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Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  (Open Box)
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A versatile 40W combo, great for gigging players.

The Marshall DSL40C 40W tube combo amplifier is a sturdy, all-tube, gig-ready 40-watt workhorse. It boasts a Celestion 12" speaker and the exact same front and rear panel features as the DSL100H. The Triode (Half Power) option drops the DSL40C's output to 20 watts, making it exceptionally versatile.

FEATURES
Power: 40W (tube)
Tubes: four 12AX7; two EL34
Pentode/Triode switch to drop power down from 40W to 20W
Two footswitchable channels - Classic Gain and Ultra Gain
Two Modes per channel for extra flexibility
Speaker: 1x12" Celestion
Footswitchable, studio-quality, digital Reverb with Level control for each channel
Shared 5-way EQ - Treble, Middle, Bass, Presence and Resonance
Mid-Shift button adds to the amp's tonal flexibility
Bypassable series FX loop
2-way footswitch supplied
Dimensions: 24.4 x 19.3 x 9.9 in.
Weight: 50.5 lb.

The legendary all-tube power, performance and projection of the Marshall DSL has returned. Call or click to get yours!

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MarshallDSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 85 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (66)
  • Excellent sound (65)
  • Easy to use (58)
  • Warm / comfy (56)
  • Portable (38)

Cons

  • Limited functions (5)
  • Poor sound quality (5)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)
  • Weak reverb (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (59)
  • Home studio (50)
  • Outdoor events / games (42)
  • Amateur recording (40)
  • Professional recording (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (58), Professional musician (19), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

why cut that cap?

When it first arrived, checked tubes for proper centering in punch outs in chassis and if fully seated. All good. Plugged in, let warm up. Found the low end to be sagging...Read complete review

When it first arrived, checked tubes for proper centering in punch outs in chassis and if fully seated. All good. Plugged in, let warm up. Found the low end to be sagging and very muddy. Checked all tubes (have tester). Found the v4 tube (inverter) sections to be very out of balance (over 15%), most balanced was in v3 (effects loop),and fairly closely balanced in v1 (clean) and v2 (lead). Found el34s off bias. One idling too hot (low), one too cool (high), according to plate voltage math. Re-arranged tubes as follows, most balanced in v4(inverter, very important that a balanced tube goes here), most unbalanced in v3 (balanced unimportant here), highest avg. gain in v2, and the other in v1. Also added damping rings for the other tubes. (Marshall only installs one on the v1 tube????) Biased stock tubes to 38.2 with terrific results. Sagging all but completely eliminated!! low end is still slightly muddy but only when bass is pushed. Gave 70/80 a chance to break in, but still lacks warmth. Replaced with a v30 16 ohm. The overly gritty/harshness now gone. Super rich and creamy, warm, articulate, beautiful, thick and ambient. Why cut the cap and void the warranty? A wgs vet 30 is a bit cheaper with similar tonal character, and should work well too. Try to avoid touching the gold faceplate with your fingers or it will lood smugged and not new in no-time. Clean/green channel is underrated in my book. Very nice jazz sounding, clean and airy. Reverb sounds excellent on clean/green also. With a flex/boost pedal, chicken picken (tele neck) on clean/green articulate and defined. Too bad reverb gets lost as one goes to more and more of the gain stages. In the red/lead 2 channel, the reverb has lost its presence and is all but lost. Green/crunch is jcm800 territory, lead 1 is hotter, and lead 2 even hotter yet. With the flex-boost in the effects loop, a nice boost for leads are obtained for the lead channel(s). With a overdrive/amp clone pedal in front, could be years exploring the possibilites. Have tried two different sets of replacement tubes. Replaced stock el 34's with gt el34m's, low end not quite as deep, but not muddy. Also have put el34 eh's in here (current tubes), and may be the best sounding of the lot, enough bass for drop tuning, without mudding or sagging, but with a slight loss of top end sparkle. Overall, this is the most versatile, sonically diverse amp I have ever had. A little heavy, but way better than lugging a half stack around. One more note, when playing out with loudness and sonic mayheim in mind, (and when feasible) will always plug into my ext cab (1 g12t100 x 1 v30) in an attempt to keep the tubes from going microphonic before their time. Sounds really good at low volume levels also, but its just not the same!!This is a crazy good sounding amp for the money. BTW, MF customer service is amazing!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice Marshall

