Marshall DSL1HR Guitar Tube Amp Head 1W


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Marshall DSL1HR
Marshall DSL1HR

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Our rating of 91/100 is based on analysis of 225+ 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.

The Marshall DSL1HR is a 1-Watt all-tube, dual channel amp head that gives you genuine Marshall tone and appeal in a more compact and practice friendly format.

It is based on the JCM2000 Dual Super Lead (DSL) series that the company released in the late '90s, but with some modern enhancements to make it more user friendly.

What's cool about this amp is that it can go lower than 1W via its built-in attenuator, which lets you switch to low power mode that has a 0.1W power rating. This means that you can crank the amp's dual ECC83 preamp tubes and ECC82 power tube at very low volume levels, great for quiet practice and for recording.

Speaking of recording, Marshall equipped the DSL1HR with a speaker emulated Line out, using Softube's cabinet simulator technology.

Other features include having two channels: classic gain and ultra gain, built-in reverb and pedalboard friendly effects loop in and out.

More importantly, this tube amp is affordably priced and comes bundled with a footswitch.


  • Power: 1W / 0.1W
  • Preamp Tubes: 2 x ECC83
  • Power Tubes: 1 x ECC82
  • Effects: Reverb
  • Input: 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" (Aux)
  • Outputs: 1 x 1/8" (Softube Emulated Out), 1 x 1/4" (16 Ohms Speaker Out)
  • Weight: 12.3 lbs.


Response to the Marshall DSL1HR is overwhelmingly positive, with users praising it for its practicality and great tone. Most describe its tone as being true to the Marshall sound, while others use words like fierce and killer. A lot of bedroom rockers appreciate the amp's 1W and 0.1W switchable power rating, and complements it for being pedal friendly. Portability is also what prompted many users to get this amp.


There are a few who are not happy with the amp's clean tone - but you don't really buy a Marshall amp for that.


If you're looking for killer tones that won't send your neighbors hollering, then check out the Marshall DSL1HR.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available in our guide to The Best Small / Low Watt Tube Amps.