Submitted June 23, 2018 by Robert S in Lynbrook, NY
"Marshall knocks it out of the park with this one!"
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I just got this amp today and Ive been playing it for a few hours and Im already in love. 1 little baby watt of Marshall power, responsive 3 band EQ, good sounding reverb, tone shift mid scoop all in a two channel amp with an included rugged footswitch with LED.This little guy has some amazing tones under its tiny hood. Using a Gibson Les Paul and an ESP KH-2 I was able to coax everything from pristine cleans to overdriven crunch to metal madness out of this bad boy. The amp really as a charm all its own.Before I talk about what it is, let me talk about what it is not.Its not a gigging amp, or even an amp for band practice. It doesn't sound like a JCM 800 stack on full blast, and its not going to knock down walls or blow out windows. If you're looking for a sound like that, look elsewhere.Now onto what it is:Simply put, its the best sounding bedroom practice all tube amp Ive ever heard, and Ive heard a lot of them. Whether Orange Microdarks, or Blackstar HT1R's, VHT special 6's, or Bugera V5's, and Vox Ac4's. And this little Marshall kills them all(although special nod to the microdark, that is a really cool amp with its own sound)To me one of the hallmarks of a great amp is being able to just put all the EQ at noon, turn it on, go in raw with just a guitar and it already sounds good. And that's what this amp did. Tweaking the knobs just led to even better sounds. Now granted I was using a $3000 guitar and a $5000 guitar and that certainly helps, but I think even a decent mid range price guitar with good pups will make this little guy sing.The EQ on the DSL range has been revoiced and I hear it in comparison to my old DSL5c. Its easier to find an EQ setting that is a decent compromise for both channels now. The high end fizz on the old DSL's is gone and the Ultra gain channel has many more usable sounds now all the way up the gain knob(it does get a bit crazy around 9 or 10, but hey, that's what 9 and 10 are for right?)The clean channel has very nice pristine cleans up to around 9 o clock on the volume knob. At around 10 o clock you start to hear a hint of break up when hitting the strings hard. 11 o clock is some good Marshall crunch, 12 o clock your into Hendrix zone with a strat or ACDC with an SG. By around 3 o clock you're closing in on JCM800 type tones. I shall try boosting with overdrive and see how that sounds.Now a word about the speaker. The speaker is a little guy. It is a legit Celestion speaker, but still an 8 inch speaker. It does not sound bad by any means, especially after driving it hard for few hours and start to break it in. But this speaker gets a lot of flak because it doesn't sound like its 12 inch big brothers. Well of course it doesn't. No 8 inch speaker will. You are not going to rattle the floors with crushing low end from an 8 inch speaker, and Im always surprised when people expect that and are let down.As I said at the beginning, this is a practice amp, and if you judge it as such, its probably the best practice amp Ive ever heard. Don't judge it as something its not, but embrace it for what it is, a killer little all tube practice amp packed with legit Marshall tone.
Been playing for 30 years. Used to be in metal bands. Now Im retired and Im happy jamming in my apartment.
Metal, hard rock, like a good blues jam now and then
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