I purchased this amp to put in my home studio. After plugging it in and playing various guitars through it I have to say I agree with many of the other reviews. The speaker...Read complete review

I purchased this amp to put in my home studio. After plugging it in and playing various guitars through it I have to say I agree with many of the other reviews. The speaker sounds very bad. It is to bright and not good sounding at all. I will replace the speaker with a greenback and see what happens. Hopefully it sounds better. I own a Marshall TSL601 with an extension single 12 cabinet. Why in gods name did Marshall have to make the DSL40C wider that the TSL601? The new amp does not fit the 12" cab to make a 212 mini stack.
On a positive note I do like the 2 channels with different modes. Plenty of headroom on the clean channel and the reverb is enough fo me.

I guess if your looking for a practice amp it is OK, but if you want the great Marshall sound go with a U.K. made combo. Yes it will cost more money, but it is so worth it.

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(19 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

why cut that cap?

By splt.hmbckr

from Appalachian Mtns.

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

  • heavy
  • No Emulated Out
  • Weak Reverb

Best Uses

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

Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

When it first arrived, checked tubes for proper centering in punch outs in chassis and if fully seated. All good. Plugged in, let warm up. Found the low end to be sagging and very muddy. Checked all tubes (have tester). Found the v4 tube (inverter) sections to be very out of balance (over 15%), most balanced was in v3 (effects loop),and fairly closely balanced in v1 (clean) and v2 (lead). Found el34s off bias. One idling too hot (low), one too cool (high), according to plate voltage math. Re-arranged tubes as follows, most balanced in v4(inverter, very important that a balanced tube goes here), most unbalanced in v3 (balanced unimportant here), highest avg. gain in v2, and the other in v1. Also added damping rings for the other tubes. (Marshall only installs one on the v1 tube????) Biased stock tubes to 38.2 with terrific results. Sagging all but completely eliminated!! low end is still slightly muddy but only when bass is pushed. Gave 70/80 a chance to break in, but still lacks warmth. Replaced with a v30 16 ohm. The overly gritty/harshness now gone. Super rich and creamy, warm, articulate, beautiful, thick and ambient. Why cut the cap and void the warranty? A wgs vet 30 is a bit cheaper with similar tonal character, and should work well too. Try to avoid touching the gold faceplate with your fingers or it will lood smugged and not new in no-time. Clean/green channel is underrated in my book. Very nice jazz sounding, clean and airy. Reverb sounds excellent on clean/green also. With a flex/boost pedal, chicken picken (tele neck) on clean/green articulate and defined. Too bad reverb gets lost as one goes to more and more of the gain stages. In the red/lead 2 channel, the reverb has lost its presence and is all but lost. Green/crunch is jcm800 territory, lead 1 is hotter, and lead 2 even hotter yet. With the flex-boost in the effects loop, a nice boost for leads are obtained for the lead channel(s). With a overdrive/amp clone pedal in front, could be years exploring the possibilites. Have tried two different sets of replacement tubes. Replaced stock el 34's with gt el34m's, low end not quite as deep, but not muddy. Also have put el34 eh's in here (current tubes), and may be the best sounding of the lot, enough bass for drop tuning, without mudding or sagging, but with a slight loss of top end sparkle. Overall, this is the most versatile, sonically diverse amp I have ever had. A little heavy, but way better than lugging a half stack around. One more note, when playing out with loudness and sonic mayheim in mind, (and when feasible) will always plug into my ext cab (1 g12t100 x 1 v30) in an attempt to keep the tubes from going microphonic before their time. Sounds really good at low volume levels also, but its just not the same!!This is a crazy good sounding amp for the money. BTW, MF customer service is amazing!

