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Marshall DSL20HR 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head

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Product Price $499.99
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The next generation of the Marshall DSL series has arrived! These DSL amps are laden with Marshall tone, features and functionality for the novice, a...Click To Read More About This Product

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Get legendary DSL tone with modern features.

The next generation of the Marshall DSL series has arrived! These DSL amps are laden with Marshall tone, features and functionality for the novice, as well as pros performing on the world’s biggest stages. The DSL series includes the following updated features:

Adjustable Power Output
The DSL models feature adjustable power settings, which delivers all-valve tone and feel, at any volume, from bedroom to stage. This technology adjusts power to the valves, instead of just turning off valve stages, allowing the amp to remain articulate and dynamic.

EQ Refinements
Some innovative tweaks to the EQ circuitry have given the new DSLs even greater tonal flexibility. The EQ section of the new DSLs can deliver exactly what your ears are looking for.

Emulated Output
Marshall's partnership with Softube has led to the creation of award-winning plug-ins, as well as exceptional tone in its CODE digital amps. The same team is responsible for the development of the new emulated output feature, found in the DSL series. Both the headphone out, and line out on the DSL models boast incredibly accurate emulation of Marshall's famed 1960 cabinet.

Reverb, Resonance and Master Volume
The DSL is now more versatile than ever, with features including discrete master volume controls for each channel, built-in reverb and resonance controls (the DSL1 and DSL5 do not offer resonance controls).

New Models
Additions to the range include the DSL1 head and combos, which offer all-valve Marshall DSL tone in a smaller package, plus a DSL20 combo and head.


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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Power: 20W (tube)
  • High- and low-power settings
  • Tubes: three 12AX7 (preamp); two EL34 (power amp)
  • Two channels
  • Single input
  • Built-in reverb
  • Softube emulated output
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MarshallDSL20HR 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.5

(based on 4 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Performances (4)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

JIM MARSHALL IS SMILING DOWN FROM ABOVE!

By Arch69er

from Clinton, MO

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • EFFECTS LOOP
  • EL34 DESIGN = TRUE MARSHALL SOUND
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • DIGITAL REVERB IS WEAK/LIMITED

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • CLUB VENUES TO 500 OR SO
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Marshall DSL20HR 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Received this head on 2/21 under President's Day Sale, but took an open box item because of no inventory. Built with every bit of the same fine fit and finish as any JCM or larger DSL head. Far superior tone quality to the DSL15H which uses 6V6's and has no effects loop. The classic gain channel I have set up with the gain around 10 o'clock and this provides a warm and pristine clean channel with a bit of grit. If I need more "hair" on the tone, without switching to the ultra gain channel, I turn on both my DynaComp and a TS808. When entering heavy duty, the ultra gain channel with the control set at noon is more than most people would ever need. This provides essentially a 3 channel amp. The ONLY negative I have found which is not significant, is the quality and control of the digital reverb, which would be better not used. If you're covering some late 80's British punk rock like the Outfield or Plimsoles, or even some Dire Straights or Police, put a TC Electronics reverb or an EH Electric Mistress on your pedal board, and turn this feature off on the amp completely. Factory equipped tubes are JJ's both for the EL34's and the 12AX7 preamp valves. There are a few reviews on various websites suggesting that this amp produces a "thin" frequency response, lacking the rich upper harmonics, and the bass thump you can feel at higher volumes; nothing could be further from the truth. I have this amp paired in my studio with a Marshall 1936 2X12, and at only half volume on the full 20W setting, it will easily keep up with a large acoustic drum kit and a keyboard and synth behind a 100W solid state amp. Although I have not explored all the guitar possibilities at this early stage, I can vouch completely for a chambered Les Paul or a Jackson DINKY. I also own a Vintage Modern 50W head, of which this DSL reminds me very much, a 50W English-made AVT head, and a 50W MG combo, so I am not completely new or unfamiliar with Marshall amps. This one is a keeper!

