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

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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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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
  • Two footswitchable channels - Classic Gain and Ultra Gain
  • Two Modes per channel for extra flexibility
  • Footswitchable, studio-quality, digital Reverb with Level control for each channel
  • Shared 5-way EQ - Treble, Middle, Bass, Presence and Resonance
  • Mid-Shift button adds to the amp's tonal flexibility
  • Pentode/Triode switch to drop power down from 40W to 20W
  • Bypassable series FX loop
  • Celestion 12" speaker
  • 4-12AX7 and 2-EL34 tubes
  • 40W
  • 1-12" Celestion
  • 2-way footswitch supplied

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
 
4.6

(based on 42 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (32)
  • Excellent sound (30)
  • Easy to use (26)
  • Warm / comfy (25)
  • Portable (19)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Performances (29)
  • Home studio (24)
  • Outdoor events / games (22)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Professional recording (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Professional musician (11)

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

Classic Marshall Sound

By brandonlewis383

from Huntsville, Al

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

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

    I've owned several flavors of Marshalls by this point and I have to say that for it's size this is my favorite. If you're looking for that Jimmy Page tone well here it is. Get a les paul and go to it! The 40c is not for house use. It is loud even at half power, but if you hate your neighbors then let'm have it with 40 Watts of pure hate!

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    5.0

    Great Marshall Tone at Affordable Price!

    By Sartor269

    from Ohio

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Had this amp for a few weeks and I love the clean tone and crunch this amp can produce. Love it even more when it's pushed with a boost pedal. I was looking for a smaller amp that could produce great clean tone and push a nice crunch tone and this amp doesn't disappoint. The reverb is definitely a little weak, but that is not a feature I'm worried about as I have plenty of pedals to run with this amp. The high gain on this is very tight sounding.

      I got this as a Restock and used a 15% off coupon with free shipping. Can't beat getting an all tube Marshall with the features of this amp for an unbelievable price!

      I'm very pleased with my purchase and plan on adding a Marshall 2 x 12 cabinet to this in the future to push more air!

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      DSL40C 40W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo

      By Copper Head

      from Waycross Ga.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        Really great amp for the money!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        power & tone

        By Loop

        from New York

        About Me Experienced

        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 amp is powerful. I only set it on 20 Watts when jamming with friends and the volume is set no more then 50% on the clean and 25 for the crunch. Love the sound with my Strat but even more with my LP.

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          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great amp.

          By Notorious JOE

          from North Jersey

          About Me Experienced

          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 All-Tube 1x12 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.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Classic Amp, Great Serice

          By JamesCandy

          from Salt Lake City, UT

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          Love that classic Marshall sound. Had a small issue with a missing part and they took care of it immediately.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          nothing beats a marshall tube amp

          By mickstangGT

          from villa rica, georgia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Not A Modeling Amp
          • Powerful
          • Set And Play

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

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

            this is my third marshall over 15 years. I tried the peavey viper and line 6 spider and it seemed impossible to get the desired sound. practice time was spent turning amp knobs. the dsl40c is awesome I did initial settings and left it alone. if I want to change sound, just press a button. (WOW)

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            MARSHALL DSL40C AMP

            By TERRY

            from HUDSON, FLORIDA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              THIS IS A VERY NICE AMP AT A REASONABLE PRICE.
              I BOUGHT THIS AS A RESTOCK AND THE FIRST ONE I
              RECEIVED HAD A DEFECTIVE VOLUME KNOB. CALLED MF
              AND TALKED TO SAWYER. VERY NICE AND EFFICIENT AND
              HE WORKED OUT A SOLUTION. IMMEDIATELY SHIPPED ME
              A REPLACEMENT AND TOLD ME AFTER IT ARRIVED TO RE-
              TURN THE OTHER ONE, WHICH I HAVE DONE. MF IS A
              GREAT COMPANY TO DO BUSINESS WITH.

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              (2 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Didn't fit my gigging needs.

              By sandman7474

              from Blackfoot, ID

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              Pros

              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I'm giving it and average rating because different courses for different horses and it just wan't mine. I play in a band almost weekly doing gigs at medium size bars and outdoor events. There is no way I could get this up to to the volume were it sounds good without breaking windows and getting kicked out of the band. We play everything from Neil Diamond to AC/DC so I was excited about the two channels at first. I've been using either a Blues Jr or hardwired Marshall 1974x clone for gigs and they are plenty loud usually. The Blues Jr is a little boxy sounding but still works for smaller bars when I don't want to bring out the cab and head. My problem with this amp was that it didn't sound natural to my ears. Very fizzy until you had it cranked so hard your ears were bleeding. I may be spoiled by my handwired, the DSL40 just sounds fake to me. I've played the game of cutting clips and doing mods to other amps to make them sound good and wasn't going to waste my time doing it with this. So looks like its back to my other two amps for gigs for now. I ended up exchanging this for the Marshall Sl5 Slash 5 watt. Should be here this week. Not planning on gigging with it but Ive read good things about the natural tones. Fingers crossed.

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                  (0 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Not Impresses - At All

                  By maestro92

                  from Boston, MA

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound Quality

                    Best Uses

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

                      I know this was a B-Stock item but this was truly defective. The Bass had zero response. The sound was thin and no adjustment what so ever. The only good thing was Musicians Friend offered to exchange the amp which included free return shipping. I ended up buying the Fender Hot Rod III (40 watt) and let me just say it sounds amazing. I'll post a more thorough review of the Hot Rod III after I have had more time with it.

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