(17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AHH THAT FAMILIAR TONE

By Stratfreak62

from Mandeville, LA

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Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I play 4 nights a week professionally and use the original Marshall DSL100 heads. I sometimes use 2 heads and run in stereo with 2 full stacks. Sometimes 1 stack and sometimes a 1/2 stack.

For smaller gigs or climbing stairs for a lesser paying gig,I needed a similar guitar sound to the DSL100 I presently use, but in a smaller package.

The DSL40C fit the requirement prefectly. SO much so that I'm saving for another one for running in stereo. It sounds very much alike. I'm impressed with this little amp. It's plenty loud enough for playing just about any gig where you're being mic'ed up through a PA.

I have used it at casino's, weddings in tight quarters, etc. I find the clean and dirty tone to be stellar. The effects loop is actually quieter than my original DSL 100 heads. My best friend just bought the new DSL100H and his sounds as good as my old DSL100.I like the new resonance rotary knob better than the old push in button.

ALL in all the DSL40C is long overdue. I always liked the DSL lineup. Never understood why they discontinued it in the first place. No problem though. I'm getting more of em.

One more thing. I know some of you guys were hoping for a 3rd channel to boost the leads. No problem. Just put an eq in the effects loop or do like I do. I use a vintage Lexicon PCM60 in the loop. I set the output a tad bit louder than the dirty channel. Using a footswitch into the Lexicon or stomp on a stomp box Eq and there's your boosted lead!

I love the DSL series. Great modern amps.

I would recommend to a friend and already have.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Look no further! Has Marshall sound

By Jay 8188

from New Jersey

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Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I've run through a number of amps recently; the Jet City 2212c combo (defective) and Bugera V22 (okay, but not for heavier rock), used Peavey - and have tried out a bunch in local stores from Blackstar and others. In years past I've had bigger rigs for shows (JCM800, Mesa Dual Rec) but these days I just play around the house. I can't use a 100w monster and basically just do some casual playing and recording.

I play heavier rock & metal, mostly in the range of Guns N' Roses, Tool, Anthrax. Not much classic rock n' roll, and no extreme paint-your-face-black metal. I like a big heavy sound with bottom end to it. Like a lot of gain but still like to hear my guitar in there somewhere.

So after trying some poor-man's options with combos, I couldn't find one that really stood out. The Bugera is nice for classic rock/blues but I depended on a pedal for heavier sounds and the cleans were kind of ordinary. Besides the Jet City's crunch dying it was okay enough on gain, but there were no cleans. There was a Peavey and I tried some others but they were all compromises and I wasn't excited about any of them.

So I return my defective Jet City and buy this one, and so far I'm glad I did. Was exactly what I was looking for in a combo. Definitely has that Marshall character. Maybe not quite the same as a cranked 800 with an 1960 cab, but close enough not to care. Easy to dial in though you have to back off the treble--like all the way--because it's somewhat bright, then it's great.

Was worried about this being Chinese-made and a lower-priced model. Some Marshall-branded stuff hasn't been that hot. But this one you plug in and get the Marshall sound which is all I could ask.

It lacks in two areas: (1) The EQ is shared between both channels, and (2) the reverb isn't really there - even at 10 there's barely a hint of it. I get reverb from a pedal so I don't care about that last one.

I love the clean channel. Fender cleans can suck a goat, I like just a little hint of gain in my cleans for a fuller sound (GNR-type cleans). Not too much, like Jet City had, but enough to have a warm character and not sound thin. I am a rock guitarist after all, not a jazz guy.

