Marshall DSL15C 15/7.5-watt 1x12" Tube Combo Amp

15/7.5-watt 2-channel All-tube 1x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier with Deep Switch, Tone Shift, Digital Reverb, and Pentode/Triode Switching - Black
Marshall DSL15C 15/7.5-watt 1x12
Marshall DSL15C 15/7.5-watt 1x12
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Marshall's Legendary DSL is Back in Action

The Marshall DSL15C 15-watt guitar combo amp 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 DSL15C Dual Super Lead combo fortifies your tone arsenal with the tastiest tonal qualities and features of both modern and vintage Marshalls - in one highly tweakable and portable package. From glassy cleans to bone-rattling crunch to blistering high gain, your wish is the Marshall DSL15C's command.

Marshall DSL15C 15-watt All-tube Guitar Combo Amp at a Glance:
  • The DSL Series - a revered tonal heritage
  • A 15-watt tone beast
  • Two channels and all the trimmings
The DSL Series - a revered tonal heritage

The Marshall DSL15C 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 15-watt tone beast

Marshall's DSL15C is an all-tube, twin-channel tone machine 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 two 6V6s in the engine room, you've got power that's ideal for everything from the studio to the bedroom. Sporting the same feature set as the original DSL100, Marshall has gone on to fit this little beastie with critical upgrades that give you even more control over your sound. You still get a deep switch for defining low-end girth, but you also get studio-grade digital reverb (instead of spring), a rear-panel pentode/triode switch that halves the amp's power to a bedroom-friendly 7.5 watts. Marshall's even included a 2-way footswitch for channel switching and reverb on/off.

Two channels and all the trimmings

The Marshall DSL15C sports two footswitchable channels: classic gain and ultra gain. With the DSL15C, you can go from glassy Plexi-esque cleans, to JCM800-style snarl, to hot-mod 2203, to face-melting high gain - and everything in-between. To shape all this delectable Marshall tone, you get flexible shared 4-way EQ (treble, middle, bass, and presence) juiced with the thoughtful inclusion of a tone shift button - ideal for scooped modern metal mojo. The DSL15C is ready to rock. Are you?

Marshall DSL15C 15-watt All-tube Guitar Combo Amp Features:
  • This combo is capable of conjuring any classic Marshall sound - past or present
  • Classic gain and ultra gain channels
  • Deep switch for defining low-end girth
  • Tone shift button gives you incredible tonal flexibility
  • Studio-grade digital reverb
  • Rear-panel pentode/triode switch drops the amp's output to a bedroom-friendly 7.5 watts
  • 12" custom-voiced Celestion speaker
  • Included 2-way footswitch for channel switching and reverb on/off
Ready to rock? Rock like a pro with the Marshall DSL15C!

Additional Media

DSL15H and DSL15C Tube Head User Manual
Guitar Amp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 15W/7.5W
Speaker Size 1 x 12"
Effects Yes
Reverb Yes (Digital)
EQ 5-band (Resonance, Presence)
Preamp Tubes 4 x ECC83
Power Tubes 2 x 6V6
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Footswitch I/O Yes (Footswitch Included)
Height 19.88"
Width 18.7"
Depth 10"
Weight 37.04 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number M-DSL15C-U

Customer Reviews

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Have just received my DSL15C and have to say that am truly delighted with it! The fit and finish are superb, it's lighter than expected, (those big tube transformers aren't as heavy as I remember), and the SOUND!!! It's a Marshall, through and through - at a level one can deal with at home for rehearsal, home recording, or the occasional night out. Plenty of punch, but it won't have my wife in my face over an evening's playing. I can easily say this is the best amp I've ever owned, and having played for 46 years that's a comparison to over a dozen... It takes my pedal nicely, (Digitech RP1000), yet renders my 12 string and Yamaha delightfully straight from the pickups. Honestly, I couldn't ask for more, not no way no how. And I got me a Marshall!!! :-)

This amp will blow your mind!

I've been a Peavey amp guy since 1987. I still love solid state for the cleans but let's face it, the history of rock was written by Jim Marshall. The thundering lows and screaming highs of this little amp will make your head hit the cieling. It's great looks are known and envied worldwide. Now I know what true, full-bodied distortion really is and it cannot be modeled by other digital processors! THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUE MARSHALL SOUND. This surprising little combo puts that power in your hands. Rock out.
Music background: Intense and discerning enthusiast.

15 Watts of Marshall Tone

I went to guitar center with my R9 Les Paul and played through several combos before making my tentative decision on a low budget combo for the studio, running out of their before a sales rep could get me and ordering from sweetwater. To me, I felt like I had my heart set on a Tube Marshall but knew the cost and the high power was going to deter me. Played through several Fenders, Blackstars, Orange and other Combos before plugging into the 40 Watt DSL Combo and fell in love with the tone and the price, but not the power. I knew in order to get that 40, or even 20 Watt Tone, I couldn't be playing into the wee hours of the night without bothering the neighbors. I then plugged into a DSL15C. I expected a tone loss from going classic EL34's to 6V6's but I was dead wrong. I guess one could attribute this to the otherwise identical circuitry and pre amps, minus a few features of the 40W DSL. The only things I noticed lacking were more tonal variations in the 15W, being different channels and effects loop capabilities, including the built in single digital reverb, vs the 40W which has two independent build in Reverb Effects. But even so, this thing had the exact tone I wanted of the 40W, Fantastic Cutting Crunch, crisp cleans and all the marshall richness without the loud volume. An amazing deal in my opinion.
Music background: Guitar Player(Primarily Acoustic but recently more rhythm electric), Singer, Small Home Studio Owner, Independent Producer,

Just the right size

I have a lot of amps, both valve and solid state/digital from many companies, but at least half of them are Fender. The only other Marshall I have is actually one of the first amps I purchased 13 years ago, which is an MG100 half stack. I loved the sound, but this could never go in my bedroom, and resides in my studio, which I call the blues room. Anyway, I was looking for something around the size of my Fender Champion 40 in a valve amp, and low and behold, up popped this Marshall which sits next to the bottom of Marshall's DSL lineup. The DSL15C is only a bit larger than the aforementioned Fender, and fits right into the small space I had to house it. This is a great sounding all valve amp on both Classic (clean) and Ultra (dirty) channels, and I do prefer the 7.5 Triode setting over the full 15 Watt Pentode, as I can practice using the Ultra channel without blowing the walls down, and it does sound a bit warmer; this could just be the lower volume needed to get where you want to go. This is a great addition to the rest of my gear, and gives me a different sound from a Fender valve amp.

Little Monster

I have been playing electric guitar since 1979. I have owned many amps, Fender, Mesa Boogie, GK & a few Marshall's along the way. The DSL 15c has the best tone out of all the amps I have played through. Small in size but monster tube sound. The only thing I added to this amp was a Celestion G12M 25 Greenback speaker. This modification is the key that really unleashed this Little Monster. Perfect Marshall tone & now very loud volume at a unbelievable price. Thank you Sweetwater.
See also: Combo Amps, Marshall, Marshall Guitar Combo Amps