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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
 
4.4

(based on 104 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (62)
  • Excellent sound (60)
  • Easy to use (55)
  • Warm / comfy (51)
  • Portable (33)

Cons

  • Limited functions (8)
  • Poor sound quality (6)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)
  • Weak reverb (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (56)
  • Home studio (51)
  • Amateur recording (40)
  • Outdoor events / games (37)
  • Professional recording (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (55), Professional musician (17), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Look no further! Has Marshall sound

I've run through a number of amps recently; the Jet City 2212c combo (defective) and Bugera V22 (okay, but not for heavier rock), used Peavey - and have tried out a...Read complete review

I've run through a number of amps recently; the Jet City 2212c combo (defective) and Bugera V22 (okay, but not for heavier rock), used Peavey - and have tried out a bunch in local stores from Blackstar and others. In years past I've had bigger rigs for shows (JCM800, Mesa Dual Rec) but these days I just play around the house. I can't use a 100w monster and basically just do some casual playing and recording.

I play heavier rock & metal, mostly in the range of Guns N' Roses, Tool, Anthrax. Not much classic rock n' roll, and no extreme paint-your-face-black metal. I like a big heavy sound with bottom end to it. Like a lot of gain but still like to hear my guitar in there somewhere.

So after trying some poor-man's options with combos, I couldn't find one that really stood out. The Bugera is nice for classic rock/blues but I depended on a pedal for heavier sounds and the cleans were kind of ordinary. Besides the Jet City's crunch dying it was okay enough on gain, but there were no cleans. There was a Peavey and I tried some others but they were all compromises and I wasn't excited about any of them.

So I return my defective Jet City and buy this one, and so far I'm glad I did. Was exactly what I was looking for in a combo. Definitely has that Marshall character. Maybe not quite the same as a cranked 800 with an 1960 cab, but close enough not to care. Easy to dial in though you have to back off the treble--like all the way--because it's somewhat bright, then it's great.

Was worried about this being Chinese-made and a lower-priced model. Some Marshall-branded stuff hasn't been that hot. But this one you plug in and get the Marshall sound which is all I could ask.

It lacks in two areas: (1) The EQ is shared between both channels, and (2) the reverb isn't really there - even at 10 there's barely a hint of it. I get reverb from a pedal so I don't care about that last one.

I love the clean channel. Fender cleans can suck a goat, I like just a little hint of gain in my cleans for a fuller sound (GNR-type cleans). Not too much, like Jet City had, but enough to have a warm character and not sound thin. I am a rock guitarist after all, not a jazz guy.

On the gain channel there's not a lot to say other than it's got the Marshall sound. There's enough drive there for all but the most extreme metal guys as it's fizzy at max gain, so use your Tube Screamer or whatever if that's your thing. But it will work there for sure (tested with a cheap Joyo pedal and an MXR dist for boost). For everyone playing up to Metallica/Anthrax you're covered without a pedal for sure.

I have a variety of guitars: Schecter w/ EMGs, Tele Deluxe, Strat with Texas Specials, various LPs with various pickups, '72 Tele Custom, and an Ibanez 450 decked out with nice DiMarzio pickups. Pretty good range to test on and they all sound better through this amp.

As far as pedals, I run a CE-5 Chorus Ensemble, DD-3 Delay and a couple reverbs (testing out a few) in the effects loop. On the front end there's a Decimator, a wah, and I'm trying out a few boost pedals. Still experimenting but the amp takes to pedals just fine and the effects loop works as it should. The delay & chorus sound really good in the loop, need more testing with reverb pedals.

It sounds really good a lower volumes in the 20w mode, by the way. It's better when cranked of course but you'll be happy enough if you have to play lower volume because of neighbors. MUCH better than other amps I've tried. In the 40w mode you'll be fine jamming with a drummer, and at about 8 it sounds best. That's only something I'll be able to do occasionally but what I plan to when recording.

Some people change the speaker but I don't think it needs it. It's not even broken in yet, sounded good out of the box. Save your money.

All-in-all it's basically the perfect amp for someone who wants the real Marshall sound, but needs a lower-wattage combo amp for noise or cost reasons. I tooled around with a lot of cheaper tube amps trying to save a little bit but they just didn't compare really. If you're on the fence my advice is to do it right the first time and get this one despite the extra cost.

