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Marshall DSL15H Guitar Amplifier Head (15 Watts), New

Make 15 watts go further with the all-valve Marshall DSL15H amp head. This portable powerhouse delivers world-famous DSL100H tone in a compact package. (5) Read 5 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Marshall DSL15H Guitar Amplifier Head

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.

Features:

- 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
- Footswitch Included

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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- Power (RMS: 15 watts
- Channels: 2
- Weight (kg) : 10.2
- Valves:
-- 4 x ECC83
-- 2 x 6V6
- Size (W x H x D) : 500 mm x 240 mm x 235 mm
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 30 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 24 x 14 x 13 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DSL15H
with MX212 Speaker Cabinet
Shipping Weight: 90 lbs
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-877-6863
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Great Tone with some Limitations"
Overall: Let's start with the cons: 1) No reverb, 2) No effects loop, 3) Not many people will like the overblown drive channel. Luckily, 2 of these can be worked around, and the third accepted and still enjoyed. As an intro-grade tube amplifier, this has a lot to offer and I love mine, but it took a little work to get from like to love. First, there's a lot of information out there about "taming the drive channel." I didn't full-on mod it (change resistors and capacitors), but with some simple pre-amp tube swaps which were very cheap and easy to do, things are quite nice now. As for reverb, while I'd prefer to insert it in an effects loop, putting a pedal in front of the amp does the trick well enough when compared to the VERY simple reverb that one finds in the DSL15C combo, for example. So, that sounds a bit like a lot of compromise, and I want to stress that people with a lot of experience with a wide range of tube amps might not be overly thrilled with this amp, but if you've played mostly SS amps till now, this head (or the combo) may be a real delight. I play the head both through a 4x12 with a personalized selection of speakers, or a 1x12 with a greenback for lighter travel. Both can be very loud and provide both good driven tones (as one would expect), but also respectable clean tones. It takes pedals very well. (While I was working out the drive channel, I used a Blackstar HT-DISTX on the clean channel and it sounded amazing.) You don't need the 40 or 100 watt versions to gig; in a small venue with the right cabinet, this will easily get above the drummer without drowning out the vocals, and otherwise the FOH PA should do the heavy lifting anyways. Quality, materials, and workmanship are what you should expect from Marshall. It's a very heavy beast for a 15 watt head. By comparison, it is 50% larger (7 inches longer) and 50% heavier (10 pounds heavier) than another of my 15 watt heads, the very good Egnator Tweaker 15. (i recommend that head as well, although for different kinds of tones.) In the end, I don't think I'm qualifying when I say that this is a very good first serious intermediate tube amplifier. This is a space that needs to exist and because of cost, can't provide everything. I've demo'd many other tube combos and heads in this price range, and while some have different mixes of features, it's the tone that decided it for me. Is it a $2000+ Plexi? Of course not. If you have over 2 grand for a Marshall head, by all means, go buy one. On the other hand, if you have about a grand for a head and cab (and maybe one or two speaker swaps) that you can record and gig with and get nice tone from, I think this is worth the time to really explore.
Style of Music: In general I like to play music that is melodic and leads that contribute to the song, rather than are demonstrative or rambling
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Overall: Like its big brother the Dsl100, this amp totally kicks ass. the clean channel is clean and chimy and as an overdriven channel it produce get Malcolm Young like tones. the dirty channel, well i use this term "BEAST" .. this channel growls like a hungry animal looking for some red meat. the gain stage begins at 1 and their are at least 4-5 different gain stages, oh and it take s pedals very nicely . ive owned an or15, that is a great amp, but doesnt take pedals well at all. bottom line A Les Paul and a Marshall is all you need. the dsl 15h awesome!
Style of Music: everything
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