What do you take to gigs?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by BWB, Sep 19, 2001.

  1. BWB

    BWB Supporting Member

    Aug 30, 2000
    Knoxville TN
    There's a similar thread "what do you take to practice?"
    - but what do you take to gigs?
    Okay, to keep bragging rights off of this thread,
    no mentioning brand names. Just tell us what it
    is, and why you bring it. Do you habitually bring
    everything you own?

    I'm a blues band bass player. Play about 50 club
    gigs a year. All 'in town' except maybe 2 or 3
    out of town dates a year.

    - Bass. Strap and main cable in bass case.

    - 4 x 10. I have a 1 x 18, but rarely bring it.

    - Main bass head

    - bass preamp

    - metal strong box (about 5" high x 12" deep
    x 18" wide) containing extra strings, two
    microphones, extra cables, speaker cables,
    GUITAR strings (I've learned), picks, a small
    tuner, earplugs and a binder with hundreds
    of pages of song lyrics, tab sheets, and
    previous gig set lists.

    - backup bass head (stays in the car).

    Et tu?

  2. thomas

    thomas Guest

    Jul 26, 2000
    Barnesville, GA USA
    Bass #1
    Bass #2
    sometimes Bass #3

    2x10 Combo
    2x15 cab
    effects processor
    wireless unit
    disgusting number of cords to hold everything together
    big ratcheting strap to keep the rig from falling over
    a bunch of picks on a strip of tape that i stick somewhere useful, i've never dropped or broke a pick on stage though
    sunglasses, i hate stage lights
    a guitar cord that i hang off of the cabinet handle in case my wireless dies
    extra wireless batteries
    extra strings
    1 strap per bass
    super glue
    a few random tools
  3. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain

    -Bass Head

    -4x10 cab

    -Bag with: Cables, tuner, overdrive pedal, bass stand, strap, picks, strings, some chocolates, Bass Player mag.....

    That´s it
  4. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    1 bass
    1 amp (combo or 1head 1cab)
    1 strap
    1 stand
    1 laptop case containing
    1 tuner
    2 leads
    2 patch leads
    1 set of strings
    Clothes pegs
    screwdrivers (straight and x head)
    1 or 2 9v batteries
  5. fretless5

    fretless5 Guest

    Nov 28, 2000
    Blue Ash, Ohio, USA
    From experience:
    an extra shirt and pair of pants.

    There is nothing like getting a Bloody Mary dumped all over you right before the first set starts. No, it wasn't mine.
  6. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    -My Distorition and chorus pedals, and spare 9v batterys for each
    -appropriate cables (for effects, amp, bass, ect)
    -Extra set of strings
    -Duct and electrical tape
    -Leatherman super tool (they have a handly little driver head that works wonders for saddle adjustments, as well as all sorts of wonderfull tools that work on a bass)
    -pen (I tend to draw on my hands, and if I ever get the urge to, it's tough to ignore)
    -pencil/paper for any lists I might have to write out.
    -picks up the yin yang...I lose picks so fast...

    That's about it.
  7. melvin

    melvin Guest

    Apr 28, 2001
    Once again:

    And the almighty...

    Peavy Microbass

    (stop slobbering over that fine piece of aquipment guys, your making it nervous. ;) :D)
  8. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Hmm... not so many gigs.

    So far when playing for a live audience:

    2 basses
    1 210 combo amp
    1 digital tuner
    a few cords
    no effects

    I haven't used my 18" ext cab yet... but hope to soon.
  9. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Extra battery

    That's it.
  10. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    That's what I thought. ;)

    What do I take personally? My amp, bass, gig bag (cables, effects, guitar stand), cabs (6x10 and 1x15), microphone and mic stand(s), tool kit (wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, tape), picks and pick holder.

    What do I take for the band? Everything listed above, plus a drum riser, the PA speakers, lights and a few other odds and ends -- basically anything that we can cram into my Dodge van. I personally think we "overdo it" at most of our shows, but my guitarist likes to be B-I-G!
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I try to bring two of everything (except cab, head & effects.) You never know when something is gonna crap out.

