Well, to me, the 800 Studio sounds a lot like a Jcm800 2203. There seems to be more definition and clarity to the tone than a Dsl, and pick response is heightened. When cranked there seems to be an abundance of overtones that make for very pleasing sounds. Also, the 800 Studio doesn’t have as much compression that the DSLs have. The compression can be controlled with the preamp volume knob on the 800 Studio. That preamp volume control is very sensitive, in that a small turn of the knob makes quite a difference in gain. Going from a light crunch to semi-high gain. Setting the preamp low like 5 or less gives you a nice clean tone. Then at 5 as you start to go higher, it’ll get quite crunchy. Then from 6 up there are dramatic increases in gain. On a Dsl it seems to me that the gain knob, especially on the red channel, is no where near as sensitive. You could turn it up or down 1 or 2 digits and get only a slight increase or decrease in gain imo, and there are copious amounts of gain that the 800 Studio cannot match without a pedal. I gotta tell ya’ @Seventh Son, this is a tough question for me to answer. I’m not very good at describing the differences in tone between two amps,...plus it’s late and my meds are kickin!