Marshall TSL601
Marshall TSL601

TSL601, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Marshall in the JCM2000 TSL series.

iamqman 08/01/2011

Marshall TSL601 : iamqman's user review

« Not too bad »

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This is one of the last great combos that Marshall had built. These were a great sounding amps that has a very dynamic feel and organic tone that was very usable in many different applications. These amps were the a little bit of the JCM2000 DSL but had the extra channel. People didn't like the TSL as much and felt that the tone wasn't and blossoming as the DSL. I would have to agree but it does sound better than the JVM series amps that Marshall is doing now.


3 Independent channels, each featuring Volume and Gain controls

Independent EQ on the Clean channel. Shared EQ on the Crunch/Lead channels

60-watt Svetlana EL34 power section

Individual Reverb levels for Clean and Overdrive channels, also on/off footswitchable

Effects loop with level selection and front panel Mix control, also on/off footswitchable

Marshall's famed speaker emulation circuitry for direct recording, for connection to an external power amp or for connection to a P.A. system

Deep switch adding low-end resonance

Tone Shift facility on the Crunch/Lead channel for instant tonal re-shaping

5-way footswitch for channel, Reverb and Effects Loop switching


This is not a modeling amp so you won;t have choice of a bunch of different amp tones or models. Also this is not an amp that will do any effects. So You cannot get delays, chorus, phaser, or flangers built into the amp. This amp does has some reverb so that is the only type of effect that comes built within the amp itself.

This amp has a decent clean tone and tales pedals very well. You get a good chimy tone not like a Fender but more like a better sounding plexi tone. Unlike a lot of clean channels in amps that may have a high gain channels as well the clean won't take distortion pedals very but this one does with pride. You also get a good crunch channel that sounds great and very usable for a general music or covers tone. The third channel or lead channel shares the same EQ with the crunch channel. So whatever you have set there will transfer over to the lead. This is designed for soling and lead tones.


These amps have been discontinued for a while now. They have been replaced by the JVM series amps which is my opinion are not nearly as good as the TSL or DSL series amps. This is an amp that you can pick up on the used market for right around $500. Not a bad price for a good working combo v=all valve tube amp.