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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...Read More

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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.

A versatile 40W combo, great for gigging players.

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"
  • 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 All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (41)
  • Excellent sound (38)
  • Easy to use (36)
  • Warm / comfy (34)
  • Portable (24)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)
  • Weak reverb (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (38)
  • Home studio (33)
  • Outdoor events / games (28)
  • Amateur recording (27)
  • Professional recording (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (34), Professional musician (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Look no further! Has Marshall sound

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...Read complete review

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.

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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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5.0

This amp delivers exactly what you're hoping for.

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from Medford OR

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

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

    This is a very nice amp. The sound quality with both my Les Paul and Ibanez MMM1 Baritone is fantastic ( especially the Ibanez). Two people I know bought this amp after hearing my setup because they were so impressed with the tone. This thing has all the power you could need for average sized performance or practice and will more than enough to compete with a live drummer. You also have the flexibility of being able to plug it into a 4x12 cabinet and really do some damage. To me it's a better more flexible option than buying just a head of similar wattage.
    Stop reading this and buy it already.

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    4.0

    Nice combo for the money

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    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 All-Tube 1x12 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.

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      5.0

      Beautiful amp, great tones

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      from Chicago

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        Loving the DSL 40c, though not loving the money I spent on overdrive pedals I no longer need! This amp features a versatile array of gain, producing tones for classic rock, punk/pop punk, alternative, metal, and anything in between. Just need to sell my distortions pedals for a reverb pedal, as the reverb is a bit lacking, but not a big deal. This amp sounds amazing, the only thing you'll regret is the odd feeling of falling in love with an inanimate object.

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        4.0

        MORE REVERB PLEASE !!!!

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        from Appomattox, Va.

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Reverb sounds good but WEAK !!!

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Any time you need a guitar amplifier
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I had purchased the Marshall DSL15C from Musician's Friend Last year and liked it so much I decided to buy the DSL40C this year, I'M GLAD I DID !!!

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        5.0

        solid amp

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        from Chicago, IL

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

        Considering I went from a not so good Peavey modeling amp to an all tube Marshall, my judgement may be a little off on how this amp compares to other entry level tube amps. However, all I know is that this one is great.
        The clean channel is fantastic, and the crunch option gives a pretty decent amount of gain. I know a lot of people don't really like the ultra gain channel, but I think it's pretty good. If you don't have money for drive pedals, then the ultra gain will be just fine. But if you do have drive pedals, then definitely use them with the classic gain channel.
        Another thing a lot of people say is that the reverb is weak. It is barely noticeable, but if you're looking for thick, luscious reverbs, then get a pedal. Don't rely on your amp.
        The speaker is nice, but it may give off a little more treble then what you would like. It's really not a problem though; the amp has a treble knob and your guitar probably has a tone pot.
        The amp as a whole is a great amp. If you want to dive into the world of tube amps, this would be a good start.
        *side note - this amp can be pretty quiet, but can also get incredibly loud. On the 20 watt setting, I've never set the volume past noon. If you're looking for a tube amp for practice and possibly jamming with a group, the 15 watt head would probably be just fine.

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        4.0

        Great intro to Marshall amps

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        from here

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Warmth

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          My ex wife weighed less than this thing. It has an excellent clean channel, but that lead channel...woof. I swapped out the V1 tube on the lead channel with a military AT7. I know it's supposed to go into the V2 slot, but seriously, this gave it some monster balls. Sure I don't have quite as much gain, but it's not noticeable, however, the sound is. It's huge now. Besides, that's what pedals are for. I'm going to be replacing the speaker. Other than that, this is a fun amp. I just played my first gig with it. It did great.

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          5.0

          awesome

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          from my house

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

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

            i always wanted this amp, and now that i got it, is just an awesome amp

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            4.0

            Great amp that delivers tenmarshall sound with great value

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            from Shirley, ma

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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 All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

              This amp showed up with a bad preamp tube. I don't think it reflects upon the amp but more the tube manufacturer. That said I packed it up and sent it back got another one tha worked just fine. All in all the amp has boatloads of versatility. It has that beautiful Marshall grind along with a wonderful clean Chanel. Reverb sounds great however is weak and needs to be turned up inside the amp. I use a reverb pedal so no biggie. This amp does not have that fender smoothness. It has the marshall clarity I love. It's a great blues amp on the clean channel with the boost on, and then turns into a full out rocker on the 2nd channel. Think plexi on channel one and jcm900 on channel 2. Blues players who are used to fenders might take some time getting used to the amp but that time is well worth it to put in. It's a totally different voicing. All in all a great amp for any kind of music.

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              1.0

              Junk

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              from Salt Lake City, UT

              About Me Professional Musician

              Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W All-Tube 1x12 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.

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              4.0

              Great amp, but needs some work.

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              from Ky

              About Me Professional Musician

              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 All-Tube 1x12 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.

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