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Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

A classic sound returns in a package that's perfect for the musician on the go.

The Marshall DSL 15C 15W tube combo amplifier boasts two 6V6 power tubes and a Celestion 12" speaker. It's two footswitchable channels - Classic Gain (the DSL100H's Clean option) and Ultra Gain (the DSL100H's Lead 2 option) - share the same, four-way EQ network with controls for Treble, Middle, Bass & Presence. A Mid-Shift button reconfigures the mids when activated and a Deep switch adds extra low-end "girth" if required. The built-in, footswitchable digital reverb is studio quality and a Pentode/Triode switch on the rear panel drops the power to 7.5W.

Footswitch included.

FEATURES
4-12AX7 and 2-6V6 tubes
Two footswitchable channels - Classic Gain and Ultra Gain
Studio-quality, digital reverb
Shared 4-way EQ - Treble, Middle, Bass and Presence
Mid-Shift button adds to the amp's tonal flexibility
Deep button adds a resonant bass boost
Pentode/Triode switch to drop power down from 15-Watts to 7.5-Watts
Celestion G12E-60 speaker
15W
Footswitch supplied

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MarshallDSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (23)
  • Excellent sound (22)
  • Portable (21)
  • Warm / comfy (19)
  • Good power output (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (19)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Performances (9)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Novice (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Little Beast

I am not in a band, but I take part in jam outs regularly. Every one I know that has heard this amp- ranging from very experienced musicians, guitar teachers, enthusiasts and...Read complete review

I am not in a band, but I take part in jam outs regularly. Every one I know that has heard this amp- ranging from very experienced musicians, guitar teachers, enthusiasts and people with not a drop of musical interest have loved the tone of this beast. I played this alongside an Egnator Rebel 30 most notably and became even more content with my purchase. Being able to switch from 15w to 7.5 w is a very cool bonus as well. The lack of an effects loop is not a problem. I've always preferred going straight in anyways, so I can't see that as being a con. The bass response is awesome, very throaty. I play through a 2004 MIM strat modded to a HSS, roll the presence and treb around 10 o clock, gain at 9 o clock, bass at 3 o clock through ultra gain-I can play for hours. Want cleans? Roll back the volume, switch to bridge, done. The reverb is great but not very apparent. That's why I still use the rv-3. This review is terrible because my phone is typing ultra slow but you get the point. One of the finest amps in this price range for sure

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Buy the 40C...it's worth the extra money

I don't get Marshall's thinking on this one. I currently own an original DSL100 from the 90's and a new (reissue) DSL40C. In my opinion, this amp has the worst of...Read complete review

I don't get Marshall's thinking on this one. I currently own an original DSL100 from the 90's and a new (reissue) DSL40C. In my opinion, this amp has the worst of those amps. I love the Clean Crunch Mode - (Gary Moore and Joe Bonamassa's favorite mode) and the Red 1 mode. The 15C has the exact opposite. Additionally, as others have mentioned, the digital reverb is next to useless on any of the reissues (that includes the 40 and 100) Drop an extra hundred and get 10x the tone and an amp you will struggle to outgrow (DSL 40C) - and don't be afraid of the power, the 40C sounds rather pleasant at low volume.

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(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Things do Come in Small Packages !

By Mr. Guitar

from Appomattox, Va

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Great Lead Channel
  • Nice Clean Channel
  • Portable
  • Powerful
  • Sounds Like A Marshall

Cons

  • Need To Work On Reverb

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Practice
  • Home Studio
  • Jamming with others
  • Not Too Loud
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording
  • That Marshall Sound

Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

I really like this amp! I think if this amp had the digital effects from the Marshall Haze 40 combo, it would have been the ultimate small combo! The delay from the haze 40 package would have really added to the reverb effect of the amp.
That said I have many different amplifiers and was looking specifically for a 15 - 20 watt Marshall tube amp. If you are looking for a do everything amp you may be better served spending a bit more and buying the Marshall DSL 40C, of course I'm assuming you've already decided to buy some version of Marshall amplification.

