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Marshall DSL40C Guitar Combo Amplifier (40 Watts, 1x12"), New

Plug into classic Marshall character with the DSL40C. This 40-watt, two-channel combo delivers the goods with two EL34 power tubes and a Celestion speaker. (41) Read 35 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Full Stack Tone You Can Carry With One Hand

Modeled after Marshall's highly acclaimed Dual Super Lead amp heads, the gig-ready DSL40C guitar combo amplifier delivers Marshall sound in a portable package. The Marshall DSL40C blasts 40 watts of tube-driven sound through one 12" speaker, and features all the road-ready controls you'd expect on a Marshall amp, including a Resonance control for bass boost, Presence control for added highs, passive 3-band EQ with a "Tone Shift" button for notching out the mids, and even a digital spring reverb.

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Two Gig-Ready, Footswitchable Channels

For veterans and beginners alike, the DSL40C makes it easy to rock like a champion. Stomp the footswitch to toggle between clean to distorted channels to add some crunch. Stomp the Reverb button to add quacky spring-like sounds or deep moaning lows with professional-quality digital reverb and separate reverb controls for each channel. A shared EQ section offers treble, mid, bass, presence, and resonance controls, giving depth to your tone whether you're filling the room with screaming tubes or softly strum with warm, natural overdrive. And thanks to its all-tube design, this Marshall amplifier is sure to leave an impression.

Portable Marshall Power

With tube-driven preamp and powered amplifiers, the Marshall DSL40C will sound like an amp twice its size. Two channels with independent gain and volume knobs for each channel make it easy to change the mood at the press of a button. A gain boost button is also provided for each channel, in case you need to "take it up to eleven," and a switch on the back lets you switch to half power (20 watts) for when you're just practicing.

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Features:

- 40-watt two-channel tube amplifier for guitar
- One Celestion Seventy 80 12" speaker
- Switchable between 40 Watt and 20 Watt output
- Preamp: three ECC83 tubes
- Power amp: one ECC83 and two EL34
- Independent volume, gain, and gain boost controls for each channel
- Shared treble, mid, bass, presence, and resonance EQ controls
- Studio-grade digital reverb with independent controls for each channel
- 1/4-inch input
- 1/4-inch send and return for effects loop
- Included Marshall PEDL-00009 footswitch for switching between channels and reverb modes

Any guitarist knows that nothing sounds quite like a Marshall tube amp, but you can't lug around a half stack each time you want to jam -- and that's why Marshall introduced the DSL amplifier line. Plug into Marshall quality in a portable guitar amp with the DSL40C combo.

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GENERAL
MODEL DSL40C
RANGE DSL
TECHNOLOGY VALVE
CHANNELS 2

ELECTRONICS
WATTAGE 40W
INPUTS 1
CONTROLS VOLUME x 2, GAIN x 2, PRESENCE, RESONANCE, BASS, MIDDLE, TREBLE, REVERB x 2, TONESHIFT, Clean/Crunch, OD1/OD2, Pentode/Triode

SPEAKERS
SIZE 1 x 12"
OUTPUT POWER 80W
NAME CELESTION SEVENTY 80
IMPEDANCE 16 Ohm

VALVES
PRE AMP VALVES 3 x ECC83
POWER AMP VALVES 1 x ECC83, 2 x EL34

ACCESSORIES
FOOTSWITCH YES
CABLES POWER

DIMENSIONS
WEIGHT (KG) 22.9
DIMENSIONS in mm: (W x H x D) 620 x 490 x 252

OTHER
EFFECTS LOOP YES
UNIQUE PENTRODE/TRIODE SWITCH
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 65 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 29 x 26 x 15 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DSL40C
Warehouse Resealed, USED
Shipping Weight: 65 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 30 x 25 x 15 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DSL40C
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-877-6863

Marshall DSL40C Guitar Combo Amplifier

The Marshall DSL40C is a sturdy, gig-ready 40-watt workhorse boasting two EL34 power valves, a Celestion speaker, and the exact same front and rear panel features as the DSL100H -- including the Triode (Half Power) option which drops the DSL40C's output to 20 watts.

Combine the world-renowned EL34-driven power stage of the 1959 Super Lead Plexi (SLP) head with a dual channel valve preamp, giving you two footswitchable super leads in one. Then add a studio-quality digital spring reverb, plus extra preamp gain that can take you into JCM800 2203 territory and far beyond, and you get the DSL: Dual Super Lead. The DSL40C delivers famed Marshall tone in a 40-watt, 1x12" combo form, housing a custom-voiced Celestion speaker.

The DSL40C features two footswitchable channels (footswitch supplied) named 'Classic Gain' and 'Ultra Gain' -- each with two modes, selectable via a front-panel button. As their names imply, each channel has a very different character. Classic Gain takes you from a 1959 style clean to the snarl of a JCM800 2203, and everything in between via its Clean/Crunch mode button. 'Ultra Gain,' on the other hand, takes you from a hot-rodded 2203 vibe to an even higher gain response with additional mid-boost, via its Lead 1/Lead 2, mode switch.

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 (pushed in), shifts out the mid frequencies -- making the amp ideal for brutal, modern metal tones, especially when combined with high gain settings. Each channel also has its own individual reverb level control for the built-in studio quality digital spring reverb, This effect can be switched on/off via the supplied footswitch.

