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Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head  Restock Black

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Two channels of legendary power and sound.

The Marshall DSL100H tube guitar amp head has footswitchable Classic Gain and Ultra channels, each boasting two modes - Clean/Crunch and Lead 1/Lead 2 respectively. These will take you from Plexi-style, pristine clean to JCM800 snarl, hot-rodded 2203, high gain lead and all points in-between. The flexibility of the shared 5-way EQ (Treble, Middle, Bass, Resonance and Presence) section is increased further by a Mid-Shift button - perfect for modern metal brutality.

A series FX loop on the rear panel (bypassable via an on/off switch) adds to the DSL100H's professional flexibility, as does the Pentode (Full Power)/Triode (Half Power) switch which drops the power-amp's output to 50-Watts. It also changes the amp's tonal character as Triode mode produces a smoother, less aggressive sound.

FEATURES
  • Two footswitchable channels - Classic Gain & Ultra Gain
  • Two Modes per channel for extra flexibility
  • Footswitchable, studio-quality, digital Reverb with Level control for each channel
  • Shared 5-way EQ - Treble, Middle, Bass, Presence & Resonance
  • Mid-Shift button adds to the amp's tonal flexibility
  • Pentode/Triode switch to drop power down from 100W to 50W
  • Bypassable series FX loop
  • 2-way footswitch supplied

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MarshallDSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.2

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (17)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Warm / comfy (12)
  • Portable (4)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

2012 Marshall DSL100H Review

First of all, I've owned at one time or another Mesa Boogie Rectifier, Mesa Boogie M5, Orange Rockerver 50, Bogner Shiva, Soldano hot rod 100 plus, EVH 5150 and I had to...Read complete review

First of all, I've owned at one time or another Mesa Boogie Rectifier, Mesa Boogie M5, Orange Rockerver 50, Bogner Shiva, Soldano hot rod 100 plus, EVH 5150 and I had to sell them all when I got into money problems two years ago. And I think I have tried almost every amp on the planet cheap or expensive. So I have heard a lot of tones.

As far as this amp, channel 1 has a great clean tone. In fact, sparkling clean with a fender strat. The digital reverb is a very weak reverb and is very hard to notice that it is even there, but that's ok as I don't like too much reverb. When placing a multi effect unit such as a TC Nova in the loop, there is a huge drop in volume that I can't understand why. So I had to bring up the effects loop dry and wet to maximum, to get a decent volume back to original without effects in loop.

Channel 2 is what makes this amp great in getting that Marshall crunch on power chords and deep thick chunky "slash" tones on the E and A strings. And this amp can cut through the mix very well, and can get quite loud, even in medium halls.

The tones on the lead ch 2 (not ultra gain), are really smooth with harmonics that pop out unexpectedly,(this is where a lot of the amps in this price range fail). This harmonic tonal character is what I like about this amp and what I really judge an amp by. With this amp, I can get perfect Led Zepplin tones or even "slash" tones that are dead on. For metal, I need a boost and I use the TS9.

There is an ultra gain switch that I never use, because it makes the crisp "crunchy or chunky" distortion on the low E and A strings sound "muddy" and undefined. However, if we put a tube screamer in front of the amp then, the searing high gain lead kicks in without being muddy on the lower strings. It seems like Marshall could have spent more time designing the ultra gain channel and EQ it better and then I would have no need for a boost pedal.

Aside from these issues, the amp has tone that never ends, with boost pedal in or out. The amp seems to be well constructed and solid. This is a Vietnam made and Marshall designed amp, and I know some people may have a problem with that. But for the price, this amp beats all other amps. There is no amp priced this low with this great tone. This amp kills blackstar, Vox, Egnater,and every other amp in this price range when it comes to tone and I tried most of them.

So I think it's wise to keep away from the ultra gain channel on this amp. Because the ultra gain channel EQ is not to my taste or poorly designed and the Reverb is weak, I give this amp 4 stars out of 5. Still when it comes to tone that is thick and cuts though the mix and has all the great harmonics the I am used to in Marshalls, this amp delevirs and for a affordable price. I still wish I could someday get my hands on a Soldano Hot Rod 100 again, but that amp was like $2300, and this Marshall amp has just as good tone. I would recommend this amp as long as the price stays low.

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Definitely NOT the JCM2000 protege

Maybe I had a unit that was poorly biased? But I don't have time to change tubes and re-bias. I need something that rocks right out of the box. The gain channel on...Read complete review

Maybe I had a unit that was poorly biased? But I don't have time to change tubes and re-bias. I need something that rocks right out of the box. The gain channel on this amp had zero warmth. I found it sterile and completely unusable. The clean channel was good like you would expect from Marshall. The digital reverb was very very weak. I've owned two JCM2000 units over the years, and bought this one as a replacement for one that died. The gain channel sounds nothing like the JCM2000. All tubes fired up and were working fine. Musician's Friend was great and let me return the amp, and exchange it for something else. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

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5.0

Marshall for life

By yourmajesty

from dallas

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    The head is a beast

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    5.0

    Great stack!

