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Marshall TSL 60 Featured

This latest addition to the acclaimed JCM2000 series is a smoker! The Marshall TSL 60 amplifier head deals up 60W and an all-tube signal path (4 ECC83s in the preamp, 2 EL34 power tubes). It also features footswitchable spring reverb with separate controls (for clean and crunch/lead). - - Channel controls are also dual; one set for clean (gain, bass, mid, treble) and another set for crunch/lead (gain, volume, bass, mid, treble, and a Tone Shift switch to scoop mids). Other controls include a master volume, master presence, and a deep switch providing a tightly focused bass boost that fattens the sound dramatically. There's also a mix control on the back panel effects loop. - Includes a 5-way LED foot controller that switches between channels, and on/off control of the reverb and effects loop.

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Sound I play mainly rock/hard rock, some metal and blues rock. I wanted a Marshall for a time, and found this at a good price so figured I'd give it a shot. I was particularly impressed with the wide array of sounds that I could dial in. Given the three channels, a clean, overdrive 1, and overdrive 2, you could pretty much run from very respectable clean tones, to super distortion face melting riff tones. The only problem was, even though the tones are there, none of them were particularly good. I could never quite put my finger on what the problem was, it just was always lacking. I tried boost pedals, and eq's with little success. Eventually I wrote it off and sold it. I use some effects for color and dimension, and found the effects loop on the TSL60 to be worthless. As soon as it was engaged you would lose even more of the already lackluster tone.

Also, for a 60 watt amp, it never seemed to be 60 watts loud. I've had 30 watt amps that would drown it out.

Reliability It seemed to be a pretty solid amp in my experience. It was tough enough that I wouldn't worry about it a gig. Though I've heard stories about some of the DSL/TSL lines experiencing problems, mine worked no problem all the time.

Customer Support Never dealt with Marshall for support.

Liked about it The TSL60 is a versatile amp, many different sounds can be dialed in. It is fairly straightforward, not a million knobs and switches. Sounds more or less like a Marshall.

Didn't like I could not believe that a 60 watt Marshall head had trouble keeping up with a full band. It wasn't as loud as some 30 watt amps I've used. Spring reverb was horrible. Effects loop was horrible. Tone was not the greatest.

I would recommend a DSL50 over this amp any day.

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By blackspy
Oct 08, 2009
Last updated: December 08, 2009
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