When music loses one of its pioneers, it's hard to put feelings into words. We use the term 'legend' so freely these days, but Londoner Jim Marshall was larger than legend, the founder of not only one of music, but one of the world's most recognisable brands, Marshall Amplification.

Born in 1923, the now-late 88 year old Marshall started teaching drummers in 1949, and one of his 65 students a week included Mitch Mitchell who went on to play in The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Marshall used the £5000 a year he was earning to start his own business and by 1960 he owned his own music shop in Hanwell, and two years later following conversations with customers such as Pete Townsend and Jim Sullivan, he saw a gap in the market for guitar amplifiers. Taking on an 18 year old by the name of Dudley Craven, the pair made several attempts before finally settling on what we now call ‘The Marshall Sound’.

While all of us at The 405 send our condolences to Jim’s family, friends, colleagues and clients, there is no better tribute to Jim Marshall than that made by his company earlier today which simply reads:

"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved founder and leader for the past 50 years, Jim Marshall. While mourning the Guv’nor though, we also salute a legendary man who led a full and truly remarkable life."

Jim’s ascent into the history books as ‘the Father of Loud’ and the man responsible for ‘the Sound of Rock’ is a true rags-to-riches tale. Cruelly robbed of his youth by tubercular bones, Jim rose to become one of the four forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born. The ground breaking quartet also includes the late, great trio of Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover – together with Jim, they truly are the cornerstones of all things rock.

In addition to the creation of the amps chosen by countless guitar heroes and game changing bands, Jim was also an incredibly humble and generous man who, over the past several decades, has quietly donated many millions of pounds to worthy causes.

While the entire Marshall Amplification family mourns Jim’s passing and will miss him tremendously, we all feel richer for having known him and are happy in the knowledge that he is now in a much better place which has just got a whole lot louder!

Rest in Peace & thank you Jim.

Your memory; the music and joy your amps have brought to countless millions for the past five decades; and that world-famous, omnipresent script logo that proudly bears your name will always live on.