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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 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 in.
  • Weight: 50.5 lb.
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MarshallDSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.2

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (21)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Excellent sound (19)
  • Warm / comfy (18)
  • Portable (11)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

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  • Performances (20)
  • Home studio (18)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (6)
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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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(15 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

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

By MIKE DEVITO

from Scruffolk NY

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

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.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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

By Salman Shami

from Melbourne, Australia

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

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 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Sound, Extremely Versatile

By Mike

from Denver, CO

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

This amp is like having a very large toolbox for sculpting incredible tones. It inspires me to play entirely too late into the night!

Back in the 80's I had a 100-watt half stack. This amp delivers that tone, but much more. Nowadays I play at low volume, typically along with classic rock albums. This amp makes it really easy to dial in any tone I like, be it "Rock Around the Clock," Aerosmith, Zeppelin, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Van Halen... name your tone, this amp can replicate it. It blends with records like no amp I've had before (which is something I didn't even realize I was missing).

An interesting thing I'm finding is that after playing this amp for a couple of months, I can now identify the tonal characteristics of particular guitar sounds on recordings, which is kind of fun – like how much gain they have, how they're using bass, mid-range, treble and presence, and even what vintage amp. I really like this amp's Resonance control because it produces the "woof" kind of attack you get with a big speaker cabinet, like I had with my old Marshall. Also, this amp's touch sensitivity completely rocks.

Regarding the speaker, I thought it sounded good. But I replaced it with a Celestion G12M-65 Creamback because I read it was the way to get the best out of this amp. I can personally vouch that it's a great sounding combination. (That being said, just for more options, I may still get an external cabinet to put the stock speaker in.)

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

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

By CHARLES BROWN

from Newark Ohio

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

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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!!!!

By Russell Richardson,Jr

from New Orleans,LA

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

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 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beats everything I've tried or owned

By MICHAEL FRIESE

from Macon Ga

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

Been looking for a Marshall tube amp to get that ole rock sound and play the blues. Have had Marshall MG 102FX and a Crate blue Voodoo 120 half stack. Heard a friend play this amp and feel in love. Crystal clear clean channel, and one bad mother on crunch. Very well built and strong. Traded the MG102FX in on this one and haven't used the Crate since. Plenty of power with 40 Watts. and nice at 20 watts. Amazing price for what you get. Marshall got it right with this one. Try it and you'll buy one. Great amp

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy choice

By Jeff

from Steubenville, OH

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

Of course each of us needs to try these out, but for me, this amp was very easy to dial in tones, from Junior Brown's Surf Medley, to a Zep Rover sound, to Cream, to Rush Limelight and even UFO/Scorpions. It will go beyond these for the 8-string crowd too, but that's not me. The clean (Classic Gain) can be pretty darn clean: set gain at Noon, add reverb, set the bridge pickup on a Strat (or Tele) at 7, put the master where you want it, and you can even get the chicken picking sound. I've read reviews that you can't get a clean sound on these--maybe they were using EMG metal pickups, I dunno, but with a single coil Fender it's there. The Classic Crunch deliver what you want. Check the Bonamassa youtube video on this amp. "That works". I liked Bonamassa's settings, but wasn't ready to try them in the store :-) The Ultra Gain is classic Marshall--so much versatility, tweaking gain from 4 to 10, then adding the "OD2" button, try tone shift...massive range of harmonious goodness. Great amp, thanks Marshall and thanks Guitar Center.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

One Sweet Amp. Give it a chance to break in....

By Greg Tubbs

from Marysville, WA

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

I have had this amp for two weeks and can say this is a nice amp. Good build and nice finish. It's louder than I thought it was going to be, even on triode mode. Not a bad thing, just louder than I thought. Very versatile between the two channels and modes. Big bottom end on the clean channel. There is a definate difference in how the amp sounds after a couple weeks of use. When the amp was brand new, the lead channel was ratty and raspy, but now it is noticably smoother. I assume this is due to the speaker loosening up. I cant wait to hear it a month from now. definatly let this thing break in before shaping components to "fix" it. The footswitch would be better if it changed channel/mode instead of channel/reverb. Other than that, I have no complaints, I bought one sweet amp...

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Welcome Back Marshall!!!!

By Russell Richardson,Jr

from New Orleans

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

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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Versatile Amp

By Andrew

from San Jose, CA

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

I'm going to keep this short. I wanted a tube amp that I could play classic rock, blues, metal, punk, grunge etc. on that was less than $1000. I played this one at GC and looked no further. I absolutely love the different tones I can get out of this thing. Like other reviewers I do wish that the foot switch controlled all 4 channels instead of Re-verb but that's my only complaint. FYI, I'm playing an Epiphone Les Paul Standard and a Dan Electro 12 string through it and they sound great so I can only imagine that nicer guitars will sound even better.

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