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

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Overview
  • 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
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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 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (27)
  • Excellent sound (24)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Warm / comfy (19)
  • Portable (17)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)
  • Weak reverb (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (24)
  • Home studio (19)
  • Outdoor events / games (19)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Professional recording (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Professional musician (9)

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

Classic Amp, Great Serice

By JamesCandy

from Salt Lake City, UT

About Me Experienced

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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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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    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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      3.0

      Didn't fit my gigging needs.

      By sandman7474

      from Blackfoot, ID

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      • 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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          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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              5.0

              dsl40c good amp and bang for buck

              By Otto Matick

              from Seattle

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • No Reverb Indicator Light
              • No wheels

              Best Uses

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

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

              I've been playing for over 30 years. This is my first Marshall amp. The Marshall DSL40C sounds very good. 40 watts is the perfect size amp giving enough power for lots of clean head room with plenty of crunchy gain on demand.

              The Marshall DSL40C totally nails 60s, 70s British rock n roll. Stones, Led Zep, Cream, The Animals on up to Black Sabbath. You cannot help but play rock n roll with the DSL40C.

              Build quality exceeds expectations. The back panel is open yet covering the entire back making for a very sturdy and rigid cab. This is just a little bit smaller than my supersonic twin. Wheels would be nice. Sanded smooth, painted black where ever there is no tolex even inside amp. No ply or particle board showing here. The black and gold is stunning.

              The stock tubes provided sound great. I sometimes change amp tubes right away but with the DSL40C I am happy with the stock tubes. Bass response is outstanding. Trebles and Midranges excel.

              Sounds excellent with external cabs. I've used a 4x10, a 1x12 and a 2x12 cab, all sounded very good. There is no speaker load selector switch and the amp does not support a 4 ohm load. Using the internal speaker with an external cab is not supported. Make sure all speaker changes are done with the amp off, unplug it so you don't accidently turn it on without a speaker load.

              It is really almost 4 channels the way the clean uses the clean or crunch button and gain channel uses the classic or ultra-gain button. It would be nice if the channel mode buttons were foot switch selectable. There is no indicator light for reverb, on, off. An amp and foot switch led would be better.

              I won't say this sounds better than any amp I ever played through but now I understand the Marshall sound and it is very different than the EL34 side of a Renegade head. Very happy to have this amp. If I could only keep one amp, this might be it. This amp may entice you to buy a DSL100H.

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              (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              why cut that cap?

              By splt.hmbckr

              from Appalachian Mtns.

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Powerful
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • heavy
              • No Emulated Out
              • Weak Reverb

              Best Uses

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

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

              When it first arrived, checked tubes for proper centering in punch outs in chassis and if fully seated. All good. Plugged in, let warm up. Found the low end to be sagging and very muddy. Checked all tubes (have tester). Found the v4 tube (inverter) sections to be very out of balance (over 15%), most balanced was in v3 (effects loop),and fairly closely balanced in v1 (clean) and v2 (lead). Found el34s off bias. One idling too hot (low), one too cool (high), according to plate voltage math. Re-arranged tubes as follows, most balanced in v4(inverter, very important that a balanced tube goes here), most unbalanced in v3 (balanced unimportant here), highest avg. gain in v2, and the other in v1. Also added damping rings for the other tubes. (Marshall only installs one on the v1 tube????) Biased stock tubes to 38.2 with terrific results. Sagging all but completely eliminated!! low end is still slightly muddy but only when bass is pushed. Gave 70/80 a chance to break in, but still lacks warmth. Replaced with a v30 16 ohm. The overly gritty/harshness now gone. Super rich and creamy, warm, articulate, beautiful, thick and ambient. Why cut the cap and void the warranty? A wgs vet 30 is a bit cheaper with similar tonal character, and should work well too. Try to avoid touching the gold faceplate with your fingers or it will lood smugged and not new in no-time. Clean/green channel is underrated in my book. Very nice jazz sounding, clean and airy. Reverb sounds excellent on clean/green also. With a flex/boost pedal, chicken picken (tele neck) on clean/green articulate and defined. Too bad reverb gets lost as one goes to more and more of the gain stages. In the red/lead 2 channel, the reverb has lost its presence and is all but lost. Green/crunch is jcm800 territory, lead 1 is hotter, and lead 2 even hotter yet. With the flex-boost in the effects loop, a nice boost for leads are obtained for the lead channel(s). With a overdrive/amp clone pedal in front, could be years exploring the possibilites. Have tried two different sets of replacement tubes. Replaced stock el 34's with gt el34m's, low end not quite as deep, but not muddy. Also have put el34 eh's in here (current tubes), and may be the best sounding of the lot, enough bass for drop tuning, without mudding or sagging, but with a slight loss of top end sparkle. Overall, this is the most versatile, sonically diverse amp I have ever had. A little heavy, but way better than lugging a half stack around. One more note, when playing out with loudness and sonic mayheim in mind, (and when feasible) will always plug into my ext cab (1 g12t100 x 1 v30) in an attempt to keep the tubes from going microphonic before their time. Sounds really good at low volume levels also, but its just not the same!!This is a crazy good sounding amp for the money. BTW, MF customer service is amazing!

