Fender Bassbreaker 15 or Marshall DSL15C

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by waltschwarzkopf, Aug 7, 2018.

Which amp should I get?

  1. Fender Bassbreaker 15

  2. Marshall DSL15C

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  1. waltschwarzkopf

    waltschwarzkopf Strat-Talker

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    Hi guys,

    This is a quick one. I'm looking for an additional amp in combo version and after looking at the classifieds I found these:

    Fender Bassbreaker 15
    Marshall DSL15C

    Both are within my budget, but I've only tried the Fender. I really like how it sounds and it's closer to where I live. The Marshall is discontinued, so I haven't tried it. But I did own a Marshall in the past (15W solid-state) and was great, although I may not compare at all with this one. I've read some bad reviews at about the Marshall lead channel, saying that it's too heavy and fuzzy, but there are some mods (which I'd be willing to make) that make it sound great. The Fender is single-channel and sounds great IMO and the structure knob re-shapes the tone to what I mostly play.

    What do you say? Any experience with either of the amps? After negotiating the price I may get the Fender for about 300 bucks, the Marshall is the same price but I'm hoping to bring it down.

    Thanks in advance!

    Cheers,
    Walter
     
  2. TSims1

    TSims1 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Get the Bassbreaker. You already like it anyways. I have one, it’s awesome.
     
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  3. ido1957

    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    The Marshall will have that Marshall grit.
    I just bought the DSL20CR. It is not a Fender Champ - at all.
    Two different worlds. Both very nice.
    I bought the Marshall to get a compact version of my JCM900.
     
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    rich815 Senior Stratmaster

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    I recommend going up a notch or so to a DSL40CR. I just got one and it’s amazing. Even for my bedroom playing (has a emulated out for headphones too) and I have it under my desk in my bedroom. I got mine Mint Condition used shipped to my door (off Reverb) for $525. Worth it. My Les Paul never sounded so good and I was not prepared for how good my strat and tele would sound. Even clean.

    (edit: forgot to mention it can be switched to 20 watts! Great 12” speaker in the cab too)
     
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  5. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I have a Bassbreaker 15 (since last April) and I think it is an excellent amp. I use it at band practice twice a week, and have had no issues with it. Just great sound and dynamics.
     
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    I have a BB15 as well and I love the hell out of it. I put a Tumnus Deluxe in front of it with some delay and it just sounds so amazing. With that said though I have heard great things about the Marshall DSL40CR. You can take it down to 20 watts to make it more reasonable at home and like it was mentioned earlier it does have emulated headphone out,which I wish i had on the BB15. The BB15 does a lot though for sure. It goes from nice surf clean to balls out djenting with the flip of a switch.
     
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  7. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Senior Stratmaster

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    I would try out the Marshall and go from there. You probably can’t go too far wrong with either of them.

    I love my BB15, but haven’t tried the DSL myself.
     
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    honestly I think both will bring you to similar territory, so it comes down to the looks.

    and that is something I cant help you with. Pretty much just chose the one you dont mind looking at. the tone is in both of them
     
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    I have a Marshall DSL 20CR. It has a low and high setting which makes it great for home use. It sounds awesome on the clean and lead channels.
     
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    I say Blackstar. My Bassbreaker experience was not good and a MK 11 Club 40 has better features and costs less than the Marshall. And my ears like it better than either of the others
     
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    I also would look at some of the FSR runs of the BassBreaker 15. I have the Midnight Oil FSR and it (like all of them) Has an upgraded Celestion G12H in it and has killer looks. You get an upgraded speaker and looks for really just the price of the speaker. I love mine man, it sounds amazing and looks even better.
     
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    I have a dsl40c, upgraded with a creamback and it’s a beast. Beautiful cleans and awesome dirt. I use it only at home with no worries.
     
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    Bassbreaker every time. The DCL 20 and lower sound like garbage imo. The larger heads sound amazing though.
     
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    I would prob choose bass breaker. Tried the dsl15 and it seems like it’s to small to unleash the potential of the bigger dsl series. Also there’s the new origin series from Marshall but they are not as high gain as the dsl. The have a built in attenuator.
     
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    guitarface Most Honored Senior Member

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    The bassbreaker 15 is a kickass amp.
     
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    The marshalls made in Vietnam are way better than any JCM900 ive tried.

    Only thing Id consider better is a JVM or a Vintagw Modern
     
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    I had a DSL15C and it sucked! Bass response was terrible.....It was a huge waste of money, especially for a Class A amp. I couldn't get rid of it fast enough......anything would be better! My Frontman 25R sounds better than a DSL15C!
     
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