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Marshall DSL40CR 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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The updated Marshall DSL series has arrived! These DSL amps are laden with Marshall tone, features and functionality for the novice, as well as pros ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The awesome workhorse Marshall DSL combo is back, with modern features.

The updated 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 new features:

Adjustable Power Output
These DSL models feature adjustable power settings, which delivers all-valve tone and feel, at any volume, from bedroom to stage. The new 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 new 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 all-new 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: 40W (tube)
  • High- and low-output settings
  • Tubes: four 12AX7 (preamp); two EL34 (power amp)
  • Two channels
  • Single input
  • Speaker: 1x12 Celestion V-Type
  • Built-in reverb
  • Softube emulated output
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MarshallDSL40CR 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.8

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Warm / comfy (4)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Amp!

By Mike

from Peoria, IL

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Marshall DSL40CR 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I can't rave enough about this amp! Love it! I searched for the perfect amp to pair with my Gibson guitars for about 6 months. I play a lot of rock and classic rock (mostly rhythm and some lead) so tone and "kick you in the chest" bottom end sound were critical to me. I played many competitive brands and even compared this to the higher end JVM series. This DSL 40 had the best "full" sound that I was looking for and at a reasonable price. In my band, we run through a PA system (emulated out through a direct box for me) and work hard to manage stage volume. So, this wattage was perfect to turn up the volume enough to work the tubes and heat myself, without killing the balance of the other instruments or blasting. The 20w (1/2 power) feature is nice too. I've used it in multiple rehearsals and a few gigs by now and am very happy with it!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I would buy this amp again.

    By Zeke

    from New Hope, WV

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Marshall DSL40CR 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I've been playing guitar for over forty years and have owned or had access to a lot of great amps including two DSL heads from the JCM 2000 series and a DSL 40c from the previous series. I haven't owned a Marshall since 2013. When I found out Marshall had updated and improved the DSL series of amplifiers, I thought I would try one and now have the DSL40CR.
      This is a great sounding amp! Marshall has made some changes in the tone circuit which imho has improved the tone. There's less gain on the ultra gain channel and more on the classic gain channel. The clean mode starts to break up at lower gain settings, but a good clean sound is available. The crunch mode has more gain. OD1 and OD2 sound great and OD2 is more usable. It is my favorite mode.
      Marshall is using the Celestion V Type speaker in the DSL40CR which sounds great in this amp and is a major improvement over the seventy 80.
      The older DSLs had the bright cap which would engage when the channels were switched from classic gain to ultra gain making the ultra gain channel brighter and finding a compatible eq setting for both channels more difficult. I don't know for a fact that Marshall has eliminated the bright cap from their design, but I don't hear thevamp getting brighter when the channels are switched.
      The build quality has been improved and more importantly the quality of the tone has been improved over the previous series. I recently tried out a mini jubilee and I think the DSL40CR sounds better.
      The series effects loop is a definite improvement. The reverb has been improved but is still weak. The emulated out is a nice feature but doesn't sound that great. The half power works great. I haven't tried the multi switching function but I have a friend who bought a DSL100HR. He is using a midi controller to use all four amp modes with an elaborate pedal board with several loops and it works to his satisfaction.
      I'm happy with the DSL40CR and appreciate Marshall for making a great amp at such a great price!

       
      5.0

      Great Amp!

      By John T

      from Newburgh, NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Marshall DSL40CR 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I needed to replace my very old Fender Vibrolux. I am very pleased I chose this Marshall. It has a wide variety of sounds that can be tweaked a number of ways. Whether clean, overdrive, crunch or ultra, it's all excellent. The reduced output setting is great for home use, and the higher setting is loud enough for most venues.

         
        5.0

        i would but this again, and i did. awsome in stereo

        By chris

        from massachusetts

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Marshall DSL40CR 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          real nice and great deal. so I bought two. sounds great using the stereo outputs on my epi ef500 acoustic or epi les paul ultra electric

           
          4.0

          If only Marshall...

          By MOTubens

          from Puerto Rico

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Marshall DSL40CR 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Versatile gain sounds, flexible use of power and size lends flexibility for different venues.

           
          5.0

          Almost perfect

          By Danny Rocket Sauce

          from Green Bay WI

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Has "that" sound
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Reverb is just okay

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording
          • Rocking
          • Rocking harder
          • Rocking the hardest

          Comments about Marshall DSL40CR 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          This amp is everything I liked about the last model, and so much more. The clean and crunch channels are pretty much the same as the last one, which is awesome.

          The lead channel is less fizzy and has less treble so you can easily find a good sound for everything with the shared EQ.

          I use a midi footswitch to control the functions for gigs and it works great. I am looking foreword to purchasing the 6 button footswitch for it though when it comes available. DO NOT buy the JVM 410 footswitch for this amp, it does not work.

          Fact is that I've been playing a lot more lately since I got this thing. It's hard to put the Les Paul down when the time is so darn good. I own or have owned a lot of amps, including the JCM2000 DSL50, the Vintage Modern, JVM205H, Bugera 333xl, Peavey 5150, etc. I really feel this amp sounds as good or better to my ears than all of those, plus it has great functional versatility for playing live. I would recommend it to anyone regardless of talent. Slash should have one in his bedroom and so should you!!

           
          4.0

          Marshall DSL 40CR is THE LAW!

          By MOTubens

          from Puerto Rico

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Marshall DSL40CR 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              Were it not for the user manual's erroneous recommending of and Marshall's ads promoting compatibility with the 6 button footswitch PEDL 91005 (A CRITICAL SELLING POINT), I would have given the DSL 40CR
              !
              But I was seriously dissspointed with THAT DETAIL.
              If only Marshall would make this RIGHT.
              Still, I L❤VE the amp...

               
              5.0

              Very Glad I Got It!

              By Billy B

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Marshall DSL40CR 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                I liked the new features over the dsl40c as far as power and sound. The Celestion speaker is matched well with the amp. Overall a great amp for the price.

                 
                5.0

                Just Got Better

                By Blaze

                from TN

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                Comments about Marshall DSL40CR 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                What a versatile amp. The added Power Level Selector & 2 Master Volumes make this amp versatile enough for any use. Home or studio recording, gigging and bedroom. Now you can even play quiet enough for the wife & kids to sleep and keep a great tone. This one now comes with a Celestion G12 V-Type 70 Watt 16-Ohm Speaker. A HUGE upgrade from the 70/80 that the DSL40C came with. The V-Type sound is very versatile. Try it before you assume you need a new speaker like the DSL40C. The FX Loop in this amp is great as well. This truly is the best tube amp in this price range if you need one that is VERSATILE in every way. It can be used ANYWHERE and it can play ANYTHING as it comesf rom the factory. The cleans are beautiful and it can get hella dirty with no pedals.

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