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Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head   

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OVERVIEW

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

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Little Mark III Bass Amp Head

  • 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
 
4.5

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Portable (7)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

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.

Reviewed by 21 customers

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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.

     
    4.0

    Good product. Good price.

    By Dave East Texas Blues

    from Forney tx

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

      Over incredible, no complaints.

      (1 of 1 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.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Purchase a Protection Plan

      By Bluechain

      from Baton Rouge, LA

      About Me Professional Musician

      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

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Tone

          By Dan

          from Grand Rapids, M.I.

          About Me Experienced

          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.

          (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          great sound but shuts off

          By Eddie

          from Pasadena CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          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.

            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great product - best amp I've owned

            By bass 1923

            from California

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            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.

              (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.

              (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.

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