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Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head

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Plenty of oomph and pro features in a compact package.

The Little Mark III amp head's DI input features a pre/post EQ switch and output level control, so you can optimize the signal you send to your mixer or recording unit. All this capability comes in the same compact size and weight as its Markbass predecessor.

FEATURES
  • 4-band EQ for precise tonal control
  • Balanced input for acoustic basses
  • Balanced DI with level control and pre/post switch

Order now and beef up your sound with Markbass's Little Mark III.

SPECIFICATIONS
Inputs
  • Input impedance: 500kOhm, maximum voltage 15Vpp
  • Balanced Input (XLR) impedance: 100kOhm, maximum voltage 25Vpp
  • Effect Return Impedance: 33kOhm, maximum voltage 10Vpp
Controls:
  • Gain: -60dB-+23 dB range
  • Master Volume
  • Line Out Level
  • Ground Lift switch on rear panel
  • Pre/Post EQ switch on rear panel
Equalization
  • Low: Center frequency 60Hz, level ±16dB
  • Low Mid: Center frequency 360Hz, level ±16dB
  • High Mid: Center frequency 800Hz, level ±16dB
  • High: 5kHz shelf, level ±16dB
  • VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter): Center frequency 380Hz (cut)
  • VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator): Frequency range 250Hz-20 kHz (cut)
Output:
  • Line Out: Balanced XLR, maximum voltage 20Vpp
  • Effect Send: Unbalanced, maximum voltage 20Vpp (pre-EQ)
  • Tuner Out: Unbalanced, maximum voltage 2Vpp
  • Speaker Out: Speakon & 1/4" combo, 1/4"
  • Weight: 6.4 lb. (2.9kg)
  • Dimensions: 10-9/10" W x 2-4/5" H x 10-1/10" D
  • Output Power: 300W RMS @ 8 ohm, 500W RMS @ 4 ohm
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MarkbassLittle Mark III Bass Amp Head
 
4.4

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Portable (9)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Incredible!

Combination of tone and portability is impossible to beat.
I've never written a review before but was so pleased with my recent purchase of the Little Mark III head and New York 1x15...Read complete review

Combination of tone and portability is impossible to beat.
I've never written a review before but was so pleased with my recent purchase of the Little Mark III head and New York 1x15 cabinet that I was inspired to write. The head is very powerful and provided great tone straight out of the box with EQ settings at 12 o'clock. I pushed the VPF control to 12 o'clock and instantly dialed in a nice modern sound with low end rumble and high end transparency. The combination of the head and cab provides quite a lot of oomph despite the incredibly compact size and low weight. I've played this rig in very loud band situations and it has no trouble punching through the mix with nice definition even though I haven't turned the volume up much beyond 9-10 o'clock. I now carry all my bass equipment into a practice or gig by myself in one trip like a guitar player. I've had a lot of different bass amps and cabs over many years including Kustom, Fender, Trace Elliot, Hartke, GK and SWR. But this combination of portability and tone just can't be beat.
Only had it for about a month but no complaints so far.
Not particularly cheap but it's worth it to save my back.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great sound, a little short on power

I've had this amp for several months now. Really like the tone it produces. However, the amp frequently shut down when playing high notes using a passive bass with the preamp output at...Read complete review

I've had this amp for several months now. Really like the tone it produces. However, the amp frequently shut down when playing high notes using a passive bass with the preamp output at 5 and the master at 4.Contacted customer service several times and they refused to look at it, claiming my 4-Ohm cab had an impedance problem and that I needed a Markbass cab, while every other amp I've used to power the cab has worked flawlessly. I still use the head as a preamp but now need to drag around a power amp for it.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Warm and Punchy!

By Sian3

from Ct.

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Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

Completely satisfied!
This Little Mark III has all you need and nothing you don't need. Powerful yet light, warm and punchy,
tubey sounding but no tube and very solidly built. I really love the optional bag that allows you to leave the head in it while playing! Can I be any more lazy? Seriously, this amp never gets hot; warm at the most. Has a great D.I. also. Records extremely well.
I just can't think of anything to complain about... and I'm a complainer.
I'm very satisfied with this unit!

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressive!

By Ben M

from Canada

Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

I have owned the Little Mark II for 4 years now. I am upgrading to a Little Mark III. Markbass is simply the best amp I have ever used. From the minute I plugged it in, I knew it was the sound I was looking for, smooth mids, deep lows, and highs that cut through if you want. It is plenty loud enough for any venue. I use an Avatar 1000 watt 4x10 and an Avatar 300 watt 1x12 cabs depending on the show, and it sounds great through both. I had used SWR for many years, and I now realize it sounds harsh compared to the Markbass. I highly recommend this amp.

