Reviewed: Markbass Marcus Miller CMD 103 Bass Combo
Marco De Virgiliis must be one happy business owner. His namesake bass brand Markbass has really made an impression on the bass community, and not just in aficionado or gear circles. Touring players, studio guys, younger players, seasoned veterans, rock, pop, funk, backline rigs and more use the black and yellow coloured bass gear and it’s built its name on reliability, portability and solid tone. We’ve followed the moves of bass deity Marcus Miller closely and sampled some his signature Markbass wares (and been suitably impressed!). Adding to the range is the CMD 103 Bass Combo incorporating even more flexibility to the overall Mark lineup.
Reviewed: MarkBass MB STU Amp 1000 Bass Head
Stu Hamm has been a force on the bass and general music scene for many years. Known for his work with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Frank Gambale (amongst a host of others) Stu has long combined slap and tapping techniques alongside solid grooves and is also a highly respected educator and clinician. Some have even said Hamm reshaped the concept of what contemporary bass guitar could be, using polyphony, chords and harmonics. Markbass have been hot on endorsements over the last few years and have added to their already impressive lineup of amps with the MB Stu Amp 1000.
Reviewed: Fender Rumble LT 25 Bass Combo
Fender’s influence on the guitar and bass world is undeniable with instruments, amplifiers, effects and more. Catering to all levels of musician, Fender have also continued to develop products that suit the bedroom alongside higher priced pro level items. Aiming for a lighter weight, portable amp that still packs a punch, the Rumble series of bass amps have been utilised by a range of players and remain a big seller in the amplification marketplace.
Reviewed: MarkBass Michael League Signature Series CASA
We reviewed the Marcus Miller Series from Markbass in last month’s issue, and another signature amp is the Markbass CASA, produced with Snarky Puppy’s own Michael League. Snarky Puppy are known for their own brand of rock-inspired funky fusion, and Michael League anchors the band like no other. The CASA is a 500-watt solid state head, with a matching 410 cabinet, designed in line with Markbass founder Marco De Virgiliis. The CASA features a five-band EQ section, as well as gain and master and handy treble and bass controls designed for quickly setting up and tweaking a tone. The back panel of the amp features a 1/4” or Speakon speaker output, tuner out and effects loop send and return. Finally, a line out and buttons for ground lift or moving the EQ in your signal chain.
Reviewed: Ashdown AAA 30 Bass Combo
It’s not always about the big rigs. Yes, the quadbox/fridge/multiple cab/head/modular setup looks and sounds great but there are times when you just need something small and compact to practice with or jam through. Ashdown has plenty of high powered big options in their line with a plethora of studio and touring pros using their wares. But they haven’t forgotten about the need for smaller stuff such too - enter the AAA EVO line of combo amps. Let’s check out the AAA 30!
Reviewed: MarkBass Marcus Miller CMD Amplifiers
Markbass is a company that has produced top-quality bass gear for decades. Their gear ranges from top-tier professional gear used by the likes of Saxon and Randy Jackson, as well as session players for Steve Vai, Slash, Eurythmics and Massive Attack. Their products are used by professionals and amateurs alike; enter the Marcus Miller CMD series of bass amplifiers, a signature series from legendary bassist Marcus Miller.
Reviewed: Markbass Marcus Miller 102 Bass Cab
Having played with everyone from Miles Davis to Herbie Hancock to Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller is perhaps one of the best known bass players of our time. Hugely influential as a performer and composer, his grooves, technique and improvisational skills have long kept him at the top of the game. Markbass has made a habit of building relationships with serious players, so it’s not completely surprising that Miller has joined their stable of users. Even more than just joining their roster, Markbass has developed a line of signature products for the bass supremo, including heads and cabinets. We saw the Little Marcus amp a few months back, and now we have the 102 Bass Cab in our hands.
Reviewed: Markbass Little Marcus 800 Bass Head
It doesn’t get much bigger than Marcus Miller in the world of bass playing. His career boasts Grammy awards, platinum records, film scores, and playing/writing/producing/recording with the likes of Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Bill Withers, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock and so many more. He has an identifiable sound, serious chops and groove, and has been hugely influential as a musician (and not just for bass players). So when someone with his status joins forces with a bass amp company, it really must be something they believe in. With Markbass being quite the innovator and one of the market leaders, it seems like a primo combination. Enter the Little Marcus series of bass heads with the 800 watt model sitting on our desk.