Marshall DSL15H 15/7.5-watt Tube Head

15/7.5-watt All-tube Guitar Amp Head with 2 Channels, Pentode/Triode Switching, Deep Switch, Tone Shift, and Included Footswitch
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Marshall's Legendary DSL is Back in Action

The Marshall DSL15H 15-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 DSL15H Dual Super Lead head 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 DSL15H's command.

Marshall DSL15H 15-watt All-tube Guitar Amp Head 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 DSL15H 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 DSL15H 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 a feature set very similar to 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 a rear-panel pentode/triode switch that halves the amp's power to a bedroom-friendly 7.5 watts. Marshall's even included a footswitch for channel switching.

Two channels and all the trimmings

The Marshall DSL15H sports two footswitchable channels: classic gain and ultra-gain. With the DSL15H, 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 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 DSL15H is ready to rock. Are you?

Marshall DSL15H 15-watt All-tube Guitar Amp Head Features:
  • This combo is capable of conjuring any classic Marshall sound - past or present
  • 2 channels - classic gain and ultra-gain
  • Deep switch for defining low-end girth
  • Tone shift button gives you incredible tonal flexibility
  • Rear-panel pentode/triode switch drops the amp's output to a bedroom-friendly 7.5 watts
  • Included footswitch for channel switching
Ready to rock? Rock like a pro with the Marshall DSL15H!

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
EQ 4-band
Preamp Tubes 4 x ECC83
Power Tubes 2 x 6V6
Inputs 1 x TS
Outputs 3 x TS
Footswitch I/O Yes (Footswitch Included)
Height 9.4"
Width 19.7"
Depth 9.2"
Weight 22.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number M-DSL15H-U

Customer Reviews

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all I can say about this head is OMFG!!!!!...the f meaning this thing to me is the next best thing to actually owning a HUGE MARSHALL HIGH DOLLAR HEAD!!!,,,the tones are AMAZING for a little guy like this!!!...I play heavy heavy music with my 7 strings on this little monster and WOW!!!!...and sometimes with no overdrive @ all!!!!...the DSL takes very very well to pedals!!!...thank you my brother from another mother...Ryan Clapper...he's tha man to talk wont be sorry...I PROMISE!!!!...

Trust in Your Rep

Let me say that this was my 4th purchase with Sweetwater and also my best. I originally started talking to my rep, Alan Finkbeiner, about wanting a modeling amp, and I had a few mixed results with Vox and Line 6. He asked me a very simple question that was a game changer, "Why not just get the real thing?" I hadn't really thought about it that much as I assumed I would have to get a second mortgage on the house in order to make it happen. Alan quickly started playing with the numbers and by the end of conversation he had built for me a personalized order on a Marshall half stack. I have not regretted this purchase for one second. The 15 watt head is plenty powerful enough to drive a 4x12 cabinet. I don't play live, but in my house it will get loud enough to make my neighbors mad. And the sound is pure Marshall. Everything you love about that sound is here in this amp. I will not be needing another other amp for some time. Super awesome purchase thanks to Alan!

Marshall DSL 15 is a little monster

I play out a lot and practice in my home I have the need for a large range of Amps. Over the past couple years I have really liked the smaller boutique amps. They are lighter to cart around from gig to gig. Couple with a nice 212 can and your covered in most gigs. If the mike the amp into the house pa then you could bring a 112 cab and save even more weight. I have a 100dsl H which I rarely use anymore since then15 came along. The sonic Marshall' ness Of this little amp comes with gobs of super Marshall tone. The cleans are crystal and the headroom is good, the gain channel can be dialed in for blues but can easily be brought into scooped metal mayhem with articulate and loud Marshall power.i highly recommend this 22 pound head couple with a 212 for most any rig weighs less than my 100 DSL head so I'm traveling light.
Music background: Alt rock, grunge, melodic metal, not jazz

Added an Effects Loop

First off paying $99.00 to Voodoo Amps to put an effects loop in this thing to me was really worth it. I got the interrupt effects loop. My carbon copy and holy grail sound fantastic now. Great marshall tones on the lead side and great metal too! Rythm is tight with a maxon 0d9 pro+ In front. Running through an avatar cab 4x12 with eminence Governors and crunch lab in the bridge of my ltd in drop b tuning. Pinch harmonics are fantastic. Going to put some JJ's in from the tube kit for this head at eurotubes. Low watt, versatile, fantastic tone!! Light!! What's not to love here.
Music background: Hobbyist

Loud!! for a little amp

I bought this amp a little over a year ago, not thinking much for a 15 watt amp but WOW it is loud!! and everything is over the top, great sound and tone, tons of gain not that it needs it but I use a MXR ZW overdrive to make it super punchy. The tone shift is a great mid-scoop, and the deep switch is good but I'd rather have a resonance pot like the big guys in the DSL range. The cleans can be a bit "poppy" on high volume. An effects loop and standby switch would also be nice, but oh well I still would recommend it. Can do small gigs ( bars, clubs etc.)
Music background: Hobbyist
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