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

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. (19) Read 16 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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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. zZounds is an authorized dealer of Marshall products.
- Power (RMS): 40 watts
- Valves:
-- 4 x ECC83
-- 4 x EL34
- Channels: 2
- Speaker: 1" x 12"
- Weight (kg): 22.85
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 621 x 490 x 252
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
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Shipping Weight: 65 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 29 x 26 x 15 in
Marshall Warranty If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-877-6863

Product Description

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 is THE BOMB! There are actually two completely different voices on both the clean and the dirty channels giving you FOUR totally different sounds. The clean channel is crystal clear and so heavenly with beautiful rings and sustain. Throw a switch though and you can muddy it up with some crunch that doesn't forget that it's the clean channel. I love that because there are a lot of tunes that don't have the heavy crunch, but they also don't have the chimey, crystal clear cleans.On the distortion channel though is where the magic begins! Again, two totally different settings but both ROCK! You get that classic sound of the sixties and seventies we grew up on during the British Invasion! The amp just makes your playing sound amazing and you'll just want to take all your stomp boxes, effects pedals, and everything else and throw them in the trash! The distortion is that beautiful! It is so easy to make this amp sound great. All of my other amps require tweaking and fine tuning. Not this one. It's perfect and forgiving no matter where you put the knobs. Very, very easy to get great sounds out of this. I got this to "downsize" from my larger rigs, but forget it! This thing is big and heavy, but it's solid and substantial. It's just not light and easily transportable.40w is VERY loud when you're talking tube amps. I'm in a house and when I put this thing on 2, the cats and dogs are running for cover! Would EASILY fill a small to medium auditorium without going through the PA or putting a mic in front of it.Only complaint would be the footswitch. It works fine, but there are no LEDs or indicators of any sort on it. Otherwise, this amp is INCREDIBLE!!
Style of Music: Mostly Christian. Some classic rock and blues.
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"Undeniable Marshall Tone"
Sound: EL 34's, 12AX7's. You're standard British tone stack, sounds amamzing...even with the stock tubes Feature: The dual gain features are a strong point here. You can go from plexi type cleans with mild breakup, to crunchy JCM 800 to balls out gain for more modern tones. Ease of Use: Not hard to figure out. You're basic tone controls, the mid-scooping tone switch button, effects loop, etc Quality: Built like a tank. Never had issues with Marshall quality Value: Got this amp as a "scratch n dent", saved about $150 bucks and honestly I don't see a scratch or dent anywhere on it. So for that reason this beast is an even better value for me! The Wow Factor: White lettering that spells Marshall...that's the wow factor. It sounds amazing especially piped through a 4x12 cabinet. Overall: Probably the last combo amp I'll need to buy. Started with a JCM 800 back in the 80's, worked my through a myriad of other amps in the last 20 years and find myself back to the tone I love. Marshall gets it right with the DSL 40C.
Style of Music: Hard rock, classic rock and blues
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