Originally Posted by Britsie
My 2 cents.
1)Yes, always bring a back-up bass
2)When you bring a back-up bass, you might as well use it.
I have a fretted and a fretless bass. I bring both of them to our gigs. Some songs sound better on my fretted bass other on my fretless. But in case I break a string, I can finish the set on my other bass.
I could not have said it better myself. I have 3 basses (4 string fretted, fretless 4 and a fretted 5): different instrurments for different purposes. I always bring at least to of them to gigs as a back up and so I can use which insurments works best.
Things go wrong at gigs so be preapred. Regardless of whether you have a second bass or not, bring extra strings, picks, batteries, cords, ect.
Finally, have a game plan to deal with such things. I saw a bar band recenlty where the guitar player broke a string and signaled this to the singer. When the song ended, the singer calmly said "We're taking a five minute break to deal with a technical problem. be right back" They actually looked happy walking of the stage to go to the bathroon or have a smoke, while the guitarist calmly changed the string. He tuned up with the amp on that could have been a cue for the band to come back to the stage which they did and the show went on.
I was so impressed at their profesionalism in calmly and quickly dealing with this problem.