Normally I'd subtract a star for the reverb but the thing is so perfect otherwise that I really can't.

Finally, aesthetically, it's hard to beat the classic gold-black Marshall look. It's a nice wide combo amp that could pass for a 2x12. I'm not a tweed type guy and always liked look. Doesn't matter a bit as far as sound, but if you've ever owned a Jet City it's cheesy looking as all hell and other discount amps tend to look like discount amps in comparison.

I guess time will tell how well this amp holds up over time but I can't say enough good things about it. They got the sound amazingly right in both channels, the effects loop is solid, and the 20/40w operation is perfect for an at home player or a garage band. At lower volumes it sounds better than my 800 did with an attenuator. And noticeably better than the new Mesa REctoverb 25 combo which costs 2x as much (I really wanted to like that one but it just doesn't sound as good as I'd hoped, it doesn't have the warmth that this DSL does).

Anyway just buy it and stop screwing around.

VS

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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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.

 
5.0

Great little amp

By Old Rocker Dude

from WNC

About Me Professional Musician

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:

    This is an awesome amp. I have played guitar for over 40 years and I have owned a bunch of amps. My last combo was a Rivera era Fender Princeton Reverb II. I sold it to buy a Marshall half stack. Although I love my UK made DSL50 half stack, I always regretted selling my Fender combo. I can honestly say I like the Marshal DSL40C better than the Princeton. The DSL40C is much more versatile, with great cleans and the best crunch around. The half power switch adds to the versatility, and actually takes a little of the hard edge off of the sound. Crunch channel at half power is creamy blues heaven. The Lead 1 / Lead 2 channels have all the gain you could ever need. I have read several reviews complaining about the stock speaker. I think it sounds fine. The Celestion 70/80 is the same speaker Fender uses in many of their newer amps. Are there better speakers available? Sure there are - but this speaker isn't as bad as many reviewers say it is. I have also read reviews complaining that the amp is too bright on the high gain channel. The original DSL series (which I own) share the EQ stack between the channels. This new DSL series is no different. In my opinion, its the biggest shortcoming of the DSL line. It is impossible to have a perfect EQ on both the Clean and Lead channels. When the Lead channel is dialed in with the right EQ, chances are the clean channel will be mellow and a little bassy sounding. That's how the DSL series has always been. I typically set the mid and bass at 5 and roll the Treble and Presence off to around 3. Tone Shift off, Bass boost off. The DSL40C has replaced the Bass Boost switch with a sweepable Resonance control which helps give it's open back single speaker a little more thump - similar to a 4 x 12 cab. My DSL50 has Accutronix spring reverb, my new DSL40C combo has digital reverb. I like the digital reverb of the DSL40C better. This is a great amp. I love it.

     
    5.0

    money well spent

    By Salty Ballz

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Solid amp. sounds best with my Les Paul, but sounds great with my tele and strat as well. I mostly use the classic channel in crunch mode, gain dimed and volume between 9:00-11:00. It gets you pretty much any sound you're after... ZZ Top, AC/DC, Ted, Metallica, you name it. I don't use clean much, and it's a good thing because this has an awful clean channel compared to fender or mesa rectoverb. I roll of my volume knobs when I want to clean things up anyway, so no complaints. The reverbs are very mild, but I've come to like that. for the price, it's a steal. The overdrive tones you get are well worth the money, and no pedal will get you Marshall tones. There's a lot of complaints about the speaker... I don't have any. Mine sounds great. I can adjust the eq to get it sounding exactly how I want. I had plans of changing it out when I bought the amp but I've changed my mind. It's pretty big and heavy for a 1x12 combo, I was expecting it to be the same size as my mesa rectoverb combo. Nope! If something were to happen to this amp I would purchase another one the same day..

       
      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.

       
      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.

         
        1.0

        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!

         
        5.0

        My first Marshall

        By BenJamin

        from Houston, Tx

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Clean and crunch on the same channel

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio

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

        It sounds good, it's powerful, and the celestian speaker is nice (but not broken in yet) the one problem I have with it; is that you can't switch from clean to crunch via the footswitch. Which is a bummer for me because those are the two sounds I use the most

        (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 Nv

        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.

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