What do you keep in your case?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by quallabone, Aug 30, 2004.

  1. quallabone


    Aug 2, 2003
    Just curious what you packrats have going on in your cases.

    As of right now my most used hardshell case has...

    • polishing cloth
    • lemon oil
    • pot cleaner spray stuff
    • 6 sets of John Pearse strings (highly recommended)
    • wire cutter/multitool
    • Screw driver set
    • A backup Korg tuner if I forget my TU-2 at home
    • The manual for my bass (I don't know why)
    • The tooling to set my action and neck relief the exact same every time
    • a spare 10ft patchcord
    My flight cases all have...

    • One set of strings
    • polishing cloth
    • wire cutters
    • Humidity monitors
    What are the rest of you packing?
  2. xshawnxearthx


    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    in case

    strap with locks
    3 rags(one polish, one for the neck, one for the body to clean moisture)
    and thats it.

    in my tool box. i have
    monster cables
    a back up monster cable.
    back up cab to amp cable
    back up effect cables
    back up strap
    set of old strings
    set of new strings
    leather man tool
    swiss army knife
    additional hardwear(screws, nuts)
    extra rack screws
    light bulbs(for my light module)
    extension chord(the 6 foot on the furman isnt long enough sometimes)
    super glue
    sand paper(u never know)
    allen wrenchs
    tuner(tho i have a rack mount)
    neck tool(for the fenders)
    instructions on my svt 3 pro, and all other stuff in my rack
    extra nine volts
    liquid lubrication

    when i had the music man
    i had
    murphys oil soap
    scrub pad
    extra hardware and extra pick guard
    gun stock oil

    am i anal? yes. but i have had use and need for everything i bring with me. and you never know when you will need any of the stuff i have listed.
  3. I-Love-Ratm


    Feb 24, 2003
    In my bag/case I would have cables bass and strap possible back up strap and a tuner!!Short and sweet
  4. DubDubs


    Aug 23, 2004
    Los Angeles

    I should get a small screwdriver and a set of allan keys for the bridge and trussrod. I'll start packing all the cleaners and tools if I ever get a nicer bass but a $175 Ibanez doesn't require all that stuff.
  5. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Bass and strap. Cable. Earplugs. That's it. I tune to the guitars or keys.
  6. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Allen Wrenches
    Tuner (unless im home, where its on my amp)
    Set of spare P/J pickups, heh
    Wire clippers (cept i cant find them at the moment)
    Couple random strings.
    Extra screws for pickguard/pickups.
    Ear plugs
  7. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Strap, earplugs, cables, 9 volt.
  8. lbanks


    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    The bass and its strap. Everything else goes in the gigbag.
  9. xshawnxearthx


    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    the best thing to get, for minimalists. is a leatherman tool.

    has wire cutters, allsorts of screw drivers, pliers, and coutless other stuff you will never ever use. it was the first thing i make sure is in my box, and its what i use the most.
  10. jja412

    jja412 Fine gear enthusiast

    Feb 2, 2004
    St. Louis
    Allen wrenches for bridge, knobs, truss rod
    Nail clippers
    DI (for when I dont use pedalboard/amp)
    Set List

    I am extremely prepared to the point of overkill...but most of my redundancies reside in my pedalboard.
  11. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    • Bass
    • Strap
    • Microphone
    • A/C Adapter (for my pedal)
    • Tuner
    • Foam earplugs
    • A couple of picks
    • Duct tape (the saviour)
    • A Swiss-Army knife
    • A set of extra strings
    • Some Advils
    • 30 foot cable
    • 10 foot cable
    • Staff paper
    • A book of lyrics with pen
    • Wristbands
    • 20 foot microphone cable
    • Some Purelle hand sanitizer
    • Extension cord
    • Polish cloth
    • A Dr. Pepper. Always.

    I think that's about it. :)

    Graeme :bassist:
  12. Chroma


    Mar 1, 2004
    I keep a spare 20ft cable, a spare head to cabinet cable, a sweatband, earplugs, tuner, and a polish cloth. I would keep my leatherman in there too but I always keep it in my left front pocket no matter what I'm doing, I guess it has to do with my southern upbringing and needing a pocketknife at all times lol.
  13. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Spare cable, distortion pedal, tuner, second strap, screwdriver, allen wrenches for the bass.
  14. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Amen. I bring the bag everywhere, only some cases come with me sometimes.
  15. wyliee


    Jul 6, 2003
    South Hill, WA
    Rarely do I use a hard shell case. Most of the time, I use a nicely padded gigbag, which will include bass, strap, spare strings.

    I always take a large rolling bag with me (regardless of which bass I am using) with:
    Custom earplugs
    Spare foam earplugs
    Battery tester
    Spare 9 volt batteries
    Flashlight (w/ red gels)
    Toolkit (screwdrivers, needle nose pliers)
    Guitarpicks (gotta' help those guitarists)
    Drumkey (Yup, gotta' help the drummers too)
    Instrument cables (x3, various lengths)
    DI box
    Instrument Stand
    Extensions for music stand (for the rare occassion I have to sight read large scores)
    Big book 'o music
    More spare strings
    Protein bar (Note to self: need to get more)

    What I need to put back in:
    Cleaning tools
    Bottled water (hey, it's a really big rolling bag)

    What can I say? I'm trying to develop a reputation as being extremely reliable and always prepared.

  16. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Instrument Technician, Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    A Bass
    A Strap
    Nail Clippers

    I often use the first two. Sometimes I need the third, but when I need it, I really need it!
  17. seansbrew

    seansbrew Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2000
    Mesa AZ.
    In my hard case I keep:

    My bass
    A picture of my wife and child
    Allen wrenches
    I have also been known to have a can of spam or other canned meat for the road. :p
  18. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    allen wrench/screw driver
    manual (?)
    Jazz mix CD (song for my father, g11, bela fleck)
    my bass
  19. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    In the case:

    Strap w/locks
    Allen Wrenches
    Ear Plugs (good one, not cheap foam)

    In the tool kit:

    Cables (4)
    2 9v Batteries
    Polish Cloth
    Robertson Screwdriver
    Phillips Screwdriver
    Flathead Screwdriver
    Needle Nose Pliers
    Extra Strap w/locks
    Bass POD
    Allen Wrenches
    Set of screws
    Korg Tuner
  20. quallabone


    Aug 2, 2003
    I guess I'll tell you what's in my gig bag. I was hoping I wouldn't
    • 4 monster cable speaker cables
    • custom build pedalboard with 8 pedals and required connecting gear
    • 6 high quality instrument cables
    • 8 picks of varying weights (you're right. Have to help the guitarists)
    • Tama, DW, Pearl, and Yamaha drum keys.
    • Custom fit 15% reduction ear plugs
    • 3 extra straps (I don't know why. Why not?)
    • 3 power cables
    • 2 - 10 foot extension cords
    • soldering iron and wire
    • 1 hipshot ultralight tuner (I have it so I might as well bring it)
    • Countryman DI
    • A cowbell (very important)
    • duct tape
    • water
    • Nail Clippers
    • Water free soap
    • All fake books
    • Multimeter
    • towel
    • Contact list
    • 2 spare fretted nuts and 2 spare fretless nuts (they were free and you can't get them anywhere except the company so why not)
    I hope that's it. It's definately a heavy suitcase of crap. I have a substantially smaller bag that I take to shorter/smaller/lower paying gigs.