(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

*Almost* Enough Power!

By JB

from San Francisco

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Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

If you have a power hungry cab and expect this Little Mark to deliver what the cab needs, you might be disappointed. I have the LM2 which has the exact same power output as the LM3. They're both 500W at 4 ohms.I have been running my LM through a Basson B-210B 500W (at 4 ohms) cab, and the amp's headroom is a bit low. I get way over compressed notes anytime the amp is set for an aggressive sound. It sounds like the notes are being squeezed under a fence and then they come out the other side. I tried to deal with it by putting a VT-Bass pedal before the cab, but the simple fact is that the amp just doesn't have enough headroom to deal with anything aggressive from the pedal, either. You will NEED the HEADROOM.My advice is - don't believe the power rating that Markbass gives this amp. They say it's 500W RMS at 4 ohms, but I think they lied a bit. It won't push a power hungry cab properly.However, it does sound good overall, just don't try to go aggressive. To me, that's a BIG drawback, so I'm looking at Genz Benz Shuttlemax right now (probably the 900 or 600).

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible!

By John Labuszewski

from Undisclosed

Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

Combination of tone and portability is impossible to beat.
I've never written a review before but was so pleased with my recent purchase of the Little Mark III head and New York 1x15 cabinet that I was inspired to write. The head is very powerful and provided great tone straight out of the box with EQ settings at 12 o'clock. I pushed the VPF control to 12 o'clock and instantly dialed in a nice modern sound with low end rumble and high end transparency. The combination of the head and cab provides quite a lot of oomph despite the incredibly compact size and low weight. I've played this rig in very loud band situations and it has no trouble punching through the mix with nice definition even though I haven't turned the volume up much beyond 9-10 o'clock. I now carry all my bass equipment into a practice or gig by myself in one trip like a guitar player. I've had a lot of different bass amps and cabs over many years including Kustom, Fender, Trace Elliot, Hartke, GK and SWR. But this combination of portability and tone just can't be beat.
Only had it for about a month but no complaints so far.
Not particularly cheap but it's worth it to save my back.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Good Amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

I have the Little Mark 3, I was in a live setting playing a slap bass riff and the amp shut off. The power on light was still lit and the fan was going but, no sound. I turned it off then back on and it worked again during slap bass playing it shut off again so I just finished with all finger style no slap, it worked fine? I think the precussive spike (overload at the input signal?) from the slap bass, is trigering a protection shut down circuit. I had the gain at 2:00, master at 10:00, eq was flat, VLE knob was at 9:00, VPF knob was at 12:00, I was using a musicman stingray 5, and 2, cabs 1x12 both 8 ohm. I have owned Ampeg, GK, Fender amps never had a problem like this.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great product - best amp I've owned

By bass 1923

from California

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

    I love this amp - 500W and totally portable, great sound and very well constructed. Fits in my backpack! Vintage speaker simulation sounds great.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great sound, a little short on power

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

    I've had this amp for several months now. Really like the tone it produces. However, the amp frequently shut down when playing high notes using a passive bass with the preamp output at 5 and the master at 4.Contacted customer service several times and they refused to look at it, claiming my 4-Ohm cab had an impedance problem and that I needed a Markbass cab, while every other amp I've used to power the cab has worked flawlessly. I still use the head as a preamp but now need to drag around a power amp for it.

    (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    great sound but shuts off

    By Eddie

    from Pasadena CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

      Sound is really excellent but you cannot trust this amp, it shuts off frequently when you do slapping and popping, don't correct me, I got several bass amps this is the only amp that turns me down during live performances, this amp now serves me for reheasal puposes not on gigs.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Purchase a Protection Plan

      By Bluechain

      from Baton Rouge, LA

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

        Amp stopped functioning after about a month. It was under warranty, thank goodness. After it was repaired, no troubles. I highly recommend the extended warranty, as I feel this amp is unreliable. The tone is absolutely amazing though!

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        problems with head

        By funk

        from milwaukee wi

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Portable

        Cons

        • Power Shut Down Blew Amp

        Best Uses

          Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

          had the head for 6mo/ power blew head
          looked on line to mark bass and they had a lot of complaints of this head blowing out.I bought new revised power head from markbass

          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          David vs Goliath, knock out every time!

