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Had my first bass gig last night.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hubberjub, Jun 4, 2017.

  1. hubberjub


    Aug 6, 2012
    I've been playing for about a month, but we had the opportunity to play at Taste of Syracuse yesterday. It was mostly soul/classic rock covers with a couple originals thrown in. What was nice was that backline was provided, so I got to fit my necessary cables, tuner, etc. in just the bass case. They had some GK head from the '80s and an 810 cab. It sounded pretty good, and holy cow does it push a lot of air. It went well. No major mistakes. It was a big open air festival with multiple stages, so I'm not sure how many people were there in total, but there were definitely in excess of 1000 at just the stage we played at. Not bad for a first gig.

    Edit (as requested): My gear is incredibly simple. Like I said, I used the backline amp. I just looked over the contract I was sent, and it was a GK 800RB into an Ampeg 8x10 cab. All I brought with me was my 10 year old Planet Waves pedal tuner (because it's not currently mounted on a pedal board), a 1 Spot, a 10' and 15' cable, and my Rickenbacker 4003 in JetGlo. I'm trying to be more simplistic in my rig, as I have a tendency to go overboard with gear.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2017
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  2. Grumry


    Jul 6, 2016
    Pics or it didn't happen.
  3. hubberjub


    Aug 6, 2012
    I'll work on that.
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  4. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    You do mean you've been playing with your band for about a month, right?
  5. Nevada Bob

    Nevada Bob

    Apr 30, 2017
    Gosh, I hope that's what he means.

    After 2 years of lessons, I'm just now starting to get it.
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  6. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Five years a member, and just playing for a month, and gigging for a 1000...

    ... I want what he's having.
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  7. hubberjub


    Aug 6, 2012
    I have been playing bass and with this band for a month. I'm 38 and have been playing guitar/pedal steel for years, so I have a background in music, but I have only been playing bass for about a month.
  8. Trouztrouz


    Feb 6, 2013
    You should edit your post to let us know what kind of bass you used and some thoughts on how it worked out it that setting.
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  9. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    this ↑

    congrats on your first bass gig, and we need details!

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  10. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Just up the road from me a piece, should've checked it out. ;)
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  11. Dluxe


    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I bought my first bass in September 1977. First band rehearsal was in October and first gig in December. The only way to learn is to do it.
  12. hubberjub


    Aug 6, 2012
    I agree.
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  13. hubberjub


    Aug 6, 2012
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  14. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Pretty much. There is such a thing as being always prepared but never ready.

    Sooner or later you have to get out there and just do it.
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  15. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    If love those gigs!

    My band is playing a local rib fest in July and I always look forward to it. Provided backline and short set (1 hour for us) so we only play our best tunes. Basically in and out and the opportunity to play in front of. Big crowd.

    Money isn't the best in my case at this particular gig, but it is such a stress free gig that I don't care.
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  16. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    You joined TB in 2012, but have only been playing bass for a month? It's obvious that you are a spy...

    Seize him!

  17. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    (But seriously, congrats!)
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  18. hubberjub


    Aug 6, 2012
    Actually, I joined in 2012 to buy something that was listed in the classifieds. I think I posted for the first time in May of this year.
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  19. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Your story is full of holes. Do you have anyone to corroborate this?

  20. hubberjub


    Aug 6, 2012
    If you saw how much gear I've accumulated over the years, you'd believe me.

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