Using a rug on stage?

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  1. CyberFerret

    CyberFerret Member

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    Part of a discussion on another guitar oriented forum, but I thought I would ask here as well.

    I've seen many live shows where the singer/guitarist stands on a thick rug. I was wondering if there was a real world practical application for this, or is it purely aesthetic?

    Specifically, my questions are:

    * Do they make it easier to see a dropped pick, and cushion them from bouncing into an unknown corner of the stage?
    * Do they reduce the chance of mic shock from improperly wired rigs, due to the fact that the carpet can act as a ground insulator for your body?
    * Do they prevent your pedalboard from slipping around a smooth stage floor?
    * Do they absorb some of the sound from your amps behind you and prevent floor reflections from blasting your ears?

    This being TGP and all, feel free to discuss the materials, colours, weaving techniques and cost & rarity of the carpet as well... :D
     
  2. mcgruff

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    If you apply a good squirt of Ultra Hold Walker toupee glue there should be no danger of dropping your hairpiece on stage and then stepping on it.
     
  3. jetydosa

    jetydosa Silver Supporting Member

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    I use one. Both for comfort while standing and sound absorption. Mine is maybe 7x7.
     
  4. jonnytexas

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    If you are a hippie and like play with your shoes off, it is more comfortable and sanitary to stand on than the floor.
     
  5. Srvwannab

    Srvwannab Silver Supporting Member

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    I thought this was going to be a toupee thread. :)
     
  6. Flyin' Brian

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    Some of the stages I've played on are so filthy that the thought of putting a rug on them, then rolling it up so that the bottom is in contact with the top and transporting it in my car to be used repeatedly is abhorrent.
     
  7. omfg51

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    John Mayer uses one, very nice looking.

    I always wondered what it was really for though...

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  8. jonnytexas

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    You can run all your cables underneath for a neater stage
     
  9. swiveltung

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    I use a foam pad. 4 hours on the feet kills me. But many seem to use an oriental style rug, maybe there's a pad under...?
    Clapton uses (used?) one. I have an old oriental rug that is arc shaped with the inside of the arc perfect for a mic stand base. Don't take it any more though....
     
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    In my experience I want one or ergo padding on the floor for comfort for the lower back. I can't stand In the same place for to long without getting an achy back. And I'm short and not overweight. Walking around all day is not an issue but standing in the same place for 15 minutes is.
     
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    Defines my real estate on the stage- helpful for lighting
    Comfort zone.
    Hides cables if needed.
    Manages reflective surfaces

    Also brings class to an otherwise grungy stage surface.

    Keeps pics from falling through outdoor decking
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  12. Elduderino73

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    Only use a rug if it really helps tie the stage together.
     
  13. Doctor Morbius

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    Maybe the guitarist wanted a rug on stage, but was too cheap toupee? :idea


    :facepalm
     
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  16. cap47

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    I use my carpet for a quick get away if the audience gets rowdy!
     
  17. bob-i

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    I like the way it prevents sound reflections but most of all it's easier on the feet.
     
  18. monty

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    For me, stuff doesn't move around with a rug plus if I get a little nervous it makes me feel comfortable for whatever reason.
     
  19. guitarguru997

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    Always thought it was a source of comfort for players. No matter what stage you're on or where you're at, it's the same rug.
     
  20. Craig Gates

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    Every time I see a rug on stage - and it always seems to be a similar type rug - it makes me think of this image:

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    ...not to say that's a BAD thing... :beer
     

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