Murphy's Law: Gig Emergency Bag contents...?

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  1. bobbymack

    bobbymack Supporting Member

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    Here's what I bring...

    Crate Power Block -- used twice in about 8 years (old; is there a better / newer / smaller small box for amp in a pinch?)

    Variety of Fuses, Tubes, Cables, mic -- only blown a power tube once while gigging, couple of whistling preamp tubes

    Multi tool

    New Skin / crazy glue for split fingers; bandaids; Sudafed

    What am I missing?
     
  2. 27sauce

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    Strings, tape, nail clipper/file.
     
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  3. stevel

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    Not in the bag, but:

    Pro Jr.
    Full Drive 2 (less common when I had two modelling pedals that I could call up a drive on in a pinch).
    Backup Guitar (when I was playing regularly)

    In the Bag:

    9v Batteries
    Extra Instrument Cables
    Extra Mic Cables
    Extra Patch Cables
    Extra AC power cables (plus my 3 way and power strip, which aren't really backups)
    Extra Picks
    Extra Strings
    Side Cutters (Dykes)
    String Winder
    Various Screwdrivers (had to use one once as the pin for a speaker stand!)
    Gaffer's Tape (or Gorilla Tape, or Duct Tape, or Electrician's Tape over the years)
    Sharpie
    Sunglasses
    Emery Board (nail file) and Nail Clippers.

    When I used a Pedal Power, I carried extra patch cables for it and the AC cord above.

    For a while I carried a soldering iron and solder, though never used it, and probably wouldn't know how if I had to, plus usually involves catastrophic, unrecoverable failure that's unfixable at a gig.

    In the case:

    More Extra Strings
    More Extra Picks

    In the car:

    Extra change of clothes, jackets (when gigging regularly and travelling)
    Bug Spray/Mosquito Repellent
    Sunglasses
    Extra Picks

    I also carry my own Mics and Mic Stand, Guitar Amp Mic Stand, and Amp Stand in addition to my main Amp and Guitar and Pedalboard.

    I also always carry a pocket knife and multi-tool with me at all times and have used them many times at gigs.

    Then there's the keyboard rig...
     
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  4. Lephty

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    In addition to all of the above:

    Water bottle
    Extra cell phone charger (and iPad or tablet charger)
    Perhaps a tiny little stash if you're so inclined :bong
     
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  5. tonyhay

    tonyhay Silver Supporting Member

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    In addition to the above I always have a small flashlight. Comes in handy a lot, plugging in things on dark stages, etc.

    For a backup amp I have a EHX Caliber 22. I have used it only once since I got it, about 8 years ago.

    I don't actually bother taking spare tubes. If one blows, I know I'm not going to start troubleshooting at the gig.
     
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  6. beatnik

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    Afrin (so I could sing if I had s cold... came in handy a few times)
    Tylenol or Advil (no tylenol with alcohol it will kill your liver)
    Tubes tubes and more tubes
    Extra power cable
    Extra multi-outlet/extension cable
    Multi-tool
    Lozenges
    Some sort of snack (apple bar etc)
    Electrical tape (multi-color to label stuff)
    Ball point pens and sharpies

    I carried a gig back pack that went in everywhere and a gig gym bag that lived in my car.
     
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  7. bobbymack

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    Yeah, good stuff. I guess in my mind there are obvious things like picks, strings, cables, gaffer tape etc that you KNOW you are going to use, and may need a backup. I'm asking more about the stuff that's important to have for the occasional mid gig nightmare that can keep you going through a show that otherwise might crash and burn...troubleshooting type things. I have definitely replaced tubes, cables etc and plugged in the Crate between sets, relying on flashlights, Philips Head on the Multi, even repairing Speakon connections on a Speaker cable with knife and wire strippers...

    Put another way, what kind of equipment / other failures have forced you to go to Plan B, cancel or halfass a performance?
     
  8. beatnik

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    Yes flashlight!! I had two in my bag and 2 in the car (they were always being used).
     
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  9. lp_bruce

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    I keep a bag that has a Sansamp, a few extra cables, a multitool, a capo, and a couple of 9V batteries. I've only needed to dive into it a few times over the years but I was grateful when I did.

    Peace,
     
  10. Devnor

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    Rubbers
     
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  11. Floyd Eye

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    I have a small bag ( soft side laptop case actually) that has extra batteries, cables, mic, picks, mic clips, screwdrivers, pliers and a few other small things I am forgetting. That goes in with me. In the trailer I have pretty much a double of everything. Entire passive PA rig, spare bass rig, spare guitar rig, drum heads, mic stands, spare mixer, spare basses and guitars, etc..

    I only had to go to the trailer once. One of the wedges killed itself by spontaneous combustion.
     
  12. Darby Crash

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    Jumper cables
    Ham sandwich
    Valtrex
    Spare emergency bag
     
  13. Jon C

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    You can have problems short of blowing tubes that can be solved with a swap, so I carry spares -- for ex., I've had a tube start whistling, still working ... easy enough to swap in a new one and go on without having to dig into anything. :cool:
     
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  14. Jon C

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    The worst was the time the bass player wrote down the wrong time for the gig (a trio wedding gig) and showed up at 4:00 for a 1:30 gig, as we were (the drum & Guitar duo-in-waiting) trudging through the 2nd set. Unfortunately I can't fit a spare bass player in my duffel bag so this may happen again. :cool:

    I've been fairly lucky otherwise on technical glitches, have pulled out the PowerBlock once IIRC ...
     
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  15. mosesblues

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    Great lists here and fully captures mine. A few others to add to the cable box, playing 2/3 of my shows outdoors in favorable seasons.

    Thin pack of wet wipes for hands before playing if restroom is out of the question at that time.
    Advil
    Immodium - you'll never think you need it, until that one time you really really need it.
    Mosquito repellent
    Sheet plastic and duct tape
    LED flashlight
    Screwdriver/Phillips convertible tool
    Needle nose wire-cutter pliers
     
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  16. guitarjazz

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    Let me guess: you turn your Marshall cabinets around backwards....for your pleasure?
     
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  17. guitarjazz

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    I always have a 50 foot AC extension cable in my car. It's amazing the people that think amps can run off thin air.
     
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  18. Multicellular

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    Only thing Id add I didnt see in skimming

    Hand sanitizer
     
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  19. marktweedy

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    Good lists. Add a small, collapsible guitar stand.
     

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