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

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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"
  • Weight: 50.5 lb.
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5 year parts/ 3 year labor warranty.


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MarshallDSL40C 40W All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.2

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (19)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Excellent sound (18)
  • Warm / comfy (16)
  • Portable (10)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Performances (18)
  • Home studio (17)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Novice (4)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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 and reasonably priced

By Robert

from undisclosed

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

My son has purchased a few inexpensive amps that were anywhere from $100 -$250.
They were okay,however he wanted a better quality sound now that he is a little older.
This amp is so much better and gives a much better sound for the money we paid for it.
We would never go back to anything else.

 
5.0

I am thrilled with my new amp!

By Bobby

from Austin, TX

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    The Marshall DSL 40C 40W was an excellent choice. I am so glad I made this purchase. Tried it out for the first time with my band on Saturday and it was a hit all around. The amp sounds warm and sweet and is extremely versatile. It responds well to touch, very dynamic...I couldn't be more pleased.

     
    3.0

    Follow up to earlier review

    By Marshall fan

    from San Antonio, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • crackling issues

    Best Uses

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

      Took my amp in for service to the shop recommended by Marshall USA. The amp was re-tubed which corrected the problem. This shop had re-tubed two DSL40C amps previously with the same issue. My amp now sounds much better than it ever did and has significantly more power. This makes me believe there was an issue from the beginning. I am probably out some considerable $$$ as Marshall tells me their warranty doesn't cover tubes. Meanwhile my 1966 Fender Bandmaster keeps on ticking....

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Some Issues

      By Marshall fan

      from San Antonio, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Sound problems

      Best Uses

      • Performances

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

      I always wanted to have a Marshall amp to pair with my Les Paul. I did quite a bit of research reading reviews and watching demos (good one by Joe B). I did read a few negative reviews about some crackling/popping issues/other failures of DSL40C amps early in their life but I went ahead with the purchase anyway. I tested the amp right away under heavy loading on all four channels and no issues. Although I use the amp only a few times per month for gigs, I now have the noises that other reviewers described at higher gain/volume settings. Just reached out to Marshall directly so let's see what happens. Also I would agree with comments from other reviewers: amp is fairly heavy, reverb effect is weak and the output of the cleanest channel of the four is so far below the other three that switching on the fly at gigs really doesn't work if you need to use this one.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Marshall DSL40C REVIEW

      By Don

      from Bonita Springs, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

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

      This is a great amp. Great sound but a couple of negatives. First, the reverb is really weak. One can barely hear the reverb at full setting. Second, the footswitch lacks LEDs to indicate the status of Channel Select and Reverb on/off. But is does have a good Marshall sound. By adding a reverb to the effects loop, it really has a nice sound.

      The only reason I rated it a 4 out of 5, is the weak reverb and lack of status lights on the footswitch.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very gig worthy Marshall Combo

      By gregg

      from Indianapolis

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

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

        I have been very happy with this combo. I play a multitude of styles (R&B, Pop, rock, Disco, country) in a regional band and also as a gun for hire. You can really get some sweet tones from the amp after the (somewhat lengthy) break-in period. I have kept the 70/80 speaker and have not (yet) retubed the amp. I run a wah, Keeley comp, TS9 and an MXR Super bad A distortion in front of the amp into channel one (clean). Chorus and delay runs in the loop. Lots of great sounds in channel 1. Channel 2 is similar to the JCM800. Responds well to single coils and humbuckers. I have other amps that cost much more (2-3X) than the DSL40, but this combo goes just about everywhere with me. It travels well, is compact and can yield a multitude of tones to cover just about any style if you know how to set up a tube amp. The only con is that time based pedals do not play well in front of the amp. As a production amp and for the cost, this baby is hard to beat.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        POOR QUALITY

        By KLS

        from Sheridan, IN

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Overall Quality was terrible

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        Bought this amp for my son for his 16th birthday. Sounded great for about 6 weeks. Then a loud hum started along with some popping and cracking sounds in triode mode. Had new tubes put in along with re biasing. Still hum in triode mode. Pentode mode sounded great so I just told my son to leave it on that setting for now. A week later, a VERY loud popping and cracking noise in Pentode mode. This amp sees no more than 60 minutes use every other night. Thank God Don at Guitar Center recommended that I buy the extended warranty on this amp! The store manager (Mr. Barker @ the Indpls store) gave me store credit for the cost of the Marshall so that I could put it down on a new Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb. I hope to have better luck with the Fender. If you buy the Marshall DSL40C, you had better buy the extended warranty. YOU WILL NEED IT!!!

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I would recommend this to my girlfriend mother!

        By Nicholas

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

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

        Things are great. No issues!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very pleased with this Amp

        By Rob

        from Southern California

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

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

        Always wanted the Marshall sound and found this amp at a very reasonable price point versus the JVM205 half stack which I was also looking at. Was a little concerned about the Vietnam build and quality but no issues thus far. With a little break in time the amp sounds very good, even with the stock 70/80 Celestian speaker. Many people say they switch this out for the creamback speaker but I'll leave as is for now. What surprised me was the quality of the clean channel. I've had Fender Twin and Hot Rod Deluxe amps before so can appreciate a good clean sound and the DSL40c sounds pretty good on the clean channel. The dirty or OD channel has the classic Marshall sound with two gain structures. I play a strat most of the time so I set the gain on the first OD to about 7 and that provides a nice chunky sound where open chords ring though nicely without too much distortion. Also use a PRS from time to time so dial the gain back to about 5 for that. The second OD provides some insane level of gain good for metal. As mentioned before no quality or reliability issues thus far....I've done three shows with it and no unusual noise, hissing, popping, etc as some others have remarked. All my effects are run through the effects loop and the amp is dead quiet. The pentode/triode switch is another great feature and I've only run the amp at 20 watts so far, mic'd up through a PA, which is plenty loud if you drive it a little. Nice to have the option to go to 40 watts for a large venue or outdoors. The only drawback thus far is the weight. It's 50 pounds and a little bulky. If you're not transporting it around much it's not really an issue. Oh, and I wish the footswitch had indicator lights for channel indication and reverb on/off.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Bad Hum

        By Davplys

        from Nv

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

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

          This was only my second attempt at a tube amp after playing on solid state models for 25 years. The clean sound was as important as the distorted and when it's working it is both awesome and versatile. The problem is from the start it has had an intermittent hum which is annoying and makes it impossible to record with. I have looked for solutions and outside of isolating the power chord (which I did), are changing out the tubes and sending to Marshall for service. Maybe I missed something but I prefer things to work out of the box.

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