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

Marshall DSL40C 40W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp 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
    Dimensions: 24.4" x 19.3" x 9.9"
    Weight: 50.5 lb.

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

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  • Most surprising thing about it is the price. Hands down the best amp I have ever heard

    As reviewed by Salman Shami on 3/18/2013

    Firstly this Marshall has been completely flawless and is built really really well. It is a very quiet amp and this helps especially at higher gain settings. Tonally this Marshall is a serious weapon. I have some really nice amps in the past and consider myself very picky when it comes to tone. I replaced two really good amps with this one single amp. I feel this amp is a serious toolbox for an amateur or a professional. The range of tones it can produce would satisfy most people. It can do everything from Jazz, Blues to Extreme Metal and everything in between. Add a Boss SD-1 to the input and a Tube screamer and some modulation pedals through the effects loop and you are in business. It has great clean headroom, fantastic blues overdrive and hard rock to metal tones. With the presence and resonance controls and the tone shift you can get very close to a Peavey 5150. Getting well known Marshall tones such as Plexi, JCM800 and JCM2000 tones are a walk in the park. The controls are very sensitive and help in getting the immense variety. While almost any combination gives some great tone because of the sheer variety and control one has to remember and record the positions of all the controls. I have made myself some diagrams so I can mark the control positions when I find a tone I particularly like. I really find myself in tone heaven and am playing simple power chords just to hear it roar. Till I get my daily fix of this amp I am just not satisfied. I could not find anything at all to criticize on this amp and consider myself very lucky that I find it is so affordable.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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  • Awesome!!!!

    As reviewed by Russell Richardson,Jr on 4/13/2013

    I demoed the DSL at GC and I was blown away. The clean channel on this amp is the best that I ever heard. Its not glassy,but more dark and warm. The second voice on channel one is crunch mode,but be warned it sends the volume threw the roof which freaked me out at first. It really does the whole ?Plexi? thing that the old guitar players talk about. The second channel is where I spent most of my time. With the button set to Lead 1 you really can get a good classic rock sound. If you crank the gain on that setting you can pull of that 80's brown sound perfectly. With the button pressed in to Lead 2 you are able to obtain classic metal tones all the way up to modern death metal. The other features on this amp are usable. The pentode/triode switch drops the output and cuts the volume in half. It doesn't really effect the tone unless you are on the Lead 2 channel with the gain cranked. The presence and resonance were a surprise, as an amp for this price usually only has one...this one has BOTH!! This can be useful on low bedroom/apartment volumes which is where I will use this thing. The reverb is kind of weak for my tastes,but it is better than most. Some people are bothered by the shared EQ, but I don't gig so I?m cool with that. I was really surprised with the sound and very pleased at how this thing handles modern heavy metal. It is a warm sound not fizzy like other high gain amps on low volumes and it is quiet when it is cranked. The build on the amp is high quality and for the price this is one of the best amps on the market...can't wait to get one.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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  • Welcome Back Marshall!!!!

    As reviewed by Russell Richardson,Jr on 1/25/2013

    I tried this baby out in the New Orleans store today and I was floored. I think my search for an amp has to be over at this point. Start out with the clean channel. It has a GREAT bottom end and you really hear the amp respond when you add percussion to your playing style. It is not crystal glass clear like a Fender, but it has a dark clean style that really works well with humbuckers than single coils.When you roll the tone control back you get a real good George Benson tone. The crunch button on this channel brings you into Plexi territory. It is a distinctive sound from the clean channel which actually makes this thing a 3 channel amp. Be warned kicking on the crunch button sends the volume up, so you could use it as a boost if you wanted. Now on to the dirt. This is the most versatile overdrive channel that I have ever played. It picks up right where the crunch button on the clean channel left off and goes all the way to metal and all points in between. The overdrive is not as fizzy as the MA series and has two different overdrive options. On the first overdrive option you can get a real good classic rock sound that is very clear as all the notes ring trough. When you crank the gain you can really get a good ZZ Top sound and when you drop the gain you are in AC/DC country. On the second overdrive channel the gain characteristics are changed. It does not necessarily add more gain but changes how it sounds. This channel is made mainly for hard rock and heavy metal. I played some Megadeth, Black Label and Van Halen (pre 5150) and all the tunes sounded good. Being that I live in an apartment the volume was kept low and It sounded awesome. I had to crank the resonance to help out the bottom end at that volume but it sounds good. My only complaint is that the reverb on both channels leaves something to be desired so for my tastes I will need a pedal. The Triode switch on the back is actually good. I have played amps that had similar technologies to lower the volume or wattage and you always have to give up tone. Not on this one. The tone to my ears is just as good. So it would make playing in my apartment even more manageable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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