Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 50 Dual Guitar Amplifier is an acronym for ‘Dual Super Lead’, so it should come as no surprise that this amp has two foot-switchable channels – Classic and Ultra.
Furthermore, each of these channels boasts two modes: the Classic channel offers a Clean / Crunch option while the Ultra offers Lead 1 or Lead 2.
Instead of merely offering a variation in gain level to the two channels, each one of these four modes has been individually voiced as an amp in its own right!
Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 50 Dual Guitar Amplifier
The tremendous tonal versatility of this 50-watt amp, coupled with a 100% pure valve signal path (4x ECC83s, 4x EL34s), Dual Reverb controls, a Tone Shift switch that ‘scoops out’ the mids, and a Deep Switch that adds a tight, bowel loosening, low-end boost, caused the guitar world to sit up and take notice right from the outset.
The Marshall 1959 Super Lead Plexi head and the JCM800 Master Volume 2203 are recognized the world over as benchmarks in tone, feel, musical power, and sheer size of the sound.
The Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 50 Dual Guitar Amplifier features two footswitchable channels each with two modes that bring the tone and feel of both of these classic amps plus more!
Classic Gain Clean Channel
The Classic Gain Clean channel will take you from sparkling clean sound rich in harmonics to a controlled, beefy 1959SLP Plexi style crunch by turning up the gain.
Like a true Marshall, it’s capable of a clean with a little breakup as a player digs into the string or varies the volume on his guitar. (Plexi users include: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Angus Young, Eric Johnson, Eddie Van Halen, and Jimmy Page to name a very few of a very long list.)
This channel is great for Blues, rock, country, chicken pickin’, and funk without even going to channel 2! Crunch mode will take you up to a stock JCM800 2203 style grind which stays loud and tight with just enough punch for leads or rhythms to cut through a band. (JCM800 users include: Kerry King, Zakk Wylde, Buddy Guy, and almost every ’80s hard rock/metal band)
Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 50 Dual Guitar Amplifier Lead 1
The Ultra Gain Lead 1 gives an open high gain crunch, similar to a hot-rodded JCM800 model 2203. It takes up where crunch mode left off. Brutal rhythm sounds, but lower the amp gain and you’ll achieve a Stevie Ray Vaughn or Gary Moore-type tone.
Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 50 Dual Guitar Amplifier Lead 2
Lead 2 gives a boosted tone with even more gain (pure metal meltdown.) This channel has the same tone controls as the Lead 1 mode, but with a lot more gain and compression to play searing guitar lines with.
Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 50 Dual Guitar Amplifier will still clean up with lower gain settings or by rolling off the volume on your guitar, but when the gain is cranked, the dynamics and response will follow every note without blurring. With slow legato lines, the amazing sustain will bloom into controlled violin-like feedback hanging on as long as you want.
Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 50 Dual Guitar Amplifier Features:
- EL34 power tubes on the DSL50 and DSL50 (EL84 power tubes on the DSL401)
- 12AX7 preamp tubes
- Deep Switch – adds a tuned (resonant) bass boost, increasing bottom-end thud that can’t be emulated by a simple EQ network.
- Presence Control – Adds higher frequencies creating crispness and bite in the power stage.
- Tone Shift – Push this in and turn down the Middle control for the ‘scooped’ tone used in metal styles.
- PED801 (one is included) single-button footswitch for switching channels
- Effects Loop Series fx loop with +4 and -10 switching for adding external rack or stompbox effects. As a general rule, you’ll want to run ambiance and modulation effects through the loop and gain, compressors, and wahs through the front of the amp. But as always, try both and see what works best for you. This applies to all fx loops in all Marshall amps.
- Reverb – Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 50 Dual Guitar Amplifier features separate reverb controls for blending the perfect ambient tone.