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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 ... Read More

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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.

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.
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MarshallDSL40C 40W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 35 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Good power output (12)
  • Warm / comfy (12)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Portable (6)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (13)
  • Performances (13)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

If I could I would give it 4_1/2 stars

I love this amp, it sounds great. Right out of the box it sounds incredible. Nice fat cleans to modern metal. I couldn't get sparkling fender cleans, but that's not why you...Read complete review

I love this amp, it sounds great. Right out of the box it sounds incredible. Nice fat cleans to modern metal. I couldn't get sparkling fender cleans, but that's not why you get a marshall. Now to the features. This amps features makes me think of a baby JVM that's affordable and what I think is home and gig friendly volume. (full dis-closer I don't own or have played a JVM, I am referring to the controls of the JVM) It seems well built and sturdy. Also the cabinet is about two inches shorter than my twin reverb that has two 12in speakers. That larger cab makes the bass notes really responsive and pop in a good way. The stock speaker is really nice in my opinion. A good jack of all trades. But if you only play one or two styles of music you might want to change the speaker to suit your play style. And the el34s nice and over due touch. Now to the classic channel. The five way eq is just what marshall needed on this mid priced amp. With the addition of the Presence & Resonance it really lets you fine tune the high and low end of you sound. From bright chicken pickin to fat cleans to some light to meduim overdrive. The first setting on the classic channel is clean, this reminds me of the JTM45. Its really good cleans from bright to fat with some light overdrive when you hit the strings hard. The second setting is crunch, starts about where the first setting left off. Seems like a JCM800 clean channel that slowly turns into JMP sound as the gain goes up. The crunch is just amazing. Great for classic rock and blues. There's plenty of distortion and I think with higher output pickups a little saturation. The ultra gain channel is next. This where I think the amp really shines. just like the classic channel the addition of the Presence & Resonance really add versatility to this channel as well. THe first setting in ultra channel is lead 1. And its my favorite. It starts out like the JCM800 lead channel on low gain settings and goes into DSL metal territory. Lots of distorted tones and saturation to be had. This setting makes my cheaper od and distortion pedals useless. I can not say enough good things about this setting. The next setting in the ultra gain channel is lead 2. Its metal heaven. Its JCM/DSL high gain all day long. Its more gain than I need. There are many hard rock and metal tones to be had. Now the bitter. I was disappointed that the settings switches cant be changed with the foot switch. It would added so much more usability to to amp if you could. I would give up the reverb foot switch to do this. The next is the fx loop. There's nothing wrong with it in that it works as it should. But it is line level only. Which means some fx pedals don't work at all in the fx loop and others have a volume loss. For the volume loss I use a clean boost at the end of the fx's in the loop. the fx loop problem is the most disappointing. Next is the shared eq. This is the most understandable flaw. This was obviously to keep cost down. but it would have been nice to have eq for each channel. Over all this is a great amp. And for the 500-800$ range you would be hard pressed to find a better amp. For those of you who have the money now I urge you to try one. For those who don't try one and save. Who knows, by the time you have the money marshall may do a face-lift to address some of the short comings I mentioned. But even if they don't its still a great amp that I think will be around for awhile.

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I went through two of these in a week... I'd say look elsewhere

I'm not normally a review writer... but this was too disappointing. Should have been perfect... all valve, enough power, not too much power, half power mode... When my...Read complete review

I'm not normally a review writer... but this was too disappointing. Should have been perfect... all valve, enough power, not too much power, half power mode... When my first dsl40c arrived, the clean channel would NOT come on, no matter what. Tried everything anyone might be thinking I didn't... brought it into a guitar center and they got the same results. Guitar Center was very helpful in getting me a replacement, which we turned on at the store, and tested the channels... they both worked. Brought it home, plugged it in, turned it on, warmed it up for about 5 minutes, switched from standby to on... played for a minute, stopped, and this terrible noise... a crackling, like a very bad needle on a very bad record, combined with a rising and falling squeal, came out for about 10 minutes... I have the amp plugged into a Monster Power filter... and the outlets in my room have been used for tube amps for years, never any sounds like this. Then it stopped. So I played all night... and to a lesser extent, the same thing happened the next morning. I decided that SINCE I WAS LOVING THE TONE OF THE AMP... I would see if it was just in need of some "break in"... I kept it for 4 days or so with the same record player noise making appearances intermittently. These noises happened with or without the guitar plugged in... Whatever I read suggested I could replace the tubes and re-bias the amp to remedy this issue... If the amp was even a year old, I'd go ahead with that, but being it was my SECOND DSL40C in a week and they both gave me issues, I decided to jump ship (to Orange) and return it. I don't write off Marshall because of this, just the DSL40C. I played the 15C at the store for an hour and it was great.. I've read lots of great reviews about the 40c, maybe I just got two bad ones in a row... If you can play it before you buy it, it's worth checking out... great sound, great size, when it isn't making bad noises. It's a shame, could have been a great marshall at a great price.

