Marshall DSL100
Marshall DSL100

DSL100, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Marshall in the JCM2000 DSL series.

rockerdad 03/21/2011

Marshall DSL100 : rockerdad's user review

« DSL = Drooling Sounds of Love! »

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- 100 watts
- all tube
- 4 preamp 12ax7, 4 power EL34
- 2 channel
- green channel - clean/crunch
- red channel - lead
- effects channel
- spring reverb
- classic marshall styling
- classic marshall look
- 1 button footswitch (used for either channel switching or reverb on/off)
- 4, 8, and 16 ohm speaker connections


As with most marshall amps and tube amps in general, you really need to pump up the volume on the DSL to find the sweet spot. I find that keeping the master volume about 2 is a priority. If you can get above 4, you will fall in love with the tone.

The look of the amp is classic crazy LED lights, no space age looking junk...only the goods that Marshall is known for. Very straightforward and simple operation.

The one thing that I wish that Marshall would have considered or actually implemented when designing this amp would be to have the green channel foot switchable. You either need to be on the clean setting or the crunch setting. I usually will keep it on the crunch and use my guitar's volume knob to roll down for a clean sound.


Currently, this is my go to, all around amplifier that I use whether it's live on stage or recording in the studio. I'm not really a picky tone chaser. I know what i like and prefer to keep it simple. The DSL does that in spades. Plug in, turn up and you're ready to rock.

I use a few effects with the amp...mainly a Boss SD-1, NS-2 noise gate, CH-2 chorus, and a Rocktron Banshee talk box. All perform very well with the amp. The gate and chorus are run through the effects loop. I play in a Bon Jovi tribute band so the DSL really gets me to where I need to be in terms of 80's, 90's and now rock.


This is my 3rd time owning a DSL. I previously sold the amp twice thinking I could use something else or go to a modelling setup. Each time I've been proven wrong. I always come back to this amp. I've made a pact with myself to NOT sell this amp again.

For an amp with what some would view as a limited amp in part because of the channel setup/switching, this amp can go from the cleanest of cleans to rip your face off metal (with the added use of overdrive pedals).

I dare anyone to plug straight into one of these with a Les Paul, switch to the green/crunch channel, turn the channel gain up to about 8 or 9, turn the master volume up to 4, hit an open G chord and not feel like you're rocking a 100,000 seat stadium!