Mark Bass Alain Caron 121 lite

A few months ago I switched to using a Mark Bass Alain Caron 121 lite combo. This amp replaced my usual gigging rig of a 500W head coupled to two 1 x 12 cabs. I still have bigger amps, however this tiny combo is now my main go to gigging and teaching bass rig. Gigging with smaller gear has been a bit of a revelation to say the least. This diminutive combo weighs 39 lbs which is 40% of the weight of my old setup! It’s light weight and huge sound coupled to its versatility has enabled me to walk into gigs with the amp in one hand and two bases over my shoulder (in a double gig bag) and a kit bag in my other hand. This has facilitated me booking more than one gig in an evening, which previously was a rare activity and now has become more frequent (and as such more lucrative). It’s a hassle free setup with a great sound. So far I’ve done about 60 gigs over the last few months, I’ll post a more in-depth review shortly. In the meantime here is a great video from Alain Caron himself to explain the design intention of the amp as well as some of its more cutting edge features.


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4 responses to “Mark Bass Alain Caron 121 lite

  1. Andy

    I’m loving mine too, and as an added bonus, the sound suits my EUB (NS Design NXT4) perfectly. Very happy bunny ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. guerillabass

    Hey Andy, I’m really very happy it. You and Steve were right. It can cover pretty much any gig. Sounds great with fretted, fretless and as you say EUB. The bi-Amp thing is great for upper register work on my Zon 6. I’ve also supplemented the basic sound with a Sansamp VT Bass Deluxe. I was a little skeptical about the speaker emulation not playing ball in front of a bass amp, but its great. It gives me those SVT/Ampeg tones when needed. Its like having a Boogie style switching system. I think it works as the Mark Bass is very flat, almost nearfield monitor like in its character. Have you played much with the FX loop?

  3. Andy

    Re the FX loop, I have an old Alesis Quadraverb GT (bought from none other than @guitartim ) that so far I’ve used purely for its reverb capabilities, but now you’re giving me GAS… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. guerillabass

    I always have #gas, its on occupational hazard;)

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