On the gain channel there's not a lot to say other than it's got the Marshall sound. There's enough drive there for all but the most extreme metal guys as it's fizzy at max gain, so use your Tube Screamer or whatever if that's your thing. But it will work there for sure (tested with a cheap Joyo pedal and an MXR dist for boost). For everyone playing up to Metallica/Anthrax you're covered without a pedal for sure.

I have a variety of guitars: Schecter w/ EMGs, Tele Deluxe, Strat with Texas Specials, various LPs with various pickups, '72 Tele Custom, and an Ibanez 450 decked out with nice DiMarzio pickups. Pretty good range to test on and they all sound better through this amp.

As far as pedals, I run a CE-5 Chorus Ensemble, DD-3 Delay and a couple reverbs (testing out a few) in the effects loop. On the front end there's a Decimator, a wah, and I'm trying out a few boost pedals. Still experimenting but the amp takes to pedals just fine and the effects loop works as it should. The delay & chorus sound really good in the loop, need more testing with reverb pedals.

It sounds really good a lower volumes in the 20w mode, by the way. It's better when cranked of course but you'll be happy enough if you have to play lower volume because of neighbors. MUCH better than other amps I've tried. In the 40w mode you'll be fine jamming with a drummer, and at about 8 it sounds best. That's only something I'll be able to do occasionally but what I plan to when recording.

Some people change the speaker but I don't think it needs it. It's not even broken in yet, sounded good out of the box. Save your money.

All-in-all it's basically the perfect amp for someone who wants the real Marshall sound, but needs a lower-wattage combo amp for noise or cost reasons. I tooled around with a lot of cheaper tube amps trying to save a little bit but they just didn't compare really. If you're on the fence my advice is to do it right the first time and get this one despite the extra cost.

Normally I'd subtract a star for the reverb but the thing is so perfect otherwise that I really can't.

Finally, aesthetically, it's hard to beat the classic gold-black Marshall look. It's a nice wide combo amp that could pass for a 2x12. I'm not a tweed type guy and always liked look. Doesn't matter a bit as far as sound, but if you've ever owned a Jet City it's cheesy looking as all hell and other discount amps tend to look like discount amps in comparison.

I guess time will tell how well this amp holds up over time but I can't say enough good things about it. They got the sound amazingly right in both channels, the effects loop is solid, and the 20/40w operation is perfect for an at home player or a garage band. At lower volumes it sounds better than my 800 did with an attenuator. And noticeably better than the new Mesa REctoverb 25 combo which costs 2x as much (I really wanted to like that one but it just doesn't sound as good as I'd hoped, it doesn't have the warmth that this DSL does).

Anyway just buy it and stop screwing around.

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice versatile Marshall sound.

By qK

from Costa Rica

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Pros

  • Original Dsl Tone
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Reverb Footswitch
  • Weak Switches

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Pactice
  • Performances

Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I own a DSL100 head and a 1936 cab which I bought circa 2005. I love my original setup but it turned out to be way too loud for general practice and home recording. I like my volumes way low specially when practicing which normally happens @ 1am. Then I bought a THD attenuation plate to lower volumes which helped to an extend. Then I realized Marshall was issuing affordable, medium wattage combos that I could afford.

When it comes to tone, I like to be in my confort zone, so a Marshall was really the only choice I needed.

By itself, the amp sounds just like an DSL should sound and when I hook it to my 1936 cab I can barely feel a difference compared to my DSL100 head and maybe only because I replaced the head's tubes to Winged "C"s and Tung-Sol 12AX7s.

So now, I'm using it's 40 watt mode (half power, I don't like) going through my THD hot plate and into the cab. I can bring the volume so low, I can play whenever I want without having people knock on my door and still enjoy great tone, saturation and dynamics.

