I killed the room tonight

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by themacinator, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. themacinator

    themacinator Always looking for the perfect gig

    Oct 8, 2009
    8,385 feet in the Colorado Rockies
    Endorsing Artist: Babicz FCH Hardware
    So tonight we had our first gig at a local bar and we were the second (last) band to play. We played our first two songs and had the room in our hands, standing room only.

    And then it happened...I stepped on the lead guitarists guitar cord and it got jerked out of the jack on the amp. The input jack then separated from the nut and fell back into the amp head.

    Just like that the vibe was gone...and I killed the room.

    I know stuff happens but this was bad. We found some combo to use but it sounded like crap and by then 15 minutes had passed and the night was toast.

    I know it will pass but I feel like crap right now.
  2. On the bright side, in a year or two, this will make a good gig story.
  3. delta7fred


    Jul 3, 2007
    These things happen and are unfortunate but learn from them and move on.

    I never like standing on cables on stage (or anywhere) as it does them no good at all. So I always have a clear patch where I stand. It helps that I do a lot of singing so don't move far from my mic stand.

    I see our 2 guitarists standing on their guitar, mic, and mains leads and it makes me cringe. To me it is just off putting having them under my feet, not to mention the damage you are doing to them and the increased possibility of accidents.
  4. seansbrew

    seansbrew Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2000
    Mesa AZ.
    Wireless...even for practice I love it. Why you may ask? Because I'm reaaaally clumsy.
  5. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Denver, CO
    Damn that sucks!
  6. And that's why you should always tuck the lead into your strap. ;)
  7. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    I don't think that would have helped in this instance - the amp's jack socket got damaged, not the guitar. However, a Snapjack cable might have saved the day:

    Snapjack Cables

    Sounds like a cool idea, but I'd always be worried about the cable coming apart with the slightest movement.
  8. BogeyBass

    BogeyBass Inactive

    Sep 14, 2010
    Nice job .....Bigfoot;)

    maybe in the secret grand scheme of things, the amp needed to be punished. and you did the dirty work.

    themacinator goes roominator...like Jekyll and Hyde or something.
    but you seek revenge on all guitar chords in a rage of adrenaline.
    leaving the audience in a stun of glory.

    but hey learning experience.
    otherwise....ha hah:D

    should have kicked over a few beers too and then do a Kurt cobain
    drum kit dive.
  9. Zoomie


    Jan 26, 2012
    East Tennessee
    I don't know why you feel bad. This is called Karma! Remember way back in the day when you were broke and had a crappy, underpowered amp that farted out all the time while you were trying to be heard because your guitar player had the full Mesa stack and refused to turn down?

    PAYBACK ! :bassist:

    Kidding, just trying to get you to chuckle a little and bring your spirits back up.

    I hate cords. Have hated them for years. I freak out every single time I step on a cord. I have busted my can more than once tripping on them. THere is not enough gaffers tape and carpets on earth to solve the problem. Not to mention that there is no solution when it comes to band mates. Wireless is the only answer.

    With the technology now available to accurately transmit our bottom dwelling freqs, there is no reason not to run them.

    If I were you, I would run (not walk) down to the music store and grab a Line 6 G30, 50, or 90 before your guitarist exacts revenge. Eat mac n cheese, collect aluminum cans, sell your heinie...........whatever it takes!

    Don't worry about it. Next gig bring your A game and you'll have butts wagging, heads bobbing and if you're really lucky, some upper body show and tell. And no. I am not talking about the shirtless fat guy in the mosh pit with the bear rug stapled to his back.
  10. sloppy_phil


    Aug 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Not actually named Phil
    I have one of those and they are really solid! It takes a pretty decent effort to pull the cable apart, no accidents for sure. And it may indeed have saved the amp in this case; it's definitely saved my input jack a couple times!

    OP; no worries man. Whoever said it'll make a sweet gig story is pretty much dead on. We all have our moments; just don't let it stop you doin' your thang!
  11. PluckyThump


    Jan 4, 2008
    The Hammer
    This. Don't have cables anyplace where you will be standing. Take a few extra minutes before the show and route the cables where they will be out of the way.
  12. Timmy-Watts

    Timmy-Watts I like bass. And airplanes. Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I use SnapJack every gig. The magnets are very strong but they do come apart every time when yanked. They sound great, and you have an easy muting option
  13. The "Lead under the strap" can be simulated at the amp end as well. Personally, I use a straight - angled patch. The angled end goes into my bass, then under the strap. The straight end gets put through the handle of my amp and then into the input jack. This way, I can pull on the cord and all it will do is pull on my amp head a bit.

    Just something to try!
  14. Timmy-Watts

    Timmy-Watts I like bass. And airplanes. Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I use SnapJack on every gig. It is my main cable. The magnets are very strong but they would come apart and save the night in this instance. As an added bonus, they are a great cheap muting option. No pops or noise, easy switching between instruments. I have extra tips for doubling. I would definitely recommend them. They sound great and are well made.
  15. JP Morin

    JP Morin

    Mar 15, 2011
    sh"!T happens !!

    Once, we had a police raid for the minor (under 18 years old people in the bar) in one of my first gigs back then... they cut everything right in the middle of a song !! They controlled everybody and went out and then about half of the poelple in the bar went away after for the rest of the show... lol

    +1 for the wireless, I step on my cable and disconnect it may be every show I do... Fortunately I haven't break one doing this yet... but you have to find one that doesn't change your sound and doesn't catch the radio using it !!! lol
  16. slaps76


    Jul 10, 2008
    Peabody, MA
    My guitarist and I both have wireless, but we also tape all our cables that run from the amps to the pedalboards/mics. You gotta try to prevent that stuff from happening...even if there's a way to secure the cable at the amp, hook it under the cab/head, ect.
  17. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    i'm bummed!

    (i wanted to hear some gloating):(
  18. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses

    And the other plus is that you've gotten one of these horror shows out of the way. We all have a few of them under our belts, now you have one less to worry about in the future.

    I believe gigs like this, while they feel the worst, are sometimes the best - if we treat them with the respect they deserve. They're the best learning experiences we can have. We get to see what went wrong, make sure it doesn't happen again, rethink how we reacted to it, and figure out (in hindsight) what we may have done differently or better. Also helps us get used to things going wrong, which are inevitable. Other mishaps seem a lot less tragic after incidents like this too.

    The less it urks you in the future, the better off you'll be. And I believe that in situations like this, the only important thing is how you deal with it.

    We were showcasing for a record lable we really wanted to sign us one night. We tried a brand new song that had weird timing in the beginning. The drummer flubbed and trainwrecked it. There was no recovering. We laughed it off, said that THAT song clearly wasn't happening, and moved on. The record company signed us, and said that the song we muffed sold them. They though it was great how we didn't miss a beat, although we missed more than that.

    What happened to you was a good thing. It doesn't feel like that now, but in the future you'll agree.
  19. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    All of our instruments are wireless. I don't like cables on stage.
  20. Live and learn.

    Cables are a bitch. Get 'em out of the way. And you can secure a cable at the amp end just like you can at the guitar end.

    Or find a wireless you can rely on.