Something every guitarist arguably "needs" in their arsenal?

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  1. Jupiter Tarts

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    This is purely conjecture but a few friends and I had a fun conversation about what every guitarist will ultimately "need" once you've got a functioning amp, guitar, and cables.

    The obvious ones were of course a tuners and picks but another friend proposed that any gigging guitarist MUST have strap locks for the ease of taking the strap on and off for shows and to not have the strap slip embarrassingly while on stage.

    Me, I pushed the belief that every guitarist "must" have some iteration of a strat in their arsenal somewhere, particularly if you do covers. The sound is so ubiquitous that at some point you'll need that strat sound, and it'll be a job that only position 2 or 4 can do for you.

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    Feel free to tell me my idea is baloney or propose your own "necessary" must haves and make a case for it
     
  2. JPF

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    I agree with your buddy on strap locks... I also keep a cheap but good Strat copy for the afore mentions tones, but this is what i think i need so i would have said strap locks.
     
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    ...and eyes.

    And they need to use them. Remarkable how many don't.
     
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    There are no "musts" other than the guitar itself and a cable. Plenty of players have gotten by without Strats, strap locks, picks, tuners, pedals, etc.
     
  7. Aoresteen

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    Every gigging guitarist should have one of these in his kit:

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    This will tell you if the AC electrical system is working fine at the venue that you are playing. If not, do not play! Many older bars etc do not have proper grounding. Check the AC BEFORE you plug in! Shown is one for 110V. There are versions for 220v.

    These cost about $5 at Lowe's, Home Depot, ect in the States. Get one and toss it into your gear bag. It may save your equipment or even your life.
     
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    extras.. extra cables, extra amp, extra tubes. never know what is going to break and when. Also carry an extension cord if you are going to play anywhere, the outlets might be anywhere.

    I agree on the strap locks. They are on everyone of my guitars.
     
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    Nickstrtcstr Lactose Intolerant Guitar Slinger

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    A power strip with a breaker. I plug all my gear into strips first and then the wall outlet.
     
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    I forgot that! I do that too. :p
     
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    if you use active pickups either an extra battery or backup guitar


    my bottom line is just being familar with your gear. its great to have brand new everything that you are unboxing on the way to the venue but i would rather have stuff i have used for a while so i really know how to get the best sound for each room and can more easily troubleshoot issues.
     
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    A power strip with a breaker will NOT protect you from a bad ground or miswired socket! It will protect you from overloads or surges. But you still can get shocked thru a power strip if the house wiring is bad.
     
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    This. I need to get back in the routine of having extra strings in my cases. I never break strings, but I've started bringing an extra guitar just in case, which is ridiculous. I can afford strings, so I have no excuse.
     
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    Even though I never break them, I always carry a extra set of strings!
     
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    If we're talking for giggin, this stuff is mandatory:

    Small Toolset (Screwdriver with various bits, small ratchet, etc)
    LED Flashlight
    Black Electrical Tape
    Duct Tape
    Cable Ties
    ISO Surge Protector
    Batteries
    Extra Cable (Guitar, Patch, Mic, Insert, etc)
    Small Pocket Knife or Scissors
    Paper Pad and Pen/Pencil
    Cable Tester
    Outlet Grounding Tester
     
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    How about good songwriting skills?
     
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    two of everything and this

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    The outlet tester is pretty key in my book, but mainly for the guy who plays outside of home.
    Bad wiring will kill that great amp!
     
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    Yes to all the above, and add Strings, End cutters (Dykes), a ground lift, a peg winder. You GOTTA have a small toolset and a flashlight, an extra cord or two. I ALWAYS bring a second guitar,period. Even if I never once grab it, I bring it - just in case. I haven't broken a string onstage in years, mostly 'cuz I always change 'em before gigs.

    I've got an extension cord in the car too, and a few tubes in the glove box.

    Thanks, Dana O.
     

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