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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.5

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (52)
  • Excellent sound (50)
  • Easy to use (46)
  • Warm / comfy (43)
  • Portable (30)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Performances (47)
  • Home studio (40)
  • Amateur recording (34)
  • Outdoor events / games (34)
  • Professional recording (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (44), Professional musician (18), Novice (3)

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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5.0

Great little amp

By Old Rocker Dude

from WNC

About Me Professional Musician

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 is an awesome amp. I have played guitar for over 40 years and I have owned a bunch of amps. My last combo was a Rivera era Fender Princeton Reverb II. I sold it to buy a Marshall half stack. Although I love my UK made DSL50 half stack, I always regretted selling my Fender combo. I can honestly say I like the Marshal DSL40C better than the Princeton. The DSL40C is much more versatile, with great cleans and the best crunch around. The half power switch adds to the versatility, and actually takes a little of the hard edge off of the sound. Crunch channel at half power is creamy blues heaven. The Lead 1 / Lead 2 channels have all the gain you could ever need. I have read several reviews complaining about the stock speaker. I think it sounds fine. The Celestion 70/80 is the same speaker Fender uses in many of their newer amps. Are there better speakers available? Sure there are - but this speaker isn't as bad as many reviewers say it is. I have also read reviews complaining that the amp is too bright on the high gain channel. The original DSL series (which I own) share the EQ stack between the channels. This new DSL series is no different. In my opinion, its the biggest shortcoming of the DSL line. It is impossible to have a perfect EQ on both the Clean and Lead channels. When the Lead channel is dialed in with the right EQ, chances are the clean channel will be mellow and a little bassy sounding. That's how the DSL series has always been. I typically set the mid and bass at 5 and roll the Treble and Presence off to around 3. Tone Shift off, Bass boost off. The DSL40C has replaced the Bass Boost switch with a sweepable Resonance control which helps give it's open back single speaker a little more thump - similar to a 4 x 12 cab. My DSL50 has Accutronix spring reverb, my new DSL40C combo has digital reverb. I like the digital reverb of the DSL40C better. This is a great amp. I love it.

     
    5.0

    money well spent

    By Salty Ballz

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    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:

      Solid amp. sounds best with my Les Paul, but sounds great with my tele and strat as well. I mostly use the classic channel in crunch mode, gain dimed and volume between 9:00-11:00. It gets you pretty much any sound you're after... ZZ Top, AC/DC, Ted, Metallica, you name it. I don't use clean much, and it's a good thing because this has an awful clean channel compared to fender or mesa rectoverb. I roll of my volume knobs when I want to clean things up anyway, so no complaints. The reverbs are very mild, but I've come to like that. for the price, it's a steal. The overdrive tones you get are well worth the money, and no pedal will get you Marshall tones. There's a lot of complaints about the speaker... I don't have any. Mine sounds great. I can adjust the eq to get it sounding exactly how I want. I had plans of changing it out when I bought the amp but I've changed my mind. It's pretty big and heavy for a 1x12 combo, I was expecting it to be the same size as my mesa rectoverb combo. Nope! If something were to happen to this amp I would purchase another one the same day..

       
      5.0

      Very satisfied

      By Slinger1

      from Golden Isles

      Verified Buyer

      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 am really enjoying this amp. It has a great sound. I can get a variety of tones with ease. It can get pretty loud.

         
        5.0

        My first Marshall

        By BenJamin

        from Houston, Tx

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Clean and crunch on the same channel

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio

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

        It sounds good, it's powerful, and the celestian speaker is nice (but not broken in yet) the one problem I have with it; is that you can't switch from clean to crunch via the footswitch. Which is a bummer for me because those are the two sounds I use the most

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Watch out

        By Rick

        from Quincy,MA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor build Quality
          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

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

            Bought at guitar center 7 months ago and made a funny click when turned on right out of the box,made funny click yesterday and now completely dead,have had a lot of trouble getting Marshall to help with warranty, Watch out

             
            5.0

            Fantastic Amp!

            By BigHam

            from Aspen, CO

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Performances

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

              I'm a performing guitarist and needed more power and tone. I've always wanted a Marshall!

