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Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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A versatile 40W combo, great for gigging players with a limited edition Vintage cover.

This limited edition Marshall DSL40C 40W tube combo amplifier is a sturdy, all-tube, gig-ready 40-watt workhorse now with a Vintage cover. 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
Vintage cover
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 Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.6

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (16)
  • Good power output (14)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Portable (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is awesome!

This thing is a beast! It should be kept behind a pane of glass with a sign that says: "In case of electric guitar emergency….break glass!" This is...Read complete review

This thing is a beast! It should be kept behind a pane of glass with a sign that says: "In case of electric guitar emergency….break glass!" This is the most versatile tube amp out there. If you can't find a sound you like on this amp, then you are impossible to please. The reverb is great. It will be fine for you, unless you play in a 60's surf band, but no one uses reverb like that anymore! Yes, the stock speaker must be broken in. The clean is amazing and stunningly crisp and quiet. This is like the Swiss army knife of amplifiers. You can use it for home practice, studio use, jamming with a band or playing an outdoor concert….if you drive a 4-12 cabinet with it.
It is amazing that any amp manufacturer can offer a product of this quality and versatility for this price. It is made in the far East…………….SO WHAT?? So are cell phones…and they are way more complex than a guitar amp. If you get this, you will never need any other amp…..no matter what style of music you play. People on here who are whining about the speaker, the reverb, the tubes or some other stock part of this amp: GET A CLUE!
Go and get a fender hot rod or blues deluxe, which cost more by the way, and then spend more money on pedals, and you still won't sound nearly as good as this!!
If you are truly an artist…..this is a wonderful blank canvas!! If you want a blank canvas, made in Europe or America…than spend the additional money and get it, but make it your own! Put in your dream speaker, tubes, mods, reverb or whatever else and make it your own! But please quit whining about this amp not being perfect…..nothing is. If this was made in England and cost $1200, you gear snobs would be just raving about how great it is!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's a great Amp, but you won't get the Vintage

This is a great amp, but if you order it from MF you will most likely not receive the Vintage version. You'll have to wait two weeks or longer to exchange it for the...Read complete review

This is a great amp, but if you order it from MF you will most likely not receive the Vintage version. You'll have to wait two weeks or longer to exchange it for the correct version but there is no guarantee you will receive the Vintage version.

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(23 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is awesome!

By David

from undisclosed

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    This thing is a beast! It should be kept behind a pane of glass with a sign that says: "In case of electric guitar emergency….break glass!" This is the most versatile tube amp out there. If you can't find a sound you like on this amp, then you are impossible to please. The reverb is great. It will be fine for you, unless you play in a 60's surf band, but no one uses reverb like that anymore! Yes, the stock speaker must be broken in. The clean is amazing and stunningly crisp and quiet. This is like the Swiss army knife of amplifiers. You can use it for home practice, studio use, jamming with a band or playing an outdoor concert….if you drive a 4-12 cabinet with it.
    It is amazing that any amp manufacturer can offer a product of this quality and versatility for this price. It is made in the far East…………….SO WHAT?? So are cell phones…and they are way more complex than a guitar amp. If you get this, you will never need any other amp…..no matter what style of music you play. People on here who are whining about the speaker, the reverb, the tubes or some other stock part of this amp: GET A CLUE!
    Go and get a fender hot rod or blues deluxe, which cost more by the way, and then spend more money on pedals, and you still won't sound nearly as good as this!!
    If you are truly an artist…..this is a wonderful blank canvas!! If you want a blank canvas, made in Europe or America…than spend the additional money and get it, but make it your own! Put in your dream speaker, tubes, mods, reverb or whatever else and make it your own! But please quit whining about this amp not being perfect…..nothing is. If this was made in England and cost $1200, you gear snobs would be just raving about how great it is!

    (23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Correction to Another Review

    By Mike

    from Denver, CO

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    Pros

    • Basket weave grill cloth
    • Classic styling
    • Looks Awesome!
    • Really great sound
    • Resonance Control
    • Versitile sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        From another review: "One bummer, you can't run the on board speaker and an external speaker at the same time."

        I believe this is inaccurate. The 16 ohm on-board speaker is connected to a speaker cable that plugs into the amp like any other speaker cable. If you plug it, and another 16 ohm speaker (or cabinet), into the amp's two 8 ohm speaker jacks, you'll be using the amp in one of its intended configurations. This is described in the owner's manual.

        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Too much of a good thing is a good thing.

        By Dustin

        from York, Pa

        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 Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          This amp has too much gain, too much trouble, and too much bass. That's why it's great, it doesn't leave you wanting more. I've had it about a month now and I think it is just great. It's hard to have a bad setting, the amp always sounds good. I love the way it looks, I love the way the knobs feel. With all the settings you essentially have 4 channels, plus the tone shift button you can really dial in what you are looking for.

