Hosting a Jam question

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  1. wbm68

    wbm68 Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    Hopefully I am in the correct forum category here.

    When I go to a jam I bring a guitar, tuner, cables and a pedal or two expecting there really only to be an amp.

    When I host a (rock) jam, I frequently see people showing up without guitar cables, without tuners, without any kind of pedals and sometimes without even a guitar and surprisingly many times without guitar picks.
    I usually provide a Deluxe Reverb, a TubeScreamer and a cable to and from the TubeScreamer for the guest guitar players.

    My question is, what really should be provided, or expected from a host to be provided in regards of gear?

    As much as I try to provide a welcoming and easy going atmosphere, I'd be tempted one day to just put the amp and one guitar cable there without an OD pedal and see what happens. Maybe everybody would then just play clean all night.
  2. mixwiz

    mixwiz Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Ran one for a long time. I provided amp and cable. If someone got up who was out of tune, I'd send em back one spot, tell em to borrow a tuner and give em the next spot. Didn't have to do it very often as everyone caught on.
  3. GCDEF

    GCDEF Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2005
    The few that I've been to have provided amp and cable, but you're free to use your own amp and pedals if you want. I'm kind of surprised they don't provide a tuner. If I were running one I would.
  4. Axis29

    Axis29 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2007
    La Quinta, CA
    I run one or two a month. I bring two amps, four cables and sometimes a dirt pedal or two. I use pegheqd tuners... If I loan them out, they disappear. So, I never offer them up any more. I'm tired of buying them for other people.

    If someone's out of tune, they will probably get heckled, certainly given grief about it when they get off stage... But, for the most part, we all know each other.

    I try to get folks to use my amps, but there are two or three folks who have to use their own. I let 'em... Because they all use small, lower wattage amps. Somebody shows up with a Twin or stack... Probably not gonna get to set it up.
  5. Yer Blues

    Yer Blues Member

    May 26, 2013
    I've been to jams where hosts provided everything (included house guitar or let you use on of their guitars because they know you) and ones where nothing was provided (you had to bring your own amp).

    One thing about providing amps, you can keep the volume in check. Like Axis said... last thing you want is a guy showing up with a stack.
  6. picnic

    picnic Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2005
    Jersey Shore or Ft Lauderdale
    I've run a pretty big jam for 10 years in NJ. 40-50 players, songlist is set in advance and you sign up online. Friends come in from Buffalo to Atlanta for this each year.
    I own the venue, big picnic grounds so the jam is under an 50x120ft open air pavilion. My friends and I team up to provide PA, drums, keys. Players bring their own amps (1x12's, 30 watts max appreciated) and their own guitars and boards.

    this vid is from an early jam, before they got big. Amp line looks like the used wall at GC. we all bring out our toys. drummers were from, MD and CT, guitar players from NJ, ?, MD (Geno) and NY (IPLAYLOUD on tele) One shot at the song, no practice and some of the results were pretty amazing over the years
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2015
  7. Stu Cats

    Stu Cats Member

    Sep 30, 2009
    Jiangsu, China
    The most important rule is no harmonicas.
  8. standard24

    standard24 Member

    Jan 14, 2013
    San Antonio, Texas
  9. FlyingVBlues

    FlyingVBlues Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2002
    Virginia & Cortona Italia
    I co-ran a small weekly blues jam held at a restaurant for a year. I provided 2 Silverface Princeton Reverb’s and cables, and we didn’t allow anyone to bring their own amp due to space constraints. Guitarists and bassists had to bring their own instrument and pedals, drummers their own sticks. I initially provided tuners, but after several disappeared I stopped doing that. We also provided the PA, drums, an Ampeg B-15 Portaflex bass amp and a Korg keyboard.
  10. GuitarGuy66

    GuitarGuy66 Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    I always brought a small amp or two, a DI and guitar cords for them

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