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Live players: what is in your emergency live kit?

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We've all been there. We're in the middle of a gig, and something bad happens... thank God we had what we needed right there onsite in case that would occur!

So... what's in your "OH CRAP" bag?

Also, please state whether you are a guitar player or a guitar/singer if relevant.

Thanks!
 

Gandalf5150

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Gaffa tape (Duck tape?) Boss GT3. Usual tool kit, strings, pics, SM58, leads, strap, selection of fuses/fuse wire, other odds and sods I can't recall just now.
Singer/guitarist.
 

jo2012

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Strings, Screwdriver, 9V Batteries, AA Batteries (for wireless), extra Cables, Samson Mic, Picks, power Strip, extension cord
 

bob-i

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Having been burned and survived I don't worry too much anymore.

Extra wires, batteries, strings, a direct box for the occasional blown amp, and a leatherman tool.

The worst I ever survived. During a lightning storm, around 1980 i think, we took a break for safety to wait out the storm, the power in the bar spiked, blew the power transformers in my 1959 bassman and an ampeg SVT. All we had left was the PA, portable organ and Leslie. We plugged bass and guitar into the PA and finished the gig to a packed house. Turned out we were the only bar between Bayonne and jersey city with power so we were packed.

You can survive almost anything.
 

Oakley

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I have two Mesa Studio 22s. I used to take them both and use one as an extension speaker. That way, I also had a spare amp; which seemed like a good idea, since the Studio 22s were 20 years old.
 

Dirtybanjo

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i have a tool bag that i wake with me to jams and such that has stuff like cables, picks, strings, capo, tuner, wire cutters, cleaning cloth, slide, and batteries.
 

Stormin

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I carry a Boss GT-8 and a Crate Powerblock in a small bag. It's a complete rig that weighs nothing and can cover most situations if it has to.
 

JohnRosett

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Screw driver set, Allen wrench set, soldering iron and solder, batteries, spare cables, and a set of curved jaw vice grips in case I have trouble with the legs on my '51 Fender steel.
 

Gemari77

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Guitarist/Singer....

Entertainer's Secret Throat Spray, electrical tape, fuses, extra cables, an extra tuner, bag full of picks, a multi-tool with various screwdrivers and hex keys, extra packs of strings, extra capos, extra straps, DI box, a spare sm-57 and two bags full of 9volt and AA batteries (for acoustic guitar preamps and wireless).

I use a Mesa Mark V and don't carry a spare, but I use a POD HD 500 for effects only. In case of amp failure, I have a bank of amp models programmed in the POD HD to where I can plug straight into the P.A. and carry on the show if need be.
 

jcarpenter

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DI box and a tube mic preamp, Strings, 12ax7s, backup power tubes, batteries. One extra of every type of cable used for my system including extra long versions of each. Pliers, swiss army knife, jewler screwdivers, extra mic stand, extra capo, and a back-up mic. Since I use a pair of Bose L1 as our pa it's always backed up with an L1 compact. So if my amp goes I will use the my pedal board with tube preamp into the DI stright into the mixer.
 
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My whole live rig is based on simplicity and knowing things will go wrong at some point, it's a fact of playing out live, and compared to most people - well TGPers - I take very little with me I imagine.

Gigs I take a Mono double gig bag with Les Paul and SG.
Rehearsal/Jams I take a Suhr gig bag with Les Paul or SG.
*Note: At home I rotate my Les and Sg on odd/even days so I am equally comfortable on both necks and how they sit in my hands.
Both gig bags have two sets of spare strings in each.

I have a small soft camera case which goes in whatever bag I am using out, in this I have:
Picks.
2 x 9 volt battery.
Mini Maglite - you need a torch!
Swiss army Knife.
Truss rod wrench.
Plasters.
Super glue (sealed in a bag - If that tube breaks, big trouble).
Amp fuse.
Tuning fork A440 - If your tuner dies this will save you!

Pedalboard:
TC Polytune.
MXR/CAE Wah.
Suhr Riot.
Boss DD-3.
Pedals on batterys except DD-3 which runs on a Visual Sound 1-Spot.

If a pedal goes down I take it out of the chain asap between songs.

If my amp dies I use our singers amp, If our singers amp dies he goes without!, I get a great sound out of my amp and can get a good sound out of most anything else, just gotta work the hands better.

Oh and all this fits in my gig bags, great for Bus, Cab, Tube and Plane!
 

mannish

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a tech 21 blonde pedal thingy that sucks but if my amp goes out .....a flask of whiskey - fingernails - strings - tuner batteries - cialis
 

weshunter

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i have a Zoom G3 on my board for various non-essential effects and it does decent amp modeling. Never had to use it for that (knock on wood) but I've let another guitar player in the band use it and it sounded pretty good.
 

jrjones

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I play guitar and sing. My "oh crap box" has an iPad, an irig adaptor, extra strings, batteries and extra cables. I play places that have pa and bring my own mic so their house mic is my backup plan there. My rig goes direct right now so the irig will give me something toget by in the even of something getting fried. I carry two guitars always. One does both acoustic and electric at the same time, but if that one went out I could just use clean tone from the other and be fine.
 

DGTCrazy

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I carry a Taylor "Jump Bag" with a Mini Tool-kit, Batteries, Duct Tape, Fuses, Tubes, Carl Martin "Tone Bug" (to be able to go direct), Strings, extra iSpot, 1-mic cable, 1-guitar cable, 2-pedalboard cables, SM-58 (spare), picks, Impedance x-former,and $20.
 






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