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Marshall Lore

Over the years, Dennis Marshall has amassed a wealth of sonic knowledge with a few tasty guitars along the way. He tells MARK ALEXANDER about his love of twang and realising his dream of bringing tube tones to the masses…


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Carlos Santana, Martin Taylor, Ed Sheeran… like the best behind-the-scenes techs, Marshall’s client list seems almost implausible

Dennis modded his Epiphone Dot with new pickups and a Bigsby

Dennis Marshall is an amp engineer and a guitarist with a love of melodic riffs. From his modest workshop in Fife, he repairs amps and pedals quietly refining his appreciation of tube-driven tone. Mild-mannered and likeable, Marshall is one of those hideaway geniuses who likes nothing better than a good chinwag.

Like the best behind-the-scenes techs, his client list seems almost implausible given his modest workplace. Carlos Santana, Martin Taylor, Ed Sheeran, The Darkness and Simple Minds are all part of a list rich with headline acts who have sought out his sonic wisdom.

Now it’s our turn, but before unravelling his guitar collection and delving into his philosophy on amplification, we have to address the large elephant sitting in the room. “No, I’m not related”, he says, “but it is awkward sometimes.” Marshall, as it turns out, has never worked for, nor has any family ties with the well-known British amp manufacturer from Bletchley.

Indeed, to add to the brand confusion, Marshall was actually Mesa/Boogie’s UK amp engineer for 12 years. Despite his rejection of nominative determinism, however, Marshall has certainly had a long affiliation with amps and guitars. He first picked one up in 1960 with Duane Eddy and Hank Marvin providing the inspiration. A Watkins Westminster provided eight watts of amplification for those early endeavours.

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The April 2018 edition of The Guitar Magazine is out now featuring a FREE digital guitar DIY handbook containing 132 pages of essential tone tops, mods and upgrades that’ll make your guitar sound and play better today. Inside the main mag we go in-depth with Les Pauls and unlock the secrets of authentic 1950s tone. Spoiler alert: it’s not all about ‘old wood’ – we explain how your guitar can go toe-to-toe with a Burst or Goldtop without selling your house to fund a vintage purchase. We also put a pair of Gibson’s new 2018 Les Pauls to the test but if Lesters ain’t your thang, fear not – in addition we check out gorgeous new gear from Fender, Gretsch, B&G and more, including a brand new Lazy J that might just be Jesse Hoff’s finest amplifier to date. Elsewhere in this month’s mag we catch up with JD McPherson, who tells all about recording at RCA Studio B and jamming with Queens Of The Stone Age, pay tribute to legendary innovator Ray Butts and give you the chance to win an awesome Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall delay pedal worth £399. Pick up your copy of the feature-packed April 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine now from WH Smith, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Easons and all good newsagents.