    2 basses
    810 cab or 410 cab (depending on size of club)
    Effects, tuner & wireless
    Multiple cables
    Multiple strapsmultipel power chords for amp
    Multiple speaker cables
    Pick in every case & bag
    Finger ease
    extra batteries
    extra patch cables
    2 flashlights
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  12. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com In Memoriam

    Mar 22, 2000
    Cape of New Jersey
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music (retired)
    -Fretted and fretless basses (or EUB instead of fretless), sometimes a third bass to leave in the van if I've brought something unfamiliar

    -6sp SKB with preamp, rack tuner, compressor, power amp, power conditioner

    -two 2x10/2x5.25/horn cabinets

    -hamilton guitar stand(s)

    -gig bag (Sears soft sided tool bag) with straps, bass wires, batteries, extra cables of all flavors from jumpers to backup Speakon, wireless (for wandering to check sound in unfamiliar room), all sorts of tools including Leatherman, soldering iron, and scrap cable, flashlight, tape, pen, business cards, extra velcro ties, little can of Deoxit D5, tylenol, throat lozenges, cloth wrist wrap for sweaty gigs, mic clip, packages with used rounds and flats (5 string). Sometimes Morley volume pedal.

    -depending on gig/band, add a Yamaha PA head and pair of cabs, usually in the band trailer.

    If it's a double bass gig, usually bass w/pickup and/or mic, small amp, Morley volume pedal, small preamp, possibly preamp w/DI
  13. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    2 basses
    2x10 combo
    stands for both basses
    boom mic stand
    amp stand
    gig bag(big nylon gym bag) with extra strings, straps, cords, amp power cords, tuners, tools, flashlight, batteries and a ton of other useful stuff in it. Do a search for What's in your gigbag? if you want to know.
  14. SLiGhTLy_STooPiD

    SLiGhTLy_STooPiD Guest

    May 27, 2000
    Des Moines, IA
    -main bass
    -backup crap bass
    -a couple cables
    -head, 2x10 cab, 1x15 cab
    -backup 160w combo in car
  15. 2- x basses
    1- 15" combo
    many cords
    Bass POD
    1- set strings
    bag o tricks contains
    screwdrivers, allen wrenches, nail polish, black eye-liner, extra clothes, mailing list, set list, cheat sheet for chord progressions of any new songs, cd's bothe demo's and music to play between sets,tambourine, funk fingers, picks extra batteries ....I think that is it.
    2-guitar stands
    sometimes I bring a 6-pack of coconut, or champagne flavored soda pop. this depends on if I am "on the wagon" or not.
    Bar owners are surprisingly accepting of a musician that brings soda to a show.
  16. Carry In
    2 P-500 Monster Bass cables, 12'
    Stand (Hamilton, neck hanger)
    Rack: Amp, BBE 362NR, Power Conditioner
    Set List
    In the Trunk
    "The Everything Box"

    Inside the Kit:

    Complete change of Clothes w/Shoes, double wrapped in plastic.
    4 Clean White Hotel Towels
    Spectraflex 20' XLR Mic Cable
    Variety of Spectaflex and Pro-Co Patch cables.
    Extra guitar cable for "you know who", just in case.
    25' 12 gauge speaker cable with 1/4" jacks
    Extra 3' 12 gauge speaker cable w/ banana's.
    2 extra Monster Performance Bass cables, 12'
    18' XLR Female to 1/4
    18' XLR Male to 1/4
    Female XLR Impedence transformer to 1/4"
    Rapco A/B Splitter Box
    Wall Outlet tester
    Duct Tape: 1 Roll Grey, 1 Roll Black
    150' of Contractor Grade Twist Lock Extension Cord Male & Female 3 prong twist lock adapters.
    25' regular Industral Grade Ext. Cord
    Clamps for busting into Power Boxes
    8 gauge 3-way power splitter
    Isobar Tripp-Lite Surge Suppressor, 4 gang.
    4 D Cell Red Mag Light
    2 small pen lights.
    Extra 4 D batteries
    4 AA Batteries
    4 back-up Carbon 9v, for FBD
    2 back-up Energizers for bass
    jumper cables, and a slim jim ;)
    Full set of all sizes & types of drivers,
    Spare Fuses: Speaker, Amp, & inside back-up.
    Computer Repair Kit (from Radio Shack):
    -wire strippers
    -soldiering iron, soldier, flux, de-soldiering tape
    -Electrical Tape in a variety of colors
    -bunch of repair tools.

    *Can't remember what else I might have, but if I need it, it's there.... 99% of the time.
  17. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    combo backup
    2 cabs
    bass stand
    mic stand
    extension cord
    extra strings
    contact lenses
    spare shirt
    9volt btty

    and ... DRUMKEY
  18. You wouldn't be MacGyver by chance, would you?
  19. phogchris

    phogchris www.scarsoflife.com

    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    -back-up bass
    -rack with head and wireless
    -shiny box with extra cords, batteries, strings, and tuner
  20. Close. I was a Roadie.