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Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head Black

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The Marshall DSL100H tube guitar amp head has footswitchable Classic Gain and Ultra channels, each boasting two modes - Clean/Crunch and Lead 1/Lead 2 respectively. These will take you from Plexi-styl... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Marshall DSL100H tube guitar amp head has footswitchable Classic Gain and Ultra channels, each boasting two modes - Clean/Crunch and Lead 1/Lead 2 respectively. These will take you from Plexi-style, pristine clean to JCM800 snarl, hot-rodded 2203, high gain lead and all points in-between. The flexibility of the shared 5-way EQ (Treble, Middle, Bass, Resonance and Presence) section is increased further by a Mid-Shift button - perfect for modern metal brutality.

A series FX loop on the rear panel (bypassable via an on/off switch) adds to the DSL100H's professional flexibility, as does the Pentode (Full Power)/Triode (Half Power) switch which drops the power-amp's output to 50-Watts. It also changes the amp's tonal character as Triode mode produces a smoother, less aggressive sound.

Features
  • Two footswitchable channels - Classic Gain & 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 & Resonance
  • Mid-Shift button adds to the amp's tonal flexibility
  • Pentode/Triode switch to drop power down from 100W to 50W
  • Bypassable series FX loop
  • 2-way footswitch supplied
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5 year parts/ 3 year labor warranty.


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MarshallDSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.1

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (22)
  • Excellent sound (20)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Warm / comfy (15)
  • Portable (5)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (16)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

2012 Marshall DSL100H Review

First of all, I've owned at one time or another Mesa Boogie Rectifier, Mesa Boogie M5, Orange Rockerver 50, Bogner Shiva, Soldano hot rod 100 plus, EVH 5150 and I had to...Read complete review

First of all, I've owned at one time or another Mesa Boogie Rectifier, Mesa Boogie M5, Orange Rockerver 50, Bogner Shiva, Soldano hot rod 100 plus, EVH 5150 and I had to sell them all when I got into money problems two years ago. And I think I have tried almost every amp on the planet cheap or expensive. So I have heard a lot of tones.

As far as this amp, channel 1 has a great clean tone. In fact, sparkling clean with a fender strat. The digital reverb is a very weak reverb and is very hard to notice that it is even there, but that's ok as I don't like too much reverb. When placing a multi effect unit such as a TC Nova in the loop, there is a huge drop in volume that I can't understand why. So I had to bring up the effects loop dry and wet to maximum, to get a decent volume back to original without effects in loop.

Channel 2 is what makes this amp great in getting that Marshall crunch on power chords and deep thick chunky "slash" tones on the E and A strings. And this amp can cut through the mix very well, and can get quite loud, even in medium halls.

The tones on the lead ch 2 (not ultra gain), are really smooth with harmonics that pop out unexpectedly,(this is where a lot of the amps in this price range fail). This harmonic tonal character is what I like about this amp and what I really judge an amp by. With this amp, I can get perfect Led Zepplin tones or even "slash" tones that are dead on. For metal, I need a boost and I use the TS9.

There is an ultra gain switch that I never use, because it makes the crisp "crunchy or chunky" distortion on the low E and A strings sound "muddy" and undefined. However, if we put a tube screamer in front of the amp then, the searing high gain lead kicks in without being muddy on the lower strings. It seems like Marshall could have spent more time designing the ultra gain channel and EQ it better and then I would have no need for a boost pedal.

Aside from these issues, the amp has tone that never ends, with boost pedal in or out. The amp seems to be well constructed and solid. This is a Vietnam made and Marshall designed amp, and I know some people may have a problem with that. But for the price, this amp beats all other amps. There is no amp priced this low with this great tone. This amp kills blackstar, Vox, Egnater,and every other amp in this price range when it comes to tone and I tried most of them.

So I think it's wise to keep away from the ultra gain channel on this amp. Because the ultra gain channel EQ is not to my taste or poorly designed and the Reverb is weak, I give this amp 4 stars out of 5. Still when it comes to tone that is thick and cuts though the mix and has all the great harmonics the I am used to in Marshalls, this amp delevirs and for a affordable price. I still wish I could someday get my hands on a Soldano Hot Rod 100 again, but that amp was like $2300, and this Marshall amp has just as good tone. I would recommend this amp as long as the price stays low.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Definitely NOT the JCM2000 protege

Maybe I had a unit that was poorly biased? But I don't have time to change tubes and re-bias. I need something that rocks right out of the box. The gain channel on...Read complete review

Maybe I had a unit that was poorly biased? But I don't have time to change tubes and re-bias. I need something that rocks right out of the box. The gain channel on this amp had zero warmth. I found it sterile and completely unusable. The clean channel was good like you would expect from Marshall. The digital reverb was very very weak. I've owned two JCM2000 units over the years, and bought this one as a replacement for one that died. The gain channel sounds nothing like the JCM2000. All tubes fired up and were working fine. Musician's Friend was great and let me return the amp, and exchange it for something else. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

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5.0

Never owned a Marshall, will never regret buying this!!