Only two complains about this product. Channel switches feel like really cheap. It comes with a footswitch which includes channel switching and... (reverb switching?). Useless for me.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yes, Change the Speaker

By Jack Hill

from Austin, Tx

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      This is a GREAT amp. It definitely has that more open tone then the JVM series . It is an amazing deal.. I checked the inside and the electronics and construction is identical to that of the British made amps. The difference is in the cabinet and faceplate material. The thing with this combo is YES, change the speaker.. it has the Celestion Seventy/80 which, for me, has never sounded good.. thin and shill. I've never liked it enough to get past its break in period. I tried a couple Celestions I had and I like the Celestion GT75. Trust me, the overly bright aspect is the Seventy/80.

      If you like the sound of the new 50th Anniversary 1 watt amps but want a little more oomph, check this amp out .. Really great classic Rock amp.

      (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Marshall DSL40 Combo

      By Robert-BY49q

      from Madison, WI

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      Pros

      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I bought this amp to have a lighter more portable way to have a Marshall on stage. I own a DSL full stack and while it's cool to own, for a gigging musician it's pretty much worthless for getting "that" sound at club sized venues. I always thought my stack was too bright and/or "brittle" for my tastes, and lots of tinkering with the controls/EQ never really got me what I was searching for tone-wise. When I picked up the combo, I was secretly hoping that perhaps Marshall had fixed the overly bright tone, but it sounded much the same as the DSL 100. One day, while playing around with different amp/cabinet combinations, I unplugged the stock 16 ohm 70/80 speaker, and plugged in an 8 ohm cabinet that was loaded with two Celestion Greenbacks. Man what a difference! The Greenbacks were tons warmer, and yielded smooth distortion with great harmonics and the muddy brittleness was gone. A few EQ adjustments had me very close to the tone I was looking for. I have now removed the 70/80 speaker and installed a Greenback. In the ensuing couple of weeks, I have made further adjustments and am totally satisfied with the way it sounds. It is a completely different amp after the speaker swap. I can now whole heartedly recommend this amp with the caveat that the stock speaker is very very bright and brittle. If that's what you like, this amp has it, but changing the speaker completely changes the amp's character, and in my opinion it's a significant improvement.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      dsl40c good amp and bang for buck

      By Otto Matick

      from Seattle

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • No Reverb Indicator Light
      • No wheels

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I've been playing for over 30 years. This is my first Marshall amp. The Marshall DSL40C sounds very good. 40 watts is the perfect size amp giving enough power for lots of clean head room with plenty of crunchy gain on demand.

      The Marshall DSL40C totally nails 60s, 70s British rock n roll. Stones, Led Zep, Cream, The Animals on up to Black Sabbath. You cannot help but play rock n roll with the DSL40C.

      Build quality exceeds expectations. The back panel is open yet covering the entire back making for a very sturdy and rigid cab. This is just a little bit smaller than my supersonic twin. Wheels would be nice. Sanded smooth, painted black where ever there is no tolex even inside amp. No ply or particle board showing here. The black and gold is stunning.

      The stock tubes provided sound great. I sometimes change amp tubes right away but with the DSL40C I am happy with the stock tubes. Bass response is outstanding. Trebles and Midranges excel.

      Sounds excellent with external cabs. I've used a 4x10, a 1x12 and a 2x12 cab, all sounded very good. There is no speaker load selector switch and the amp does not support a 4 ohm load. Using the internal speaker with an external cab is not supported. Make sure all speaker changes are done with the amp off, unplug it so you don't accidently turn it on without a speaker load.

      It is really almost 4 channels the way the clean uses the clean or crunch button and gain channel uses the classic or ultra-gain button. It would be nice if the channel mode buttons were foot switch selectable. There is no indicator light for reverb, on, off. An amp and foot switch led would be better.

      I won't say this sounds better than any amp I ever played through but now I understand the Marshall sound and it is very different than the EL34 side of a Renegade head. Very happy to have this amp. If I could only keep one amp, this might be it. This amp may entice you to buy a DSL100H.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Tone I was Looking For!

