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Marshall’s History and Brands Company

Marshall – a British professional audio brand, the brand story is almost equivalent to the history of rock legends.

Marshalls is a British company that designs and manufactures music amplifiers, speakers, headphones and earphones under its own brand, a record label, and has acquired Natal drums, drums and tambourines. It was established by drum shop owner and drummer Jim Marshall and is now based in Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

Our History The world’s greatest bands and musicians are celebrated for Marshall, including: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Slash, Oasis, Muse, Gorillaz and Bring Me The Horizon. See us on tour with artists like Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, and Lana Del Rey. But none of this would be possible without founders and revolutionaries Jim Marshall OBE and his son Terry.
Born in London on 29 July 1923, Jim suffered from tuberculosis of the bones as a child, which meant he was hospitalized for much of his early life…until he was 13. At his father’s suggestion, he took up tap dancing to strengthen the bones in his skeleton. He soon discovered that he had musical talent. Jim then drums up.
By the late 1930s, he was playing semi-professionally before moving on to teaching. On 7 July 1960, after more than 20 years of wandering the roads, Jim opened a business with his wife Violet and son Terry at 76 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, London Family run music store.
Today, you’ll find a plaque on the sidewalk outside celebrating our humble beginnings. The store sold a variety of instruments and attracted many young emerging talents such as Terry’s friends Pete Townshend, Ritchie Blackmore, John Entwistle and Big Jim Sullivan, who met the music store through Jim’s drumming student Keith Moon.

The store quickly gained fame among young rockers. At the time, more established music stores were considering offering jazz instruments, the most prominent style, but Jim saw an opportunity to offer music to a different demographic. He quickly became one of the leading amp shops in the area. However, these young guitarists complained of not getting the tone they wanted from the available amps.
So Jim and Terry decided to start their own company. Jim focused on the mechanics of the product, while Terry and Ken Bran, then service engineers, worked on the RCA circuits and started experimenting with different components. Like Jim, the guitarist is not a guitar player, Terry is a famous saxophonist, and it is these different ears that give birth to Marshall’s sound.
In September 1962, the first amp was dubbed a “first”, attracting 23 orders on its first day and would be the first of many JTM45 amps. So named, it stands for Jim & Terry Marshall. The “45” stands for the RMS (root mean square) value, which is different from when other manufacturers rate their amps as peak power.

In March 1963, due to the success of the amplifiers, Jim opened a second store at 93 Uxbridge Road to accommodate more products and production. However, demand quickly outstripped supply,
In June 1964, Marshalls opened their first dedicated factory on Silver Valley Road near Hayes.
Marshall took it to another level in 1965 when Pete Townshend asked for a voice on a bigger stage. The solution was, for the ubiquitous roads, to use Marshall 8×12 inch speaker cabinets. But Jim quickly replaced these with two stacked 4x12in cabs forming our signature Marshall Stack. The rest, as they say, is history.

In 1966, Mitch Mitchell, a well-known local drummer and Jim’s former student, began playing with then-relatively unknown American guitarist Jimi. During a show, one venue refused to move Marshall Chimneys off the stage to make room for the band’s amplifiers, so after playing Chimneys, Jimi Marshall Hendrix asked Mitch to introduce “someone who shares his name.” Since then, Marshall has gone international. We quickly overtook the Hanwell store and the Hayes factory,
and moved to Bletchley in 1967, remaining in the vanguard throughout the remainder of the decade. Originally, Jim was asked to move to a rugby factory, but felt it was too far away from his roots. Bletchley offered the right mix of skilled workers, reasonable rents, centralized distribution and close links to London, and remains the home of Marshall to this day.
Our legendary JCM800 launched in 1981 rose to fame with a bold new look and aggressive modern sound. Thanks to reduced production costs, this amp is affordable for young bands starting out in the punk or heavy metal genres.
Today, our JCM800 reissue is loved by Lzzy Hale, frontman of the hard rock band Halestorm.


That same year, we welcomed Natal into our family. Although the company was officially founded in 1965, British percussionist Alan Sharp has been assembling his own instruments since the late 50s. As orders flooded in for his revolutionary percussion, the Natal Percussion Company was formed, championed by the likes of Fleetwood Mac and The Rolling Stones. The use of fiberglass for enhanced sound projection and the sleek hoops for easier handling have made his instruments popular. Although these manufacturing methods were later adopted by other drum companies, Natal was a pioneer and interest in the brand proliferated.
Over the next few decades, Natal continued to thrive, expanding its product range to include the Fusion line in the early ’90s and cowbells, jibs, and small percussion instruments in subsequent years. More recently, Natal has entered the drum kit group, attracting young musicians such as Jamie Morrison (Stereophonics), Jordan Pugh (Boston Manor) and Ollie Wiseman (Oli Wiseman) (Anne Marie).

2012 marked an incredible 50 years for Marshall. We’ve released 1-watt headstock and bursts to commemorate this special occasion and pay homage to some of our greatest hits. In true Marshall fashion, we took over the Wembley Arena for a star-studded rock concert featuring legendary musicians who all paid tribute to Jim who tragically passed away that April.

We’ve also diversified again, this time offering a range of music speakers for home or leisure use. Our first two speakers, Hanwell and Stanmore, were named after important locations in Marshall’s story. Our speakers are based on the signature style of our vintage amplifiers, including vinyl coverings, gold metal finishes, script logos and gingham. In 2016, we released the digital, fully programmable, Bluetooth-connected CODE. This amp features a wide range of sound options with professional quality models and 24 digital FX. With these amps, you have full creative control and can choose from a wide range of Marshall sounds.


To round out our support for young musicians, we launched Marshall Records in January 2017. Signed to a talented band like REWS, Therapy? Then press to Meco.
We were inspired to create our record label by our relationship with King Creature’s David Evans. After getting our first amp, David’s mother kept us updated on his progress and, as it turned out, he was epic. Once King Bio was formed, we had to be a part of it and give them a platform to push their music forward.
Today, they go head-to-head with Bottom Line, Key West, Trespass, Grand Slam, Bad Touch, Ink and D_Drive. At Marshall, we’re proud of our history, but we’re just getting started. You may have noticed that we released new products, refreshed the look and added new features to the website, all of which fulfill our vision of supporting the next generation of musicians and music lovers. Marshall is defined as an innovator, and we continue to push the boundaries of possibility to help inspire you to find your voice.

“Music is at the heart of everything we do.” Terry Marshall.

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