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

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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
  • 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
 
4.6

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (35)
  • Excellent sound (33)
  • Easy to use (29)
  • Warm / comfy (28)
  • Portable (21)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Performances (31)
  • Home studio (26)
  • Outdoor events / games (23)
  • Amateur recording (20)
  • Professional recording (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (29), Professional musician (13)

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.

VS

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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4.0

Great amp, but needs some work.

By Dan

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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5.0

Classic Marshall tone!

By Rob

from Westchester, NY

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I had an original DSL series head and sold it years ago so I was interested in trying out the new 40 watt combo. Wow this 1x12 combo is an incredible amp, especially for the money! I am using it with a Line6 HD500x via the four cable method. Great punchy Marshall cleans and the Ultra Gain channel Lead 1 is pure Marshall crunch. This amp is great for rock/hard rock/80s rock/metal. It won't do Mesa or 5150 type metal, but its not designed to. The lead 2 setting can get a little too compressed and fubby sounding so I stick to lead 1 which has plenty of gain on tap. The reverb is ok, kinda weak but usable. The 1/2 power switch is great for late at night if you want to get maximum gain at low volumes and the resonance control is another great feature. Its a loud amp if you want it to be. Lots of people knock the stock 70/80 speaker but I found that it sounds pretty good after a proper break-in period. After a few hours of use, its sounds less brittle and starts to sound warmer with nice lows. I still might replace it with a Veteran 30 just to experiment, but def not out of necessity.

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      5.0

      The name says it all

      By michael boyert

      from Iowa

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        Marshall makes a quality product.....great tone...great looks....nothing more you could want from a combo amp....I would never own another brand

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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                (5 of 7 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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