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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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.

Very impressed

What a terrific studio or home practice amp! 5 tube watts is nothing to frown about, still plenty of power to tickle Grannie's pacemaker across the street. The drop down (1-0.5 watt) maintains classic tube driven tones that you'll always find appealing. The two channels are a real treat for this size amp - once dialed in, it'll be hard to this one down. What it's not... Don't expect Fender cleans because it's simply a different beast. Another note on the 10" speaker, an initial concern of mine and yes, 12" would certainly have been better but for the price, intended use and addition of a deep switch on far right of control panel....the 10" won't matter for most once they hear this little baby roar. All in all, I'm confident you will NOT be disappointed. One last note on Sweetwater - quality guys and service, look no further...have spent plenty with them and always been impressed with their customer service (Tony Dayton - great guy). Good luck and best wishes!
Music background: 33yrs live artist and studio musician

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

I know what you're thinking...

5 Watts? C'mon. Lemme tell ya: If you playing in your apartment, and you "go to eleven" at the full 5W on this thing, it won't be long before somebody calls the cops. If you use the button on the back to turn it down to 1W, and you "go to eleven", after a few days, you're girlfriend will begin planning the break up. It's loud. Can you gig with it? If you're in a Judas Priest cover band, and just like destroying a room, go ahead; stick with your 50watter. Now, I'm sure there are face-melting guys out there who'll challenge me on this, but for small joints, yes, you can absolutely gig with it. You can definitely play over the drummer. It's not obnoxiously loud, and audiences who want to HEAR good music AND still be able to socialize will be huge fans. If the room is more than 50-80 people, or larger than 1000SqFt, you'll certainly want to mic it up to a PA, but it'll give you great sound. If you're playing at home, at small bars, or especially if you're recording with it, and you want that unmistakable Marshall growl, there's no better amp out there for the money. I tested it against the Fender Bassbreaker 007, and it wasn't even close. On the other hand, if you live in the single-coil Fender world, you'll probably prefer the 007, but for Gibson Humbucker rigs, again, it's not even close I absolutely love this amp. But... need to do what I'm CERTAIN that Marshall WANTED to do, but just couldn't, because they wanted to keep it at it's (excellent) price point -- upgrade the speaker. The stock Celestion Ten-30 works well enough, but I swapped it out for a G10 Greenback, and now, it's just jaw-dropping. The DSL 40 is $200 more, and that's a great amp too, but in terms of tone, the DSL5 with a Greenback edges out the stock Seventy-80 in the DSL40. To sum it all up: WITH the Greenback, this is MUCH more than a "bedroom amp". Excellent for small venues, excellent for recording, will sound great on stage when mic-ed up to a PA. Every Gibson guy will be glad they got it.

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
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