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5.0

Great Sound

By Diplomat

from Canada

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

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

Not being able to switch between clean and dirty is a drawback. Still sounds awesome for the money. It has the tubes in it but the outside of the box states all valve. Odd! Again sounds great. Fine Marshall product. I like it a lot.

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4.0

Does it all

By Whiffletree

from Sauk City, WI

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    I play post hardcore. I used to have a Mesa Mark V and could not get the clean tone I wanted for the life of me. Still miss that amp, but now I have a clean tone and a heavy tone that I like. The Seventy-Eighty speaker sound alright when it's broken in, the presence and resonance knobs don't seem to make this type of a speaker sing though. I would like to put a Vintage 30 in it to get a bolder sound. All of the reviews I have read on this amp where people have replaced the speaker praised this amp. I will never get rid of this little guy. Bottom line, you are robbing Marshall by buying this amp for the versatility and quality of tones you get out of this thing.

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    5.0

    Marshall still the king of tube amps

    By Riverpeya

    from Chicago

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      I have tried so many amps but i keep coming back to Marshall tube amp. Marahall, still the king of tube amps.

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      4.0

      Solid Amp - What I expected

      By MNKR

      from South Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Heavy Lifting

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      I needed an amp upgrade from the free practice amp that came with my first electric some 10 years ago, and this one stuck out to me because of it's versatility. I'm not the biggest fan of pedals because it's more gear I have to lug around, so the wide range of tones this amp provides was very appealing to me. The cleans weren't as crisp or clear compared to the Vox AC15 I was comparing to, but it was the lead settings that pushed this amp over the top. Lead 2 is a metalhead's dream setting, and Lead one is a bit toned down from that. The crunch really fattens up the bass, and I love the presence and resonance features that really let you fine tune the sound you're searching for. I do wish they had separate knobs for the clean & dirty channels though. My only complaint is that this amp is Bulky, heavy, and difficult to move, specifically up/down a flight of stairs. I've been very pleased with this being my first "Big Boy Amp" but I DEFINITELY vote you go try it in store first

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Amp

      By 2112guitrman

      from Centreville VA

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      All I can say is WOW. I never write reviews but I just had to put my 2 cents in here. This is the amp I've been looking for. Great amp even at low levels of play. Switching from 40 watts to 20 makes it good for practice at home. The 40 watts is loud. Amp has a great clean sound. Using the clean channel and adding some effects it sounds amazing. The sound with effects is clean and not muddy. Very versatile. I can get almost an old Fender amp sound all the way to great Marshall sound when you crank it up. If you can't get the sound your looking for here I'd be surprised.

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      (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      DumbSoundingLackofSound

      By Steve Thomas

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      Hey. I bought this amp with high hopes from having 100watters, and a Jubilee. I know its not good to compare. But this thing just does not get it. The MG50cfx sounds better than this. They are both
      fizzy but my gosh you cant hardly dial out the bass. I sat there forever trying to get a Real Marshall sound
      out of this thing. Maybe you other people heard something I didnt. Plus I dont want an amp I have to modify right out of the box, tubes,spkrs,etc. The new dsls just dont get it. I tried the 5watter first and it sounded just like it except no crunch at all. And the crunch on the dsl sounded terrible. Tried with different gibson
      guitars and it sounded the same,

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      5.0

      Great Amp for All Kinds of Great Marshall Tones!

      By NeedmoreCrunch

      from Allen, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Perfect for my needs as a hobbyist, I'm sure it would be a great performing amp as well.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great for playing at dive bars

          By Sum Yoong Gi

          from Las vegas

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

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

            I've played a couple shows inside of dive bars for about 80-100 people and this thing rocked the house and I was at a 2 and 3/4! This thing packs a punch and sounds amazing

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            4.0

            Great Amp, Good Service

            By RhythmStar

            from Newport Beach, CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              This amp has special support for the heavy metal "scooped out" sound, but it also excels at clean and slightly-crunchy sounds. I play blues and jazz-influenced rock music, so often I need the guitar to sound like... a guitar. With the switchable channels, I can cover a broad range of sounds, from clean to crunchy to saturated. And, if I ever do want to sound like a screaming demon from the pits of Hades, it's just a button-push away.

              The only functional shortcomings are the lack of independent EQ for each channel and not having footswitch buttons to toggle all the settings they provide front and back-panel switches for. Most of these issues can be overcome by having the needed control in your outboard effects setup, so they are not show-stoppers.

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              (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              NOT full tube

              By guitar center ripped me off

              from oklahoma city Ok

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Classic British Rock
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Marshall
              • Portable
              • Powerful
              • Slash Tone
              • Tube

              Cons

              • Not Full Tube

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

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

              contary to the description and the way modern amps are described as full tube they are in fact NOT. full tube from my standpoint means that the amp has a tube rectifier however this amp doesnt have a tube rectifier it in fact has a SS rectifier. does it matter yes and no, with a tube rectifier you lose some power output ( 5 watts +/-) but that 5 watts can sometimes be a big deal in getting just the right clean tone without the tubes going into distortion. i for one would like to see teh "full tube" go away from the descriptions of modern tube amps because it is misleading

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