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DV Mark Little Jazz Guitar Combo Amp

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Jazz guitarists are well aware that creating a great jazz tone requires not only the right guitar but also the right amplifier. The DV Little Jazz 45...Click To Read More About This Product

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Amazing jazz tone in a highly portable 1x8" combo.

Jazz guitarists are well aware that creating a great jazz tone requires not only the right guitar but also the right amplifier. The DV Little Jazz 45W 1x8" guitar combo has been designed with a jazz guitar in mind. Lots of attractive features which make it a new standard for jazz guitarists and everyone in need of a small, ultra-compact, very-portable combo with a clean, warm, powerful sound!

FEATURES
Power: 45W (solid state)
Single channel
Contols: master, bass, middle high, reverb
Speaker: 1x8" DV Mark Custom
Impedance: 8 ohm
Aux. input
Headphone output
XLR line out
Speaker on/off
Output for external cab
Dimensions: 10.5" x 10.5 x 10.3"
Weight: 15.21 lbs.

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DV MarkLittle Jazz Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Portable (9)
  • Warm / comfy (8)
  • Good power output (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Jazz Amp

I got this amp because I needed a very portable amp for jazz gigs.
After 34 years of playing, I'm tired of lugging around heavy equipment.
It's 40 watts of clean,...Read complete review

I got this amp because I needed a very portable amp for jazz gigs.
After 34 years of playing, I'm tired of lugging around heavy equipment.
It's 40 watts of clean, warm power. It's amazingly light and articulate. My other main amp is a Tech 21 TM 60 and this sounds much better - more articulate, fuller, warmer. If you are looking for breakup or accentuated high's, this is not your amp.
High's are a bit rolled off, but not too much. With a pedal I can still get quite a nice tele/ stones sound.
I was worried about power, but it's quite loud. Last weekend, I played an outdoor jazz & then Rock set, and this handled it just fine, with an acoustic drummer (not mic'd) with the volume on 6.
It has no distortion, but works well as a blank canvas for pedals.
For jazz, this is a phenomenal amp. Highly recommended.

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Can be a great Jazz amp, but needs work

The amp gets great jazz tone from a small package, but you have to get past the noise of the fan. Why would anyone put a fan on a Jazz amp??? You...Read complete review

The amp gets great jazz tone from a small package, but you have to get past the noise of the fan. Why would anyone put a fan on a Jazz amp??? You will either need to replace the fan with a quieter fan, voiding your warranty, or install and on/off switch for the fan, also voiding the warranty. Otherwise it sounds like the hum of an electric space heater. If you're willing to make one of those changes, this is probably the best jazz amp for it's size and price range that you will find. It has plenty of volume to play with a combo, and a shocking amount of bass for such a small amp.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Jazz Amp

By Erik-7NOcG

from Harleysville, PA

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about DV Mark Little Jazz Guitar Combo Amp:

    I got this amp because I needed a very portable amp for jazz gigs.
    After 34 years of playing, I'm tired of lugging around heavy equipment.
    It's 40 watts of clean, warm power. It's amazingly light and articulate. My other main amp is a Tech 21 TM 60 and this sounds much better - more articulate, fuller, warmer. If you are looking for breakup or accentuated high's, this is not your amp.
    High's are a bit rolled off, but not too much. With a pedal I can still get quite a nice tele/ stones sound.
    I was worried about power, but it's quite loud. Last weekend, I played an outdoor jazz & then Rock set, and this handled it just fine, with an acoustic drummer (not mic'd) with the volume on 6.
    It has no distortion, but works well as a blank canvas for pedals.
    For jazz, this is a phenomenal amp. Highly recommended.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Can be a great Jazz amp, but needs work

    By LoFi Loungers

    from Montgomery, AL

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great tone
    • Plenty Of Volume

    Cons

    • Noisy Fan

    Best Uses

    • Jazz Guitar Only

    Comments about DV Mark Little Jazz Guitar Combo Amp:

    The amp gets great jazz tone from a small package, but you have to get past the noise of the fan. Why would anyone put a fan on a Jazz amp??? You will either need to replace the fan with a quieter fan, voiding your warranty, or install and on/off switch for the fan, also voiding the warranty. Otherwise it sounds like the hum of an electric space heater. If you're willing to make one of those changes, this is probably the best jazz amp for it's size and price range that you will find. It has plenty of volume to play with a combo, and a shocking amount of bass for such a small amp.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It's a good deal all around.

    By Patrick

    from Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about DV Mark Little Jazz Guitar Combo Amp:

      I bought this amp to take to rehearsals because I dislike having to use a cart to haul a heavy amp around. At the first rehearsal I used it, the leader commented that he liked the sound from it. That's the first time he has ever mentioned my sound, so i decided to use it for the performance. It has plenty of output for use in the Big Band I play in even though I'm sitting between the bass player and the brass section, but the sound guy had me miked anyway. I really like that it has a balanced line out, a speaker out with an on/off switch for the internal speaker and a ground lift switch. The sound is very smooth and warm, and I think I actually prefer it to my Polytone. The position of the power switch and the sound level of the fan (It has to have a fan due to the presence of the 12AX7 tube in the pre-amp stage) is of no consequence to me. The price is right, the sound is good and the portability and build quality is outstanding.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great sound for its size and weight

      By Tom

      from Boston Metro West

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about DV Mark Little Jazz Guitar Combo Amp:

        It's not all that loud - I don't need it to be, as I've got bigger amps - but it sounds quite good! The fan is audible when I'm not playing, but it doesn't bother me as I'm not planning to use it for recording. The Little Jazz sounds warmer, more open, and louder than any of the many other affordable really small amps I've tried. I'll happily use it for practice, solo, and duo work.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not just for Jazz..

