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Bass Survival Kit

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by JeremyJJackson, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. JeremyJJackson


    Mar 1, 2009
    Now i know that some of you guys have a kit that you bring to every show just in case something goes wrong and im wondering what you all have in it. Ill start with mine:

    2 extra patch cords
    1 extra speaker cord
    duck tape
    2 sets of extra strings <- ive had the same string break on me twice in one night so im paranoid
    wall outlet checker
    set of allan keys
    a new fuse for the amp
    an extra power chord
    and picks in case i feel like using them

    Now what do you guys have? Maybe ill add to my list
  2. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    ear plugs. always!
  3. JeremyJJackson


    Mar 1, 2009
    ah yes ear plugs i forgot to put those in mine, i do have them though. I use custom formed ones though that -10db
  4. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Extra cables
    Extra straps
    Extra bass strings
    Extra guitar strings - because you can't rely on a gui****
    Extra picks
    Ear Plugs
    Twenty Dollar Bill
    Wire Cutters
    Allen Keys
  5. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    Here's what you're looking for: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=94280

    Also: (courtesy of Dave Muscato) http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=429034
    - Bring backups for everything. That doesn't just mean strings & batteries, but backup flashlights, drum keys, set lists, cables, cabs/amps, DI boxes, mics, permanent markers, gaff tape, earplugs, bandaids & superglue, change of clothes, instruments, cell phone charger, zip strips, Tylenol, Gas-X, keys to the van... My band has these aluminum briefcases with foam cutouts where we keep most of this stuff. We call them "gig kits" and they also look really cool (they have the name of our band stenciled on the sides). We got them from this website. http://www.casesbysource.com
  6. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Extra cables for anything I have. That includes varioius speaker terminations.

    Spare strings, but I also carry a set of guitar strings

    Small tool kit with screwdrivers, pliers, C-wrench, wire cutters, and some select allen keys

    GAFF TAPE- If anyone comes near my stuff with regular duct tape (not "duck"), I let them know that it will cause them lower bowel problems. Seriously, duct tape is good for taping duct work (I used to do HVAC), but it leaves a sticky residue on cables, floors, walls, ect. GOTTA have real Gaff tape.


    Minimag flash light

    Drum key (it's like guitar strings- very handy for me to have because so many musicians are just out and out flakes).


    Adhesive bandages

    Ear plugs

    Note book, pens, and Sharpie markers

    Bottle/can opener

    Gerber Multi-tool

    Tuning fork

    SM-57 with good cable

    My own DI that doesn't mess up my bass' signal

    Big honkin' heavy AC cords- I built one with a box holding two duplex AC outlets, and a 25' cord.

    Power strips

    Those ubiquitous AC cords which get lost too easily
    Spare strap


    Plug in outlet tester

    Sense of humor

    The cassette with "Donny Hathaway Live" on one side and "Aretha Franklin at the Fillmore" on the other side. Driving to a gig listening to Willie Weeks and Jerry Jemmott live is a great way to get in the right frame of mind!!

    I also always take two basses, and generally there's an extra amp in the van.

  7. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    What's the $20.00 bill for??
  8. Just in case!
  9. I haven't yet had to deal with a gig of only our band, so numerous times I've been able to cop stuff off of the other band on the bill. But after doing that a few times, I learned the importance of bringing my own stuff (although once the other b player didn't like the sound of my Fender so he let me borrow his fretless Musicman Stingray. :) ). But anyway, the stuff I've learned to bring.....
    Strings (naturally)
    Tabs and sheet music (two copies)
    More cables than I could possibly use
    Adapters for the cables (cannot stress enough the importance of those!!!!!!)
    Harmonica and Jaws Harp (in case I get bored during set breaks)
    Microphone and stand (sometimes)
    Case of Pepsi

    That about sums it up for me.
  10. BassGuyFL

    BassGuyFL Formerly known as RichardCranium Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    Boynton Bch FL
    Other than the usual stuff I've had one of these on my keychain for over 20 years and I can't begin to tell you the times it's gotten me out of a jam.
  11. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    I will add a few more items to the list

    Swiss Army knife
    U.S. Army can opener (about 25 cents at any Army/Navy store)
    An extra bass amp if possible
    A tool box filled with tools
    A cordless screwdriver
    A set of micro screwdrivers ($1.00 at the Dollar Tree)
    9 volt batteries
    9 volt or other electrical adapters
    Grounded junction boxes
    Over 100 feet of electrical power cables
    Extra car keys
    AAA membership
    Cell phone auto recharge cable
    A can of Fix-A-Flat
    A car jack
    An air compressor
    Tire wrench
    Flashlight or lantern
    A dolly
  12. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
  13. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    -Liquid skin & super glue
    -extra power cord
    -color coded allen wrenches
    -extra batteries
    -cotton bar towel
    -Sharpie & blank paper
    -outlet tester
    -ear plugs
  14. This is what i haul around to gigs.
    2x Bass Guitars ( 4 & 5string / 4 w/Rounds, 4 w/flats)
    2x instrument leads
    2x speaker leads
    a strap
    a pack of fuses
    a power board
    extension lead
    gaffa tape
    electrical tape
    mic lead
    SM58 mic
    Sansamp Bass D.I
    Spare batteries (9v and AA)
    Screw drivers
    allen wrench
    Leatherman tool/pocket knife
    pen and paper

    i should have a multimeter and a cable tester too.

  15. JansenW


    Nov 14, 2005
    Cambridge, MA
    I'll add 2 bottles of water and a tuner.
  16. Metaltronix


    May 29, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    Everything everyone else said and a soldering iron and condoms.

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