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Slash, The Who lead tributes to guitar amp founder Jim Marshall

The likes of Slash and The Who have paid tribute to the founder of the Marshall guitar amplifiers, Jim Marshall.

Marshall's death was confirmed today (April 5) at the age of 88. Marshall amps are a staple of the guitar scene, with many of the biggest names in music devoted users.

The company said in a statement:

"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved founder and leader for the past 50 years, Jim Marshall. 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."

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash tweeted in tribute:

"The news of Jim Marshall passing is deeply saddening. R & R will never be the same w/out him. But, his amps will live on FOREVER! \,,/,"

Classic rockers The Who meanwhile said: "RIP Jim Marshall, Father of Loud....."

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx added: "R.I.P. Jim Marshall. You were responsible for some of the greatest audio moments in music's history and 50% of all our hearing loss......"




Watch Slash try out a Marshall amp below: