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Well I was bored today and was thinking, most people have bags they take with them to gigs, either being a sepreate bag and a hard case or a gig bag with pockets. I was just wondering what everyone keeps in theirs, other than the essential bass, cords, etc. thought it would be an interesting thread....
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Nothing too original for me. My "bag" is anold briefcase of my dads. I had it for carrying albums with me to school. Remember albums. This is the only briefcase I've seen that could hold them, and it's not really big and has a nice padded handle.

 

Anyway, I carry the following:

 

Wireless transmiter/receiver

Tuner Pedal

Chorus Pedal

Patch Cords

Batteries

DI Box

Tape

Leatherman

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I picked up a heavy duty cloth "tool bag" from Sears on sale. The little pockets around the periphery of the inside are good for various pieces. This probably isn't everything, but I am the guy who likes to plan for all contingencies:

 

The stuff at hand included the current instrument cables, strap(s) du jour, and if needed, A/B box, compressor, effect boxes, gig notes.

 

Buried at the bottom and in the pockets, includes but not limited to:

 

  • extra instrument and speaker cables
     
  • compact flashlight
     
  • soldering iron, solder, small pieces of wire, electrical tape
     
  • extra mic and cable
     
  • extra mic clip
     
  • wristband for sweaty outdoor gigs (also cut-off sock piece for same reason
     
  • fingernail clipper
     
  • small zippered multi-tip screwdriver/nutdriver
     
  • Multitool "Leatherman style"
     
  • extra strings (even a pack of electric guitar strings, and I don't play guitar)
     
  • small aerosol contact cleaner
     
  • hex wrenches
     
  • pencil, pen, pad
     
  • throat lozenges
     
  • AC receptacle polarity/ground fault tester plug
     
  • picks (I don't use 'em, again for absent minded guitar players
     
  • preamp tubes for Kern (you'll never need them if you carry extras ;) )
     
  • business cards
     
  • ear plugs
     

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Well, I've got a couple of things I use.

 

First, the case itself:

  • cables, power cords, surge strip, receptacle polarity thingamajiggers (the little grey things that go from 3 prongs to 2 prongs)
  • my stompboxes (as needed)
  • tuners, connector bits, batteries, glass slides (yeah, slides)

Secondly, a box for other stuff:

  • wah pedal
  • so many picks no one will ever feel left out, even though I only use one pick, and I don't lose them
  • sheet music, lyrics I've written, etc...just a bunch of crap, really

There, that's pretty much it, I guess.

Well, I see greenboy is back, so why the heck not....
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Gear related gumpf:

 

Spare plugs boards

Spare speaker and instrument cables

Strings

Torch

Music stand

Electrical tape

I would include gaffa tape, but my last role got stolen at a gig, by the in house engineer!!!

 

Other random bits of fluff:

 

Towel (essential...I do not gig without my hand towel with the cars on it)

Paper and writing equipment

Metronome and my "projects" (currently an etude I have written and the prelude to Bach's Suite 1 in C major).

Two books (one non-music as well as Standing in the Shadows of Motown).

Free your mind and your ass will follow.
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2 extra cables

 

2 extra packs of strings

 

1 bottle New Skin (for callous/blister mishaps)

 

1 flashlight

 

1 tuner

 

2 packs fuses (EVERYONE forgets to take fuses to the gig, and if you blow one - well, Radio Shack usually closes at 6:00 or 9:00, and you're screwed)

 

DBX compressor

 

1 pack of 12 earplugs - DON'T leave home without them.

 

1 towel (to throw to the girls a'la Elvis ;) )

 

1 roll gaffer's tape

"I had to have something, and it wasn't there. I couldn't go down the street and buy it, so I built it."

 

Les Paul

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I've been working on a box to keep all my assorted stuff safe, it's still under construction, as I need to glue foam paddings to the inside surfaces of the box. Here's a picture of it:

 

http://www.helionprog.com/pics/3.jpg

 

It's an old military radio box, so it's built to last. The small compartment will be great for storing little things like fuses and batteries and so on. I also made a clamp for holding an instrument stand secured to the side of the box so it wont rattle. I'll post a new picture once the project is finished. The box cost 15? and the foam padding was around 5?, so 20? for a roadready transit case which can survive a medium scale tactical nuke-strike isn't that much I think :) .

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Originally posted by Bob Gollihur (bob@gollihur.com):

I picked up a heavy duty cloth "tool bag" from Sears on sale. The little pockets around the periphery of the inside are good for various pieces. This probably isn't everything, but I am the guy who likes to plan for all contingencies:

 

The stuff at hand included the current instrument cables, strap(s) du jour, and if needed, A/B box, compressor, effect boxes, gig notes.

