Marshall DSL40C
Marshall DSL40C

DSL40C, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Marshall in the DSL 2012 series.

Public price: $970 VAT
nicobackseat 03/04/2013

Marshall DSL40C : nicobackseat's user review

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Power: 40 Watts
1 speaker 12 "Celestion 70/80 Custom
Lamps: 4 x ECC83 and 2 x EL34
2 channels: Classic Gain and Ultra Gain
Volume and Gain controls for the two channels
Clean and Crunch modes on Classic Gain channel
Methods Lead 1 and Lead 2-channel Ultra Gain
3-band EQ (Bass, Mid, Treble)
Presence control
Tone Shift switch
Resonance control
Switch Pentode / Triode
Channel digital reverberation
Outputs speakers: 8 and 16 Ohm
2 button footswitch incl. (Channel selection and Reverb on / off)
Weight: approx. 23 kg


Plug and play, everything is said.
I did not need the manual, everything is very simple.

Easily obtained provided a very good sound we love Marshall's, of course.

For the record, I compared to its predecessor (I think) DSL 401, I tried with a friend, and I found it better and more successful.

Resonance control I particularly liked, providing the sound side the famous "cron-cron" (yes, I know, I have not found any other term) to expensive fan of AC / DC I am when you attack the strings ...


This amp is perfect for my style of music that ranges from punk rock to hard rock though strong, even blues.

I like the sound eyeing more towards AC / DC, as I said above, and, of course, we found it full with this kind of amp.

It's bold, it's hot, it's a big but unlike Marshall MG101FX (100 watts Transistor, yes, I know it does not compare lamps and transistors) that I have also, you do not lose all the precision and attack, on the contrary!

The clean sound is far from being disgusting, even if it is not the primary purpose of this amp, but I have not enough experience or valid comparison (Fender Hot Rod or otherwise) to be completely objective.

I use a Gibson Les Paul Special Faded and ben ... Here, what!


I tried other amps before choosing one: Orange Dual Terror (a tad too runny in the saturated), Peavey Classic 30 (a bit too vintage) and Blackstar HT 40 (not powerful enough! yes, same number of watts, but strangely not the same) ... and the least we can say is that the quality / price it is unbeatable!