What is the cheapest Marshall Tube amP?
The Marshall DSL series (low wattage versions)
When it comes to tube amps, as wattage gets lower and physical size gets smaller, price decreases significantly. So while Marshall tube amps typically have a high price tag, your cheapest option is going to be the Marshall DSL20HR and the DSL1CR because of their lower wattage and smaller size.
We've put together this table to display the cheapest Marshall tube amps on the market. Keep in mind, it does not include the Marshall solid state amps like the CODE and MG/GFX series. In fact, it's really only the DSL series that's going to give you some low-cost options. Even then, you've got to stick to low wattage and small-form variations. Nevertheless, they get you the Marshall tube amp tone with analog circuits and two channels.
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Cheapest Marshall Tube Amps (major retailers)
These tables do not include used or B-stock options, which are usually cheaper but more difficult to pin down to a specific number. Instead, this is new product pricing from the most popular retailers in the industry. Note that prices are always subject to change, but are updated in real time.
The DSL1CR combo is usually going to be the rock bottom cheapest, though we think the DSL20HR is the better value.
Keep in mind that with an amp head you'll need a speaker cab.
Prices updated Wed, June 07th, 2023.
Amazon Only Price Table
We have to include Amazon separately because of how they have their database set up. Also note they are excluded from the alert and history graph section.
This information is intended to function as a price guide and resource and does not necessarily constitute a recommendation or review.
Over the years the Marshall DSL series has consistently been the most economic option if you want to get into the Marshall game. More popular models like the JCM and JVM series are going to go for much higher.
Read more: Marshall JCM800 price guide
The prices in this table will change, but it's not too often that Marshall amps drop in price. They tend to be steady and a bit boring.
As mentioned, you can look on used markets like eBay and Reverb for lower deals.
We'd recommend focusing on the price history chart to see if there have been any recent changes. If not, you're probably not going to get burned with a sudden drop after you buy at the current rates.
In simpler terms: Don't hold your breath on a huge Marshall discount.
Lower wattage and smaller forms win the day
With any amp brand, the best way to cut costs is to go with lower wattage and a smaller form.
Where you don't want to compromise is circuit quality, controls, and channel count.
Try to aim for an amp, Marshall or otherwise, with at least two channels and a high-quality tube preamp and power amp. These days it's so easy to mic an amplifier or run some kind of a balanced output that you don't necessarily need a ton of wattage to be loud.
If you want cheap, that's the best way to do it.
Price Alert and Price History Graph
Price History for Marshall Dsl1cr 1W 1X8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
|Current Price||$499.99||June 7, 2023|
|Highest Price||$599.99||December 13, 2022|
|Lowest Price||$499.99||March 22, 2023|
Last price changes
|$499.99||March 22, 2023|
|$599.99||December 13, 2022|
Written by Bobby Kittleberger on Amps & Roundups
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