What does Marshall mean to you?
Like the David Bowie song: Sound and Vision! To me nothing beats the sound of a Marshall amplifier played at volume through a Marshall 4x12 cabinet. Yes, there are subtle differences between the various Marshall amplifiers in terms of controls, tubes, and channel configurations. But all have that unmistakable “grith growl” that only a Marshall has. And for vision… What can beat a backline on stage build out of stacked Marshall heads and cabinets? You can’t go wrong with that look.
So, Marshall to me is a Wall of Sound and Vision.
What’s your first memory of Marshall?
Seeing a picture in a music book of Jimi Hendrix with two Marshall stacks behind him, and then seeing Jimi Hendrix on television playing at the Monterey festival, that burned an image in my schoolboy’s brain.
Later on, I noticed those same Marshall stacks on various album covers like Motörhead’s and Kiss’ albums. I knew by then: I need to have that amp as well!