          By Bobby Taylor

          from New Market Va

          Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

          What can I say, I'm a Mark Bass fan for life now. This little amp blows away all the others. I was a die hard Carvin fan before I tried this one. Great for Gigs and just folling around. It actually sounds better thru my carvin cabinet than the carvin!! Great product, great price.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome

          By Boss-NiIvC

          from Utah

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          Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

          This head does everything I need and more. The power issue is not relevant to me because the direct outs on it get me right to the PA anyways. It's loaded with exactly what you need and nothing more. No worthless bells and whistles so many heads have these days. Serious Markbass tone in a small package. Hands down destroys my GK rig I used to have. Awesome!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Little Mark packs a wallop!!!

          By Rory-HDYfa

          from Boston

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          Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

          And they laughed when I brought the tiny canary yellow amp on stage! But not for long. 8>) 500 watts at 4 ohms- a perfect match for my 410SVT HLF: Fat, punchy, bone shaking, sonic- bottom end! All frequencies clean and clear.LMIII's "VLE" and the "VPF" controls offer some strong tone shaping options. The grand slam came when my sound man said the variable line-out (send) was the best he's worked with. This amp is like nothing I've seen or heard for such a small package. Check it out.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best I've Had

          By Armadillo

          from Thousand Oaks, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Needs Compressore

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

          This is the lightest piece of power-trip you'll ever own! I've had many bass amps in my day, but this one is as powerful and clean sounding as any I've ever played. Plus, this head fits in my gig bag. I play it with an SWR Goliath III cab and Fender Jazz and Pedulla basses. The one thing I'd recommend is getting the Compressore to go with it. The amp has no real natural compression, so an outboard compressor is necessary. I have the Markbass Compressorre, and it is a nice quiet and discreet compressor.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Tone

          By Dan

          from Grand Rapids, M.I.

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

          Fellow bass player friend got one of these a few years ago and I went to his gig to check it out. First thing I noticed was the tone through the PA. AMAZING! Warm, clear, punchy, better than I had ever heard his bass sound. So after hearing that I found one used and haven't regretted it a minute. It's natural tone is so good I have all the tone controls set at 12 o'clock and it sounds killer. I've only had it shut down on me once when I had it turned up too far and did some hard slapping. It recovered quickly and haven't had any problems since. Get this amp, you won't regret it.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It's everything everyone said

          By MDSMD

          from Texas

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          Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

          I selected this amp based on its reviews. Set it flat and forget it. Just use the VLE and VPF controls to change your tone. Plenty of power and only 6lbs.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It IS that good!

          By Chewy_JazzBass

          from Oklahoma City, OK

          Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

          I have actively played and gigged with this head for about 6 months now and I have been blown away! I know this is almost bass heresy but over the last few years Ampeg has gone down in quality and I was seriously considering going for the gusto and buying an Eden World Tour 500 before I played this head at GC! It is PHENOMENAL! It pushes my 1000w Avatar 4x10 with ease and allows me plenty of head room. Trust this product! One more thing, if you are tired of hauling around all of the MASSIVE gear, GET MARK BASS! This 6lb beauty I carry on my back like it is not even there! Save your back and band mates, get this product!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sometimes, big things come in small packages.

          By shadow_FIX

          from Kansas

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          Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

          Don't be thrown off by its small size...this little unit packs a serious punch. VLE and VPF knobs are cool little dudads. I have this paired with the 2x10 Traveler cabinet and with a combined weight of less than 40lbs, load in/load out of small/medium venues is a breeze. Get the amp down to 4ohms and I briefly considered selling my SVT-4 Pro because the Little Mark can actually keep up! This amp needs a mute switch, a headphone jack, and two Speakon outputs. Otherwise I have no gripes with it!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The Little Head that CAN!!!

          By Sian3

          from Ct.

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          Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

          So you want Big Power in a little head? You want warm tone in a solid state package? You want intuitive controls that supply tonal flexibility?You want that Big Boy Toy? It looks like a school bus! I'm telling you, for the bucks, this is THE HEAD! It does no wrong. It is so cute and agreeable that you cannot help but fall in love with your New Toy! By the way, its so forgiving that it has improved my playing. What more could you ask for??

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Clear, punchy, and powerful

          By Joe Mojo

          from Miami, FL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

            Amp sounds awesome and the controls are pretty intuitive. Sounds great right out of the box. The first unit I got had a grounding issue and I got an electric shock when playing on the first use because the current was coming through the bass guitar itself. I called MF and they sent me a another one. Had it for a few months now and a o far so good, no troubles, just awesome sound. I play a fender pbass and run the amp through an orange sp212 speaker and it sounds amazing. Clear, punchy, and powerful. This is a very versatile unit that can be used in a number of settings.

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