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Is a bass (or guitar) a 'rig'?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassteban, Nov 4, 2004.

  1. I have a guitarist friend who refers to his amp and/or his guitar as his rig. Is this proper? I always thought 'rig' meant just the amp/stack.
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    To me, rig just means amp/stack.
  3. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Amen. Your bass is your axe.

    You play with your axe and your rig :)
  4. srxplayer


    May 19, 2004
    Highland, CA
    We have always refered to a rig as a guitar/bass & amp set up.
  5. Thanx, peeps- can I get 2 or 3 more amp only votes so I can tell my friend he's crazy wrong?
  6. xcental34x


    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    rig= amp setup, including any effects or other outboard units used to alter your sound
  7. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    To me, it usually means the amp/speakers/effects, though "rig" might also include the bass or guitar in addition to everything else. It does not mean the bass or guitar alone, though.

  8. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Anytime I heard the term "rig" I personally envision a wall of speakers with 2 or three tube amps laying on top...but never any instrument in the picture.

  9. Bassart1

    Bassart1 Guest

    Jun 26, 2003
    Maybe we should see about getting a legal definition in "Groves" ;)
  10. Funkize you

    Funkize you Guest

    Nov 4, 2003
    Westminster Ca.
    Odd, I call my bass my Fun stick with strings, and I call my amp/stack "WORK YOU F***ING PIECE OF FLAMING S**T!"
  11. Amp(s) only.
  12. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    Rig = Amp/Stack/Rack, if i'm referring to all of my amps, cabs, basses, etc i just use the blanket term gear or bass gear. Example given-my rig is Avatar Cabs [B115h, B210 delta, and B212 on the way] powered by a Rack, yet my gear is well-my rig plus a few different basses.