Markbass Little Mark II 500W Bass Amp Head  

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The Markbass Little Mark II is a stunning bass amp head that combines great sound, compact size, and light weight. The Little Mark II is Markbass' biggest seller and it's the flagship amp of the Markbass line. Its small size makes the Little Mark II easy to transport, yet with a 4-band EQ, VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator) and VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter), its tone is nothing short of professional. The I/O includes an input that can handle both passive and active basses and an extra XLR balanced input for double bass pickups. Its Neutrik Speakon Combo out jacks work with 1/4" or Speakon speaker cables. A tuner out jack sends unbalanced signals to a tuner, amp, or recording equipment. Send and return effect jacks maintain your main signal even if something dies in your effects chain. For 2 years in a row, Little Mark II has been voted Best Bass Head by the readers of Bass Player Magazine. It also placed 3rd in poll's Best Value category.

Features
  • Solid state preamp analog bass head
  • Provides 300W RMS at 8 ohms, 500W RMS at 4 ohms
  • 1/4" input jack works with active or passive basses
  • Balanced XLR on front for double bass pickups
  • Gain and Master volume controls
  • Clip warning light
  • EQ includes controls for Low, Mid Low, MId High, and High
  • VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator) and VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter) filters
  • Neutrik Speakon Combo out jacks for use with 1/4" or Speakon speaker cables
  • Balanced XLR out
  • Ground lift switch to eliminate hum
  • Tuner out sends unbalanced signal sent to a tuner, amp or recording equipment not needing a balanced signal
  • Effect Send and Return maintain signal even when effects fail
  • Dual-sided fiberglass PC boards with lined perforations for high-quality solder connections
  • Surface-mount components are silicon-sealed to isolate vibrations
  • Computer-grade pre-assembled ribbon connector cable harnesses and ribbons for noise-free operation
  • Integrated threaded posts for easy assembly/disassembly and added durability
Specifications
  • Power
    Input impedance: 500Kohm, max. voltage: 15 Vpp
    Balanced Output (XLR): 22Kohm, max. voltage 25 Vpp
    Effect Return impedance: 22Kohm, max. voltage: 25 Vpp
    Output Power: 300W RMS at 8 ohm, 500W RMS at 4 ohm
    Voltage is factory preset for the U.S.

    Controls
    GAIN ”80 dB to +23 dB range
    MASTER VOLUME
    GROUND LIFT: switch on rear panel

    Equalization
    LOW
    Center frequency: 40Hz; level ±16dB
    LOW MID
    Center frequency 360Hz, level ±16dB
    HIGH MID
    Center frequency 800Hz, level ±16dB
    HIGH
    10kHz shelf; level ±16dB
    VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter)
    center frequency 380Hz (cut)
    VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator)
    frequency range 250Hz”20kHz (cut)

    Outputs
    EFFECT SEND
    Unbalanced, max. voltage 20 Vpp (pre-EQ)
    TUNER OUT
    Unbalanced, max. voltage 25 Vpp
    LINE OUT
    Balanced XLR, max. voltage 10 Vpp
    SPEAKER OUT
    Speakon, 1/4"

    Other
    Dimensions: 10.87"W x 2.8"H x 10.1"D
    Weight: 6.39 lbs.
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MarkbassLittle Mark II 500W Bass Amp Head
 
4.9

(based on 18 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome

This amp teamed up with the Markbass Traveler 2x10 cabinet has an amazing sound that trumps all other compact duos. The amp has such a crisp and clean sound with clear highs and pounding...Read complete review

This amp teamed up with the Markbass Traveler 2x10 cabinet has an amazing sound that trumps all other compact duos. The amp has such a crisp and clean sound with clear highs and pounding lows that its hard to believe that it comes from such a small/light package. When used with the Traveler 2x10, it fills the room and hits you hard right in the chest. If you weren't looking, you might think it was a full stack set-up with a 4x10 and 15 powered by a monster (sized) amp head. This amp is an incredible piece and a great value. Go try one and you won't want to leave.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Uhhn not my thing

Sounded great at my house the minute I took it out on a gig and the guitar player started to play it got swallowed up. This thing might be cool for a jazz group...Read complete review

Sounded great at my house the minute I took it out on a gig and the guitar player started to play it got swallowed up. This thing might be cool for a jazz group or a band that has a few small combo guitar amps on stage but for a loud rock band save your money. My lowdown 300 blows this thing away.

