Must-haves for gigging guitarist?

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  1. hairychris

    hairychris Hairy Old Bloke

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    ^ A very good list

    Earplugs are a must. I have permanent hearing loss & tinnitus. Don't be me.

    Having a pedal board, like you do, is a lifesaver. I am used to 15 minute change-overs at gigs so it may be worth practising breaking down & setting up against the clock. The quicker you can do it the more comfortable you can be in any situation, even if you get longer to do this. Make sure that you get as prepared as you can be backstage before this change (open board, locate cables, etc).

    Another thing that I will recommend is that you pack down your rig fully immediately after finishing your set. The last thing you want to do is spend a bunch of time socialising and then have to go back to a mess of cables. I find it a great, Zen, way of winding down after a set, and that I can go and grab a beer knowing that my work is done for the night!

    You might well know this already, but you need to be serious if the new band is. :)

    Good luck, OP!
     
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    Start buying strings in bulk, same with earplugs, get a gigbag and organize it well, maintain an ongoing knowledge of its current inventory, basic maintenance tools, first aid kid, bottled water, aspirin or ibuprofen, some granola bars, extra cables, plugs, power strips. That's the bulk of it, but I actually have a backup pickup for each of my guitars ready to load in case of emergency. I've never had to use one on the spot, but they are there just in case. Guitar Fetish (GFS) has them reasonably inexpensive and they're actually pretty nice too, definitely worth the expense for the context.
     
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    Don't forget to bring the checklist lol.
     
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    On top of what Vrollin's saying - before you even leave the house, take pictures of every piece of gear AND THEIR SERIAL NUMBERS and store them somewhere safe. In case of that worst case scenario, you want to have that information. Photograph any identifying marks or whatever.
     
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    All great advice. Thanks so much guys, really appreciate this.
     
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    Spare of anything you can think of!

    Strings break
    picks get lost
    batteries die
    cables go out, yes even the super expensive ones.
    Also write down what settings are for what song so if you ever forget for some reason.


    Also a credit card of some sort to be honest with you.


    Why the credit card? For when all immortal hell breaks loose and you run out of gas or worst comes to worst the car/van breaks down or gets stolen.

    Or you have to get something for your rig the day of the gig and are out of town.
     
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    hairychris Hairy Old Bloke

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    Playing a gig on bass tonight, so have gig bag beside me at work:

    Earplugs, picks, FastFret, 3 cables, DI Box, setlist/notes, headstock tuner, t shirt, a couple of other bits & pieces)

    I'm going straight to the venue. My amp, cab & pedal board are getting transported separately but I can do the gig with only the contents of gig bag in an emergency! All I need is a spare battery which I'll pick up on the way.
     
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    OH! One more vital tool. Pepto-Bismol. Or Immodium. Or whatever your preferred anti-diarrhea meds are. The last place you want to get the runs is on stage.
     
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    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    I'll add to the list

    -Some sort of headwear. You never know if some small stage won't have a ****** light straight into your face (talking from experience)

    Most other stuff has already been covered.
     
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    My band played a huge gig last weekend, and I learned having a spare amp is pretty much necessary. The other guitar player's amp took a shit in the middle of our set. Luckily one of the other bands had a spare head for us to borrow.

    I keep extra picks close by to grab incase I drop one, and have an extra guitar next to my amp.

    I'm using an axe FX, I have a 2 x12 cab plugged into it, but I DI also, so if the amp powering the cab fails it's still DI'ed and the sound guy can turn it up as needed.
     

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