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What lives in your gig bag?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Lucky Strike, Mar 13, 2013.


  1. Besides my bass, strap, tuner and cable I like to keep gum and a book. It's nice to have fresh breath at a gig, as well as something to pass the time in the event that I'm sitting around waiting during sound check...

    Anything 'extra' that you like to take along in your gig bag?
     
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Just a bass. But a carry a separate gear box with more crap in it than I will ever need. I even carry extra guitar strings and picks and I don't use them. It weighs about 50 pounds.
     
  3. Strings, string winder and wire cutters. That's pretty much it if I'm in town.

    Fly dates? Laptop, iPod, headphones usually.
     
  4. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Pennsylvania
    A family of possums...I call the big one "Bitey"
     
  5. RitchS

    RitchS Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2011
    Auburn California
    Mmm...possum pie!!
     
  6. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Two or more of everything I could ever need is outside in the trailer, so I usually just bring what I need inside. I have no gig bag, but an extra cable and some strings and what all reside in the compartment of my case.
     
  7. ccbass71

    ccbass71 Supporting Member

    Four cables, two straps, 2 sets of in ear monitors, tuner, pegwinder/ clippers, extra strings, ipad, tools, mints.
     
  8. I'm not exactly sure. There are mice in the practice space and I'm always expecting to find one of them when I go looking for that phillips head screwdriver or whatever.
     
  9. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
    Owner, Chopshopamps.com
    bacteria.



    you ever try to wash a gig bag?
     
  10. Jhengsman

    Jhengsman

    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    A rag, pencils. a couple of picks and a clip on tuner for back up
     
  11. My GK MB200, 2 guitar cords and a tuner.
     
  12. halfjackson

    halfjackson

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Extra strings, earplugs, usually an extra battery or two, something to right on and with, a few tools, Iburofen, and sometimes I find old set lists in there....
     
  13. I keep a tuner, extra set of strings, a speed winder, Alan wrench, small screw driver, cable, strap, picks, soft felt cloth, pen.

    I probably should add ear plugs and ibuprofen. I like that idea.
     
  14. quite a bit now that I think about it. I got tired of being on the gig and wishing I had something, and bringing a huge toolbox would just be an extra something in my hand:


    FEA Compressor + power adapter (I use it on every gig and most practices)
    3 Cables (between 12' - 20'): 2 for the pedal and a backup
    2 patch cables
    Tiny music notepad
    8 pack of Duracell 9V's that I got cheap the other day
    Nail clipper
    Ear plugs
    tiny case of picks
    hex wrench set
    trussrod adjuster
    String cutter
    StewMac action gauge and 12" radius gauge
    Batt-o-Meter
    Clip-on tuner for the quick fixes
    iphone Peterson adapter for the iStrobosoft app for precise tuning
    Multi head Screwdriver
    Sometimes a pack of strings
    A pencil once I don't forget it at the gig

    Wow didn't realise it was THAT much...used to have a Earwig headphone amp in there too but that stopped working recently. Did I mention the Sadowsky Portabag is awesome? :D
     
  15. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt

    Sep 20, 2000
    Nashville,TN
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    In my gig bag, two cables, a tuner, Comfort Strap and two basses (it's a double bag).
    In my Bagalini, a whole buncha crap....drum machine, another tuner, Ipod with charger, extra batteries, phone charger, usb cable, whatever book I'm reading. Jeez, it really is a purse!:eek:
     
  16. alembicguy

    alembicguy I operate the worlds largest heavey equipment Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Minnesota
    Partially eaten granola bar
    Pocket knife
    Somebody's car keys (not mine)
    Some beer caps
    Popsicle sticks
    Electrical tape
    Empty 40 cal bullet shells
    1 sock
     
  17. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    Tuner
    Flashlight
    Music stand light
    Adapter cords and plug adapters
    Guitar cord & strap
    Cleaning cloth for bass
    Batteries
    Spare power cord
    Spare speaker cord
    Set of strings
    Music, extra paper, pen
    Tool pouch (hex keys, screwdriver, ruler, needle-nose pliers)

    Seem like a lot, but it's really not.

    NOTE: The only thing I haven't needed or used at a gig is the extra strings.
     
  18. Some good ideas... I've heard of guys carrying stuff in case guitar players need extra strings, or a drum key since drummers are always needing them.
     
  19. punkjazzben

    punkjazzben

    Jun 26, 2008
    Australia
    Tuner
    Pocket knife
    Gaffer tape
    Patch leads
    Notepad
    Pen
    Screwdriver
    Allen keys
    Rag
    Lint-free rag
    Spare strap
    Spare new strings
    Spare old strings
    Spare instrument lead
    Spare speaker cord, plus 1/4" to Speakon adaptor
    Picks
    Preamp/DI box
    EQ pedal
    Spare power cord
    Spare XLR lead

    I also bring a backup bass with its own set of spare strings.

    So...basically everything, including the right gear to cover me if my amp blows or if I have to use a crappy amp belonging to someone else. If I think of anything else, I'll edit this post.

    :)
     
  20. still learning

    still learning

    May 6, 2011
    all of the above as well as xtra big clothes pegs to secure music to stand on windy outdoor gigs.oh and a power board.
     

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