    By 60srocker

    from The Heart of Dixie

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I've been playing for over 50 years (I'm 67) and this is the best stack I've ever had! I bought the head from a local store and the cab from a Tennessee musician. The cab was well broken in. The head sounds great and only 1 channel works!

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      4.0

      I would buy this again

      By Eric

      from Marquette, MI

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        Used for small gigs

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        My old one is better than the new one

        By Gordo

        from San Antonio

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I have a 1998 dsl 2000 head and I much prefer the sound of mine compared to the new one I'm going to return it. I have a marshall 1960a cab 300 watts and it distorts the speakers in a bad way boomy and flubby.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not a good idea

        By AxAxSxS

        from Seattle

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Gain channel is awful
          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Weak

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          The other guitarist in our band got one of these and I cannot wait for it to break down so he'll replace it. If you like weak fizzy amps that accentuate the bad parts of the frequency range then this is for you. The cabs these are marketed with probably dont help as they are very low quality. It's almost at the point of being a deal breaker for him continuing on this project. It's that bad. I will say that you can get some decent sounds at very low volume, Our band has a drummer though, and as soon as he turns up to match that, it sounds horrid.

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          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love this amp!

          By Robertb

          from Cleveland, Ohio

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I don't normally give reviews, but this amp deserves my thumps up. I've had this amp for about a year. I have not had one problem with it. Night after night it delivers and puts a big smile on my face. People always comment on how good my tone is. I play in a southern rock tribute band and this just nails those tone. I mainly use the clean channel with the gain set at 3 o'clock & the lead 1 channel with the gain set to 12 o'clock. Throw in an OCD for crunch & that's really all you need. It's a keeper. I also bought the DSL15H for my rehearsal amp. Great job Marshall!

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Classic tone

            By Joe M

            from Escanaba, MI

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              Until recently, I was playing 7 string guitars that were highly modded into Peavey high gain amps. I am/was a brutal metal head.

              I had a change of heart a few weeks ago when my Peavey XXX went down. I saw it as an opportunity to change my sound. SO i did a little research and came across this.

              I also bought a Gibson SG when I ordered this amp. I plugged the SG into the Marshall and was simply blown away.

              This Marshall is the epitome of all that is rock n' roll. Has a great warm sound. No doubt.

              For rock, this is a GREAT amplifier.

              IF you are looking to get some blistering extreme metal sounds you are GOING TO NEED A BOOST/OD in front of this amp. With a boost/od you can reminisce the classic Death Metal sounds from the mid-90's.

              Now, the cool part about this amp is that it has the, what I call, the classic "Marshall Mud."

              That means when you turn up the gain past 9, it tends to get muddy. It sounds like the tubes are ready to explode. (not that they will, but thats what they sound like). IF you are looking to play some sludge metal. This is also your amp.

              Lastly it has the classic Marshall clean. Sounds awesome. Highly recommend.

              Do not expect a Peavey or a Mesa. It's a Marshall. Marshall is in a league of its own.

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              (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Dissapointed

              By Chrisn44

              from Chicago, IL

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              Pros

              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I've been on a journey trying to find a new tube head and this is the 3rd Marshall head I've tried.

                Before I get into the amp review, I had to note that the MF customer service is 2nd to none. They have been exceptional dealing with me returning and trying different amps.

                This amp is loud, but the sound quality of this amp is lousy! The clean channel is just average for cleans and ok for some crunch. The ultra gain channel is useless. Possibly some decent sounds with the gain on 2, but anything after that is mud to muddier. The reverb is practically unnoticeable.

                I don't have the best speaker cabinet, but I can't use this as an excuse for this amp. I compared it to my cheap Kustom 5w head and the Kustom had those punchy crisp tones you would expect from a tube amp.

                To Marshalls defense, this was a restock item and maybe this amp was defective. This is why I gave 2 stars instead of 1 star.

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Marshall DSL 100 watt head

                By Scott

                from PA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                  Great amp for the price! has good tones, nice clean and distortion channels. sounds great with the Marshall cabinet.

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                  (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Definitely NOT the JCM2000 protege

                  By LJ

                  from Denver, CO

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Clean Channel
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound Quality
                  • Sterile Gain Channel

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                    Maybe I had a unit that was poorly biased? But I don't have time to change tubes and re-bias. I need something that rocks right out of the box. The gain channel on this amp had zero warmth. I found it sterile and completely unusable. The clean channel was good like you would expect from Marshall. The digital reverb was very very weak. I've owned two JCM2000 units over the years, and bought this one as a replacement for one that died. The gain channel sounds nothing like the JCM2000. All tubes fired up and were working fine. Musician's Friend was great and let me return the amp, and exchange it for something else. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

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