Representing the next iteration in the company's DSL line the Marshall Amplification DSL40CR is a 6-valve combo amplifier for electric guitar. It features a single 12" Celestion V-Type speaker, two channels with separate controls for volume and gain, a comprehensive equalization section, and channel-independent reverb. The Dual Super Lead (DSL) offers two channels, Classic Gain, and Ultra Gain, each with dual mode settings to provide a wide palette of classic Marshall tones.
Though the amplifier offers many of the same features that made the previous model so popular—most notably, switchable channels with two modes apiece, as well as dual reverb controls—this amplifier improves upon the design of the DSL40C in several ways.
Most prominently, this combo amp gives you two independent master volume knobs, so you can choose between two different overall volumes on the stage. This is quite useful for soloing or for lead breaks where you might want to be a little bit louder. By means of a separately available six-button footswitch, you can change your volume with the tap of your toe.
MIDI connectivity has also been added, allowing you to integrate the amplifier with your MIDI-enabled gear or MIDI switchers. The power-reduction switch has also received an upgrade. Whereas the previous model sported a back-panel selector that flipped between pentode and triode operation, the DSL40CR boasts a front-panel rocker switch that works directly with the transformer, rather than the tubes. Thus, when you switch from 40W to 20W, you'll experience no shift in tone.
Other differences include the addition of more 1/4" outputs supporting various impedances. You can make this amplifier work with 16-, 8-, or 4-Ohms cabinet. An emulated output offers a cabinet simulation design by Softube, and can be used in recording scenarios. You'll note the switchable FX loop, as well as an auxiliary input.
Tonally, this amplifier is similar to the previous model, with a wide array of classic Marshall timbres on hand. Another key difference, however, is the look of the DSL40CR. With elephant-grade tolex employed in its construction, you'll find it resembles classic British-built Marshall combos. The DSL40CR ships with a power cord and a dual footswitch for Classic/Ultra channel selection and reverb on/off.
2 Knobs for Master Volume
Switchable Output Level on Front Panel
Other Features at a Glance
- Classic Gain (channel 1)
- Clean and Crunch settings
- Volume and gain controls
- Ultra Gain (channel 2)
- Lead 1 and Lead 2 settings
- Volume and gain controls
- Resonance (bass boost)
- Tone Shift Switch (mid-scoop)
- Reverb: Digital reverb
- 2x reverb controls for Classic and Ultra
- Included Footswitch
- Classic/Ultra selection
- Reverb on/off
- Switchable FX loop (series, send and return)