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Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head   (Open Box)
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Product# 484167
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.

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(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!

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 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Warm and Punchy!

By Jay

from North East

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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!

(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)

 
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.

    (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

    See all my reviews

    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.

      (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

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