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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
  • 4-12AX7 tubes and 4-EL34 tubes
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MarshallDSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
3.9

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Good power output (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Warm / comfy (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (10)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Marshall DSL100 H 100 Watt Tube Amp head

Very Nice Marshall Head. I wanted something that would allow me to get the raw power of the 100 Watt head without getting another JVM series Amp or a Soldano. Around the home in...Read complete review

Very Nice Marshall Head. I wanted something that would allow me to get the raw power of the 100 Watt head without getting another JVM series Amp or a Soldano. Around the home in particular. I had to use a Marshall Power brake to glow the tubes so I could get the right sound but dial back the volume. With the DSL and the new pentode/triode switch on the back,it allows you to knock it back from 100 watts to 50 watts, I don't need the power brake on this rig. And I get the level of saturation/distortion and reverb I want. The raw power and grit. That great Marshall sound. And with all the effects pedals I have and normally use, so far, I haven't used a single one. I love the punch of this amp. I play Strats, Les Pauls and PRS primarily, all sound great. The design of the head is simple and reminds me of my Soldano. I'm extremely pleased with this head, and especially with the price. And again, with Guitar Center. Great Customer Service Department.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good entry level marshall head with some flaws.

The dsl100h is a great entry level Marshall with classic JCM sounds. There are some setbacks with this amp however. When switching from the clean/crunch to the lead channel there is you will...Read complete review

The dsl100h is a great entry level Marshall with classic JCM sounds. There are some setbacks with this amp however. When switching from the clean/crunch to the lead channel there is you will notice it is much brighter and when you eq to balance this it makes the clean channel too dark. The resonance and presence knobs are very useful for fattening or tightening your sound. But I must be honest the built in reverb is absolutely garbage, yes I know its just a built in digital reverb but there are other amps in this price point with much nicer reverb. I wish marshall would have released a 50 watt version with a 25 watt pentode mode that would make a perfect amp for jamming with a band and practicing at home but this does sound pretty good at lower volumes. But despite the few setbacks I think this is a great choice for guys on a budget who can't drop over a grand handwired Marshall or for someone who is buying their first big tube head.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great amp for the price

By scott larmer

from camden nj

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

This is a simple 2 channel amp with 2 variations in each channel.The clean is pretty good for blues because you can dial in some gain to get a little crunch. Hit the select button and that puts you into a jcm 800 tone. The second channel is your gain channel which gives you the modern metal sound. When hitting the select switch the sound gets a little muddy. I've been searching for a great tone with the cheaper tube amps out there( tried almost all of them) and this one delivers that marshall tone. This thing is loud!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Marshall DSL100 H 100 Watt Tube Amp head

By Michael Haywood

from Georgia

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

Very Nice Marshall Head. I wanted something that would allow me to get the raw power of the 100 Watt head without getting another JVM series Amp or a Soldano. Around the home in particular. I had to use a Marshall Power brake to glow the tubes so I could get the right sound but dial back the volume. With the DSL and the new pentode/triode switch on the back,it allows you to knock it back from 100 watts to 50 watts, I don't need the power brake on this rig. And I get the level of saturation/distortion and reverb I want. The raw power and grit. That great Marshall sound. And with all the effects pedals I have and normally use, so far, I haven't used a single one. I love the punch of this amp. I play Strats, Les Pauls and PRS primarily, all sound great. The design of the head is simple and reminds me of my Soldano. I'm extremely pleased with this head, and especially with the price. And again, with Guitar Center. Great Customer Service Department.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All you need!

By chris kitchen

from Tucson, Az

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

This guitar head is all you need! The dual lead is nice but if they just had put that on a footswitch it would have been over the top. It has enough power that you can jam at home (with the triode switch/ pentode switch) or on stage with a 8 ohm cab and you will never pass 5 on the dial and the louder it gets the more the tubes scream. The best part about this head is that you can dial it in for any type of music that you play from Metal to country, The 2 lead switch is over the top for metal. I had a rocktron gainiac 2 and it never came close to this level of distortion. For the money you can't beat this head for sound, power, and versatility. The construction kind of sucks because they put a vent right on top for heat control. Other than that Marshall has another winner.

(2 of 2 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.

    (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

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    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 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Definitely NOT the JCM2000 protege

      By LONNIE JONES

      from Denver, CO

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

      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 working fine. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      She laid down........ Hard

      By NICK WHISENANT

      from Sring Hill Ks

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

      Umm. Well as a kid I had a Marshall a really really old one from the sixty's it was only like six hundred bucks and all it gave me was an extremely loud clean tone. It worked for ever and ever and I abused it in every club in the three state area. I got this one home and was like hmm clean tone number 2 is cool for blues. Reverb is alright. Umm the gain channels aren't tight and the bottom end is floppy like bad its muddy and awful sounding. And two weeks later it laid down. I was so disappointed with it I took it back to C.F at the O.P Ks location and he ordered me a Used Carvin V3. Now that is a superior piece of equipment. I know its an American amp but you can run EL34's and its got three channels you can actually use the clean bluesy and metal channels all with the foot switch and none of the channels suck and its used and it hasn't laid down not once. excellent Customer Service and I played this amp in the store for an hour before I bought it I brought it back in and I don't even remember him asking me what was wrong with it.

