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Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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

Call or click to harness 100W of historic sound.

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MarshallDSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (11)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Warm / comfy (8)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (8)
    • Home studio (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Amateur recording (5)
    • Professional recording (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I had no idea!

    Just got my DSL 100H an hour ago, had no idea it was so huge at least compared to my old 1975 Acoustic 150 head that I have had since high school. I'm using...Read complete review

    Just got my DSL 100H an hour ago, had no idea it was so huge at least compared to my old 1975 Acoustic 150 head that I have had since high school. I'm using the Acoustic cab with its (6) 10" speakers, and they never knew this kind of full range power before, they like it a lot!

    Just being in the same room with this bad boy is a little intimidating. I feel a little like Wayne and Garth in Wayne's World as though I should be on my knees bowing and saying "I'm not Worthy"

    I took over 40 years for me to own a Marshall, my self rather than dream about it as a kid and an adult. Its everything I hoped it would be, even has its own unique "smell" when its on un like anything else I have had.

    It will be some time before I fully grasp all this bad boy can do, and I intend to rock the house, the block, and the entire neighborhood figuring it all out!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Dissapointed

    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...Read complete review

    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.

    Reviewed by 12 customers

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    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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      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.

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Definitely NOT the JCM2000 protege

        By LJ

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Professional Musician

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        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

          Comment on this review

          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Marshall I've ever heard!

          By JXN

          from Augusta, GA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

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

            First off, I've wanted a Marshall ever since I was 15 because all my heroes had them... that was 21 years ago. I've owned a Peavey Ultra Plus 120 for years and it took a lot of tweaking to get close to the sound I wanted but it never felt like I was "one" with that amp. Enter the DSL 100H...

            This thing is a tone beast with enough power to bring any drummer into submission. I've used it with passive and active pickups and it sounds phenomenal on every channel with every guitar I own. I run an SD-1 overdrive in front of the amp and an eq in the loop to push it over the edge and the amp shines on its own but with that OD out front it tightens up and accentuates every nuance of your playing. I can get blues tones, crystal clear cleans (never had a clean channel as good as this) and thick, crushing distortion that gets me as close to my sound as I think I'm ever going to get. Got this amp from Musicians Friend on sale and it's worth every penny. I haven't tried the C19 mod others have mentioned but I kind of like the high end cut that it brings to the OD2 channel. I look forward to modding this thing in the future after the amp techies dissect it.

            I have only a few minor complaints (who doesn't with anything?). The footswitch is really sub-par with no indicator lights and it only controls the reverb and the channel switching for 2 channels only. I'll be looking to build my own with LEDs and control over switching from Clean, OD1 and OD2. Also, the Ultra gain channel gets really mushy when gain is pushed past 6 but sounds great at higher gain with an OD pedal. I've learned that less is more when it comes to gain and this beast has way more gain than anyone would ever need. The mush is most likely due to the stock Marshall tubes which I'll be replacing with JJs when it's time. Separate EQs for channels would be nice but it's not a deal breaker.

            I can't see parting with this amp ever. I didn't really "need" a new guitar amp but when I tried this out at the beach this summer I knew I had to have it. I tried out the Mesas, Oranges, Peaveys (basically anything they had) and my non-guitar buddy that was with me could hear the superiority of this amp over all the others.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great amp

            By ScreaminFender

            from Nebraska

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Nice Cleans Better Growl
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Reverb A Little Weak

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Practice Or Gigin

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

            Great amp. Im currently running it through a mg412a cheap marshall cab and it still sounds great. Reverb is a little weak but throw a HOF reverb pedal in the loop and that takes care of that. The distortion is great and put a tube screamer with the mid scoop button and you got a great metal sound. Leave it as is with no pedal and let the angus come out. My drummer plays really loud, dont they all, and this puppy can keep right up. You can.get a ton of sounds from it out of the box adds some pedals and you can get anything you are looking for. would have liked to see the made in uk on it but for the price it is what it is. Its got good loks and seems pretty sturdy.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Super amp !

            By George R.

            from Williamsport pa.

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            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Reverb Is Weak
            • Weak

            Best Uses

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

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

            Great amp for the price !

            Comment on this review

            (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best in it's price range!

            By Turtletaub

            from Sebring, FL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              A very good tube amp at a very good price. IMHO it is easily the best amp at this price point.

              Comment on this review

              (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I had no idea!

              By Warlock

              from San Antonio

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                Just got my DSL 100H an hour ago, had no idea it was so huge at least compared to my old 1975 Acoustic 150 head that I have had since high school. I'm using the Acoustic cab with its (6) 10" speakers, and they never knew this kind of full range power before, they like it a lot!

                Just being in the same room with this bad boy is a little intimidating. I feel a little like Wayne and Garth in Wayne's World as though I should be on my knees bowing and saying "I'm not Worthy"

                I took over 40 years for me to own a Marshall, my self rather than dream about it as a kid and an adult. Its everything I hoped it would be, even has its own unique "smell" when its on un like anything else I have had.

                It will be some time before I fully grasp all this bad boy can do, and I intend to rock the house, the block, and the entire neighborhood figuring it all out!

                Comment on this review

                (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome Amp

                By APH

                from NC

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  If you are looking to buy an amp look no farther. This amp is excellent, it has a lot of power for any application you intend to use it for. I have always been a Fender twin reverb amp fan but this amp will blow it out of the water. If you want a great amp for all purposes Marshall is the way to go !

                  Comment on this review

                  (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  love it

                  By bullseyebrent

                  from broken arrow oklahoma

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                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Weak

                  Best Uses

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

                    This head has great tone, even sounds good at very low volume, the reverb is weak on the ten setting and is just ok. I wish the footswitch was able to move between clean and classic and lead one and two on the ultra channel. I will have to modify in the future.

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