      By TTman

      from South Carolina

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Reverb Is A Little Weak

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      When you hear so many people say "it sounds like a Marshall" maybe that is a tip that you should buy a Marshall. I got caught up in the talk and ended up with a very expensive Mesa amplifier. Mesa simply cannot compete with the growl and roar of a Marshall. This amp was the tone I was looking for. I do agree with others here that the reverb could use a kick in the pants, but if that is my only problem with this amp I can live with it. After all, that is why they make pedals right? Overall a great little combo amp and the EL84's really produce tone with a lot of headroom and drive.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      If you love Marshall check this one out!

      By Turtle

      from Fort Lauderdale,Fl

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Great Marshall Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Great All Round Amp
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      This is a GREAT Marshall amp! All the ROAR of a Marshall amp.Can't believe there going for this price.I know made in Vietnam,partical board cab,but this amp simply ROCKS!That's what you want if your buying a Marshall!right.A little bright,but controlable,(acually find it very useful at low bedroom settings),no muddy or buzzy sounds here.Respones great with volume & tone controls on guitar.Many sounds from blues to metal.Great looking amp,solid construction,very tweekable.If you were disappointed with lower priced Marshalls in the past,don't think twice,check this out you won't be disappointed!I love this amp,it ROCKS!

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good amp for the money

      By Slappy

      from Albany, NY

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      Pros

      • Great Marshall Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Price

      Cons

      • Cheap Push Buttons
      • Weak Reverb

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Reverb's weak. But that's my only design complaint. As for quality, it's ok, though mine has an intermittent Clean/Crunch button which I'm not happy about. Otherwise, this amp is affordable and excellent. 40 watts of butt-kicking power, with plenty of mids, lows and highs. It is a bright amp, so most people will likely run the treb's low. Half power switch cuts from 40W to 20W, which may appeal to bedroom players. The speaker sounds good to me. I like the size of the amp, and it has more features than the 15C. I don't see the point of having independent reverb controls with such weak reverb; anyone who prefers reverb on an amp will need to run these at max to hear enough effect. Can't comment on the FX loop as I don't use it, but its series-type is much better than its DSL 401 predecessor's parallel-type.

      Overall I love it and recommend it.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      it is a true DSL Marshall

      By 6 string player

      from iowa

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

        Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I have had plexi, jvm and a dsl 100watt stacks. Loved all of them but cant carry them any more so thought I would try this. Easy to dial in your tone. I live on the ultra gain lead 1 channel. Pleny of gain for classic rock. Gain on 5 volume on 2 1/2 to 3.This is a very bright amp as I am running the treble and mids way down and bass up.Thumps like a marshall should. Reverb is ok.No fizzy sounds on this amp. Classic Marshall sound. Hope it holds up. We will see.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The tone I've been looking for.

        By Stratofreaker

        from Houston, TX

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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 DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          How do I start this review? Well... this amp is simply awesome. I've been looking for the holy grail in a combo amp my whole life and I have owned a host of them; Fender's, Mesa's even a Marshall way back when. For the last 20 years I've been using a Fender amp and using pedals to get a Quasi-Marshall tone, and was fairly happy with things. The day I played through the Marshall DSL40C was the day I realized that I've been doing it all backwards. There is only one way to get that screaming Marshall tone, and that is with a REAL Marshall. Since I started using this amp on stage, whenever I want a Fender sound, I just go to the Classic Gain channel, it is very clean and Fenderish. If I want a crunch rhythm I can either step on my OCD pedal, or I can depress the Crunch button. But when you go the Lead channel it's pure Marshall heaven. A few twiddling of the dials and you'll find Billy G., Beck, Jimi, Bonamassa, Clapton, Page. They're all in there. Maybe that's why it's so heavy. I dunno.

