Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by rhythmrocker, Jul 16, 2008.
Enter yes or no and, if you want, leave a reply - what do you use?
I don't bring an amp, I bring a Sans-amp pedal that can emulate an amp. So I guess (mostly) no.
However when I'm not doing local gigs I usually take an old line six spider 112 with me to practice in my hotel room that could easily jump in for a night if it came up.
Yes, Pearce G2r.
I only started doing it recently after the ht amp fuse blew on my Egnater due to sketchy power at the venue.
I went from Egnater to borrowed Crate (didn't sound too bad with a Lovepedal 200 lbs of tone in front of it)!
I take either my Classic 30, or Cube 60.
One thing that has crossed my mind, especially with amps that don't have reverb that I still love but want a little....use the backup amp as the reverb amp (stereo) as well. When there is enough room at least, it still can be a backup amp but also can be used...since you have to haul it there anyway, why not use it to make a bigger sound?
Good point SBB!
Tech 21 Sansamp. Now it's the Ethos od.
I'm thinking of bringing my PODxt soon.
Crate Powerblock !
On tour I take a Blue Angel head as spare.
I always bring a spare. I just grab an extra one off the pile...
I don't gig anymore but when I did I never used a backup, I couldn't afford one. I carried spare fuses and tubes but never had to use them.
As backups, I bring a Tweed Deluxe and an Alessandro English head.
I've had amps go south on me about 5 times in the last 10 years or so, so I always like to be prepared. And having the Deluxe along makes it easy if I want someone to sit in with us, so there's an "extra" amp ready-to-go...
When I was gigging regularly, I would use a two amp setup when space would allow it. First and foremost, I would do it for some versatility in tone. But I always knew if one amp went down, I could easily get by with the other and not even skip a beat. Now if there was some kind of electrical problem that blew up both amps, I guess I would've been screwed.
I used to keep an Orange 'Tiny Terror' on hand for backup at shows, but now the other guitarist in my band is running an A/B set up, there's always one amp that i can swipe in case of emergency.
modeller as backup
I bought the Ethos overdrive specifically for this purpose.
My friend convinced me to try the Ethos, his statement/question to me was, "Your going to carry two amps to every gig?" I thought it for about 2 seconds and realized this was never going to happen as I don't even like to carry 1. So far it has been a great decision as the Ethos is far better then any cheap backup amp you could buy.
If you're getting paid, working without a backup is unprofessional. There's no satisfactory explanation for being unable to play because your amp went out.
While far from satisfactory in and of itself, the Power Block will at least allow you to finish the set and hopefully get your main amp up and running during the break.
I thought of adding that point when I wrote about using backup as effects amp (stereo), but to my way of thinking...
If there is a problem with the mains that blows up an amp, I'm not plugging the backup in to blow up my second amp, they have serious (and potentially fatal) problems with their mains....it's acoustic night, sans microphone after that.
I gig with vintage Fender amps. I used to bring a '65 Deluxe Reverb RI that has been converted into a head as a backup. After years of never having to use it I got tired of lugging around the extra gear. I now have a tiny pedalboard with a Boss FDR-1 Deluxe Reverb pedal, a Palmer PDI-09 and a DC Brick power supply. I've never had an amp fail at a gig, but the FDR-1 pedal into the Palmer is a workable solution if it happens.