Marshall TSL100
Marshall TSL100

TSL100, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Marshall in the JCM2000 TSL series.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 27 reviews )
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crankyrayhanky's review"In the shop all the time"

Marshall TSL100
Here's a tube monster that I was totally psyched to acquire. I was able to get a great deal through my local shop, so I ordered a brand new one, right from the factory to the store and I was there to open the shipment. This is a 3 channel 100 watt beast that has plenty of power for almost any playing situation. Plenty of switches including fx loops, deep, Virtual Power Reduction, Separate Reverb for Clean and Crunch/Lead channels, Mid Boost Switch for tonal options on the Clean channel plus Tone Shift on the Crunch and Lead channels


Yes, this amp will sound decent almost right away. Throw the dials to noon and crank it up and the sounds will be workable. The controls are intuitive, so I never even looked at the manual.


I have lots of guitars at my disposal, but I mainly used my Gibson Les Paul. I typically dialed in a clean tone that was mainly crystal, with a smidge of dirt. I would also dial in a high gain sound, and use the guitar's volume controls to create alternate lo/mid gain tones. Typically went with the DEEP switch engaged and often used the VPR (Virtual Power Reduction). The VPR knocks the wattage down; I'm not sure how, but it's clearly better than any attenuator I've used...perhaps it turns a couple power tubes off? I don't know, but it's effective for taming what is otherwise a super loud amp.


I had a dsl combo before this head, so i knew what i was getting into. Unlike many scathing reviews, I actually like this amp for the pop/punk/hard rock applications I used it for in my band. Super hi clarity and slices right through. Critics will say that the amp is a bit sterile and lacks the organic feel of the older famous Marshalls- but I enjoyed this modern take and the plathera of options the amp offers. But here's the issue that makes this amp a total ZERO- the transformer went out countless times. I kept going back to the shop, and even though it was covered on warranty, it was beyond annoying. One show it went out 30 seconds into the first song, making me turn to the next band and borrow his Line6 for the gig (ugggh). I shouldn't bag on the line6, at least that amp worked. I had the same issues with my combo. A quick look around the web says that this is a known issue that keeps happening, meaning that marshall just doesn't seem to care about improving it's product. I guess you could get a transformer upgrade, but at that price point I would recommend looking at the countless other "marshallesque" options that are out there. i would have liked this amp- even though others say it is a bee buzzy disgrace. Crank up the volume and the quality drastically increases, if it works... Thumbs down!
King Loudness08/10/2011

King Loudness's review"Blech!"

Marshall TSL100
The Marshall TSL100 was designated as Marshall's flagship amplifier for some time, and indeed on paper it looks to be a killer amp. It's designed a lot like the DSL series, and is a 100w tube head that is powered by four EL34 tubes. There are three channels ranging from clean, to crunch, to lead, and there are many different settings that Marshall claims will offer a wide variety of pleasing tones. Here's the full list of specs:

All valve powered. [4x svetlana el34 power valves]
3 independent channels for Clean, Crunch, and Lead
Mid Boost Switch for tonal options on the Clean channel plus Tone Shift on the Crunch and Lead channels
Unique Marshall Deep Switch on the Clean and Crunch/Lead channels adds extra low end resonance when selected
Separate Reverb for Clean and Crunch/Lead channels
Virtual Power Reduction [vpr] gives the extra saturation of a lower powered valve amp being driven hard
Power Amp Mute switch for silent recording
Separate FX Loops with front panel Mix controls and level selection for the Clean and Crunch/Lead channels
D.I. XLR Output with acclaimed Marshall Speaker Emulation
5-way foot controller for switching channels, Reverb and FX Loop on/off


Setting up this amp is almost pointless because of how generally awful it sounds. The three channels really just provide different levels of harsh and scooped tones, varying in levels of fizz and gain. I've never been a fan of how the EQ reacts on Marshall amps and this one is no exception. The controls really all seem to control a narrow range of frequencies, leaving the extreme low end and high end untouched... if you don't like it how it's set stock, too bad. To its credit, the interface of the amp isn't too bad but dialing in a tone that's not either scooped or loaded with high end fizz is all but impossible... though that's a common malady of modern Marshall amps anyway.


