Marshall DSL5C 5/1-watt 1x10" Tube Combo Amp

5/1-watt 2-channel All-tube 1x10" Guitar Combo Amplifier with Deep Switch and Tone Shift - Black
Marshall DSL5C 5/1-watt 1x10
Marshall DSL5C 5/1-watt 1x10
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The Legendary DSL is Back in a Compact 5-watt Combo!

The Marshall DSL5C 5-watt guitar combo amp gives you the definitive essence of British tube amps. Reigning supreme for a decade, the DSL series enjoyed worldwide acclaim. So with a nod to to pent-up player demand, Marshall unleashed their all-tube DSL series. Amazingly affordable, the DSL5C combo amplifier 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 DSL5C's command.

Marshall DSL5C 5-watt All-tube Guitar Combo Amp at a Glance:
  • The DSL Series - a revered tonal heritage
  • A 5-watt tone beast
  • Two channels and all the trimmings
The DSL Series - a revered tonal heritage

The Marshall DSL5C 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 5-watt tone beast

Marshall's DSL5C is an all-tube, twin-channel tone machine capable of conjuring any classic Marshall sound - past or present. Three ECC83s in the preamp section (in concert with the amp's gain/master volume arrangement) give you stunning tone-shaping mojo, and with an ECC99 in the power amplifier, 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, a rear-panel power switch that reduces the amp's power to a single watt, and a bypassable rear-panel series FX loop.

Two channels and all the trimmings

The Marshall DSL5C sports two footswitchable channels: Classic Gain and Ultra Gain. With the DSL5C, 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) juiced with the thoughtful inclusion of a Tone Shift button - ideal for scooped modern metal mojo. The DSL5C is ready to rock. Are you?

Marshall DSL5C 5-watt All-tube Guitar Combo Amp 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 switch drops the amp's output to a bedroom-friendly single watt
  • 10" custom-voiced Celestion speaker
  • Included footswitch for channel switching
Ready to rock? Rock like a pro with the Marshall DSL5C!

Additional Media

DSL5C 1x10 User Manual
Guitar Amp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 5W/1W
Speaker Size 1 x 10"
EQ 3-band
Preamp Tubes 3 x ECC83
Power Tubes 1 x ECC99
Inputs 1 x TS
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 16.93"
Width 17.91"
Depth 9.45"
Weight 28 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number M-DSL5C-U

Customer Reviews

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The Ultimate Home Practice Amp

Honestly, I am truly blown away by this lil' monster. When you unbox this, and feel the weight and sturdiness, you know right then that this is something special. It's one of those items that nails almost all the items a guitarist would have on their "do-all" wish list. Only the Blackstar HT-5R comes close, but they can't quite nail down that true, unmistakeable Marshall tone and they don't have the 5w/1w option. That said, I had a hard time choosing between the two, but having had Marshall Amps in the past, I knew with the DSL5C I would be getting Marshall quality, extreme durability and versatility. My only knock is the lack of a seperate volume control on the clean channel, which is truly a small quibble considering the clean channel on the 5 watt setting will get very, very loud in your typical bedroom/small practice room. We're talking tube watts here, so conventional wisdom says multiple by the rated tube wattage by 4 or 5 times for an equivalent solid state wattage. Plenty loud to annoy everyone in the house. The second issue I have, and it's very small one in my case, is that the stock 10" 10-30 Celestion speaker really does not do this amp justice. It does give a bit of that "icepick" effect unless you roll back the treble to the 2-3 range. It may smooth out over time if given a chance to break in, but I had other plans. 10" speakers will not give you that more full and bassy sound that you get out of a 12 inch, but guitar is a mid-range frequency instrument, and you do have the deep switch and bass control on this amp that allow for a more than acceptable amount of tweakability. I purchased a Celstion Greenback G10 and a Celestion G10 Gold to have versatility in my tone and it knocked my socks off in both cases when installed in this amp. The brittleness of the stock speaker was completely gone and this amp becomes the ultimate tone machine with my SSL5/CS69/CS Fat 50's strat. Both the Greenback and the Gold are nothing short of phenomenal speakers. Those small and very simple speakers upgrades, made this into the ultimate recording/practice amp in my opinion. I would usually say your results may vary, but I can't believe anyone would be even remotely disappointed in the sound of this amp and universally, i would recommend this to anyone who rocks jazz/blues/rock/hardrock.. One last reverb. Yes, it's a bummer....that said, the other DSL's don't necessarily have the greatest reverb, this is well known. But in this one, the effects loop sounds great, so get a good reverb (TC Electronics HOF?) and be done with it. You know you want it.... just do it. You absolutely won't regret it.
Music background: My gigging days are over, I'm a tone chasing hobby player now : )


I bought this amp few days ago and can't stop playing!! I would give 10 stars to this amp! You can't get wrong with it!
Music background: Hobbyist

Marshall Tone At a Basement Level

Yes, my first Marshall tube amp! I ordered this amp from Sweetwater about 10 days ago and it is all I envisioned and then some. Killer Marshall tone at a level I can pull off in my basement. The ability to cut down to 1W, when needed, and still rock is awesome. Foot switch is very convenient and works well. Two channels and tons of tone. But, of course, it's a Marshall. Get yours won't be disappointed!
Music background: One Guy That Wishes He Would Have Taken Up Guitar in High School

5 stars

I owned a DSL40C previously to owning a DSL5c, I really loved my 40C but it was too loud for home use. The DSL5C is a bad little amp, beautiful cleans, beautiful distortion, sounds AWESOME when you plug a Les Paul into it. So if you have a Les Paul, really look long & hard at this amp, it's a winner.

Tone To Be Had

I doubt it gets much better when it comes to having a low power practice amp. If you want classic British gains you're going to want to give the DSL 5 a run. Channel 2 sounds good and has enough gain to handle any Metal. The magic of this amp however, I would argue, happens in the classic gain channel. Make no mistake. As one might infer from the demo video, if you're looking for sublime cleans with lots of headroom, buy something else. The clean sounds good but keep in mind -- it's vintage Marshall. And it breaks up. Fast. Playing a Standard LP though a bridge EMG81, you can expect break up to begin happening around 2-3 gain. Neck pickup, even quicker. Between 3-5, I get superb classic OD tones -- with a couple of real sweet spots -- and from, say, 5-8, a really great sounding range of fuzz. It's a truly dynamic channel for such a small amp. It might make you work a little to dial it in but it's there. It's LOUD! Even on the low-power setting. I doubt anyone living in a duplex or town house will get it much past "1" on either channel before they start worrying about a knock. But if that's an issue the headphone jack works great and I've had a hard time noticing any degradation in tone at all through the cans. For what it's intended to be the DSL 5 is spot on. My only knock would be the absence of a built-in reverb but if you're looking for this sound and all the convenient practice features included there's no substitute. I'll be glad to spend a little more to get a good reverb down the line.
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Combo Amps, Marshall, Marshall Guitar Combo Amps