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid Tube Amp

By gigman227

from State College, PA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Practicing

    Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    The Marshall DSL15c is a great amp with some awesome tube distortion. The clean on this amp is almost non-existant because it is only a 15w amp. That really isn't much of a problem if you are only using the ultra gain channel though. The tone shift button really wasnt for me because I don't play metal, but the deep button can really fatten up the lower end of your guitar and make it boom. Also, the Pentode/Triode switch is nice for practicing at lower volumes by yourself. The reverb is pretty weak but its digital so you can't expect much to begin with. My pedals sounded great in front of this amp. I loved switching to my overdrive while on the ultra gain channel for a boost during solos. This amp is excellent; however, I would rather have a louder clean channel for when I practice with my band. I sent it back and ordered the Marshall DSL40c instead. This amp could be the one your looking for if you do not need a ton of volume.

    (13 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    2ND FOLLOW UP DSL 15C AMP REVIEW

    By Stringstriker

    from Miami, Florida.

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      LIKE SOME OTHERS, I LOVE THE AMP TONE OVER-ALL BUT IT SEEMED TO HAVE A BIT TOO MUCH GAIN/DISTORTION ESPECIALLY ON THE ULTRA GAIN CHANNEL FOR MY TASTE. SO I SWITCHED THE PRE-AMP TUBES TO SOVTEK 12AX7WA (LOWER GAIN) PRE-AMP TUBES & IT MADE A DIFFERENCE. APARANTLY THE PRE-AMP TUBES ARE HIGH GAIN TUBES. I DISCOVERED A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN I PUT STANDARD 12AX7 PRE-AMP TUBES IN MY AMERICAN MADE FENDER HOT ROD DELUXE AMP IT HAD DISTORTION ON THE CLEAN CHANNEL & AFTER REPLACING THEM WITH THE 12AX7WA TUBES THE CLEAN CHANNEL NO LONGER HAD DISTORTION. THE MARSHALL STILL HAS SOME DISTORTION WITH 12AX7WA PRE-AMP TUBES IN CHANNEL 1 (CLASSIC GAIN) CHANNEL IF YOU CRANK UP THE GAIN BUT NOT AS MUCH AS WITH THE ORIG. ECC83 PRE-AMP TUBES IT CAME WITH, & FOR ME THERE IS SUFFICIENT GAIN ON THE ULTRA GAIN (CHANNEL 2) WITH THE SOVTEK 12AX7A PRE-AMP TUBES, SO IF YOU FEEL THERE IS TOO MUCH DISTORTION TRY SOME LOWER GAIN PRE-AMP TUBES, IT WORKED FOR ME!

      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Little Beast

      By the3orpdeenyse

      from Benton, LA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great At Low Volume Too
      • Lightweight
      • Solid Build
      • Top Notch Tone
      • Very Loud

      Cons

      • Headroom
      • No Emulated Outs
      • No headphone jack

      Best Uses

      • Classic To Modern Sounds
      • Dropping Jaws
      • Gigging
      • Jamming

      Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I am not in a band, but I take part in jam outs regularly. Every one I know that has heard this amp- ranging from very experienced musicians, guitar teachers, enthusiasts and people with not a drop of musical interest have loved the tone of this beast. I played this alongside an Egnator Rebel 30 most notably and became even more content with my purchase. Being able to switch from 15w to 7.5 w is a very cool bonus as well. The lack of an effects loop is not a problem. I've always preferred going straight in anyways, so I can't see that as being a con. The bass response is awesome, very throaty. I play through a 2004 MIM strat modded to a HSS, roll the presence and treb around 10 o clock, gain at 9 o clock, bass at 3 o clock through ultra gain-I can play for hours. Want cleans? Roll back the volume, switch to bridge, done. The reverb is great but not very apparent. That's why I still use the rv-3. This review is terrible because my phone is typing ultra slow but you get the point. One of the finest amps in this price range for sure

      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good things come in a small package

      By Wes Inman

      from Torrington, Ct.

