Why buy a Marshall Amp?
Marshall Amps are famous the world over. They are the most recognisable brand of guitar amp on the planet. One of England's great companies, they were started in the 1960s by Jim Marshall, and their products are a consistent presence on stages, in rehearsal rooms and homes everywhere. There is nothing more impressive at a gig, equipment wise anyway, than a full Marshall Stack. Or, even better, a whole wall of them! For sale online at Guitar.co.uk and in our Glasgow shop. Fast UK dispatch and delivery service.
Marshall Amplifiers in the beginning
Marshall Amps are now based in Bletchley, Milton Keynes, England. Jim Marshall was a professional drummer. He also taught the drums. In the early 1960s had a shop in London selling drums and accessories. After pressure from touring guitarists looking for a particular sound, Jim set about creating his own. He decided to take on popular USA made Fender amps that were being imported. As they were being imported they were extremely expensive, so Jim Marshall set about creating a more affordable guitar amp that would serve up the British guitar players. Along with his shop repairman and an EMI technician they set about developing an amplifier around the Fender Bassman. There were some crucial differences though. They built a separate cabinet for the speakers. Celestion speakers were used rather than Jensens. Higher gain was also achieved by using different valves in the preamp. This way the amplifier would overdrive sooner. This was the birth of the Marshall Amplifier sound.
Higher gain guitar amp
Marshall started to make more tweaks to their amplifiers. By using KT66 valves rather than 6L6 for the power amp stage they created a more aggressive sound. This lead to the birth of the Bluesbreaker. Favoured by guitar players such as Eric Clapton it found its way on to some pretty famous recordings. It started to create a strong demand with guitarists like Pete Townsend of the Who. This led to the development of the one hundred watt head. It also led to the creation of the 4 x 12 inch speaker cabinet. The 8 x 12 was just too heavy! The Marshall Stack was created. For cost reasons Marshall started to use EL34 Power Amp Valves which made the amplifiers even more aggressive. In the 1970s they started to create guitar amplifiers with master volume controls. This meant you could drive the preamp valves to produce even thicker, heavier distortion. This led to the development of the JCM800 and then 900 Series.
Marshall guitar amps are continuing to evolve.
Today Marshall Amplifiers still create a huge range of valve gear, both vintage and modern. They also build solid state guitar amplifiers that are more affordable. Smaller, solid state amplifiers are also more practical for practising, especially in the home.
Best amps for beginners
If you are just starting out we have some great Marshall combo amps to choose from ranging in price from £65 to under £300. Combo amps are great for starting out as you don't have to spend money on a speaker and cab separately.
Marshall's latest offerings
They haven't stayed at the top of their game by just relying on old models. Marshall are always adding new amps to their lines. We can highly recommend the great looking Limited Edition Pitch Black series or the Marshall Roulette Class 5 red half stacks.