Got a tech gig - would appreciate some advice!
I responded to a classified ad seeking an instrument tech/roadie for an up-and-coming local band and they asked me to work at their next gig which is on this coming Saturday.
Has anybody got any tips or advice for a first time guitar/bass tech?? I'm fairly confident in my repair/setup skills so I'm not too apprehensive in that area, but since I've never worked a role like this before I'm trying to be as prepared as possible so as to make a good impression.
Any words of advice would be great, thanks!
Let me premise this answer with this: I've never been an instrument tech and other than setting up and tearing down my own equipment after every gig I've ever played, I've never been a band roadie. :)
That said, I've spent 20+ years as an electronics tech, so the biggest thing I can contribute is what fundamentals a tech of any kind should exercise: Know your equipment.
For an instrument tech, it means just that: find out what instruments the musicians are using and start doing some homework.
Thanks bolt! Great advice there.
I went along to their final rehearsal last night and had a chat about their gear (all Fenders thankfully!), strings, common problems (apparently one guy is a fiend for breaking strings on his acoustic guitar - might need to take a look at the saddles at a later date).
Effects wise it's a very simple setup, just Boss multi-effects units run from AC so no major headaches there.
My toolbag should cover any eventuality, and I'll have a little trauma ward set up side-stage should anything go wrong.
No quick guitar changes either, just two guitar changes in the whole set - happy days!
I'm really looking forward to it, a sold out show in front of 2000 people. Talk about a baptism of fire!
Sweet! Looks like you got your bases covered. :)
A good expression is: "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity."
Sounds like you'll have good luck in this gig.
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I'd also suggest a pad of Post-It's and a Sharpie.
Duct Tape - Check
Gaffer Tape - Good call! I'll keep my eyes peeled over the next few days
Flashlight - Check! Head torch and pen torch.
Sharpie & post-its - Check
Earplugs - Check!
Thanks artechnika! I don't think the band have a multi guitar rack. I'll try and fish mine out of storage before the concert. It's either in storage or out in the shed with my dog!
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