Do you always bring a back up guitar when playing live? (poll)

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by hippieboy, Mar 3, 2020.

Back up guitar?

  1. Yes

    358 vote(s)
    67.7%
  2. No

    171 vote(s)
    32.3%
  1. jrjones

    jrjones Member

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    Depends. Am I playing a gig where I can’t get by missing a string? Yes. If it doesn’t matter I won’t. If I’m playing acoustic and have a huge band behind me I won’t. If I’m in a three man rock trio and playing my guitar with a floating bridge you bet your ass I will have a backup.
     
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  2. RLD

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    I float my SSS Strats, so, yeah...you need a backup for string breakage.
    My backup happens to have noiseless SSS, so if the club wiring noise is unbearable, I use that one.
     
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  3. m@2

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    In my busiest gigging years (1993-1998) I didn't even HAVE more than one guitar lol. I had one guitar, one amp, two pedals (tuner and a Rat) and that was it. Ignorance is bliss, I never worried about it!

    When I got older, I brought extra guitar, amp and pedals.
     
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  4. Bassopotamus

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    I bring two different Basses to most gigs (4&6 string) and sometimes I do have to use one as a backup
     
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  5. BlueRiff

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    2 is 1, 3 is 2, etc.. yes always be prepared.
     
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  6. bobcs71

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    Not always

    It depends on the gig size & pay.
     
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  7. danfalck

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    No- because I'm play a Telecaster and I use NYXL strings. I always bring a spare amp though.
     
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  8. Chicago Slim

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    I always bring a backup guitar and amp. I've had more tubes fail, than I've had strings break.
     
  9. DrumBob

    DrumBob Gold Supporting Member

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    Always. Two weeks ago, I was playing my new Danelectro 64XT for the first time on a gig and in the middle of the second set, I lost my signal completely. I haven't fixed it yet, but I'm sure it's something minor, like a loose wire, or a bad jack. I had another guitar to pick up immediately. Imagine if I'd not had a spare. I would have borrowed the other guitarist's spare, but I really don't want to impose on him like that. You never know what could go wrong on a gig. Be prepared.
     
  10. rowdyyates

    rowdyyates Supporting Member

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    Never. Maybe one day I’ll need one, but I’ve been gigging for 54 years and haven’t yet.
     
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  12. TwoHandsTenThumbs

    TwoHandsTenThumbs Silver Supporting Member

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    I’ve been regularly gigging for over 30 yrs. I never bring a backup. I sometimes bring a second instrument - like an acoustic for a mixed acoustic / electric gig - but that’s it.

    Knock on wood, I’ve never needed one.
     
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  13. jbird

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    Only one...Eight - ten original song set, maybe 30 minutes...Fresh NYXL's...
     
  14. lostpoet2

    lostpoet2 Supporting Member

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    I voted “no,” but 80-85% of the time, I do bring a backup.
     
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  15. Alter

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    In thousands of gigs I've never needed a backup. But I do use good gear that I know thoroughly and is dependable, keep it in good condition, and install locking tuners in my electrics.

    If I bring extra guitars it's because the music needs them. I was never big on carrying stuff I guess.
     
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  16. bettset

    bettset Member

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    depends. 2 yes, sometimes a third. 2 really is enough to cover what i want for the tunes :munch
     
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  17. jamester

    jamester Silver Supporting Member

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    Gigging since the 90's, have never brought a backup guitar or amp, and have never needed one.

    I just jinxed myself...
     
  18. myersbw

    myersbw Member

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    Never unless doing acoustic and electric...but no backup. Then again...i only play in church. The other deterrent is I play a PRS Sunburst 22 with 5708's. Fits me so well, I'd want another just like it or be disappointed. And, I certainly can't afford a second! Now, for a "second amp" I tag along a Boss GT-100. :)
     
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  19. 55hz

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    Where’s the “sometimes” choice?
     
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  20. Roe

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    yes, but the fryette power station is practical, since it works as an amp two in case the first amp breaks down
     
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