          But to be honest, there are a few things that I find a little dissapointing:

          1) Each channel has two settings. The Classic Gain channel has Clean and Crunch. The Lead Channel has Lead 1 (hot) and Lead 2 (extremely hot). Using the foot switch, you can switch between the Classic Gain Channel and the Lead Channel, but you must depress a botton on the front pannel to kick in the Crunch or the Lead 2 settings. It would have been so convenient to have those swiches on the pedalboard too. I might have to modify.

          2) Another small complaint is the reverb. It's digital and NOT a spring type. Don't know what Marshall was thinking, probably trying to save weight. But the reverb is very weak. So I don't use the reverb at all. But, I've never used much reverb anyway.

          3) Final complaint. NO amp cover. Why, why, why? And the covers from Marshall for this model are very hard to find. I ended up buying a cover from Tuki. Which is actually a much better quality, padded amp cover for about the same price. Just, no Marshall logo on it. My personal recommendation, go with Tuki.

          Well, it's still not the holy grail, but even with the above problems, I am very happy with the Marshall DSL40C. For the giging rock guitarist I can't imagine being disapointed by this amp. It gets my vote for the best bang for your hard-earned rock n' roll buck.
          Stratofreaker

          (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great amp.

          By NotoriousJOE

          from North Jerz

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • heavy

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          The first one MF sent me was a dud. Sound cut out randomly, or when you tapped the top of the cabinet above the controls. The replacement amp works fine. However, the effects loop did not work at first. Running the cable end in and out of the jacks several times seemed to wake up that function. This is my first tube amp. It has a superior sound over my Fender SS amp. This amp has a fatter sound, more low end. Two channels are perfect for my use. I can use the clean channel with my multi-effects unit (Boss ME-80) thru the front of the amp to get all of my sounds, from clean to crunch. Or, I can use both channels with my pedal board, some effects thru the front of the amp, and some thru the effects loop. Either way, the amp sounds great. I have read others complain about a weak reverb on this amp, NOT TRUE! But be careful, there is no light/indicator to tell you that the reverb is on, and the foot pedal, when plugged into the amp, overrides the manual controls on the face of the amp. This amp needs an indicator for the reverb. Also, the lead boost on each channel is lame. First, it's not foot-switchable, and second, the boost on the clean channel has such a jump in volume, that it's too unpredictable to be useful. There is no volume jump on the dirty lead channel, just some extra crunch. Pretty useless options for the most part. You can get a fat crunch sound on the dirty channel with the gain turned up. Don't really need an OD pedal. In spite of some drawbacks, this amp screams beautifully. I love the sound.

          (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Nice Marshall

          By Stratman1

          from Salem, Wi

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            Cons

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              • Home Studio

              Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              I purchased this amp to put in my home studio. After plugging it in and playing various guitars through it I have to say I agree with many of the other reviews. The speaker sounds very bad. It is to bright and not good sounding at all. I will replace the speaker with a greenback and see what happens. Hopefully it sounds better. I own a Marshall TSL601 with an extension single 12 cabinet. Why in gods name did Marshall have to make the DSL40C wider that the TSL601? The new amp does not fit the 12" cab to make a 212 mini stack.
              On a positive note I do like the 2 channels with different modes. Plenty of headroom on the clean channel and the reverb is enough fo me.

              I guess if your looking for a practice amp it is OK, but if you want the great Marshall sound go with a U.K. made combo. Yes it will cost more money, but it is so worth it.

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great amp, but needs some work.

              By Dan

              from Ky

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              Pros

              • 2 Channel Really 4
              • 40 Watts Switchable To 20
              • Classic El34 Tone
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Plenty Of Sounds
              • Powerful
              • Sounds Like A Marshall

