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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
 
4.1

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (20)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Excellent sound (17)
  • Warm / comfy (15)
  • Portable (5)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Performances (16)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (6)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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4.0

GREAT 80'S SOUND

By Dirty South

from Dirty South

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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 have been in numerous bar cover bands and have cycled through a lot of gear, not all great stuff but I have had Peavey - 5150's, Triple X's, Ultra, Windsors, XXL, Crate - Stealths, Vintage Clubs, Marshall JCM 600, Randall RT50s, Diablo series and numerous others. Each had their own sound, but I grew up listening to 80's British Metal and this amp nails that. I play it through a Marshall MC412A. (has the Rocket 50's in it. Sounds good at low volumes but haven't pushed it yet)

    Easy to dial in that 80's sound. I use the gain around 4 with high gain pickups, but with more classic sounding Pickups you can use more gain. Sounds very RATT, Dokken, Saxon like. I read enough reliability issues with the JCM version of this, that I figured I would take the chance on this one instead. I played a JCM DSL side by side and couldn't tell much of a difference.

    The only thing I don't like is the effects loop. I bought mine used, so I don't know if all are like this or just mine, but when using any effects through the loop it adds highs and makes the over all sound thin. I just tweaked the pedals and run them through the front but don't use many anyways. The effects loop is the only reason I am giving this 4 instead of 5 stars.

     
    4.0

    DSL100H review, Great tone and sound after a few tweaks.

    By Fast Eddie K

    from Colorado

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      I bought the DSL100H with high hopes, I was a little disappointed with the sound quality out of the box. It sounded "muddy" and the Resonance knob seemed to do little to change the tone. Being an experienced guitarist I decided to check the Bias setting for the tubes after a few days of playing it. I found that the Bias on my amp was a little dry / low as it was only reading 60mv for each side. I found the recommended setting from Marshall for the DSL100H as well as the JCM2000 showed a setting of 90mv. I set my Bias at 85mv each side (pair of tubes) and man was I amazed! The Resonance knob now has great low end tone. The Amp really work up and the sound quality is now phenomenal! I am super happy with the AMP now and its is extremely powerful and loud, this is not a recommendation for a practice amp however if you need to wake the neighbors half volume will do it.
      I am only giving the amp 4 stars as I had do some tweaking to get the sound and performance I was looking for. Very Happy Now!!!

       
      3.0

      "It's a Marshall" but 2nd stage of gain not usable live

      By guylemieux

      from 3rd planet

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful
      • Priced About Right

      Cons

      • 2nd Stage Gain on Lead Channel

      Best Uses

      • Performances

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

      After playing and tweaking this for over 6 months now, I've decided the best way to use this is with a distortion pedal in front of it. The stage 1 lead channel is your typical "good Marshall" tone. When you engage the 2nd stage lead. It more or less adds another pre-amp stage that gets really 'fizzy' and doesn't really produce a good tone. Almost sounds solid state when you engage it. To get the right tone live, I had to use a distortion pedal over the clean channel (Uberschall Pedal). I use the 'dirty channel' with the 1st gain stage for rhythm. The 2nd gain stage really isn't usable in the real world.

       
      5.0

      Very satisfied!

      By Ken

      from Arkansas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

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

        This is a great amp. Even though this is my first Marshall, I'm giving it a 5 star rating. The only "down side" to this amp, if your going to do any recording, you will have to use a mic. There are no line out or headphone jacks to do so. Other than that, it does sound great! Thanks MF!

         
        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

           
          5.0

          Great stack!

          By 60srocker

          from The Heart of Dixie

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          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!

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            I would buy this again

            By Eric

            from Marquette, MI

            About Me Experienced

            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

              (2 of 3 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.

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Not a good idea

              By AxAxSxS

              from Seattle

              About Me Experienced

              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.

                (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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