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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
 
4.3

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (15)
  • Good power output (14)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Warm / comfy (13)
  • Portable (6)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Home studio (14)
  • Performances (14)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Novice (3)

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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(1 of 1 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.

 
2.0

Bad Hum

By Davplys

from Nevada

About Me Novice

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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Watch out

    By Rick

    from Quincy,Ma

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor build Quality
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

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

        Bought at guitar center 7 months ago, made funny click noise right when turned on, straight out of the box, has always made that sound now the other day it did it and amp when dead, still has power but no sound, checked tubes everything, think it's a relay, only used once a week and almost never moved so not abused, should get more for your money, go with peavey, fender, black star , watch out for this one

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Sound

        By Diplomat

        from Canada

        About Me Experienced

        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.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Does it all

        By Whiffletree

        from Sauk City, WI

        About Me Experienced

        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.

           
          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.

             
            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

            (2 of 2 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.

            (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            DumbSoundingLackofSound

            By MacktheKnife

            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,

             
            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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