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Jim Marshall

The creator of famed rock 'n' roll amplifiers, Jim Marshall provided the gritty roar for Jimi Hendrix, Motley Crue and even the fictional Spinal Tap. His amplification gear dominated rock stages since its introduction in the early 1960s, bestowing on guitarists the ability to achieve unprecedented volume and controlled distortion. He was 88. Full obituary Notable deaths of 2011 Robert Knight Archive / Redferns / Getty Images