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              5.0

              WOW What an amp

              By vintoni

              from Somewhere atound Austin, TX

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Speaker

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

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

              This amp is a fantastic value, and gives you that Marshall crunch that you've been trying to duplicate with all of those pedals that you've bought. Well, throw away all but your favorite overdrive pedal; which works well on both channels; and a few effects, because this amp will give you all you will ever need; almost.

              The standard speaker on this amp is a single 12" Celestion seventy 80; and I did give this a try for the first 4 weeks, but it was just too tinny. Enter the new Celestion Creamback. Perfect. Almost. Plug it into a 2 X 12" extension cabinet with your favorite G12H/Vintage 30 type combo and you will have to be TOLD to go to bed!

              I haven't done the C19 capacitor drop and don't feel any need right now. I don't like the difference in volume between clean and crunch, not a real fan of the reverb, but the value and honest to goodness true Marshall dual super lead sound is there; through a system that allows you to adjust from that unique Marshall clean to as much of that original classic rock screaming roar that you wish; to any death metal forum that I could imagine.

              I've owned this amp about 1 year now, and have had no problems with the tubes or anything else. This amp is heavy, it is solid, and has a good FX loop. The presence and resonance knobs help to fine tune your sound, and there is a tone shift knob for those who want to deaden the mid range. I've been playing for over 40 years now and still find classic rock my favorite.

              Fantastic amp, great value. Go buy yourself the real thing for just a bit more!

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              5.0

              The tone I've been looking for.

              By Stratofreaker

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Reviewer

              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:

                How do I start this review? Well... this amp is simply awesome. I've been looking for the holy grail in a combo amp my whole life and I have owned a host of them; Fender's, Mesa's even a Marshall way back when. For the last 20 years I've been using a Fender amp and using pedals to get a Quasi-Marshall tone, and was fairly happy with things. The day I played through the Marshall DSL40C was the day I realized that I've been doing it all backwards. There is only one way to get that screaming Marshall tone, and that is with a REAL Marshall. Since I started using this amp on stage, whenever I want a Fender sound, I just go to the Classic Gain channel, it is very clean and Fenderish. If I want a crunch rhythm I can either step on my OCD pedal, or I can depress the Crunch button. But when you go the Lead channel it's pure Marshall heaven. A few twiddling of the dials and you'll find Billy G., Beck, Jimi, Bonamassa, Clapton, Page. They're all in there. Maybe that's why it's so heavy. I dunno.

                But to be honest, there are a few things that I find a little dissapointing:

                1) Each channel has two settings. The Classic Gain channel has Clean and Crunch. The Lead Channel has Lead 1 (hot) and Lead 2 (extremely hot). Using the foot switch, you can switch between the Classic Gain Channel and the Lead Channel, but you must depress a botton on the front pannel to kick in the Crunch or the Lead 2 settings. It would have been so convenient to have those swiches on the pedalboard too. I might have to modify.

                2) Another small complaint is the reverb. It's digital and NOT a spring type. Don't know what Marshall was thinking, probably trying to save weight. But the reverb is very weak. So I don't use the reverb at all. But, I've never used much reverb anyway.

                3) Final complaint. NO amp cover. Why, why, why? And the covers from Marshall for this model are very hard to find. I ended up buying a cover from Tuki. Which is actually a much better quality, padded amp cover for about the same price. Just, no Marshall logo on it. My personal recommendation, go with Tuki.

                Well, it's still not the holy grail, but even with the above problems, I am very happy with the Marshall DSL40C. For the giging rock guitarist I can't imagine being disapointed by this amp. It gets my vote for the best bang for your hard-earned rock n' roll buck.
                Stratofreaker

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                5.0

                It IS that renowned Marshall Sound!

                By marshalllivesforever

                from USA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Performances

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

                  I have always wanted the famous tones & sounds of some of the best Rock music from the late sixties, seventies, and eighties. I firmly believe this is IT from a convenient 40 watt combo and a friendly price. If you're looking to mimic the sounds of early Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Malcom/Angus Young etc, then look no further.

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