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Marshall DSL 5C or Fender Blues Junior 3?

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by neplusultra, May 20, 2020 at 12:23 PM.

  1. jrbirdman

    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster

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    I never could bond with the BJ, changed speakers and tubes.
    It was one of the early USA models.
    Finally sold it to a young new guitar player for $100.
    I’d go with the Marshall
     
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  2. DM1975

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    Who doesn’t love a good BJ?
     
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    I had a tweed BJ III once. Didn’t like it. I tried different tubes and a different speaker (C-Rex),, but it remained a harsh and boxy sounding amp to me. Don’t get me wrong, I know many people like these as their workhorse amp, just not me. If I were you, I’d try to find a 2nd hand Laney Lionheart L5T 5W Class A combo, preferably one which was still made in the UK. These are so much better than either of the amps you consider. IMHO ofcourse.
     
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  4. neplusultra

    neplusultra Strat-Talk Member

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    I actually looked at one of these a while back, a bit out of my budget. They do sound great.
     
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    That’s really too bad. These amps are dirt cheap 2nd hand in Europe. Less than 50% of what they go for new. Highly underrated amp if you ask me.
     
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    neplusultra Strat-Talk Member

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    That's okay dude I'm really quite happy with either one of these amps. I've tried hundreds of amps for home practice and these two are not bad at all, especially for what I paid for them.
     
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  7. The Ballzz

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    I suggest looking at the Marshall DSL20CR. Only a few more watts than the BJ, but does have a 10 watt "half power" switch, great cleans, Marshall crunch, nice reverb, excellent effects loop, 8Ω/16Ω operation and already has an OK 12 inch speaker. Same price as the BJ, new! I put a 25 watt greenback in my DSL20CR and that made a dramatic improvement, as well as swapping out the EL34s for JJ 6V6s and that gave a couple less watts in addition to adding a little bit of that Fender "clarity." Please don't confuse clarity and clean-ness, as this amp can really bark, but EL34s can be a bit grindy when driven hard! I must add that this amp is happiest and produces it's best sounds when cranked right up! Still sounds pretty darned good with the channel volumes down, but the Classic channel gain needs to be floored, while the Ultra channel gain needs to be in the 9:00 to 11:00 range for sane overdrive tones. I call it my little Deluxe Reverb Slayer! Killer amp, that I would say is the hands down best of the whole DSL series!!

    Just My $.02 & Likely Worth Even Less!
    Gene
     
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  8. The Ballzz

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    Oh, and the 10" in the DSL5CR is not a greenback, but instead a Celestion Ten-30. Not nearly as cool as the 10" greenback!

    Just Sayin'
    Gene
     
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    You wanted to test the 12 inch 8 Ohm speaker that is on the Blues Jr with the Marshall that is looking for a 16 Ohm load, correct?

    I would not chance it
     
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  10. The Ballzz

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    One of the designers from Marshall has been a regular at a couple sites I frequent and claims that especially on those 5 watt and 1 watt amps, an 8Ω load won't hurt it a bit. They are pushing so little wattage that nothing is getting stressed, though it may sound a little different into an 8Ω vs 16Ω speaker.
    DSL20 Is The Answer To All These Questions!
    Gene
     
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    rickyp Senior Stratmaster

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    Blues Junior, hands down. Solid amp.


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  12. The Ballzz

    The Ballzz Senior Stratmaster

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    The DSL20 will eat a BJ for lunch, in tone, versatility and cutting through the mix! About the same size/weight too.

    Facts Is Facts!
    Gene
     
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    So true
     
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