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how much gear do you bring to a gig??

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Chad Michael, Oct 29, 2002.

  1. just curious...

    including your own gear, lighting, pa, amp racks, other bandmembers' crap, etc.

    how much stuff do you have to bring to the gig?

  2. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Depends on the gig. If the house doesn't have it and we are responsible for the show, we bring it, no matter what "it" is. If we are playing a twenty minute set on someone else's bill, I bring the minimum I can get away with w/o compromising my sound.
  3. As little as possible. Most of the time, we have to bring our own PA and lights, so it's two Dodge Caravan-fulls, and the 4 guitars/basses and other small stuff piled in the back seat of my car. And this is just a 4-pc band. If it's details you're wanting, I can list those later, if you're really interested.
  4. my truckload:

    1 jbl sr 2 x 18 sub
    2 jbl tr 2 x 15/horn sidefills
    1 16 ch mackie board
    2 basses
    1 bass head
    1 4 x 10 bass cab
    1 wireless
    1 cordbox (ac, inst, spkr, mic cables, gangboxes)
    2 mic stands
    2 mics
    1 gigbag (duct tape, batteries, bass strings, flashlight, cd's for break music, setlists, etc)
    1 triple guitar stand

    to every gig...

    about 1000 pounds.



  5. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    I've done serviceable performances with just a bass and a Sansamp. The monitor mix with this usually winds up sounding like a$$, but at least I can hear myself, which I often can't if I'm using my own amp.
  6. I personally like to bring my tool box of goodies whenever I can, (It's like the tikkle trunk!:D (Canadians LOL)) It basically has everything I'll need, except the amp and bass. it may contain such things as cables, tuner, batteries, D.I., bass stand, tools, tape, solder, pickups, pots, wire, hacky sack, cards, strings, etc.....

    I try to think of anything that can go wrong, and then try to put the solution into my tool box. Over time there has been more stuff added, and even less taken out.
  7. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    So what's the hacky sack for then? :D


    Nov 22, 2001
    Columbus ohio
    for smaller gig
    a pickup truck full with gear
    for bigger gigs
    a trailer filled with gear,plus a big box truck with more gear,you name it its in there
  9. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    i'll only concern myself with my personal stuff. phat phunktion has a van with everyones stuff in it, and we never have to bring PA anywhere cos we rent it.

    for big (phat phunktion) gigs i bring:

    backpack with stage clothes
    satchel with tools/spare cords,
    both warwicks in hardshell cases
    goliath senior, but it's always in the van

    for my smaller gigs (non-PP) i bring

    avatar 112
    one of my basses in a gigbag
    guitar stand
  10. We're going to be doing acoustic only gigs for a while, so we'll bring (as required) our small PA, my bass, 3-4 guitars, mics, cables, my tuner, and ourselves -- my truck will probably be the band wagon too, so travelling light is the way to go.
  11. 2 basses (fretted & fretless) with stands, an amp, and a few cords.
  12. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT

    Downfall (heavy rock)- if PA and lights provided

    -conklin gt-7
    -Avatar 2x10
    -SWR Workingman's 1x15
    -misc bag with extra strings, plyers, and such
    -guitar (ibanez rg-420 baritone)
    -Crate 2x12 combo (gfx)
    -Crate 2x12 cab (old school, with celestions)
    -drumset- bass, 4 toms, piccolo snare, 6 cymbals and hardware

    if PA and lights not provided, add these to the above

    -Carvin 8 channel 700 watt powered mixer
    -(2) Carvin 1x15 mains
    -(2) Carvin 1x12 monitors
    -(4) chaser lights
    -(4) cans
    -(2) foggers

    Curly Pratt (crazy prog rock)

    -conklin gt-7
    -Avatar 2x10
    -SWR Workingman's 1x15
    -misc bag with extra strings, plyers, and such
    -2 guitars (american strat and ibanez artist)
    -marshall TSL 2x12 combo
    -huge pedalboard
    -drumset- 2 bassdrums (different sizes), 5 toms, 3 snares, 15 cymbals, hardware
    -crate 200 watt 6 channel powered mixer
    -(2) soundtech or something 1x12 mains

    High School jazz band (standards, funk, blues)
    -Conklin gt-7
    -roth upright with realist
    -SWR Workingman's 1x15 combo (school's)
    -yamaha clavinova keyboard
    -fender kxr 200 amp
    -ibanez s-420
    -peavy combo 2x12
    -drumset- bass, 3 toms, snare, 4 cymbals, hardware
    -5 saxes (2 altos, 2 tenors, bari)
    -4 trombones
    -4 trumpets
    -4 flugelhorns
    -fender passport PA for solos

    that about covers it :D
  13. ivanthetrble


    Sep 9, 2002
    For most gigs it is this

    2 - EV 18 inch subs
    2 - EV 15 inch/three way mains
    1 - big friggin' PA box with Mackie mixer, two 1400i amps, effects, Eq, etc
    3 -Crate powered wedge monitors
    4 - mic stands

    2 - light poles with 4 cans per side
    1 - drum set
    1 - drummer
    1 - Marshall 2x12 combo with 2x12 extension cab for larger rooms
    1 - Fender Twin
    4-5 guitars
    1 - bass
    1 - 8 space rack for bass goodies
    2 - Eden 210XLTs
    Sometimes I'll add a Bag End S18-D for a larger stage
    ton-o-cords etc.

  14. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    PA is not provided for my band.

    Carvin 12ch PA, DCM1000 in a rack kit.
    2 x Carvin mains (15, 8, horn)
    2 12" monitors
    Carvin RC210 combo (haven't gigged with new ampeg rig yet)
    2 basses, usually Fender Jazz and Steinberger 5
    a bag holding mics, cables, picks, strings, tape... etc etc...

    That is just what goes in my car. :D

    My guitarists carry:

    Mesa Boogie rectifier head and 212 cab.
    Mesa Boogie Nomad 212 combo
    Roland 60w 212 combo
    1 Fender Strat, 1 PRS, 2 Ibanez
    gobs and gobs of effects, cables, etc etc...

    Drumer carries
    5 piece kit
    various cymbols and stands

    We could definately use a big UHAUL Van.
  15. lildrgn


    Jul 11, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    Based on reading the above posts, am I right to assume that the places you play don't have PAs available? Does anyone else find that weird?

    Thankfully everywhere I've played has had a PA. Our rehearsal PA sucks bad and I'm glad we've never had to bring it around.

    My gear is as follows:

    2 basses (Sterling and J or P)
    amp head
    3 speaker cords
    1 power cord
    3 instrument cords
    pedalboard with tuner, chorus and SABBDI
    recently, a handtowel

    woo hoo
  16. Seeing that i own a full size van i always seem to get stuck hauling all the gear.

    Gear as follows:
    -5 piece drum kit(with hardware and cymbals)
    -P.A. with 2 12" speakers and 2 12" monitors
    -HiWatt guitar head
    -Marshall 4-12" cab
    -bari sax
    -tuba(on rare ocassions)
    -Carvin R600 head
    -Carvin 4-10 cab
    -both basses
    -all mics, cables, stands, and the tool kit

    This isn't as much as some of you other guys but this keeps me busy.

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