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Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head  

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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 th... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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
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
 
4.5

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Portable (9)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Warm / comfy (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Mark III Bass Head

I've been jamin on the SWR SM400 with 6-10 ampeg for quite a few years and decided it was time for a change. I went on-line and found a lot of intresting reviews...Read complete review

I've been jamin on the SWR SM400 with 6-10 ampeg for quite a few years and decided it was time for a change. I went on-line and found a lot of intresting reviews on bass amp heads and the MarkBass was brought up more over top name brands for: Performance, weight, ease of use, and price. That was enough to sell me so I went to the local Guitar Center where they had the MarkBass III. I bought it without even trying it out. I giged that night and was just plain in awe with the amount of sound that came out of my speakers. I play a Modulus fb5 Flea. That little amp is so cool. All the reviews were not kidding. Its all that and more. Ive been jamin the bass for over 40 years and now my sound actually is heard! I gess my time is now and its about time! Great quality. After the gig I wrap it up in a nice thick towel and put the little 6 pound baby in a nap sack along with my chords and away i go. 600 watts is a lot of snot. I use a fraction of it and its there if I need it. Just way cool! The only negative thing is the sale should include the optional "ears" for mounting the unit in a rack case.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Repairs

My MBIII head went out after one year, during a gig. Thankful I had a backup with me. I'm not irritated that it went out, I'm irritated cause I've been without my head...Read complete review

My MBIII head went out after one year, during a gig. Thankful I had a backup with me. I'm not irritated that it went out, I'm irritated cause I've been without my head for over a month now. It was under warranty so I had to ship it to a designated address for repair. It takes 2-4 weeks before a tech will even look at it. You'll have to pay shipping. The equipment sounds and performs awesome but should it go out you're gonna be without for a while. I'm still without my MB setup and I am not happy. This rig cost me over $1,200 total and I can't even use it at the time. Had I known this I'd have gone with something else.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp, powerful, flexible, and lightweight

By The Bassman

from Denver, Co

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

    The Little Mark III is small, lightweight and powerful enough to drive two 8 ohm cabs, which allows me the flexibility to perform is small to medium clubs and also enough power for some outdoor venues as well. I have owned a mini 121 CMD and decided ti purchase the Mark III to expand the flexibility of my speaker cabs. The product has never failed to impress no matter the size of the venue and is reliable, produces an incredible range of tones. I would recommend this product to anyone.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Buy this amp!

    By Capnbill76

    from Fort Myers, Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • I Love This Amp
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

        Love it! I sold my Mesa Boogie M-Pulse 600 to get the Mark Bass Little Mark III, and I am totally pleased with the outcome. It is ballsy, has deep rich bass tones and doesn't weigh a ton.
        I am pleased with Guitar Center for the easy-to-use website, shopping cart and delivery/pickup.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Great sound poor reliablity

        By DBass456

        from Portland OR.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

          I loved this bass amp until it started cutting out and then gave up the ghost in less than 3 years with light use. Research repair issues on the internet before purchasing. Mine transformer went out. Need to replace mother board. $350 dollars to repair. Repairs did not last very long. As much as I loved the sound and portability of this amp. I will never buy another one.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My go-to amp

          By steve g

          from Alameda CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

            I've owned a number of amps, but the Markbass Little Mark III is hands down the best. The compact size, earth shaking power, and more than anything else killer TONE, makes this my go-to amp for gigs. I connect it to a Markbass Traveler 2x10 and a Traveler 1x15 for a killer combo that pumps 500 watts. There are amps out there with more knobs and controls, but sometimes that means it's actually harder to get a good sound. With this one, I just keep most of the tone controls flat or down at the 11:00 mark, put the VLE control at 9:00 and the VPF control at 3:00 and I get rich, deep powerful sound with none of that nasally honk that some amps produce. This is so easy to set that it sounds good with so little fiddling with the knobs. Well worth the money for the size, power and TONE. I got a floor model that was marked down, but in basically perfect condition and it's been working great for me for years. I would have to replace it with another Markbass amp if I ever lost it or if it died, but I don't think this thing is likely to die anytime soon.

            (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 Hattrick Bassist

                from Grand Rapids, Michigan

                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.

                  (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Repairs

                  By Marshall Morgan

                  from Austin

                  Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

                  My MBIII head went out after one year, during a gig. Thankful I had a backup with me. I'm not irritated that it went out, I'm irritated cause I've been without my head for over a month now. It was under warranty so I had to ship it to a designated address for repair. It takes 2-4 weeks before a tech will even look at it. You'll have to pay shipping. The equipment sounds and performs awesome but should it go out you're gonna be without for a while. I'm still without my MB setup and I am not happy. This rig cost me over $1,200 total and I can't even use it at the time. Had I known this I'd have gone with something else.

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