DSL is an acronym for 'Dual Super Lead', so it should come as no surprise that this amp has two footswitchable channels - Classic and Ultra. Furthermore, each of these channels boasts two modes: the Classic channel offers a Clean / Crunch option while the Ultra offers Lead 1 or Lead 2. Instead of merely offering a variation in gain level to the two channels, each one of these four modes has been individually voiced as an amp in its own right!Marshall JCM2000 DSL50 Features:
- The perfect Marshall for vintage sound and versatility.
- Classic gain clean channel.
- Marshall lead 1 similar to the JCM800.
- Marshall lead 2 adds more gain and compression.
The tremendous tonal versatility of this 50 watt amp, coupled with a 100% pure valve signal path (4x ECC83s, 4x EL34s), Dual Reverb controls, a Tone Shift switch which 'scoops out' the mids and a Deep Switch that adds a tight, bowel loosening, low end boost, caused the guitar world to sit up and take notice right from the outset.
The Marshall 1959 Super Lead Plexi head and the JCM800 Master Volume 2203 are recognized the world over as benchmarks in tone, feel, musical power and sheer size of sound. The Dual Super Lead (DSL) amps feature two footswitchable channels each with two modes that bring the tone and feel of both of these classic amps plus more!
Classic Gain Clean Channel
The Classic Gain Clean channel will take you from sparkling clean sound rich in harmonics to a controlled, beefy 1959SLP Plexi style crunch by turning up the gain. Like a true Marshall, it's capable of a clean with a little break up as a player digs into the string or varies the volume on his guitar. (Plexi users include: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Angus Young, Eric Johnson, Eddie Van Halen, and Jimmy Page to name a very few of a very long list.) This channel is great for Blues, rock, country, chicken pickin' and funk without even going to channel 2! Crunch mode will take you up to a stock JCM800 2203 style grind which stays loud and tight with just enough punch for leads or rhythms to cut through a band. (JCM800 users include: Kerry King, Zakk Wylde, Buddy Guy, and almost every '80s hard rock/metal band)
Marshall Lead 1
The Ultra Gain Lead 1 gives an open high gain crunch, similar to a hot-rodded JCM800 model 2203. It takes up where crunch mode left off. Brutal rhythm sounds, but lower the amp gain and you'll achieve a Stevie Ray Vaughn or Gary Moore type tone.
Marshall Lead 2
Lead 2 gives a boosted tone with even more gain (pure metal meltdown.) This channel has the same tone controls as the Lead 1 mode, but with a lot more gain and compression to play searing guitar lines with. It will still clean up with lower gain settings or by rolling off the volume on your guitar, but when the gain is cranked, the dynamics and response will follow every note without blurring. With slow legato lines, the amazing sustain will bloom into controlled violin-like feedback hanging on as long as you want.
- EL34 power tubes on the DSL50 and DSL50 (EL84 power tubes on the DSL401)
- 12AX7 preamp tubes
- Deep Switch - adds a tuned (resonant) bass boost, increasing bottom end thud that can't be emulated by a simple EQ network.
- Presence Control - Adds higher frequencies creating crispness and bite in the power stage.
- Tone Shift - Push this in and turn down the Middle control for the 'scooped' tone used in metal styles.
- PED801 (one is included) single button footswitch for switching channels
- Effects Loop Series fx loop with +4 and -10 switching for adding external rack or stompbox effects. As a general rule, you'll want to run ambience and modulation effects through the loop and gain, compressors and wah's through the front of the amp. But as always, try both and see what works best for you. This applies to all fx loops in all Marshall amps.
- Reverb - DSLs feature separate reverb controls for blending the perfect ambient tone.