Marshall DSL20C Amp review

Call me old if you want. I don’t care. I got to see concerts by AC/DC with Bon Scott, Van Halen and Black Sabbath on the same stage, Pink Floyd’s original The Wall shows and much more. That said, the one thing that makes me jealous of younger generations is that there’s a lot of low-cost gear out there today that’s truly great, whereas it cost a small fortune to replicate the sounds of my favorite bands back when I was starting out playing guitar.

Marshall’s new DSL20 combo is a perfect example. It’s a versatile two-channel all-tube combo amp that delivers various flavors of classic, coveted Marshall tones, but it’s priced low enough for beginners to consider as their first amp. It doesn’t skimp on features either, which makes the DSL20C ideal for more experienced players who want more Marshall magic in their studio arsenal without robbing funds from their 401Ks.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.