The mindset behind the DSL15H 15-watt head is simple; take that world-renowned DSL100H tone and make it available in a compact, low-wattage, all-valve unit containing four ECC83 valves in the preamp and two 6V6s in the power stage. Features and control-wise, the Marshall DSL15H is identical to the DSL15C, minus the reverb. This no-nonsense mini-brute is packed full of famed Marshall tone.
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A Portable Powerhouse of Tone
The DSL15H features two footswitchable channels (footswitch supplied) -- 'Classic Gain' and 'Ultra Gain'. As their names imply, each channel has a very different character. 'Classic Gain' takes you from a shimmering, harmonic-enhanced clean to a 1959 style crunch when the gain control is cranked. 'Ultra Gain', on the other hand, takes you into the world of modern high gain and then some. The ability to select either the full 15-watts of output power or half-power (7.5 watts) via the pentode/triode switch on the rear panel, adds further to your DSL's already impressive feature set. The all-round tonal and gain versatility makes the DSL15H a superb and flexible performance tool for today's most demanding playing situations.
Equalization: Tone Shift, Presence, and Deep Switches
Both channels share a passive three-band EQ with controls for Bass, Middle and Treble. The equalization section also features a 'Tone Shift' button which, when activated, shifts out the mid frequencies -- making the amp ideal for brutal, modern metal tones, especially when combined with the high gain settings of the 'Ultra Gain' channel. The equalization section also features a control for 'Presence' and a 'Deep' switch. Both of these equalization enhancers are functions of the power amp. Presence adds a variable high-end "bite" to your tone while the Deep switch adds a fixed, resonant bass boost to your sound -- adding girth without muddying it up.
- 15-watt Combo
- 2 channels (Classic Gain, Ultra Gain) with independent Volume/Gain controls, 6V6 valve power stage
- Bass, Middle, Treble and Presence controls
- Tone Shift button
- Deep switch
- Pentode/Triode switch
- Custom voiced digital reverb
- Footswitch Included (for channel change and reverb on/off)
- 12" custom voiced Celestion speaker
About the Dual Super Lead Series
When the JCM2000 Dual Super Lead (DSL) series of amps was introduced in 1997, they were received with open arms and glowing compliments by the guitar loving public and press alike. In fact, one of the biggest American guitar magazines described the DSL100 as possibly "the best Marshall ever. It combines the best tonal qualities and features of both modern and vintage Marshall amps in one package." After an extremely successful and long life, the JCM2000 series was replaced by the JVM series in 2007, which has also gone onto great success and critical acclaim. That said, there's still a great deal of respect and demand for Dual Super Leads, with one of the UK's most popular guitar magazines recently referring to the DSL100 as "the go-to rock amp."
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