I've tried this guitar with various Fender and Gibson guitars. This amp really just doesn't cut it for me. It seems to have been designed to be a killer all in one amp that could handle everything from clean to mean... but really doesn't do any of these things remotely well. The clean tones were thin and brittle overall, with a seriously piercing high end that I just couldn't dial out. I like a slightly fuller clean tone overall (IE: Fender or Mesa) and this amp's clean just sounded forced and mediocre. The distortion channels really are just fizzy and lifeless, but one of them has more gain and compression than the other one. The gain structure is nothing like the classic Marshalls of old, nor other flagship 3 channel amps like the Mesa Dual Rec or Soldano Decatone. The amp is very compressed and buzzy, and given that the EQ has an extremely limited range of tweaking available, there isn't much I can do to dial out the fizz and tame the ever present high end problem. Ah well.


All in all, I wouldn't recommend this amp. The fact that it sells for $1800 new is a fairly strange concept to me, as you can get something like a Splawn Quick Rod or a Mesa Mark V for not much more, both of which will SMOKE this amp. It really doesn't live up to the hype that Marshall built for it and I can't recommend it in good faith to anyone. I'd say to stay away from this or the combo companion (TSL122) unless you have ears that love fizz and untamed high end.

Hatsubai's review"The more versatile DSL100"

Marshall TSL100
The Marshall JCM2000 TSL100 is the amplifier that actually helped inspire the JVM. It's a three channel amplifier with four EL34 and four 12AX7 tubes that features independent controls, a midboost, deep switch, tone shift, power reduction, output mute, reverb, line out, effects loop and more.


While the amplifier has tons of features packed into it, and they're laid out clearly, I find it is somewhat hindered with all the stuff thrown inside it. I'll get to that later in the sound section. The loop in this is decent, and it's easy to dial in a decent tone. The manual is pretty good for this, and it describes what all the various features do, how they interact with each other, etc.


Despite this being more versatile than the DSL100, I find that it simply doesn't sound as good. I really think it's because they threw in all that extra nonsense that people don't exactly need. One thing is that I find the distortion to be fairly buzzy. It doesn't have that organic gain that the JCM800 has, and while it tastes boosts nicely, it just doesn't sound quite "up to par" as the DSL100 did. The clean tones on this thing are pretty weak too, but that's kinda to be expected with a standard Marshall tone stack. I much prefer a Fender or Mesa/Boogie tone stack for clean tones.


Despite the additional features that this amplifier offers, it just doesn't seem to sound quite as good as the DSL100. Maybe it's because I'm a bit more of a minimalist that I feel that way, but it just seemed to be overall "bland" sounding. The amp needs to be boosted to get a really "good" gain tone. Stock, it has tons of gain, but I just find it to be buzzy sounding once you start cranking. These go pretty cheap on the used market, and unlike the DSL100, there's actually a reason they're so cheap.

MGR/Garufi's review"Marshall JCM 2000 TSL 100"

Marshall TSL100
I have not "aquired" this amp yet, but I've played it so many times at GC for hours that I know it so well. I beleive its the most expensive Marhsall Head. Does this mean it's the best...Definitly.

This is clearly the best modern amp of its class. I love that the second channel has lenty of gain for a solid rythem, and then the you just might not need you overdrive pedal when you switch to the third and final channel. I've heard this amp cranked to "10" while standing very far away, and I swear there is nothing that could ever sound so sweet. For shredders and punk rockers and metalfreaks, this amp truly covers it all. What I like about this unit: It is the mother of all units.

They should somehow get a built in delay unit in the JCM line. I know that Marshall's delay in the AVT series is great.

Very Strong. No problems here.

This amp obviuosly cranks but we are all past that, but people get all mixed up when they hear Mesa Boogie Rectifier, and Peavey 5150, and Marshall Mode Four, and Frames (actually the best ampplifiers for sheer, rediculous metal the world), and Crate BLue Voodoo, and Ibanez, and Carvin. I will just tell you right now, that the JCM is the way to's always been the way to go, and it will always be the way to go. All the gain, all the power, all the bottom end, all the screaming highs, and all the tone you will ever need is in this unit. The JCM2000 TSL 100 should be your dream amp. I suggest going to the stores and trying ever amp in the store. Do not settle for the combo version. Stack it up and crank it.

