All-Tube Amp Head for Electric Guitar
- Reissue series - authentic DSL sound
- Power: 20W
- 2 Footswitchable channels with classic gain and ultra gain
- Preamp tubes: 3x ECC83
- Power tubes: 2x EL34
- Tone Shift key for centre configuration
- Bass switch that complements a resonant bass boost
- Independent volume and gain controls for both channels
- Common sound control for treble, mid and bass
- Emulated line output
- Serial FX loop
- Including footswitch
A puristic little powerhouse
The DSL20HR is the latest surprise from Marshall’s long-established Dual Super Lead series, and its 20-watt output makes it the perfect compromise between the one-watt DSL1HR and the 100-watt DSL100HR. At the heart of the DSL20HR are three ECC83 and two EL34 tubes which ensure that players can enjoy true Marshall tone without compromise, and the output can also be reduced from 20 watts to 10 watts. This may be a no-frills amplifier, but its features and two-channel design still provide plenty of flexibility.
A small package crammed with features
The DSL20HR’s two channels share a typical Marshall EQ section equipped with a bass, middle, and treble control, which are complemented by resonance and presence controls. The latter are essentially bass and treble controls but, unlike those in the preamp’s EQ section, they instead shape the tonal characteristics of the amp’s power stage. The front panel also features a Tone Shift switch that slightly scoops the mid-frequencies for a more “modern” sound. The rear panel features an Audio In socket, so you can play along to music from your mobile phone or computer. It also includes an Emulated Out socket with cabinet simulation, which immediately provides a suitable signal for recording or listening through headphones. One feature makes this amplifier a real gem in its price range: A switchable series effects loop. The channels are of course also foot-switchable, and the features are nicely rounded off by a digital reverb unit.
Push it to the limit
Marshall’s DSL20HR is a real all-tube amplifier positioned in the lower price bracket that can still hold its own against significantly more expensive competitors. The order of the day is classic Marshall tone, and the DSL20HR effortlessly delivers just that. Its 20-watt output makes it easier to push the amp’s power stage to its limits while maintaining a manageable volume level, all the more so since the power output can be switched down to 10 watts. And the DSL20HR is also perfect for home recording.
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.
An all-rounder and a classic
Whether it’s loud or quiet, Marshall’s sound is unmistakeable – and players who are looking for that sound won’t settle for anything less. Luckily, the DSL20HR admirably upholds this Marshall heritage and comes at a budget-friendly price. It is ideal for both rehearsals and gigs, and it will be a delight for sound engineers to mike up on stage. Weighing in at just over nine kilogrammes, this head will also be no problem to take on the road. So, if a true all-tube Marshall amplifier that is perfect for the stage and the living room is what you are looking for, look no further.
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