          A few gripes I have heard are that there is not enough reverb. If if you bought this amp I'm sure you already have a decent reverb pedal, anything you need beyond what the amp is giving you should be handled by a reverb pedal anyways.

          I've read the Lead channels have too much treble when you switch from clean to distortion, I have not found that to be the case. The amp has a lot of treble (especially before the speaker breaks in) but you can eq it to your liking. If you can't balance the clean/lead eq then this is not the amp for you. Some people are happy doing c19 mod to lessen the trouble on the Lead channel, I don't think it's necessary. Some people have said swapping out for a different speaker resolved the issue.

          I've heard the clean channel is not equal to other brands, but I do not agree with that, the clean channels are beautiful and unique. If you prefer another amps clean channel than get that amp. The clean channel is not lacking.

          I played this amp, a Blackstar ht40 and a peavy 6505 60w combo before buying this. They are all great amps. The DSL40C stood out to me, it sounded good no matter how the eq was set, I really enjoyed my time with it. The Blackstar and Peavey had me messing with the eq the whole time trying to find nice settings. They sounded like there was a pillow in front of the speaker.

          Here we have a great sounding amp at a great price. It cranks, it gets very loud, and sounds very good.

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Recommend, absolutely!

          By Joseph

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          The first one I bought was "used - mint" which had a tube issue. The 2nd channel did not work at all. Anyway, swapped that one for a brand new one and couldn't be happier with this amp! The vintage look of this amp is great in person, but the tones in this thing... unbelievable. It is exactly as advertised; anything from plexi to JCM2000. I run it mostly in triode on the drive channel (lead 1) with the gain at 9 or 10 o'clock and the notes just literally leap off the fretboard. The clean channel is very impressive as well -- better than expected; big bottom end. It's definitely a FUN amp to play. Not many are. If you can't get the goods with this amp, you're probably better off in front of a piano. I'd say the break in period on the speaker was a solid 12hrs of playing at moderate volume. New speakers can be a tad tight and harsh sounding, of course, but it's all butter now. I'm going to run it through my vintage 4x12 and see what's what. Can't wait!

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Value

          By Dusty14u

          from Eastern NC

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          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 Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I have a handful of good tube amps and this is by far the best I have ever owned or played. It covers all the ground of other one dimensional amps. My Fender amps cover clean but woefully lack in good tube distortion. This amp has it all.
            The only thing I would like to see is the ability to foot switch between the two clean options and the two lead options. Getting SRV and Hendrix tones,as well as most other classic and even modern toes is effortless. I can easily gig with this with no pedals, which is the first time I have ever been able to say that. It does take pedals very well and the Fed loop works well.

            This amp is the best value on the market today, bar none.

            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Buttery smooth Amp

            By Bluefinger Drew

            from Kauai, Hawaii

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Great Vintage Looks

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              This amp replaced my TSL122 when it failed. I tried Orange, Fender and non-tube Marshalls and none of them were sufficient. I play weekend bar gigs in a Rock/blues trio. THIS amp is awesome! Very versatile, very creamy on the Hendrix/SRV. If you like the Marshall sound--this is a great way to get it (settings let you choose from 4 different vintage Marshall amps). Plenty loud enough for a bar environment but it handles the clean subtle passages with ease. The vintage look really creates a buzz. The only bad part is the hiss on the high gain. All in all a GREAT amp. 9 out of 10. Not to mention it's about half the weight of my TSL.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Marshall DSL40C

              By Spider John

              from Lumberton, MS

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • too loud for bedroom practice

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Performances

              Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              Bought this sweet little thing about a month ago now. Quickly found out even at half power this amp kicks like a mule in a small room. At full power, well, better wear earplugs. This is NOT a bedroom practice amp, not unless you and your family and neighbors like rattling walls and vibrating floors. As for the tone, the crunch channel NAILS the tone i was looking for from this amp with my SG. The clean channel is fairly descent, and copes fairly well with a tele for country twang. Haven't messed with the ultra gain channels much, but there are some good sounds to be found there as well. Like others have said, the celestion is BRIGHT right out of the box, but it mellows out with some use. The finishing is pretty great for an overseas built amp, and the eq, volume, and gain knobs do a great job of fine tuning the sound. The reverb isn't as good as say a spring verb, but it does fine for what i play. It seems to have a pretty good quality about it, everything from the finish and grille cloth to the switches and knobs. Its heavy, but still lighter than a 4x12. Overall a pretty amazing amp for the price. Next objective is to get a 4x12 and really test it out.

              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Amp!!

              By Kel

              from Flowery Branch, Ga.