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MGR/Marshall Junkie06/15/2004

MGR/Marshall Junkie's review"Marshall TSL 100"

Marshall TSL100
I bought my amp @ a local music store & this was an upgrade from a DSL 50 as I traded (2) DSL 50's for the 1 TSL 100

The thing I love about the TSL 100 is it has (2) FX loops & for what I play that is great.Also having 3 channel's that are footswitchable is a big plus.

To be honest I haven't found anything that I dis like about the amp.

It is like any Marshall product built with tons of pride...I mean Marshall has set the standard for Rock & blues amps.Made with quality woods & parts.

I would have to add ....if you thinking of buying an amp & your kind of stuck & not sure what to buy that most companies try to copy Marshall but most fall way short.

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MGR/Spanky Bottoms10/24/2002

MGR/Spanky Bottoms's review"Marshall JCM2000 TSL"

Marshall TSL100
bought this amp new at Music Lovers Shoppe for about $800. I traded a Rocktron Voodoo Valve pre-amp, Stereo power amp and stereo 4X12 cab for it. I wanted to get rid of the complex MIDI setup I had and get back to some serious TONE.

the TONE baby! The sound of this amp is pure Marshall, plus an amazing clean channel. The crunch channel is super chunky with strong mids and satisfying lows. Lead channel uses a more aggressive version of the same tone, while the clean channel will do everything from super clean tele tones to dirty blues. With the 4X12 cab this amp has more than enough headroom for almost any gig. If your looking for a great rock amp, look no farther. If you play Heavy Metal, check out Mesa/Boogie triple rectifier.

It's very large and heavy so it can be a real drag (literally) to haul it around to gigs in my car. The tubes get HOT.

Construction looks to be almost bulletproof. Seriously, the weight of this amp is ain't made out of cheap-a$$ particle board! I have damaged the tolex covering on the cabinet by banging it into doorways and the trunk of my car but the 'road-scars' look good. It would take a lot of abuse to cause real damage. I suppose the tubes are the weak point and will need to be replaced someday but for now they are still rockin' like new after a few years in service.

This amp sounds great and is built like a tank. If you want the ultimate Marshall tone I recommend it. Granted, it's expensive but well worth it.

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allig4tor's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent amp!"

Marshall TSL100
All-tube amp.
See the features in the advice given above.


I did not have the manual, but it is doing very well if you have not used this type of amp

The clean is really good: one of the best Marshall clean that I've tried!
The crunch is really the strong point of this amp one obtains the typical sound of the JCM800 without deafen half the neighborhood.
The lead channel is good too, but requires lower treble, under penalty of being slightly too loud (for my taste)

The reverb is excellent.


Suited to rock and hard rock.

Used with a strat and a les paul.


For years, I tried a number of amps: this is one of those who has impressed me the most, in terms of sound quality and versatility.

The value for money is very good!

theraven's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" THE sound Marshall"

Marshall TSL100
All lamps (4 * 4 * 12AX7 + EL34)

1 guitar input
1 footswitch jack
2 effects loops
1 emulated output
3 speaker outputs

100 watts RMS (25 watts RMS switchable by pressing a button on the front)

Integrated spring reverb


Sound very easily, which sounds off immediately obtained.

Note that the sound becomes less noisy once the bias set to 82mV (very simple to do).

At first, the sight of all those buttons may seem unsettling, but once try a few hours, it becomes very intuitive and easy to adjust.

The manual provides information that can be used by persons not familiar with this type of amp.


With 3 channels (clean, crunch and lead), it really gets all the sounds you want, ranging from pop to metal, to pop rock, rock, blues, hard rock, etc. ...

It is very versatile and great on all channels!

(I play it with a Gibson SG, a Fender Marauder and an Ibanez Prestige, and the head is connected to a 4x12 JCM 800 lead series)


Bought it a few months ago.

I had the opportunity to have a lot of different amps in recent years, and this amp is the one who has more than most.
Unlike everyone else, I'll keep this one.

Excellent quality / price ratio!
Ravage Alliance Club04/21/2011

Ravage Alliance Club's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Professional equipment"

Marshall TSL100
100w All Tube, switchable to 25w (top)
3 real channels with three Masters (top)
Deep function for more bass (1 key for clean, one for a lead / crunch), really effective,
Two balls effects
Any speaker can be connected (4 to 16 ohms).
Mid function boost digging mediums to switch its "vintage" to "modern" easily, without changing settings.
Separate reverb control for the clean and the other channels.
2 settings attendance.