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Going in the Right Direction Marshall

By Super Fleek Guitarist

from Austin, TX

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Pros

  • Better feature set

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Marshall DSL20HR 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Let me preface this review with the fact that I have several Marshall amps to compare the new DSL to... including a JTM-45, JCM 2525 (Jubilee), and JVM410h Joe Satriani, and though it's not fair to compare and amp that costs thousands to one I got for just a few hundred, those wonderful Marshall tones are still in my ears, so I can't help it. Okay, so the good...

    I was stoked to find out that Marshall finally fixed the mistake of the DSL15h and added an effects loop! The tone stack is more responsive as well. I think it just sounds better than the DSL15... not as polar... there's better middle ground tones between very overdriven and slightly overdriven. For the price, you're going to have to search pretty hard for a better sounding amp with better features.

    The two closest amps I had to compare this to are my Silver Jubilee 20 W, and my DLS 40 W. Unfortunately, it just didn't have the same mojo as either. Again, by itself, the DSL20 sounded pretty darn good, both classic gain and ultra gain, but when A/Bed with either the Jubilee or the DSL40, it sounded a bit fizzy (and I don't turn the gain past 10 o'clock) and thin. I feel like there's a bit too much gain on tap. I wish they would have picked the lower gain side of the DLS's ultra gain channel, but it sounds to me they chose the higher gain circuit.

    Even though it's a less expensive amp, there's something magical about the DSL40, and I was hoping to hear it in the DSL20, but it just wasn't there, so it went back. :(

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A REAL MARSHALL FOR THE CLUB AND RECORDING GUITARIST

    By Arch69er

    from Clinton, MO

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    Pros

    • Cathode biased, like VOX EL84-based amps
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • JJ Tubes Standard Issue
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Uses the venerable EL34 power valves
    • Very transparent effects loop

    Cons

    • Reverb is useless!

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Club and small venues up to about 500
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Marshall DSL20HR 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Marshall lost many talented and senior design people just prior the time of passing of "The Governor" himself. While no one in the music business or especially in the guitar world would make slight of Jim Marshall's contributions, the fact is that as the decades passed, sometimes, there was a tendency to just keep doing things the way they always have been...."because." Unfortunately, this was the situation Marshall found itself in not very long ago. Let's face it, pretty much like the present dilemma Gibson helped create, not many working musicians either need nor can afford $1500 -$2000+ for a full sized Marshall head, and historically, if you wanted a certain sound, your choices were best found in the heads, not the combos. Some reviewers have complained that this amp is "thin" sounding and lacks presence, and my only comment is you are probably not matched up with a good 2X12 cabinet and speakers, like the Creambacks, Vintage 30's, or the venerable G12T75 and the G12P60. I don't believe your soundstage volume capability will do justice to a half stack, but this amp is not intended for playing large venues or outdoors, unmiked. The classic gain channel is warm, and with the gain on about 9 or 10 O'clock, breaks up evenly as you increase you pickup volume and conversely; very nice clean or mild OD. I have my ultra gain channel set at about 11, and it is all anyone needs to duplicate 80's arena rock, hair metal, etc. It was nice to see Marshall actually listen to players and put a decent set of tubes into this amp, like they used to do with JJ's predecessor company, Tesla, back in the 70's. Make sure all the tubes are firmly seated in the sockets and are straight up, not partially tilted to one side before you turn on the power. When you have an effects loop, there is no need for on board reverb! A top notch amp, nonetheless; get one!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Useful in Normal mode (w/speaker), Emulated ch not useful.

    By Jim Medlin, guitar.

    from North Ga

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Marshall DSL20HR 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      Again, emulated mode sounds very poor in Pro Tools. Normal w/speaker very useful. Red channel
      great Marshall sound, green channel very clean like model 1959 100w. Over all, w/ el34 & 12 ax7 tubes
      it is a real amp. If you can use it with a cab, you can record with it very well. Low power mode (10w)
      Sounds great!

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