        By The Dude

        from Greater Chesapeake Drainage Basin

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Fan Noise

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about DV Mark Little Jazz Guitar Combo Amp:

        While I play jazz, and often use this with a Dot set up w/ flatwounds & a Duncan hb-2 in the neck position, and compare it to "jazz" amps from Polytone and Evans, and feel that this will hang with those,it's capable of more.
        I would recommend it to anyone looking for a small gig amp w/ reverb that can live with using a few pedals.
        I in addition to the SS amps above I compared it to a PRRI, and a few other similar amps both new and vintage, and found this to be worthy. I use it with a trem pedal and a OD, and cover gigs from classic rock, to surf, country as well as a variety of jazz styles. Takes a variety of pickups well and maintains the core sound of the guitar being played.
        A godsend for anyone relying on public transport, living in a walk up or older folks who are no longer able or willing to move a ton of gear.
        The fan is not loud on mine, but is audible and could be picked up by a high quality mike, so perhaps not the best choice for serious recording..

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Jazz Amp

        By HappyArchtop

        from Hawaii

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about DV Mark Little Jazz Guitar Combo Amp:

            This is an excellent amp for archtop guitar. Super simple to use. Very warm tone. its the only one I'd now use.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Bought this amp and totally love it

            By Big Mike

            from Lodi, Ca

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Looks Great
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Needs A Cover

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about DV Mark Little Jazz Guitar Combo Amp:

            I own 8 other jazz amps and this one stands up with all of them!!!! Looking forward to buying the DV Mark 12.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Great tone, noisy fan

            By smmllr

            from Des Moines, IA

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable

            Cons

            • A bit pricey for what you get
            • Noisy Fan

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Practice

            Comments about DV Mark Little Jazz Guitar Combo Amp:

            I read the reviews about the noisy fan, but I'm a small amp junkie (ZT's, Rolands, Fenders, etc...), so I couldn't resist getting it anyway. The fan certainly is noisy, but the jazz tone is wonderful. I leave the knobs at twelve o'clock, and the balance is superb--clean and buttery. It does justice to my Gibsons (ES 175 & ES 125 tdc) and my Sadowsky Jim Hall. I haven't tried yet, but I think it can hold it's own with a small combo in a small venue, if not, I can always mic it through the PA.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Jazz Amp

            By BigDaddy

            from Munster, IN

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about DV Mark Little Jazz Guitar Combo Amp:

                Excellent amp. Better sound quality than I was expecting. Surprisingly full sound for such a small amp. Sounds great by itself and fantastic with an extension speaker. And of course, super light and portable.
                Only drawback is in the design - - - I HATE having the on/off switch on the back panel of amps.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Great tone, LOUD fan

                By Izzy

                from CO

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Jazz Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about DV Mark Little Jazz Guitar Combo Amp:

                    Love the tone and will probably get used to the loud fan noise. Own a Mark Bass combo amp that I love--must have built by different hands in a better shop. Difference in quailty control is a head-scratcher.

                     
                    5.0

                    Good little amp

                    By Pygmy

                    from Brooklyn, NY

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Portable

                    Cons

                    • Not rich in tone

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances
                    • Rehearsals

                    Comments about DV Mark Little Jazz Guitar Combo Amp:

                    I've had this amp for exactly two years now and use it twice a week. At first I was really pleased w/ the tone--it wasn't buttery and rich, at least not w/ my guitar--a Herb Ellis model Aria Pro II. But it's got outstanding clarity. Then I began to miss the richness of my Polytone Minibrute, my favorite jazz amp. The DV Little Jazz is a lot more trebly. I play once a week w/ another jazz guitarist, and now he uses my DV Mark and I use the Polytone. He too likes the Little Jazz and sounds good thru it. I also bring this amp to a rehearsal I walk to. Admittedly, I put everything in a cart, but it's great to yank out a 15 lb amp, as opposed to a 60 lb one. Incredibly, I am able to use it in weekly sessions comprised of drums, vibes, piano, miked upright bass, trumpet, and one, sometimes two trombones. Sometimes sax players sit in as well. That's pretty impressive for such a teeny, portable amp! It does begin to break up at higher volumes (the Master's at 2 o'clock in that ensemble), and the tone for single lines/soloing is not as strong & rich as I want. But it's acceptable, and very good for comping. If I gigged alone or in a duo, I wouldn't hesitate to use the DV Mark. If I gig w/ the ensemble, I will use a larger amp. The fan does not bother me at all, but I put my amps on the floor to my left, so maybe I just can't hear it that far away. There's a lot of background noise here anyway, so it's never an issue. People interested in recording can always go direct. I've decided to busk in the subway, so now I really wish the DV Mark had a battery option. Because I now need a battery operated amp, I recently bought the Roland AC-33. It's a 10 lb amp meant for acoustic guitars, but a few players use it w/ electric archtops. The DV Mark is miles ahead in tone. The Roland is breaking up at much lower volumes and the bass end growls. This never happens with the DV Mark. All in all, I don't regret my purchase.

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