In the power section, you'll find controls for resonance and presence. Resonance adds a variable bass boost to your sound without muddying it up, while the presence adds high end. The ability to select either full output power or half-power via the Pentode/Triode switch on the rear panel, adds further to your DSL's already impressive feature set. The tonal and gain versatility makes the DSL40C a superb and flexible performance tool for today's most demanding playing situations.

Features:

- 40-watt combo
- 2 channels (Classic Gain, Ultra Gain) with independent Volume/Gain controls
- Clean/Crunch modes for Classic Gain channel
- Lead1/Lead2 modes for Ultra Gain channel
- EL34 valve power stage
- Bass, Middle, Treble and Presence controls
- Tone Shift button
- Variable resonance control
- Pentode/Triode switch
- 2 custom voiced digital reverb controls (one for each channel)
- Footswitch included (for channel change and reverb on/off)
- 12" custom voiced Celestion 70/80 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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Overall: This amp was taken apart by a team of high tech amp repairmen. It was found to be constructed including the boards and cabinet to be the same as one that would be Made In England! and that's a fact! .... I saw it with my own eyes! NO PARTICLE BOARD! Tubes are JJ'S under the name Shuguang. if their is ONE! flaw with this amp it is the speaker! the 70/80 Celestion is just too tinny and weak! for this power combo beast! Here's the deal JUST! replace the speaker with a Creamback 75watts 16 ohm ..... On an open back combo like the DSL-40C this will be the perfect matching monster speaker that will sound beyond amazing! and then some! HANDS DOWN! I have been playing professional for over 30 years classic rock and British Invasion music. Don't be fooled! It's made in Vietnam not England but it truly does not matter who put this one together! It's a real Marshall and the quality is here.. I own this amp and replaced the factory speaker with a Creamback 75 watt 16ohm .... No need to replace the tubes or cut the cap and all this other stuff - replacing the speaker is the only thing and you will have an unbelievable sounding amp!
Style of Music: Classic Rock British Invasion
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Sound: The sound is incredible. The clean channel is classic Marshall. Crunch mode can go from clean with very slight breakup to light distortion depending on the pickup selection and the volume knobs on the guitar. I like the Crunch mode for this reason. It won't get into metal territory, but the tube-y goodness of the neck pickup and Crunch mode is a thing of beauty. Then kick up your volume or switch over to the bridge, and you've got a little distortion going. The Red channel is an absolute beast. Lead 1 has a fantastic "Slash" type of a feel to it. Very crisp and glassy but still ballsy. Lead 2 amps up the gain even more. I'll use Lead 2 for some Metallica or other heavier songs. Lead 2 gives it more gain, and the Tone Shift button scoops out the mids to give a nice modern metal type of tone. A nice djent thing going on there. I don't use that too often, as I like the mids in my tone, but it does come in handy when I need it. As I said before, I don't think you'll find a better sounding amp for anywhere close to this price. Feature: Here is where the limitations come in. The amp has Clean, Crunch, Lead 1 and Lead 2, but really it's only a 2 channel amp. Basically, clean and distortion. The Clean channel can switch between Clean and Crunch by pushing a button on the amp. The Distortion channel can switch between Lead 1 and Lead 2 by pushing a button on the amp. Same with the Tone Shift It's not something that can realistically be done during a song, so when playing live I always have my options set before starting a song. The other drawback is that on the Clean channel, going from Clean to Crunch raises the volume a lot, so when you switch modes you have to adjust the volume too (or have pedals set up to adjust the volume for you). I was hoping to be able to switch between all four modes mid-song, but that's not the way it has worked out. HOWEVER, I see that as a slight inconvenience, not a problem. It definitely hasn't made me regret buying this amp, even for gigging. I have my settings written out on my set list, so before each song I adjust things if necessary, then play the song and sound amazing. It's worth the slight hassle to have an amp that sounds this good for that price. One great thing about it is the FX loop. It sounds good and takes pedals well. I haven't used a lot of FX yet, mostly just some delay or chorus, but I will get there soon. The FX that I have used have been fantastic. Ease of Use: Check out the "features" part of the review for hints on using it live. Other than getting used to the modes of the two channels, this amp is remarkably easy to get it to sound good. More or less set your dials at noon and you'll sound like you know what you're doing. I still tweak the knobs a bit. Bump up the mids and the bass a little, maybe more gain on the Distortion channel. But that's all done to taste. I don't think it's possible to make this amp sound bad. Quality: Quality certainly seems outstanding. It's definitely heavy as heck. Seems solidly built. I've been gigging with it for six months now and haven't had any issues with it. Value: Unbeatable. Nothing else needs to be said. For this price, you will not beat this amp. Manufacturer Support: Haven't had any need to contact Marshall. I do check out the Forums though, and they are great. The Wow Factor: Nothing "Wow's" more than the Marshall logo! This thing still gives me the chills when I see that logo in my own rig! Overall: Bottom line, this thing rocks! It may not be a true four channel amp, and it does have it's limitations, but for the price tag I can't think of an amp that beats it. Before buying this I tried an Orange, Blackstar, a 6505, and I already own an Peavey Vypyr VIP, but nothing in this price range compared to the Marshall goodness packed into the DSL40c. I played this amp for about ten minutes and simply had to have one.
Style of Music: Rock, Alt, Metal
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