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          This is a good sounding amp with classic Marshall tone. I especially like that it is portable, so it is perfect for that jam with friends, or the local open mic. It has good power and volume and can be used in most situations unmic'd. I find that it is very versatile and you can get a lot of different tones out of it, from clean (although it breaks up at volume), Blues, Classic Rock, or Metal. It has more than enough gain. If this amp has any faults it would be that the Reverb is pretty weak, although it sounds good at max settings. All in all I am very pleased. If you are looking for that great Marshall tone and don't want to break your back, this is a great sounding amp that you can take anywhere. Marshall IS the sound of Rock.

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great portable combo that gets close enough to the head

          By DIRTY SOUTH

          from DIRTY SOUTH

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

              Picked this amp up for a portable version of the DSL100H amp I also have. Does it sound the same, no not quite, but a 6V6 isn't an EL-34 and a 112 isn't a 412. Add that the features aren't the same and the little differences are enough to tell a difference. But I wasn't expecting the same, so to get close which this amp does is fantastic.

              On the DSL100H, I use the first gain stage of the red channel but this I believe only has the second stage, and like many others have said has too much of it. I keep the gain around 2-3 to get an 80s type of sound, I don't engage the mid shift but do use the deep button and it sounds fairly huge for a 112 with a cheap Celestion in it. My Marshall 412 have Jensen Lightnings in it and when hooked up to the 412 sounds even better, but the stock speaker isn't so bad I am going to replace it, although the small magnet won't get chest pumping lows out of it.

              The reverb is just ok if you keep it low and not that noticeable. I don't use many effects so, the lack of an effects loop isn't a show stopper for me. The only real letdown is that like any other tube amp this amp has to be turned up fairly loud to get it too sing. On my amp its above 3, which is pretty loud still. Maybe someday I will get the 5W version as well...Glad if I want my Marshall sound to go Jam with friends I can just grab this and a delay pedal and I am good to go without lugging the head and 412 around all the time.

              Really though for the features it's lacking I feel to be only a hundred less than the DSL 40C isn't enough. It should be 399-450 new if the 40C is 599. I bought mine used so was much cheaper than that.

              (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Marshall roar at low volumes!!

              By Adam

              from Anywhere, USA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                Great amp for a great price. I was looking for a smaller amp for some time. It was between this a fender blues junior and a vox ac15. This was the one I kept coming back to. I have such a blast playing this thing. It gives me all of that marshall roar that I wanted.

                (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best amp for your Money

                By Rocker william dennis

                from Charleston, WV

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Great For Studio
                • Home Practice
                • Portable
                • Very portable

                Cons

                • No Effects Loop

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Great For Home Studio Use
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                First Marshall amp I've owned. I'm blown away by sound very warm best clean channel I ever heard. Ultra gain channel is ok but clean channel is awesome with a pedal in front of it.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                A great practice amp

                By Greg

                from Massachusetts

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No standby switch
                • Weak Reverb

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                The amplifier sounds great and the low power options really let you get those valves cooking without blasting out the neighbors. Still, I wouldn't mind a standby switch and an effects loop. For the price, these seem like reasonable requests. Also, the reverb is so weak that even turned up all the way you can barely detect it. I initially thought it was broken. Its the reverb that lost them the fifth start.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                follow up to 12/26/14 review

                By Stringstriker

                from Miami, Florida.

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  follow up to my 12/26 review. Day or 2 after purchase I noticed a "hum" when switched down to 7.5 watts, checked & found one of the power amp tubes was cold, I ordered some T.A.D. power amp tubes but had an N.O.S. set of Phillips 6v6gt tubes so I plugged those in & they sounded great so I am saving the T.A.D. O.E. type tubes for now. plugged the amp into a Mesa 2X12 Recto cab & the tone is a lot thicker, love the Marshall DSL tone, reverb is nothing to brag about, may have been better off with the DSL Head since I have the vertical/ slant mesa recto cab to plug into. Will NOT PART WITH THIS AMP, unless I decide to switch to the head version.

                  (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great sound.