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              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 Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                I've only had it now for a couple of weeks but this amp has great tone and plenty of gain. The reverb is a bit light but that's OK. I wanted a portable amp to take around places and also one to sit on top of a 212 cabinet that I have for bigger gigs. It seems to have plenty of strength and it sounds great. One bummer, you can't run the on board speaker and an external speaker at the same time. Not a deal breaker though. It's a great amp, try it, you'll love it.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very Nice Amp

                By SirPuttsAlot

                from New York

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording

                Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                The Vintage Look of this is Amp is beautiful and it's a very powerful unit for home use. In a large 20' x 22' room, I still have to run it @ half power. It definitely delivers on the Marshall Sound that I was looking for and the included pedal was a nice touch.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice

                By Rokn Rod

                from Evanston Il

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Has good sound on both channels. Easy to transition from solo sound to strumming level with footswitch.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  pure marshall

                  By bj

                  from michigan

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    Got a nice clean sound,and when you stomp the pedal your ripping

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    It's a great Amp, but you won't get the Vintage

                    By Earle

                    from Virginia

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    This is a great amp, but if you order it from MF you will most likely not receive the Vintage version. You'll have to wait two weeks or longer to exchange it for the correct version but there is no guarantee you will receive the Vintage version.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Amp

                    By jk

                    from Gautier, MS

                    About Me Novice

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                      I bought this amp during the MF Labor Day sale and thought it was an exceptional deal. I currently only use it for practicing at home. It has great tone, power and presence and should be good for anything short of big venues. I purchased it b/c my Mesa 50 watt head/cab was too loud for a practice amp. The Marshall is perfect for my current and any foreseeable future needs, whether it be practice, jamming or gigging. It's switchable to half wattage but I don't find it necessary even in my home...tone is good throughout the volume spectrum in 40 watt mode. I've read where others found it necessary to switch out the pre-amp tubes and although mine had some hiss and pop at first, they seem to have settled down. I find nothing wrong with the tone of the stock tubes. Given MF's return policy, I'm thankful I didn't have to return it. Highly recommend this amp...

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      This Marshall tube amp rocks...

                      By Bones

                      from Oklahoma

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                        Outstanding! Marshall stays true to their classic tones. You get a 59 plexi and a jcm800 in this amp. It is plenty loud for most venues, even without house systems. If you don't mind shattering Windows or getting a divorce and losing all your gear, you better switch it to half wattage before playing at home.

                        (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Yes

                        By James

                        from undisclosed

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                        Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                        Good amp.

                         
                        5.0

                        Perfect for practice and gigs

                        By Jesse

                        from Portland, OR

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                          I used to have a Marshall Plexi half-stack that I sold ten or so years ago. Ever since then I've been looking for that same sound and vintage look without the volume blowing my neighbors' socks off and the price burning too big of a hole in my wallet. I had researched and read reviews on the DSL40 and found this vintage version that they offered. The pictures online don't do it justice, this thing is beautiful in person. I also like the triode switch that allows you to turn it down to 20amps for home playing/practice. And back to the sound...it's really a versatile amp that can give you the sounds of an old plexi, blues, or new age crunch. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for their first tube amp.

                           
                          5.0

                          Great value!

                          By HGBERG

                          from Bend, OR

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Performances

                            Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                            I've owned several Marshall and Mesa amps and was looking to downsize to something more portable. This amp is a great value for the cost and perfect for at home use or small gigs.

                            (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Amp is fantastic! MF is not

                            By Cars and guitars

                            from Orchard Park NY

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Good Warmth
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Performances

                              Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                              The amp is absolutely amazing at this price point.The description clearly states "vintage cover included",it is not.Called MF the day I got the amp and was told it refers to the grill cloth?Really?I was also told to contact Marshall myself?Had to call customer service 3x as first rep. said he would get back to me,never did.Probably last purchase from MF.

                               
                              5.0

                              Marshall DSL40C: Versatile Amp at a Reasonable Price.

                              By Man on the Moon

                              from Hubert, NC

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances

                                Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                                I love this amp. You get that Marshall sound at a reasonable price, and it is really easy to work on/tweak to your liking. The clean/crunch channel sounds great, and once I made a minor mod (C-19), the Ultra-gain/Lead Channel roars! Besides the C-19 mod, I replaced the stock speaker with an eminence governor and swapped out the preamp tubes. The stock tubes sound great too, but I have quite a few different brands of tubes laying around and was curious which sounded best. I tried Tungsols, Mullards, various TAD's, and went with JJ's. I play mostly punk/hard rock type stuff on a wanna be Tele with a Seymour Duncan hot rails pick-up in the bridge, and use a Maxon OD808 as a clean boost and Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail through the effects loop. I am very happy with how this has all come together.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Good Amp.

                                By Jim

                                from Douglas City, Ca

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about Marshall DSL40C Limited Edition Vintage 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                                  I can get a lot of different tones from this small amp.

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