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What's in your gig bag/tool box?

somedude

Member
Messages
7,603
The title pretty much says it all.

Myself...

Flashlight
Strings
Picks
Fuses
Tubes
Folding neck stand
String winder
Small diagonal cutters
Small needle nose pliers
Screwdrivers (flat and philips)
Spare 20ft cable
Spare 3ft patch cable
Spare tuner
Spare 9v
Spare AAA

I also bring a 50ft self coiling extension cord with a 3 plug adaptor on it.

I'm sure there's more, but it's all I can think of off the top of my head.
 

scottywompas

Member
Messages
1,589
My standard bag (which weighs a ton)
Cables (several of each kind I will need)
Strings (at least two packs)
Multi tool
flashlight
earplugs
truss rod wrench
floyd rose hex wrench
Roadie Wrench guitar multi tool
Two mics
extra mic stand clips
extra velcro cable ties
gum
cough drops
pen
paper
picks everywhere
wah pedal
chorus pedal
OD pedal
9v batteries
extansion chords
power strip

I think that's it.

By the way I wrote a post on my blog about cool gadgets for musicians. There are some really great tools out there for the gigging musician.
http://www.rockguitarlife.com/2009/01/20-gadgets-for-working-musicians.html

Scott
 

SyKrash

Member
Messages
877
Strings,
Tuner,
Cable winder/Clipper
Sharpie
Duct Tape
Cables
Picks
Extra george L connectors (For pedalboard)
Allen wrenches
Multi-tool wrench thing
$5 (Usually for water)
Power Strip
Batteries
Metronome
 

Teleman

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
1,868
MY traveling gig box includes the following:
Extra Strings
Picks
Slide
4 guitar cables
String winder
Multi-tool
2- Extra EL-84 power tubes
2 - Extra 12AX7 tubes
small flashlight
 

clarkram

Member
Messages
3,064
good lists guys,but I have to wonder about spare tubes/fuses.

Is anyone able to troubleshoot tube/fuse problems in a very hot tube amp while on stage? Hell, it takes at least 15 minutes for the amp to cool down enough to put your hands in there.

I carry a back up amp instead of tubes/fuses. it just makes more sense to me.
 

somedude

Member
Messages
7,603
good lists guys,but I have to wonder about spare tubes/fuses.

Is anyone able to troubleshoot tube/fuse problems in a very hot tube amp while on stage? Hell, it takes at least 15 minutes for the amp to cool down enough to put your hands in there.

I carry a back up amp instead of tubes/fuses. it just makes more sense to me.
I keep a spare fuse taped to the chassis beside the fuse well. If the amp goes down I power down the amp and replace that fuse and power it up. With any luck it was just a temporary short and the amp'll keep going.

If that fails, I grab a rag and pull all the power tubes and replace the fuse again. No trouble shooting, just replace them all. I figure that all of this is faster than going to my car for a second head, and to date there hasn't been a problem that this method hasn't fixed.

I think that if the shows were bigger than what I do I'd have a backup head sitting on top of the main head ready to go, but for the stuff I do I don't really feel the need/obligation.
 

ReddRanger

Member
Messages
3,071
The title pretty much says it all.

Myself...

Flashlight
Strings
Picks
Fuses
Tubes
Folding neck stand
String winder
Small diagonal cutters
Small needle nose pliers
Screwdrivers (flat and philips)
Spare 20ft cable
Spare 3ft patch cable
Spare tuner
Spare 9v
Spare AAA

I also bring a 50ft self coiling extension cord with a 3 plug adaptor on it.

I'm sure there's more, but it's all I can think of off the top of my head.
Mine is basically the same.

In addition, I keep a Zip Loc bag with: a couple of Immoduim AD pills, ear plugs, Advil, band aids, finger nail clippers, etc.... Those items have all proved extremely useful at one time or another. :)
 

franksguitar

Member
Messages
3,683
Tools (multi-wrench, mini jewelers screwdriver set, small soldering gun & solder, multi allen guitool)
Spare 9V batteries
Spare Boss 120 adapter (new in box), + (2) 120 adapters
Spare string sets
Rapid winder, needlenose pilers, cutter
guitar cables (3 + effect loop cable)
extension cord & multiplug
flashlight
roll of duct tape
spare fuses
mini pedalboard w 3 pedals
sm 57 w cable
fold up Fender mini guitar stand

Carry a Crate Powerblock separate as emergency backup head.
 

prsflame

Member
Messages
3,006
Rosin
2) Mutes
2) extra fine tuners
1) shoulder rest
1) chin pad
2) Bows
Crazy glue
Strings
1) Spare bridge
Pencil, pencil sharpener, and a notebook
 

big mike

Cathode biased
Platinum Supporting Member
Messages
13,082
4 line cords
2 power cords
2 speaker cords
2 short patch cords
wireless unit
Crate Powerblock
HBE Powerscreamer pedal
4 sets strings and assorted singles
batteries 9v and AAA
8 or 10 V picks
Extra straps with and without locks
pair 6v6, EL34, 12AX7 and Rectifer tube. (This covers each of my 2 main gig amps)
pen
small assortment of screwdrivers

This will cover anything that could go down in a worse case.
Since we mainly concentrate on single set original gigs right now, I don't carry fuses. It'll take too much time to sus out any issues, so the powerblock can be thrown up there much faster. Same with the spare OD pedal. If my pedalboard fails, the Powerscreamer is a good OD with a boost.

On bigger or more important gigs, I'll take 2 tube heads.
And I always have a spare guitar.
 




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