                  By Skypilot

                  from Middletown, OH

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                    This is a great little amp, I like everything about it. You get that Marshall sound in a portable package.

                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    awesome Marshall tone

                    By Stringstriker

                    from Miami, Florida.

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful
                    • True Marshall Amp Tone

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording
                    • Soothes The Soul Wtone

                    Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                    In my opinion the amp sounds awesome & seems geared mainly towards distorted music, doesn't have a dedicated clean channel. I played a Gibson Les Paul w/ p-90 bridge pick-up, set on ultra gain channel 2 with gain at about 3, as well as everything else except bass at 8, presence at 5 & the tone was Heaven sent,(also had treble on guitar at 6 1/2), so I am sure my other Les Paul guitars w/Humbuckers will sound even better.

                    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Did not care for this amp

                    By Kentucky

                    from Chippewa Falls

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Portable

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                      I did not care for the Red Channel on this amp at all. The distortion was fizzy,and sounded terrible. I replaced the speaker, and also the tubes which helped. I ultimately got rid of it. If you turn either channels gain up at all it compresses and sounds bad. Too much gain on the Red Channel. Reverb is terrible as well. I liked the size, and wattage of this amp but tha'ts about it.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      +This amp is great.

                      By Ugly Bill

                      from Nevada

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                        The clean channel is very crisp. The Ultra Gain channel just sounds like rock 'n roll. I read all of the evaluations by those who reviewed this amp. Like they say, the reverb is very low or weak, not like a Fender at all. I, too, would like a "stand by" switch. The amp is easy to set for tone . The foot switch is a lot of fun. I really bought this particular amp because of the pentode/triode switch, and it works. The amp is well constructed and looks like it will be easy to maintain with easy access to the tubes and speaker.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        The best purchase I've ever had. Clean and warm tones!

                        By Smitty

                        from NW Arkansas

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                          I've never had a Marshal before. After using this one I ask myself why did I wait so long. Great for small venues and large. brings out the best sounding any guitar. Stop thinking about it, buy it!

                          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Sound with Power

                          By John

                          from undisclosed

                          About Me Novice

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Good Warmth

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                            New to electric guitar and found the Marshall sound to be what I was looking for, warm with easy controls.
                            The Pentode/Triode switching feature is excellent for in home and outside use.
                            Definitely an amp to check out!

                            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Awesome versatile amp!

                            By Picky Picker

                            from USA

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                              This is yet another great design from Marshall. Being able to set it on Triode for 7.5 watt operation can help save your ears when playing for long periods of time as well as getting great tone without waking the dead. Also has enough volume to play in many small live situations as well. Channel 2 has very much gain and care should be taken when tweaking the controls. It can get a bit fizzy/fuzzy if too much gain is used. From jazz to hard rock and blues to metal this amp can do it all. Very fast response and articulation.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Buy the 40C...it's worth the extra money

                              By Firago

                              from Chicago, IL

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Portable

                              Cons

                              • Limited Functions
                              • Poor Sound Quality

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording

                              Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                              I don't get Marshall's thinking on this one. I currently own an original DSL100 from the 90's and a new (reissue) DSL40C. In my opinion, this amp has the worst of those amps. I love the Clean Crunch Mode - (Gary Moore and Joe Bonamassa's favorite mode) and the Red 1 mode. The 15C has the exact opposite. Additionally, as others have mentioned, the digital reverb is next to useless on any of the reissues (that includes the 40 and 100) Drop an extra hundred and get 10x the tone and an amp you will struggle to outgrow (DSL 40C) - and don't be afraid of the power, the 40C sounds rather pleasant at low volume.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Little Amp!!

                              By Blue Lou

                              from Chicaco, Il

                              About Me Experienced

                              See all my reviews

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Changed Tube.

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                              Light weight, cool sound with pedals.

                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              I would buy this Amp again. Very nice sound.

                              By Joe

                              from VB Va

                              About Me Novice

                              See all my reviews

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about Marshall DSL15C 15W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                                Use self enjoyment. Nice sound.

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