty of Marshall's!
The Marshall 'Bluesbreaker' is an amp from 1962 with two 12" speakers. It got its enduring nickname by being the amp used by Eric Clapton during his time with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. This highly influential record has resulted in many players looking to buy the same gear used by Clapton, in an attempt to replicate his famous guitar playing.
Well, these days, Marshall amps are far more versatile than you may expect. Most Marshall amps, when turned to a fair volume and given the right amount of gain (not too much for most of the Classic rock tones!), will get you really close! It is always worth remembering that attitude is more important than dialing in minute specifics on your amp's controls. Learning how these great players both approach their guitars and execute their music will do you more service than hunting down ultra-specific amps. It is also worth remembering that you don't need play exactly like Eddie Van Halen: nobody can! Much better to learn from him but sound like you!
Classic Marshall super lead heads are often called 'plexis' simply because the face of the amp was made from plexiglass. Plexi heads are often the reference point for classic Marshall tone. If you are looking for one these days, Marshall make a reissue called the 1987X head.
The most popular valve Marshall combo is without doubt the DSL40C. It is relatively light in weight, it is reasonably priced and it sounds excellent.