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  • Two footswitchable channels – Classic Gain & Ultra Gain
  • Two Modes per channel for extra flexibility
  • Footswitchable, studio-quality, digital Reverb with Level control for each channel
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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 & 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 & 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
 
4.7

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (19)
  • Excellent sound (16)
  • Portable (14)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Warm / comfy (13)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (16)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

AHH THAT FAMILIAR TONE

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...Read complete review

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.

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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

Love it!

By Wild Bill

from Bismarck, ND

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

  • NA

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Performances

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

Product is just perfect for my use as an amateur musician. We play gigs and recently recorded a CD. Love it!

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5.0

Oh man, this thing rocks!

By Mike

from Kentucky

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Pros

  • Awesome sound
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

  • heavy

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

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

I don't know how else to say it- this amp rocks. Good warm clean tones, mild crunchy up to searing rock distortion. I guess the reverb isn't that great, but really that is not a big deal.

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5.0

Best Amp I Have Purchased So Far!

By Ed

from Proctorville, OH

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Weak Reverb

Best Uses

  • Practice

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

I absolutely love this amp! There are many different voicing options on both channels and even a button that scoops the mids. The amp gets decently loud and has a booming low end that is super satisfying at those higher volumes. Even with the volume turned down pretty low it sounds awesome! This is also one of the sturdiest amps I have ever handled. My only issue is that the reverb is kind of lackluster, but it's nothing a decent pedal can't make up for.

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5.0

Look no further! Has Marshall sound

By Jay 8188

from New Jersey

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

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        5.0

        Marshall DSL40C

        By GCNC72

        from Western North Carolina

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

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

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

        You can get almost any tone you desire without adding effects. The amp has a lot of bottom end, especially at low volume. To me, it sounds a little restrained running at half power, especially on the clean/crunch classic channel. It really sings on full power at gigging levels on this channel.

        The modern channel (lead1/lead2) are both high gain. On low gain, lead1 does sound very bright. On higher gain, lead 1 smoothes out quite a bit. Lead 2 is basically your metal channel. This channel gets a really good tone at very low volume unlike the classic channel

        The speaker is what it is. It's a cheap "jack of all trades" speaker. It doesn't really sound great, but it doesn't sound too bad either. I've been playing it through a Marshall 1936 2x12 cab and it sounds great for the music I play (hard rock/metal).

        I thought about doing the c19 cap mod, but really for the style I play, I don't really see any need. I think that mod would be more desirable for blues or classic rock guys than for hard rock or metal guys or if you're main axe has single coils.

        I'm a minimalist when it comes to equipment. If push comes to shove, I want to be able to get through a set with nothing more than an amp and guitar. There's nothing worse than trying to troubleshoot your signal chain if it goes down mid-set. So it is very important that the amp I use can cover the full spectrum of tone that I rely on for my sound. I basically bought this amp to downsize since I now own a much smaller fuel economical car that I cannot fit a 4x12 cab in either the trunk or back seat. This amp is worth every penny. My only real complaint is that you can't switch between clean/crunch or lead1/lead2 via footswitch.

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        5.0

        It was everything they said it would be

        By Larry Steerman

        from Colorado

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Events

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

        I am not a professional musician and have never owned a tube amp so my knowledge of these things are a little limited but as the caption said it was everything that they said it would be. This amp sounds amazing I can see why people spend the money to get them. It is kind of confusing at first but after you use it you'll get used to it. I've always owned solid state amps and this thing blows those out of the water! It makes my newly purchased Les Paul sound great!

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        4.0

        new marshall dsl40c

        By afranke..

        from simi valley,ca.

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Needs A Speaker Swap

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

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

        nice amp,,but only after a speaker swap.i put in a wgs vet 30 and it made a big difference.gets some nice classic 80's rock/metal tones.just what I wanted.

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        4.0

        break-in the speaker or buy 1 you trust

        By Belmont78

        from Central, New York

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        had her for a few weeks. yes, the stock speaker needs to be broken in before it starts to sound good. so if you can't wait throw in one you're used to. for me probably a vintage 30. reverb board is weak. the tone is so close to perfect it's frustrating when it's not quite there. (clean tone in particular) hoping once the speaker breaks in everything will work out if not i'll throw in a vintage 30. worth the price. Oh yeah it's loud as hell. hope it gets over drums without miking.

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        5.0

        2nd Review

        By Stratman1

        from Salem, Wi

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Original Speaker - Bad

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

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

        I originally commented on this amp on 7/16/2013 and I was not impressed with the sound quality of the stock Celestion speaker. I have sinced replaced the speaker with a Celestion Vintage 30 and this amp now sounds amazing. Amazing what a good quality speaker can sound like. I also plugged this amp into my 1960A cab and it sounds even better yet. I use it soley for practicing and jamming in the studio, but I will bring it to our next gig. I also like the portability. I hope Marshall makes a 112 cabinet with the same width dimensions so I can make a mini stack.

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        5.0

        Nice Marshall tone that's affordable

        By GuitarJem

        from Pa

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          Let's be honest not all of us have over 1k to spend on an amp but with this amp you get some nice genuine Marshall tones for under 1k. The amp is very well made, has a nice clean tone and two lead channels. It's not a one trick pony and you can get many sounds from it to include soft or hard rock to blues and metal. Yes there are better amps out there but not at this price range. Also it takes pedals very well and the fx loop works great.

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