              Cons

              • Stock Tubes Arent Great
              • The Reverb

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              I bought this amp to have something different than my Fender Deluxe reverb. I've always loved that classic marshall crunch that is so iconic. I was hoping that it would be versatile enough that I could do everything with this amp. For the most part I can but it took some adjusting and upgrades. First I upgraded all of the tubes to electro harmonix with a mullard in V1, installed a Vintage 30 speaker and clipped the bright cap on the modern gain channel. With a vintage 30, playing on the modern gain channel sounded horrendous so clipping the bright switch fixed that problem. For the most part I have a great amp, but out of the box it didnt sound near as good is what it is capable of. With a little upgrading, this amp is what I was looking for. The worst part about this amp is the reverb, or lack thereof. I guess Im used to a deluxe and having that great saturation, this amp has just enough to say it has some, that is all. The 20 watt setting sounds great and is more rounded and full, with the 40 watt setting it brings more of the upper mid range and top end back. Its really another setting in itself. Sounds great when turned up, you have to really own your playing, as it doesn't hide your mistakes like a mesa or really high gain amp would, but it sounds great-like a Marshall should.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Boom!!

              By Mcjammer

              from Minot, ND

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                This amp is a tone BEAST!!! just wait a while for the speaker to break in and it sounds amazing. I have found that if you put a small patch cable in the effects loop it smooths out the high end.

                (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Brown sound?

                By Robert

                from Colorado

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                Pros

                • Good Warmth

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    I agree with the previous reviewer. This amp is voiced overly bright. I'm thinking of replacing the speaker. For good good results - treble = 0 = middle = 2, presence -8 and bass = 7. With a humbucker guitar - it sounds very classic rock with a Fair Warning vibe. The clean side with the crunch selected can get Foxey. So alas, with reciept in hand, I have considered returning it a number of times . But I keep looking at it. The white piping, the gold control panel.. it makes for a wonderful end table if nothing else (yes I'm single). In the end, Marshall does simply rock.

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Nice combo for the money

                    By John

                    from Louisiana

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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 DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                      These amps sound good out the box, the Reverb Is a little weak. Has good cleans, crunch channel is very useful,The ultra gain is very useful can take you from classic rock, 80s hair to heavy metal. If you find this amp is a bit harsh sounding out the box don't give up on it, try the C19 mod you won't be disappointed. I've used this amp at Quite a few Outdoor and indoor gigs, It gets the job done and is not too heavy to lug around.

                      (4 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Junk

                      By Griz

                      from Salt Lake City, UT

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                      Marshall is now the Gibson of amplifiers. Absurdly expensive nameplate flagship products of uneven quality and cheap junk lowline products. I've had this DSL40 fixed twice it's just too poor quality to even be a practice room amp. Sounds great when it works. If you buy one set it in one place and never move it because if you do the terrible soldering shorts out all over the place.

                      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      WOW What an amp

                      By vintoni

                      from Somewhere atound Austin, TX

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Speaker

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                      This amp is a fantastic value, and gives you that Marshall crunch that you've been trying to duplicate with all of those pedals that you've bought. Well, throw away all but your favorite overdrive pedal; which works well on both channels; and a few effects, because this amp will give you all you will ever need; almost.

                      The standard speaker on this amp is a single 12" Celestion seventy 80; and I did give this a try for the first 4 weeks, but it was just too tinny. Enter the new Celestion Creamback. Perfect. Almost. Plug it into a 2 X 12" extension cabinet with your favorite G12H/Vintage 30 type combo and you will have to be TOLD to go to bed!

                      I haven't done the C19 capacitor drop and don't feel any need right now. I don't like the difference in volume between clean and crunch, not a real fan of the reverb, but the value and honest to goodness true Marshall dual super lead sound is there; through a system that allows you to adjust from that unique Marshall clean to as much of that original classic rock screaming roar that you wish; to any death metal forum that I could imagine.

                      I've owned this amp about 1 year now, and have had no problems with the tubes or anything else. This amp is heavy, it is solid, and has a good FX loop. The presence and resonance knobs help to fine tune your sound, and there is a tone shift knob for those who want to deaden the mid range. I've been playing for over 40 years now and still find classic rock my favorite.

                      Fantastic amp, great value. Go buy yourself the real thing for just a bit more!

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