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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
  • Balanced DI with level control and pre/post switch
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 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

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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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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(34 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mini power-house

By C.RusH

from Cleveland, OH

Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

I've been using this little guy with my 450-watt crate cabinet thats a little old school, but once I plugged in the Mark III it gave my old cabinet a complete new sound. The VPF and VLE give you a wide range of tones and the 4 band EQ give you unmatched power and performance. A must have for any serious bass player.

(25 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mark III Bass Head

By LeRoy Dehne

from Combined Locks, WI

Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp 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 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.

(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

small package, big sound

By steve

from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

I jsut bought this head, literally today. I brought it home and plugged it in to my 1 month old Mark Bass 2x10 cab and began shaking everything in the room. Then I turned down the bass a bit... Seriously though, this amp rocks. I own three Warwicks, 2 four strings and a five string and all of them sound awesome through this rig. The low B on the five is as strong as my big rig (SVT3 pro/ Kustom 8x10). I tried an Eden WTX500 through my Mark Bass cab. It sounded good and was plenty loud but it did not have the variability of tone that I was looking for. THe Mark hs the standard 4 band eq, but the extra little tweaks you get from the VLE and VPF controls are great. The Mark Bass little mark 3 is the sweeeeetness. I am very happy with this amp. Good tone, good power, small size. I highly recommend it.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Time & road tested.

By Mike

from Cleveland, OH

Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

Well, 3 years into my "Little Markbass" head, the dual 10" cab (This is my main bass rig, but got other Markbass cabs, but focusing on my main rig). Light weight, GREAT line out to feed any frontend system, reliable (AS NEVER EVEN A GITCH OF ANY TYPE) and the sound/tone, FRICKING AMAZING for just over $1k! If your a working bassist out actually working your gear, take a GOOD LOOK at this Markbass gear! I don't even have the head in a rack, LITERALLY it's set on top of the cab (At times multiple cabs). It's carried in one of those cheap $20 bags, along with my pedal ME50B(AWESOME TUNER & can have setup for a solo if & when needed, NOT used for any type of tone or anything even remotely like that) and my wireless riggings (In-ear & my bass). Before you go out & spend a bunch of $, take a GOOD LONG look at this Markbass gear! And if your a gigging bassist, this Markbass gear is a "MUST SEE". If your playing anything that you ever thing "Oh man, I don't feel like carrying this", lol, your going to LOVE Marckbass. LITERALLY, I carry my 2x10 cab, my gig bag over my shoulder and if in a real hurry, both my Warwicks at the SAME TIME! MAKING JUST A SINGLE TRIP with my personal rig! But even some outdoor openers for bigger setups, I literally use only my 2x10cab, pipe just a tad into the monitors & everyone behind the mains is just as happy as people catching the mains. Again, 3 years tested, NO rackmount (I'm NOT KIDDING! Literally sitting the head on top of my cab). But I do hear people either fall in love with the tone or hate it right off the bat. I was wanting to move away for my SVT rig (Just to heavy for me anymore). As soon as I heard the Markbass, I fell in love. Picked it up to check the weight, I almost lost my nut right there!LOL. Just check it out! It's the ONLY way to go IMO! Studio work? TRY THE PREs! Impressive to say the least, but Im still a direct in kind of dude for recording.

(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.

(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.

    (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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great sound and lots of power

      By A. Kaufman

      from Midland, MI

      Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

      This little amp is perfect for small to medium gigs. Easy to transport and set up. Fantastic bottom from such a small package.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great value, Great Product!

      By Jerry

      from St. Petersburg, FL

      Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

      I've been playing bass for many years and have owned a variety of amps and basses. Most of my current playing now is to jam with friends, a few small gigs, and twice a week in a large church. I have an American Std Fender J-Bass and have tried many amps to get not only a vintage sound but also a modern sound if needed. This amp does that and more! I usually play with tone controls flat and have a wide range of sound with the VPF and VLE controls. It does old school and it does modern. If you want the tone, it's in there, you just need to find it. I was honestly considering a preamp/power amp combo until I tried this amp. My main cab is a 2x10 - great tone and more than enough power -- if the venue is too large it can run thru a board with ease.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      you need this

      By jeff frederick

      from commiskey, IN

      Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

      I bought the little mark III on friday and had it on stage saturday. Other then playing it at the GC in Terra Haute IN, I had no previous hands on with the amp. I asked our drummer and lead player to listen close and tell me what they thought, what tweaking it needed, to loud, to soft, and so on. Coupled with my music man Sterling, I had an insane tone within two songs. Ease of operation, power with tons of head room, easy on the back as well. I was driving some drop d tuning strong enough to make a stale beer raise a head, and with an attack on the strings change, It got so funky you could taste it. If I have any initial complaints, it would be that it doesn't come with a rack mount kit, and the kit is an additional $30.00, which wasn't in stock by the way. Our lead player said it looks like a DeWalt tool because of the color. I told him it's a lot like me, a power tool. If you've been on your way to building the perfect rig, give this lil monster a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Beyond practical - makes gigging so much easier

      By Andrew Claphan

      from Indianapolis

      Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

      The Mark Bass Little Mark III is a great sounding back-saver. I had been using a SansAmp RBI in a rack case with a 45 pound QSC classic power amp. I still like the sound of the RBI more, but for playing in bar bands, the sound of the LMIII fills the room well and cuts through the mix. It?s not hi-fi by any means, but suits the needs of the band and our venues perfectly. The separate line out volume control makes it easy to adjust on the fly. I?ve been using it with the Mark Bass Traveler 15 or a Schroeder 1212L and both compliment the LMIII both with sound and with portability. I bought the pricey carrying case from Mark Bass and like it, but it should have been included with the amp in my opinion. Overall, I would recommend this amp to anyone playing small and medium sized venues for all types of music.

      (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.

          (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

            Great Amp

            By Everett Williams

            from fort myers, florida

            Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

            I ve own several fender amps and decided this time to try something different. So I purchase the Little Mark 3 amp for a little bit more than peanuts. But, it has been worth it. Immediate improvement in sound and the way my back feels after moving from church to church. If something happened to this amp I would definitely repurchase.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Little amp Huge Sound!!!!

            By anestacio quintana jr

            from Edinburg, Texas

            Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

            I recently purchased this amp and have to say it sounds great. I am running it with two 8 ohm hartke 2 x 10 cabs...so I am using the full 500 watts. Sound cuts through the band. At the end of the gig I just put it in my gig bag. Great amp...only thing I miss is a mute switch and a switch to make it 4 ohm or 8 ohm.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Much better

            By 4531957 4531957

            from Wilmington DE

            Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

            I switched from the 2 10 combo to the separate head and cab configuration to get the lightest, easiest to move and most versatile set up. I've played Markbass for several years and love their gear. I went with the LM3 head and put it into a small rack, just large enough to include cables and tuner... works great, I can carry everything, including my bass in one load if I'm using a single cab and set up in less than a minute, including running the external tuner. Life is good.

             
            4.0

            The little Mark 3 bass amp head is outstanding.

            By LCD

            from Gary IN.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head:

            For small gigs this is the perfect piece of equipment to use with 102 P and 151 cabinets it's lite weight powerful and has a great sound.

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