Marshall DSL100H 100-watt 2-channel Tube Head

100/50-watt All-tube Guitar Amp Head with 2 Channels (each with 2 Modes), Digital Reverb, Effects Loop, Pentode/Triode Switching, and 2-way Footswitch
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Marshall's Legendary DSL is Back in Action

The Marshall DSL100H 100-watt guitar amp head gives you the definitive essence of British tubularity. Reigning supreme for a decade, the DSL Series enjoyed worldwide acclaim. So with a nod to to pent-up player demand, Marshall presents their new, all-tube DSL Series. Amazingly affordable, the DSL100H Dual Super Lead head fortifies your tone arsenal with fearsome power and the tastiest tonal qualities and features of both modern and vintage Marshalls - in one highly tweakable package. From glassy cleans to bone-rattling crunch to blistering high gain, your wish is the Marshall DSL100H's command.

Marshall DSL100H 100-watt All-tube Guitar Amp Head at a Glance:
  • The DSL Series - a revered tonal heritage
  • A 100-watt tone beast
  • Two channels and all the trimmings
The DSL Series - a revered tonal heritage

The Marshall DSL100H hails from a revered lineage. Marshall introduced the JCM2000 Dual Super Lead (DSL) series amps in 1997. Right from the get-go, these all-tube monsters enjoyed enthusiastic approval by guitarists and the press alike, forming the backlines of top acts in all musical genres and bludgeoning audiences worldwide for a decade before being replaced by Marshall's JVM series (a musical powerhouse in its own right). Considered the go-to rock amp by many tone-savvy guitarists, there is considerable pent-up demand for Dual Super Leads. Marshall hears you, and is proud to introduce the new-and-improved DSL Series.

A 100-watt tone beast

Marshall's DSL100H is an all-tube, twin-channel beast capable of conjuring any classic Marshall sound - past or present. Four ECC83s in the preamp section (in concert with the amp's gain/master volume arrangement) give you stunning tone-shaping mojo, and with four EL34s in the engine room, you've got the volume to rule any stage in the world. Sporting, in fact, precisely the same tube complement and feature set as the original DSL100, Marshall has gone on to fit this monster with critical upgrades that give you even more control over your sound. You now get a resonance control (as opposed to the original's fixed deep switch), letting you dial in your preferred amount of low-end girth. You also get studio-grade digital reverb (instead of spring), a rear-panel pentode/triode switch that drops the amp's power to a club-and-studio-friendly 50 watts, and a bypassable rear-panel series FX loop. Marshall's even included a 2-way footswitch for channel switching and reverb on/off.

Two channels and all the trimmings

The Marshall DSL100H sports two footswitchable channels: classic gain and ultra-gain. Each channel boasts two modes: clean/crunch and lead 1/lead 2, respectively. With the DSL100H, you can go from glassy Plexi-esque cleans, to JCM800-style snarl, hot-mod 2203, face-melting high gain - and everything in between. To shape all this delectable Marshall tone, you get flexible shared 5-way EQ (treble, middle, bass, resonance, and presence) juiced with the thoughtful inclusion of a tone shift button - ideal for scooped modern metal mojo. The DSL100H is ready to rock. Are you?

Marshall DSL100H 100-watt All-tube Guitar Amp Head Features:
  • This beast is capable of conjuring any classic Marshall sound - past or present
  • 2 channels - classic gain and ultra-gain
  • Each channel boasts two modes - clean/crunch and lead 1/lead 2, respectively
  • Highly effective resonance control replaces the original's fixed deep switch
  • Tone shift button gives you incredible tonal flexibility
  • Studio-grade digital reverb
  • Rear-panel pentode/triode switch drops the amp's output to a club-and-studio-friendly 50 watts
  • Bypassable rear-panel series FX loop
  • Included 2-way footswitch for channel switching and reverb on/off
Ready to rock? Rock like a pro with the Marshall DSL100H!

Additional Media

DSL100H and DSL40C Tube Head User Manual
Guitar Amp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 100W/50W
Reverb Yes (digital)
EQ 5-band
Number of Tubes 8
Preamp Tubes 4 x ECC83
Power Tubes 4 x EL34
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 3 x 1/4"
Effects Loop Yes
Footswitch I/O 1 x 1/4" (footswitch included)
Height 10.8"
Width 29.2"
Depth 9.5"
Weight 53.4 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number M-DSL100H-U

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

great amp

well this amp is around my price range. this thing has nice cleans nice tight crunch for Hard rock and great 800 Metal tones. great amp for the price. it's no jcm 800 but it comes pretty close. everyone hates how it's not made in the u.k that don't matter
Music background: Hard Rock Glam metal/ Heavy metal Prog metal
5/5

Marshall DSL 100H 100 watt 2 channel tube head

I run two full stack Marshalls in stereo through my Boss GT-10, using 1960A @ 1960B cabs with Marshall JCM 2000 50 watt heads on each. I bought the Marshall DSL 100H head as a back up. I removed one of my JCM 2000 heads and hooked up the DSL 100H head in its place. I was blown away to say the least. I was able to dial in that JCM 2000 sound that I love (which is closest to the JCM800 sound I've found). For me the price was more than right with what this all tube head delivers! My style of playing is Heavy rock to 80's style metal. I highly recommend this head, it is the same size and configuration as the JCM2000 head.
Music background: Heavy Rock and metal guitarist/instructor
5/5

MInd Blowing

This is my first Marshall Tube Amp, Always wanted one, always looked for this sound from all the amps I've owned/played so far...The Crunch Channel is monstrous - Really nice edge of breakup sounds from the clean channel, with the gain all the way up, and the crunch mode is the real deal....WOW!!The Ultra Gain channel is something that sounds best to be on Lead 1 mode, with the gain set at about 3, which is the maximum I like to go on this amp, so it has space to breathe, and a nice boost then takes over for solos.....it sounds brilliant in that gain setting on Lead 1, and i generally do not use the Lead 2 channel, it has way too much gain....The Resonance pot is a great addition to this amp, and so is the Tone Shift, really nice for scooped metal...This things nails the early EVH tones, Maiden, Satch, Vai, Scott Henderson and so much more, not to mention AC/DC and all of that...Has a lot of punch, that raw marshall growl is imminent, I play it through a small 112 cab with an 80 watt celestion speaker, I use the amp on 50w mode, since the speaker cannot handle the 100 watts.A great Rock n Roll machine and more!!I need to mention, I did not purchase this from Sweetwater, but sweetwater is a major source of my research, their product descriptions are the best among all that is available!!Highly Recommend this amp!!
5/5

This is a must have, go to amp!

This amp does it all! From clean as a whistle, to rocken' and rollen', to full out fire breathing monster. I saw that it was made in Vietnam and was a little put off, but don't be. I've been playing and using Marshall's, Fender's, Carvin V-3, (full stack), Line-6, Peavey 6505+, etc. for over 40 years and this amp is worth every penny. This is not an entry level amp. Although it is priced that way now. I wouldn't wait too long if your in the market for a new amp. I can't imagine they will stay at this price too long.
Music background: Pro musician, recording engineer, etc.
5/5

Best Head for the money

All around high end head with a smooth clean tone that will blow you away. Select the effects switch and you have a overdrive/distortion sound that will knock the walls down. No need to add a floor of pedals, with the selection this Marshall head has, you will find the right sound to fit every type of playing. The volume on this head will break ear drums. You cannot find a better head for the money.
Music background: Weekend warrior
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