               
              4.0

              A great amp for a great price

              By Zeke

              from New Hope, WV

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

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

                Been playing for 40 years and have been fortunate and blessed to either own or have access to a lot of great amps from a lot of great amp companies, including a couple of DSL's from the original JCM2000 series. Three years ago I started a new amp search due to age induced equipment downsizing. Marshalls were low on my list because of my experience with my older DSL's. I like a lot of gain and I couldn't get the amount of gain I wanted without the amp compressing so much that it affected the tone. Being dissatisfied with other amps I was trying, I decided to check out the new DSL40c. No problems with the gain. The amp has great sounds in all four modes. I replaced the stock speaker with a greenback. The reverb is not "studio" quality and this is disappointing as I prefer an on board reverb unit over a pedal. I've had this amp for three years and have had no problems or issues with it. I am very satisfied with it. Are there better amps out there? Yes. Are they going to cost a lot more? Yes. But imho, you won't find one that sounds this good at this price.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Fantastic value

                By James

                from Indianapolis, IN

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  I have owned this amp for about a year and a half. I have recorded an album with it and played about two dozen gigs. It sounds fantastic and is a tremendous value. It does that Marshall sound in spades. I used to own a Mesa F-50 (stolen), Fender Blues Junior (sold), and I currently own a Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue and a Genz Benz Black Pearl 30 (Vox AC-30 variant), so I have owned other amps to compare it to. Been playing about 20 years. Yes, the stock speaker is bright but it can be tamed with break-in, and to be honest the brightness just helps it cut through better anyway. I'm using it like a single channel amp - I use the ultra gain channel on lead 1 with the gain and volume at half, and just use the volume knob to control saturation and volume. I use it on the 20 watt setting and it's always loud enough. For solo's I use a tubescreamer to goose it. The ultra gain channel does have more of a modern sound to it...sounds similar to a Jubilee to my ears. The classic gain is more JTM45/Plexi/JCM800 territory. I need more gain and a tighter low end for the stuff we're playing so I don't use the classic gain channel much, but it sounds good. Both channels are pure Marshall though. I'm consistently amazed how good this amp sounds for the price. I really can't think of anything else comparable to it in this price range. I'll recommend it all day long.

                   
                  5.0

                  DSL40C: First tube amp; great experience

                  By bayareabuyer

                  from CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  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:

                    The DSL40C was bought as my first tube combo-amp that would replace my first Marshall solid-state MG15CFR. As a hobbyist working at playing cover-songs and having a great experience with the smaller combo, I was ready to invest in a more traditional tube amplifier for bigger sound and versatility audio options. The unit allows to possibly add an extra possible speaker cabinet to go louder, a dedicated line-input for FX and ability to switch between rhythm guitar and occasional lead playing. The unit provides a cost-effective way to get that traditional Marshall tube sound without having to break the bank like the pros do.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    no complaints

                    By crazyboutguitars

                    from memphis

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

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

                      I've only had it for a year or so, but so far so good. I've played professionally for decades on and off and have owned and still own a lot of great amps; a 50w plexi, 80s ac30, several twin reverbs, bassmans, 4 DrZs (still have a z28), late 60s Vibrolux (still have), and late 60s Deluxw reverb (still have - forever!), Swart AST, and a Goodsell. Okay, so this is not and will never be a collectable Marshall amp, but after playing through it in the store and noting the price, I bought it on the spot. Yea yea yea the reverb sucks, but my plexi didn't have one at all and neither did my Vox AC30 and they were both great amps. I bought this because I wanted to have a Marshall sound again without straining financially and this beast delivers plenty of that. I liked it bone stock, but it was a bit trebly for my ears being schooled by Fenders all these years, so I swapped the speaker for a Vintage 30 and did a slight mod on the gain channel and now its way better than stock IMHO. The clean channel is great, but eveybody knows that Marshall is mainly about high gain and here we have it in truckloads. I read a couple reviews that said not to get this for gigging. Why the heck not? I gigged with a Peavey Classic 30 with absolutely no problems for years and a friend of mine has gigged with one 5 nights a week for 17 years! This thing looks to be constructed every bit as good as the Peavey and the cab is sturdy ply, not mdf as some have asserted. Anyway, I'm gigging with it and my Deluxe Reverb. So there. If it blows, it blows, but I'll have fun with it! That's why I bought it.

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