Why didn't Marshall ever get into making guitars?

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  1. JubileeMan 2555

    JubileeMan 2555 Member

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    I mean, they got so huge so early, and all their competitors made guitars. Just thought you'd think it would be a natural progression and an instant money maker.
     
  2. ksandvik

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    Hmm, how many British major operation guitar manufacturers are out there? I'm just happy Marshall is focusing on what they do best: the Marshall amp sound.
     
  3. Space Hammer

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    did they?

    out of all the great British amps of the day (Matamp, Orange, Sound City, Selmer, HiWatt) I can only think of only Vox who made guitars
     
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    probably for the best. Imagine how cheap and scratchy the volume and tone knobs would have been.
     
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    LOL
     
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    he was probably referring more to Fender and Peavey and such. also Gibson and Epiphone to a lesser extent.
     
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    well if the OP meant start making guitars in the last 20 years or so, I'd say that Marshall's position would be that they have already established it's brand as a specialist in amplification, to start making guitars under their name would be a very risky decision (a failed venture could potentially damage the brand, not to mention the high cost in tooling + R&D to create a new product line).

    If they were going to go down this line I would think the best thing for them to do is purchase an existing brand (like Hagstorm or Burns) and work at building instruments under that label.
     
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    I think the big difference is that those are chiefly guitar companies that got into building amps, not vice versa. Honestly, Vox is the only company that I can think of that went from amps to guitars.
     
  9. Lemon Crush

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    Jim Marshall was only a drummer! What did you expect :D
     
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    treeofpain Supporting Member

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    Peavey started in the 60's with amps, then introduced its first guitar in the late 70's.
     
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    I wonder why Gibson doesn't make a current go at the amp market. :confused:
     
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    Marshall don't care no 'mo.
     
  13. snakestretcher

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    You do what you do best. That's why C.F. Martin's foray into electric guitars was such a dismal failure.
     
  14. guitars

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    Nice Shepherd.... American lines or Import?
     
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    They are, through Epiphone... sort of.
     
  16. ksandvik

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    In an alternate Universe, circa 1967.

    Jim Marshall is busy soldering another Marshall amp together when suddenly Pete Townsend stumbles into his shop with a very sober look on his face.

    "What's up?" asks Jim while he suddenly has to nurse a sore thumb from a soldering accident.
    "Well....", says Pete. "I'm not that happy with the Fender Stratocasters that are thrown to me each time I smash one on-stage. They don't sound loud enough. Could you make a guitar that is really loud so I could cut through Keith Moon's maniac drumming, please?"

    Jim looks at his reddening thumb and realizes it is time for a coffee break. "Yes, no problems", he says. "I know exactly what we need, a triple-humbucker circuit and a body made of mahogany so it sustains like crazy. Stop by a month from now and I will give you the first prototype."

    To be continued...
     
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    Most of those classic Vox guitars were made in Italy (or later in Japan) by sub-contractors...

    "Burns" was the standard for British-made guitars...
     
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    Me too.

    And they were probably too busy making amps to make guitars.
     
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    and by now they could have already moved the majority of their operation to China, too!!!!!
     
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    No, they would have been one step ahead the rest and moved the operations to Vietnam.
     

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