Full Tube Combo for Electric Guitar
- Reissue Series - Authentic DSL Sound
- Power: Low-power circuit from 1 W to 0.1 W
- 2 Foot-switchable channels with classic gain and ultra gain
- Equipment: 8" Celestion Eight-15 loudspeakers
- Tube equipment: 1x ECC82 and 2x ECC83
- Tone-shift key for center configuration
- Independent volume and gain controls for both channels
- Common tone control for treble, midrange and bass
- Emulated line output
- Serial FX loop
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 360 x 340 x 215 mm
- Weight: 7.9 kg
- Includes foot-switch
Bedroom amp with authentic Marshall DSL tone
The combos and heads in the Marshall DSL series have enjoyed great popularity since their release, and the Marshall DSL1CR, the smallest member of the family, completes the range nicely. This diminutive, one-watt powerhouse boasts two channels of all-tube circuitry as well as some useful extra features, including an emulated line out for direct recording, an audio input for playing back music from external sources, on-board digital reverb, and an effects loop that allows additional effects to be integrated. The three-band EQ has been upgraded to enhance its effectiveness, while the Tone Shift switch allows modern scooped sounds to be dialled in. The result is clearly audible through the 8-inch Celestion speaker – housed in a reassuringly robust and compact enclosure – which delivers outstanding presence throughout the entire sound spectrum.
Marshall sound and extensive features
The DSL1CR’s preamp stage is fitted with two ECC83 tubes, one for each of its two foot-switchable channels. Channel 1 provides a shimmering clean sound at low volume, which is gently compressed from about half-volume upwards and gradually becomes a gritty-sounding breakup when the volume is turned all the way up. Channel 2 picks up where Channel 1 left off and delivers everything from sizzling crunch to high-gain lead with typical Marshall amp dynamics – and can then be further tightened using the Tone Shift switch. At times, however, even an output of just one watt can still be too loud, which is why the DSL1CR is equipped with a rear-mounted Low Power switch. This reduces the output all the way down to a bedroom-friendly 0.1 watts. In addition to the effects loop, audio input, and foot switch, the rear panel also features a 3.5 mm Emulated Out enhanced with cabinet simulation developed by Softube.
Real tube tone for beginners and pros
If you love the Marshall sound, you will definitely love the DSL1CR – and this compact amp brings that classic all-tube Marshall character into your home. The DSL1CR is ideal both for practising and recording. Because the output power can be reduced to a mere 0.1 watts using the Low Power switch, you can really crank it all the way up, let the tubes glow, and enjoy its full dynamic range and saturation effects without getting into trouble with the neighbours. Its extensive features, such as the two channels, the integrated digital reverb, the effects loop, and the Emulated Out/headphone output, will be tempting even for seasoned professionals – however, the DSL1CR comes at such an attractive price that it will appeal just as much to beginners.
Marshall, the manufacturer from Milton Keynes in Great Britain, is an indispensable figure in the world of electric guitar. The tube amplifiers of company founder Jim Marshall († 2012) have been writing Rock music history since 1962 with names like Pete Townshend, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton. The classics of the JTM, JMP, and JCM 800 series are still highly sought-after today, as they shaped the sound of overdriven and distorted electric guitar more than any other product. To this day, the combination of the amp and 4x12" cabinet - the "Marshall stack" - is synonymous with the energy and power of the Rock music genre. Alongside these landmark achievements, however, Marshall has always kept its finger on the pulse of the times and a close eye on the needs of up-and-coming musicians.
For bedroom or recording session
For sure, one watt of power won’t rock a stage, but it will certainly rock during smaller sessions or at home. This makes the Marshall DSL1CR an ideal practice combo, and the recording output with cabinet simulation allows that Marshall sound to be recorded on your computer without the need for a microphone. The DSL1CR is also sure to be a real eye-catcher in the living room or bedroom.
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