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Marshall JCM2000 DSL401 40w Combo Valve Amp

Southside, Glasgow £300.00
48 days ago


I believe it's from 2010/11 and prior to me owning had only been used for bedroom playing. I've used it for maybe 6/7 gigs and a few rehearsals as well as some bedroom stuff.

As you can read above/online, it has 2 channels, clean and crunch, with the latter having a boost that adds more saturation and a bit of volume.

This is one of the last Marshall amps made in the UK, hence the wee flag on the grille.

Within a week of buying I had it serviced at by Iain at Glasgow Studio Repairs, who replaced all the valves and resoldered it.

I love the tones that come from it and it sounds amazing at house/practice levels, which Marshalls haven't always been great for. My main issue is with the effects loop which is parallel rather than series, so you never quite get the 100% saturation required for the really weird effects. Something or a deal breaker for me as I have loads of pedals that aren't true-bypass and sometimes I don't always want my guitar to sound like a guitar. If you're a purist or an out and out rocker it shouldn't be a problem!

The emulated DI out means you don't need to mic it for gigs and don't have to crank it so much you piss off the vocalists. That's probably one of the main features I'd like to keep it tbh but as I said, lack of series FX loop kills it for me.

Amp is immaculate and comes with a channel footswitch and cover which you can see in the pictures.

From the site:
"The DSL401 is a compact, EL84-powered 1 x12″ combo, but don’t let its relatively small size fool you, it packs a powerful punch.
The most significant difference from the rest of the DSL range, is the DSL401 has three footswitchable sounds – Clean, OD1 & OD2! The difference between OD1 and OD2 is a massive 20dB boost, which is instantly accessible with a mere tap of your foot on the supplied 2-way (Clean/OD, OD1/OD2) LED footswitch. Like its bigger brothers, the Clean channel of the DSL401 produces a wide array of crystal clear yet complex, clean sounds. It also gets big ‘n’ bluesy when the channel’s Gain control is cranked up.
The DSL401 also boasts the following rear panel attributes: dual speaker jacks (with an 8 Ohm/16 Ohm impedance selector switch) for driving external cabinets, speaker emulated DI output and an optional Reverb on/off footswitch jack.
– 4x EL84 output valves and 4x ECC83 Preamp Valves
– Three footswitchable channels
– Clean, OD1 and OD2
– Footswitchable Accutronics Spring Reverb
– FX loop with front panel mix control
The JCM2000 DSL401 was manufactured at the Marshall production facility in Bletchley, England between 1997 and 2011."

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