"I have this one set at half-power, at 50 watts, running into a Marshall 1960B cabinet. So we're getting a little bit of speaker break up out of it. We're in the modern gain side of it, but if you notice the gain on it is actually quite low. And so the idea with this is to just have a slightly hairier sound out of this than what the Fender is doing. So it's just something to kick in, a little push over the cliff, as the great Nigel Tufnel once said. I was expecting this to be the main amp, but for some reason the Vibro-King is not the only amp he's using by any means. The way we're kind of selling on it now is that when he does kick this one it's going to be for the tunes that are kind of driving a little bit harder. But he is doing several tunes on this set that are more of a clean sound oriented thing so I think that's really more why. I don't think that he just likes the Fender over the Marshall. I just think that it fits the set better. This is defintiely the one that he likes to use quite a bit," says Jeff Beck's guitar tech.more
In 2004 BtP asked Geoff, on a Norwegian fan's behalf, what amps, instruments, and other 'essentialities' he used to get his characteristic sound. Here's Geoff's reply: Marshall DSL100 amplifier Marshall 1960A 4 x 12" cabinet with Celestion G12-75 speakers Behringer V-Amp2, for effects Guitars: Fret-King Corona (Strat-type) and Sid Poole Les Paul replicamore
For quite a while now I have been using the Marshall JCM800s, the re-issues and even some old ones if I can get my hands on them. We have been using the Kerry KIngs as well, just for the clean setting. It has just a little bit of a different sound, but it’s really cool. Joel has been using the 1959 SLP and the re issue one, plus we take a couple of DSL100s on the road with us too.more
I grabbed this head when my main band started becoming a lot more serious (I had been using a Peavey Solid state before this time) and the best thing I can say about it is that it is hard as nails. It's been gigged with all across the UK, been thrown into vans, stomped on, punched fallen down stairs... you name it - it's probably happened to the old girl. But the thing that made it fail, was a valve blowing and a fuse shorting 4 years after I got it. Easily repairable and will be singing back to life as soon as it gets fixed up and re-valved, but it just shows a testament to how tough these amps are!
The tones are good - not where my ear is now, but perfect for a good heavy rock tone, sits really well in a mix and takes pedals well. Would recommend this as a fantastic amp if you are just getting into Valve's!
This amp can do everything from Surf, to Country, to classic Sabbath-style metal and hit it on the head! The only thing I find it doesn't do best is Thrash metal. For that you need something tighter and with more bite. But that's not a downfall, just a preference.
There's a reason Marshall has been the distorted sound of rock and roll for so long. After owning a small solid state Marshall, I wasn't in a rush to get an expensive tube version. Found mine on sale at GC and haven't looked back. Large selection of tones - sparkly cleans, crunchy rhythm, and two explosive lead settings. The independent reverbs are a good feature, as is the effects loop and half power switch. Paired with my Fender Super Sonic, I can't imagine ever needing another amp!
For more than 20 years I've owned a JCM 800 100 watt head split channel. I sold it. After I bought some good amps but to my feel not the right amps. I now have a DSL 100H. I pleased again...
I've owned one several months now, got it used in near Mint condition. Sounds great overall, nothing bad to say. I had bought it for the overdrive but now I'm in love with the clean setting. I went with this model after learning on a small marsh combo and then graduating to a Valvestate AVT. This all tube upgrade is based on the JCM 2000 series. Anyway check it out, it's killer.
P.s.- This thing is crazy loud. I believe it is the loudest amp I've ever owned, I have not gone over 5-6 on the gain channels.