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5.0

love it

By olester

from dalton, ga

Comments about Markbass Little Mark II 500W Bass Amp Head:

bought it several months ago to replace my 15 year old trace elliot that fried. first off, I can

 
5.0

Big sound, little box

By Tastytone

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Markbass Little Mark II 500W Bass Amp Head:

I'm not one for hype, but after a month of nearly nightly use, I could not be happier with this head. The size alone is a plus, but this thing packs a punch (and a clean punch at that). Really brings out the individual character of each of my basses (and keeps my fretting honest, but not annoyingly so) and when coupled with a Tech 21 Bass Driver is amazingly warm & tube-like. Running thru a 2x10 & 2x12. No studio use yet, but I usually go tube anyway. The DI is very quiet = sound-op is very happy. Can play w/a neanderthal, tom-heavy drummer on a hollow stage without an in-ear=priceless.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best bass rig I've ever owned

By The Professor

from Cleveland, Ohio

Comments about Markbass Little Mark II 500W Bass Amp Head:

I've been using the Little Mark II for about a year now, and my impression just keeps improving. I have 2-102P 2x10 cabs that I use with the head. This gives me flexibility to cover any any gig in any room, small or large. I recently played a fund-raiser outdoors, without benefit of a reinforcement system, so I had to crank up the volume, and believe me, for a compact kit, this thing gets LOUD. The tone is perfect for me...I set everything flat (12 o'clock) and get a full balanced sound using just a little of the VLE for a more traditional rhythm-section vibe. I use the DI-out a lot at larger venues. This amp has it all! It sounds good, it's lightweight, and the whole kit fits in the back seat of my Corola.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Little Mark II 500w Bass Amp Head

By Dr. Love

from Lilburn, GA

Comments about Markbass Little Mark II 500W Bass Amp Head:

This unit packs a lot of sound in a VERY small package. Having played bass for over 30 years, I've happily watched bass amps downsize from large, heavy heads to this 5 lb unit. There is no sacrifice in volume, tone or punch---this little baby compares favorably with my old reliable Gallein Krueger 1001 RB as well as other Peavey, Carvin, and SWR amps I've used. It is a great buy.

 
5.0

MarkBass Little Mark II

By Spoonman5000

from Columbus, KS

Comments about Markbass Little Mark II 500W Bass Amp Head:

I needed a new head bad. I bought a little markII and pared it up with the peavy tvx 4X10 and gallien krueger neo 2x12 and could not be more pleased. There arent a whole lot of features extra features on the amp but it honestly doesnt need anything else. Its raw power in a small package. I turn the amp and my bass to half mass volume and it will shake the windows. Amazing performance and a great modern touch to your bass rig.

 
5.0

THE LAST AMP YOU WILL EVER NEED

By Thunderstruck

from Cleveland

Comments about Markbass Little Mark II 500W Bass Amp Head:

After seeing some other players with this amp and trying it out a few times, I finally bought one. My 70's SVT will finally get the retirement it deserves. This thing is killer. Gigged twice over the weekend the day after I bought it and was very impressed. One thing to watch though is back off the gain a little and once you have your EQ controls set dont mess with them during a show. The DI has a very hot output and cranking up on the EQ settings will push the sound board into distortion. Both guitarists in my band use marshall stacks and I was able to keep up with them with the master volume on about 3!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW

By Tony TTM

from Columbus,OH

Comments about Markbass Little Mark II 500W Bass Amp Head:

I just recently picked this amp up and I'm in love. I love the size of it since I have to take this not only to gigs but back and forth between two different band practices. I pair this bad boy with a sans amp and the sound I get blows other high end amps such as ampeg gk and swr out of the water. I tune as low as drop a in one of the bands and the sound cuts through amazingly. For the price this head is a no brainer. Try this side by side next to an ampeg and you will not only save money but will have a better sounding and a better quality amp.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An amazing piece of equipment

By Jerry

from Bardstown, KY

Comments about Markbass Little Mark II 500W Bass Amp Head:

I have the Little Mark II combined with a Schroeder 410R and the output is simply amazing. If you want to hear your instrument as it was meant to be heard you owe it to yourself to pick up one of these heads and a good cabinet. You will be impressed.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ferarri of the Bass World.

By PRSmanic

from Chicopee

Comments about Markbass Little Mark II 500W Bass Amp Head:

I happen to try this little amp out as my saleperson suggested it.and I own a Markbass Litttle Mark II now.You hear the Tone of the Bass.NOT the Amp. This is the absolute best Jazz amp for sure.But it does everything else pretty darn good to.It has so much versatillity with the VLE/VPF Filters.Effect Loop is great.Even has a little cooling fan so you never have to worry about cooking it.A great value.You have to try Markbass Amps&Cabs.

 
5.0

Markbass Little Mark 2

By Brian Johnson-GbRGL

from Stratford, Conn

Comments about Markbass Little Mark II 500W Bass Amp Head:

I bought this amp a couple of weeks ago and I have to say, after almost 31 years of gigging , I've finally found an amp that has the perfect sound.And it only weighs around 6 lbs. ! If you're a serious bass player, you have to go out and get this amp and save your back ! By the way, I use this amp with a custom EV 12 inch top and an Ampeg 4-10 VLH bottom. Along with my Musicman Stingray Bass, the sound is incredible.As a matter of fact, I'm so happy with this great sounding featherweight head, that I plan on purchasing one of the Markbass cabinets.Great Job Markbass !

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