By Carlito

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clean Channel
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Limited Footswitch

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I have been playing guitar for 26 years, and never really could afford quality instruments until recently. I picked this up tonight and I am beyond blown away. I've used Line6, Crate, and even Peavey amps (Bandit, anyone?) and this thing just sounds incredible. The distortion sounds amazing, the clean channel is very pristine with the gain down (and volume up). I just can't believe this thing. It's a Marshall through and through, and I have yet to turn the power switch up to 100 watts (even at 50 watts I'm practically drowning out my drummer). I don't get what all the negative reviews are about. I almost didn't buy it because it only has a 4 star, well I can say now from experience this thing sounds unbelievable.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GREAT 80'S SOUND

By Dirty South

from Dirty South

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I have been in numerous bar cover bands and have cycled through a lot of gear, not all great stuff but I have had Peavey - 5150's, Triple X's, Ultra, Windsors, XXL, Crate - Stealths, Vintage Clubs, Marshall JCM 600, Randall RT50s, Diablo series and numerous others. Each had their own sound, but I grew up listening to 80's British Metal and this amp nails that. I play it through a Marshall MC412A. (has the Rocket 50's in it. Sounds good at low volumes but haven't pushed it yet)

    Easy to dial in that 80's sound. I use the gain around 4 with high gain pickups, but with more classic sounding Pickups you can use more gain. Sounds very RATT, Dokken, Saxon like. I read enough reliability issues with the JCM version of this, that I figured I would take the chance on this one instead. I played a JCM DSL side by side and couldn't tell much of a difference.

    The only thing I don't like is the effects loop. I bought mine used, so I don't know if all are like this or just mine, but when using any effects through the loop it adds highs and makes the over all sound thin. I just tweaked the pedals and run them through the front but don't use many anyways. The effects loop is the only reason I am giving this 4 instead of 5 stars.

     
    5.0

    i would buy this product again

    By G

    from MILAN IL.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Marshall has really stepped it up i am very satisfied with this amp.It delivers that warm tube powerful sound
    that Marshall has always been known for.If you are looking for a amp that delivers check out the DSL100H
    half stack.I have been playing for over 40 years and have played through many amps including older Marshalls. I am very impressed with this amp.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Marshall tone at a great price

    By Swagger Guitarist

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Captures that unique Marshall sound
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Rehearsal

      Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      First off, I don't know why I've heard/read any negative comments about the DSL 100. It took me too many years to pull the trigger on this (because of some of the less than stellar reviews on the DSL line. I've been using Mesa and EVH for years while avoiding Marshall with some of the bad press they get. I started really getting into that hot-rodded Marshall sound with Friedman, Splawn, Ceriatone, etc... then I thought, why not get the original. I picked up a DSL 40C, and I can get that amp to rock! I enjoyed that unique, creamy and crunchy Marshall tone so much, I picked up the DSL 100, and I couldn't be happier. I play in cover band and have to generate tones that go from hard rock (say, def leppard) to clean funky stuff (like Bruno Mars). I absolutely love the brutal crunchy tones I can get AND the clean channel works really well fro what I need. There's just something special that only Marshall can produce, but I guess those who don't like the DSL are not working with the amp enough to coax out Marshall's best. For me, it was all about "less is more".... specifically, the gain in the "Ultra Gain" channel. Much like a Mesa Mark V will get flubby if you turn up the bass with very much gain, you have to use the treble and presence in the right ratios with the gain. The gain does get fizzy as it approaches 50%, so you just have to use the part that sounds good, which works for me as I've never been a fan of so much gain that note articulation is lost. I know it's all a mater of taste, and I've not had it long enough to determine the reliability, but right now, I'm playing better with this tone and enjoying it more than my other amps. If you play venues large enough to allow you to open up your amps a bit, don't hesitate, this is a great amp that compares to the best of them.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great stack!

      By 60srocker

      from The Heart of Dixie

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I've been playing for over 50 years (I'm 67) and this is the best stack I've ever had! I bought the head from a local store and the cab from a Tennessee musician. The cab was well broken in. The head sounds great and only 1 channel works!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect for classic thrash

        By Downpick Destroyer

        from Round Rock Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • NIce crisp gain stage
        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I have been wanting this amp for months.The lead guitarist in my band bought a Dual Rectifier so in order for my guitar to be heard at all i needed something loud enough to hang with it and give me a different tone that blends well with his amp. Spent tons of time dialing in the perfect tone on the one in the demo room at my local guitar center. Now I have finally ordered one and I couldn't be happier. I can get tones reminiscent of anything from Guns N Roses, AC/DC, and Metallica out of it. A tube screamer really brings this thing to life though. Once you push it with an overdrive (I use a TS9 on Lead 1 with mid scoop) this amp becomes perfect for thrash metal. The tone I use pretty much sounds like the damaged justice tour from 1989.

          My experience so far is that this amp can cut through a mix, sound perfectly heavy enough for me, and really bring out the fast style of downpicking i love to show off. All you Big 4 fans, look no further than this amp.

           
          4.0

          Good, amp!!

          By kda

          from sarasota, fl

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            Home studio.

             
            5.0

            Good Value! Amazing TONE!!

            By James

            from Chicago, Illinois

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • NOne

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            Went to Guitar center and played a few amps including a Hughes and Kettner tubemeister, but i ended up the DSL100h because I found it was so versatile. I could get many good sounding tones out of this amp! This is a great amp for a guitarist that wants to get his or her first tube amp!

             
            5.0

            Awesome

            By Tyson

            from Carrollton, OH

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I'm in a thrash metal band called Radiatrix and use this head for all shows. It's more than heavy enough for thrash and it can obviously get the classic Marshall rock tones. The only thing about this amp that I don't like is that you can't switch from clean to crunch or from lead 1 to lead 2 with the footswitch.

               
              3.0

              It broke

              By Vinny

              from Youngstown

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              It broke as soon as I bought it, meaning I plugged it in and the motherboard melted. Guitar center couldn't fix it, Marshall had to. I had to go to a third party company about 45 minutes from where I live. When it worked, this amp was amazing.

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