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Marshall DSL, is the OD channel worthless?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by mrt, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. mrt

    mrt Member

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    I picked up a DSL a few months ago, its the 100 watt head.

    Anyways, I really stated messing around with it, and the OD channel sounds really bad to me.. (I dont want to piss off other DSL owners) but it sucks. It had no tone, its a real flat sounding drive to it. I tried new JJ's, Sovtek, Groove tubes, I even put a EQ in the loop, and still sound flat?.

    But the question is..... I see a lot of bigger bands using them, what are they doing to them? Just using the clean channel and putting a OD pedal in front? are they modding the crap out of them?

    What are you doing with yours?
     
  2. Dr. Tweedbucket

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    I thought they sounded ok for a high gain amp....certainly a step up from the 900 series, but that's not saying too much. Hi gain Marshalls were never noted for having much bass. I sold mine and bought a Soldano when I was more into that hi gain stuff. :)
     
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    i've read of the c12 mod. supposedly by snipping it, it makes the red channels eq closer to the green channel.
     
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    michael patrick Supporting Member

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    I suppose if you use the red channel exclusively for solos, less bass is alright.

    Personally, I always run mine on the green channel and use pedals for distortion/extra gain. I don't even bother hooking up a switch for the channels...
     
  5. tennisplayer

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    I hated mine. Both OD channels were thin and nasty. Pretty bad when it's replaced by a Fender for smooth OD!
     
  6. bluesmain

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    What kinda cab and speakers are you using? I had a DSL100 and it did quite well for blues/ rock thru a 4x12.
     
  7. mrt

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    I've tried a few cabs and speakers... the marshall 1960, with the 75 watt speakers also tried 65 watters. The legacy cab with 25 watt green backs, and a mesa with V 30's.
     
  8. mrt

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    Yeah, but thats my question... why do so many band use them?

    Plus they sell like hot cakes everywhere?
     
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    Alot of people just dont know any better is my guess why so many players are using them, plus it says Marshall on the front.
    theyre not too bad but theyre nothing special.
     
  10. Steve Snider

    Steve Snider Silver Supporting Member

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    I gigged every week for a year plus with a DSL 50 or 100 and I thought it sounded damn good.
     
  11. Colt

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    hm....weird...all tube marshalls usually sound really good...
     
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    Yea I wont call your bluff on that one, they can and do sound good but I think theyre really suited for humbucker players, singles just sound bad to me with those amps,
    whatever works for you I guess.
    Im certainly not saying they're bad amps just modern, Im not into modern channel switchers.
     
  13. mds

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    The green channel is pretty good for what it is, IMO, but the high gain channel is nasty to me...I have a DSL50 that I don't use a whole lot, but whenever I fire it up with an LP or Gretsch I'm always surprised at how good of a 'Marshall' tone it'll do. :)
     
  14. mrt

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    I played my CB through the DSL-50 and was unimpressed, just a thin tone, the early Marshalls sound heaps thicker with my crunch box.
     
  16. Sniper-V

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    I think the DSL is a decent amp.
    Although,
    I favored the Green channel pushed with the "crunch" mode.

    Decent tones on the Red but can be a little thin when compared to the Green channel.

    The new JVM is better IMO.
     
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    I liked mine. Thought it was pretty decent and not hard to dial in a good tone. It wasn't awesome, just good.
     
  18. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Silver Supporting Member

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    I never cared for the DSL design or tone...but did you check the power tube Bias???
     
  19. gag halfrunt

    gag halfrunt A fellow of infinite jest Supporting Member

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    I played through three different new DSL's at my local shop, one 50w and two 100w. The high gain channel was worse than nasty at low volumes. Completely unusable for me, and I play 70's and 80's classic rock, including some high gain stuff.

    I haven't liked a new Marshall product since the JCM800.
     
  20. mrt

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    ^^^ +1 to that!

    The last of the good marshalls... :(

    Thank god for GOOD OD pedals!
     

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