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Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head

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Just over a decade ago, Marco De Virgiliis started pioneering small, lightweight amps; the Markbass Little Mark heads started a new era in bass amplification, inspiring many other companies to follow their lead.Now, you'll be amazed that such a warm, rich and "explosive" sound comes from an amp smaller than Markbass' groundbreaking Little Mark head...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Just over a decade ago, Marco De Virgiliis started pioneering small, lightweight amps; the Markbass Little Mark heads started a new era in bass amplification, inspiring many other companies to follow their lead.

Now, you'll be amazed that such a warm, rich and "explosive" sound comes from an amp smaller than Markbass' groundbreaking Little Mark heads! And-despite its small size-the Big Bang is packed with extra features that players have been asking for: aux in, headphone output with level control, plus mute and VLE and VPF filters with footswitch control. Other features, already appreciated by Little Mark users, include a simple and effective 4-band EQ, effects loop, and level control and pre/post EQ switch for the XLR DI output.

Features

  • 500W
  • 4-band EQ
  • Effects loop
  • Level control
  • Pre/post EQ switch for the XLR DI output
  • Headphone output with level control
  • Mute
  • VLE and VPF filters with footswitch control
Specifications
  • Input: Impedance 500 Kohm, max. voltage 15 Vpp
  • Aux In
  • Effect Return: Impedance 33 Kohm, max. voltage 10 Vpp
  • Gain, Master Volume, Line Out Level and Headphone Level Controls
  • Ground Lift: Switch on rear panel
  • Pre/Post EQ: Switch on rear panel
  • Mute: Footswitch
  • Equalization: Low: Center frequency: 40 Hz; level: ±16 dB
  • Low Mid: Center frequency: 360 Hz, level: ±16 dB
  • High Mid: Center frequency: 800 Hz, level: ±16 dB
  • High: Center frequency: 10 kHz, level: ±16 dB
  • Filter Section (with footswitch)
  • VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter): center frequency 380 Hz (cut)
  • VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator): frequency range 250 Hz-20 kHz (cut)
  • Line Out: Balanced XLR, max. voltage 20 Vpp
  • Effect Send: Unbalanced, max. voltage 20 Vpp (pre-EQ)
  • Tuner Out: Unbalanced, max. voltage 2 Vpp
  • Speaker Out: Speakon/1/4" combo, 1/4"
  • Headphone Out
  • Weight: 4.74 lb.
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 8.94" x 2.56" x 10.04"
  • Output Power: 300W RMS @ 8 ohm, 500W RMS @ 4 ohm
  • Power Requirement: 100/120V; 230V; 240V
  • 50/60Hz
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MarkbassBig Bang 500W Bass Amp Head
 
4.3

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Portable (4)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Compact Amp

By michael miroglotta

from Northfield, Ohio

Comments about Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head:

This amp is great. If you like the LMIII, then you will like this. Basically the same amp with a head phone jack and a aux jack for an ipod or mp3. A little smaller then the LMIII as well making it easy to put into a gig bag. Lots of power for a compact amp.

(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not worth it.

By Marcus Healy

from Cleveland, OH

Comments about Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head:

First of all I don't know how this was rated so many times at 5 stars. I didn't have one of these "bad eggs" in the batch, that shut down right when I played it. It worked fine and performed the way it should. After playing bass for 20 years, you can tell when an amp sounds like it should. This amp sounded terrible with both active and passive basses. I was fortunate to have 2 rigs set up next to eachother....I can not describe the sound. It lacked any true tone. It made my active bass sound like completely garbage (and I know all the 'experts' on here are going to try and tell me I didn't know what I was doing) A couple of the "few" features this amp has (which I bought for its simplicity) were nothing more than marketing schemes. It's a shame. I played it for 10 minutes and sent it right back. Don't take my review into consideration if you don't want to. I bought this amp BASED ON THE REVIEWS, and was let down. Then again, this was the first time taking a gamble on an unfamiliar product. Lesson learned, go with what you know! Some brands simply do not match up to others.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sweet sounding amp

By ZiggyB

from Boynton Beach, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head:

    Once I got this amp hooked up and played it through MB 4x10 cab and Sire v7 lefty, it sounded amazingly nice. This is my 4th MB amp, and it is considerably warmer sounding than a Little Mark II and III.You can plug an iPod in and headphones and practice silently with this amp. It sounds clearer and cleaner than my MesaBoogie Carbine. Not to mention it only weighs 4 lbs!. Getting rack ears for this amp required ordering directly from Italy, because GC doesn't stock them. Also, MB no longer seems to make the dual footswitch you will need if you want to use the mute/effects switch. A simple toggle switch or push/pull pot would have been a simpler solution here, per favore! Otherwise it's great and it's cheaper than some other amps out there...

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Powerful with plenty of headroom

    By Marco

    from Meniffee CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head:

      Sounds great, looks great and has plenty of headroom. Very easy to use. Even sounds great with the EQ set flat

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Small Head with a lot of power

      By Zachary

      from Michigan

      Comments about Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head:

      This amp is smooth. Very deep bass response on my 5 string with an active eq. I actually had to dial the bass back to tame it. Though it was a nice amp, I did decide to return it because it wasn't the sound for me. It was great for a couple weeks but I was looking for more growl to my sound. But if you want a smooth tone, then this amp is for you.

       
      5.0

      Big Bang, Small Package

      By Adam

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head:

      Sounds very clean and clear, no buzzing or humming, great warm tone and ability to really customize your sound....its also sooo much smaller then any other amp I have ever had and that is wonderful! Paired with the markbass big bang bag. We'll see how it handles being on the road, will update with any changes.

       
      4.0

      Excellent Score for the price point!

      By Awesomeginj

      from Dayton, OH

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head:

        I scored this thing marked down and took a chance on it because of the price and guitar centers super professional return policy. Purchased online. I am blown away, literally. I use it @ 300 watts into an Eden XLT 210 and hits hard. I play recording set ups and live venues from 100-1000 people and it can handle it, but I will add the 115 bottom cab for 500 watts if needed outdoors.

        It doesn't have my favorite amp character in itself, but I use a Preamp so this did not bother me. Something to consider if you only use your amp for tone. It has a nice tight shape is very easy to use, built like a tank. I do like the VPF feature around 12 o clock for some extra thump without the blur.

        If you use multiple amps and a Preamp to dominate your sound I wouldn't hesitate to put this in the rig, if you're looking for that Ampeg growl and voice all by itself I was not able to achieve it with this. Super powerful touring/gigging equipment in my opinion.

        Rock on!

         
        5.0

        Great with a randy jackson 15 in cabinet.

        By JRHZ

        from Houston

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • wish it had a tuner

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head:

        Forget about talking about all the specs. This is a great amp, super light, and very powerful. With the always great Mark Bass sound. Great for either funky, rock, blues and latin music salsa, cumbia merengue. My friend is a pro and he loved it even for Jazz.

         
        5.0

        great amp

        By Chuyini

        from houston Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head:

          Its so light and so powerful, and the sound quality amazing

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