Marshall DSL1CR 1-watt 1x8" Tube Combo Guitar Amp

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93 out of 100. Incorporating 275+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$400
Marshall DSL1CR

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 93/100 is based on analysis of 275+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

At publication time this was on our recommended lists for The Best Tube Amps Under $1000 and The Best Guitar Amps Under $500.

There's no denying the big influence of Marshall's crunch tone in rock music, and the DSL1CR gives you just that in a compact and practice friendly package.

It sports the familiar configuration of having two ECC83 preamp tubes and an ECC82 poweramp tube, but since it is rated at 1W, you can crank this all-tube amp at much lower volumes than regular Marshall amps.

And since 1W tube amps can still be quite loud, this amp comes with a power attenuator switch at the back so you can lower the power rating to 0.1W.

This way you can crank it further without disturbing your loved ones or your neighbors.

This amp has two channels: Classic Gain and Ultra Gain, and drives an 8" Celestion Eight 15 speaker.

Specifications:

  • Power Rating: 1W / 0.1W (Via Low Power Button)
  • Preamp Tube: 2 x ECC83
  • Poweramp Tube: 1 x ECC82
  • Speaker: 1 x 8" Celestion Eight 15
  • Effects: Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Delay, Reverb
  • Input/Output: 1/4" Instrument, 1/8" Aux, 1 x 1/8" (Softube Emulated out), 1 x 1/4" (Internal Speaker)
  • Controls: Classic Gain Channel: Volume, Ultra Gain Channel: Gain, Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb
  • Extras: Power Attenuator (0.1W)
  • Weight: 17 lbs

Pros
As expected, most of the positive reviews are from those who love the amp's signature Marshall overdriven tone. And thanks to its power attenuation, users are happy that they can conjure their favorite rock tones without disturbing their loved ones and neighbors. There also many who describe this amp as very pedal friendly.

Cons
There are some who aren't as impressed with its clean and low gain setting.

Overall
If you want nothing less than Marshall's iconic crunch tone for low volume practice, then get the DSL1CR.

At publication time this was on our recommended lists for The Best Tube Amps Under $1000 and The Best Guitar Amps Under $500.

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He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.