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Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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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.

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  • 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
 
4.3

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (27)
  • Easy to use (26)
  • Excellent sound (26)
  • Warm / comfy (24)
  • Portable (15)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Performances (27)
  • Home studio (25)
  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Professional recording (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Novice (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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

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...Read complete review

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.

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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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(17 of 21 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.

(13 of 13 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.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Sound, Extremely Versatile

By Mike

from Denver, CO

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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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(7 of 10 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

(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.

(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 10 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 1x12 Tube 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

(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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent..

By ROBERT

from Las Vegas, Nv.

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

Just an all around awesome amp. But of course, Its a Marshall!! Extremely happy with its tone and all its capabilities! Well worth the cost.

(3 of 3 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 1x12 Tube 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.

(3 of 3 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 1x12 Tube 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.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Bad Hum

By Davplys

from Nv

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube 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.

    (3 of 3 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 1x12 Tube 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

      (2 of 2 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

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        Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube 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.

        (2 of 2 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 1x12 Tube 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!!!

        (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 1x12 Tube 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 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        DumbSoundingLackofSound

        By MacktheKnife

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Marshall DSL40C 40W 1x12 Tube 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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