Footswitch fragile: the socket is too fragile. He commanded the 3 + channel + reverb effects loop.

In short, the stuff built for professionals.


Config arch simple plug & play.
The 3 channels are visually distinct, which is not the case with DSL.
We obtain immediately (or almost) sound good.


I use it constantly with a BBE Stomp in the loop, which adds much to its presence.
sounds like a good Marshall, period.
The clean is one of the best produced by Marshall
The crunch of a potato madness
Lead with the Deep feature allows very easily to the big metal (provided that the following guitars ...)
I'm doing 4 gigs a month, I play in a cover band (from red hot to Jamiroquai, via AC / DC and Spin Doctors), I need a super versatile amp.
I'm thrilled.

Sometimes connected to a 1960 V30 (Slash Snakepit), sometimes in a 1960A (very good too, need to stop down the G12T75!) See in a 2 * 12 Framus ... He assured each time, whether with a Start, a Telecaster, a PRS or SG.

I do not know what else I could ask for more ... A little less than blowing the lead perhaps?


I therefore used for 7 years.
I've never changed the lamps, and it never failed.
It provides its weekly concert without flinching.
It saves me having 36 pedals distos.
The 3 master are ultra independent practices.
In short, a great Swiss Army knife for demanding musician to have a sound and practical, all at a reasonable budget.

Puto's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Marshall JCM 2000 TSL100 - Makeover"

Marshall TSL100
hello to you musician

The Marshall JCM 2000 TSL100 is a tube amp 100W
An input jack, assignable effects loop separately or jointly which opens the field of possibilities (Please do not use the effects loop! Please) is horrible on any amp. You can use to connect a pre-amp for example. No musician is so ... why some still to do?!
Upcoming speakers: 2X4, 1X4, 2X8, 1X8, 1x16 ohms (class)
An output emulated line out for direct recording (again, again ... stop messing around ... I will not add anything else.)


The setup is simple?

The manual is clear and sufficient?
No need. Anyway, he must rely on his ear and that's it.
Skunk Anansie guitarist to record their first album (many awards) with a guitar that cost him $ 70. No change. Yep. The amp is not the musician.

Do you get a good sound easy?
We get it sound good enough right quick, but ... must spend time on it to find the right sound. For a guitar sound is set with other musicians. Especially with the other guitarist (if any) and especially with the bass. Everything must be harmonious and logical.


Will it fit your style of music?
Perfectly. I play post-hardcore or rock to clean arpeggios, the amp responds very hyper. The choice of guitar is very important. Not only the choice of guitar as the height of the microphones. I have a Fender Telecaster Deluxe, a Gibson SG Standard and an Ibanez ASX32 (with Seymour Duncan SH4) and soon a Fender Telecaster Standard.
For effects I use Boss and Line6.
The choice of speaker is very important ... very very very. But the best is surely not the most expensive. The better ear, his style, his music and his group.
I play with a 1960AV (Celestion V30) and it's just perfect. I have a 1960A is it makes a difference (especially on the roundness of sound)


For how long have you been using it?
7 years

Did you try many other models before getting this one?
Oh yes. Savage120 of ENGL, Mesa Boogie's, several Marshall, Fender few ...

What thing do you like most/least about it?
It's a pretty versatile amp (not the south either)

What is your opinion about the value for the price?
Right price

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? ...
Oh yes.

I tried 3 other JCM2000 TSL100 store (different stores) and it was really shit. So do not insult those who spit on this amp. I understand them.
My singer / guitarist working in a music store and we had a giggle when I tested one of their JCM2000 right after mine. Same in another store ... and the same again in another store. RIDICULOUS.
We must think about changing the lights too. If you think that is expensive and you'll end up spitting on the amp, do not cross the pitch then.
Without oil, the engine of the car died! There is none.
I had to change the PSU a few months ago. Due to cuts in current hardcore room my head suffered. And I'm rewarding :-) by changing the PSU I won round and sound sensitivity of the amp. Which makes sense after all. Kerry King, Slash, etc. have changed amps. If you believe that buying the signing of this or that you will have the same ... there is already affected, sensitivity, experience and the relationship between the musician and his instrument but also changes. Why there