       
      4.0

      Closest you can get to a jcm800 at minimal cost

      By Johnny

      from Fresno, CA.

      About Me Experienced

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        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

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

          Have owned this amp for about two months now. While the ultra gain channel is very cold and trebly like that of the jcm900 higain channel, the classic gain channel on this amp is exceptionally warm and robust like the famed jcm800. I use a Gibson Les Paul studio with a Maxon od808 and Seymour Duncan pickup booster for more gain. The classic gain channel with the crunch mode engaged has the perfect amount of gain for classic rock tones on its own, and with an overdrive pedal pushing it, you can achieve tight modern higain tones. The ultra gain channel is a throw away in my opinion. In order to make that channel sound warm the gain has to be cranked up to or past at least 7, and that is a ridiculous and impractical amount of gain. The Ultra gain channel just isn't usable in my opinion. My advice, stick to the classic gain channel for a dynamic tone canvas that can cover classic rock, blues, and higain modern metal.

           
          3.0

          First one lasted 10 minutes before going up in smoke

          By NC

          from PA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

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

            Waiting a long time to get my first Marshall, this one should've have been it. Bought the head from guitar center store (floor model) brought home plugged it in ready to rock right? Wrong started getting it dialed in then there was a series of loud pops/flashes and smoke from head( 10 minutes of playing) took it back guitar center was awesome returned no questions I ordered one online shipped direct. So far all it well has good midrange tone you'd expect from Marshall but it can be a little muddy on lead channel. Clean channel is awesome. Build quiality has me a little nervous though I had a peavey valveking that was built
            Better than this. I would save your money and buy a better marshall or another brand if you're looking for a cheap tube head. Maybe it'll be better with new tubes but reliability has me nervous. Only time will tell.

             
            2.0

            for less than pro level

            By benchley

            from patagonia

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Limited Functions
            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

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

              i gave this amp a shot to back up two other plexis, both built.
              it has way to high signal to white noise ratio period for live or recording.
              yes don't get me wrong. it does have a good tone if used in conjunction with a real deal front end but it only has one real place it sounds good.
              if you have a great od pedal, and play metal only may work. want real Marshall tone with out all the talk back....two words....HAND WIRED ONLY.

               
              4.0

              I would recommend this

              By Jon

              from Boyertown ,Pa

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

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

                Was exited to get my first Marshall, but in two days a tube went. Guitar center was great and replaced it. Bad news is, it died minutes after getting it home. Again Guitar Center was cool and had a new one delivered to my house. I've been using this one for about three weeks with no issues. I play a lot of 80's and 90's rock and it does that very well. Able to dial in exactly the tone I'm looking for easily.

                 
                5.0

                I imagine this is what Heaven sounds like...

                By Eddie I

                from Phoenix, AZ,

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording
                  • Rehearsals

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

                  This product is AWESOME! It sounds AMAZING. Nothing quite like it on earth i say. The tubes give it a sound that i can only imagine they use in heaven. Also the foot switch is handy to switch between channels. The best part about this amp is the duel volume knobs for both channels. Just the right amount of volume for each make it great. Also, it has a switch on the back to make it either full power (100W) or half power (50 W) which gives you essentially two amps in one. That way i can play at 100 for concerts, and 50 when i'm in my bedroom practicing or at the studio recording.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Good entry level marshall head with some flaws.

                  By James D.

                  from Galveston, TX

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Great price point for entry level tube head.
                  • Quality Footswitch

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to balance EQ between channels
                  • Garbage Reverb

                  Best Uses

                  • Band rehearsal
                  • Garage Jamming

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

                  The dsl100h is a great entry level Marshall with classic JCM sounds. There are some setbacks with this amp however. When switching from the clean/crunch to the lead channel there is you will notice it is much brighter and when you eq to balance this it makes the clean channel too dark. The resonance and presence knobs are very useful for fattening or tightening your sound. But I must be honest the built in reverb is absolutely garbage, yes I know its just a built in digital reverb but there are other amps in this price point with much nicer reverb. I wish marshall would have released a 50 watt version with a 25 watt pentode mode that would make a perfect amp for jamming with a band and practicing at home but this does sound pretty good at lower volumes. But despite the few setbacks I think this is a great choice for guys on a budget who can't drop over a grand handwired Marshall or for someone who is buying their first big tube head.

                   
                  5.0

                  Solid amp

                  By Jamezy

                  from Port Jervis, NY

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Practice
                    • Professional Recording

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

                    Great amp for the price, you don't have to be famous to own one and covers a lot of Marshall sounds, I agree with other reviews that this amp has bad reviews why idk? Amp rocks

                     
                    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.

                     
                    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.

                     
                    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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