 

Buried at the bottom and in the pockets, includes but not limited to:

 

  • soldering iron, solder, small pieces of wire, electrical tape
     
  • extra mic and cable
     
  • extra mic clip
     
  • wristband for sweaty outdoor gigs (also cut-off sock piece for same reason
     
  • fingernail clipper
     
  • small zippered multi-tip screwdriver/nutdriver
     
  • Multitool "Leatherman style"
     
  • extra strings (even a pack of electric guitar strings, and I don't play guitar)
     
  • small aerosol contact cleaner
     
  • hex wrenches
     
  • pencil, pen, pad
     
  • throat lozenges
     
  • AC receptacle polarity/ground fault tester plug
     
  • picks (I don't use 'em, again for absent minded guitar players
     
  • preamp tubes for Kern (you'll never need them if you carry extras ;) )
     
  • business cards
     
  • ear plugs
     

Jeez, Bob... can you start showing up to my gigs? Wait a minute, I can't get a gig lately. Nevermind. :D

I'm surprised you don't carry fuses. As mentioned by Jode, that's a good one.

I also carry Band-Aids, sports tape, and a garbage bag. Why a garbage bag? I'm not sure, but it makes me feel safe. Oh, and automotive light bulbs, which fit my Acme's crossover protection. I think Ampeg cabs have those as well.

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I just have a little travel bag with:

Batteries 9volt and AAA

3 20' instrument cables

2 10' instrument cables

3 2' patch cables

power chords + spare

spekrons + spare

DUCT TAPE DON'T LEAVE HOME WITH OUT IT!!

little flashligh

10' extention chord

2 power strips

30' mic cable

DI box

Digetech BP200

philips and slot screwdriver

allen wrenches

a 9mm glock for thoes dirty gigs, na, but that would be cool though

I didn't come here to play. I came here to make babies.
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k.i.s.s.

 

- Leatherman Wave

 

- Tuner

 

- Extra pair of strings

 

- an electric g***** high e-string (They are cheap replacement wires (1 buck) and work for grounding you bass to the bridge if the ground wire breaks or attaching pots to wires if they come loose. They are easy to tie, thin to fit through holes in some metal pieces, and are pretty sturdy.)

 

- Sunglasses / Lamp

 

- at least 5 clothes pins in case I need to read music and attach it to a stand

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When I first saw the title I was positive you were talking about this:

 

http://www.homestarrunner.com/whatsinthebag.html

 

But anyways, in my bag I always bring:

 

Strings

Little plyers and screwdriver

Extra cables

Tuner

Masking tape (unbelivably useful)

A black marker

A little towel

9v batery (active preamp)

My ID (Whats a gig without beer?)

 

I also used to bring a phone book to keep my amp level when one of my casters decided to spotaniously destroy itsdelf beyond reair, but I've taken care of that.

These words, are sledgehammers of truth.
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Well, I use an old military surplus 20 Cal. Ammo can and carry EVERYTHING I need. I have a tool kit to fix anything on a guitar or bass:

 

Wire cutters

Screw drivers

Allen wrenches

Case of 9V batteries

Extra power adapter for pedals

Extra instrument cables

Extra Power cables for amps

Extra speaker cable

Microphone and cables

Duct tape / electrical tape

Xacto knife

Picks, picks and more picks

Business cards

Wristbands

Bottles of water

Eyedrops for contacts (and I even bring an extra pair)

Extra pair of sunglasses

Pencils, pens, paper and highlighters

Extra strap

Spare strings

Band-aids

Drumsticks

Bridge pins for acoustic gigs

Tylenol / Benadryl / Sudafed

Nail clippers

Wire cutters

Axe Deoderant Body spray for the ladies after the gig

Hand towels

Trusty Swiss Army Knife

Leatherman

And a bottle of Jolt Cola for those REALLY late/early gigs.

\m/ Timothy Lyons
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I have a $6 Goodwill suitcase.

 

It's great 'coz one side has a flap with clips and the other side has elastic straps, plus it locks.

 

Anyway, in the case are

 

Korg Toneworks pre-amp/mullti effects unit

Chords (patch chords, instrument cable etc)

Power bar

Extension chord

Tuner

Picks

Duct Tape

Pliers

Multi- Screwdriver

Wire cutters

Strings

String winder

Pen

Cloth

String conditioner

Tape recorder

Batteries ( I don't like to plug in the Korg onstage, had a BAD experience... Find batteries more reliable new ones for each gig of course.)

Flashlight

Song books (lyric sheets, tab etc. set lists)

soft cloth

and the most important item......

 

EAR PLUGS

 

I also tend to keep some guitar stuff handy 'coz the guitarist has been negligent about putting together his own gig bag. And a DRUM KEY, 'coz the drummer never has his.

-{m}- What's these knobs for?

 

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Interesting, almost everyone has a different type of bag. I have a pedal-board case that is kind of like an attache, so I just jam anything that doesn't fit into my gig-bag or rackmount lids into that, so I don't need an extra bag. Now, if was some of you guys and carried that much stuff, it seems like I would also need an additional roadie. :)
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Why a garbage bag? I'm not sure, but it makes me feel safe.
A while back I scheduled some rec center time for a multi-band concert. At the end of the night the place was fithy from the people who came. the garbage bags I had were handed out to band members and we cleaned the place in about 10 minutes (there wasonly one trash can in the whole place). Otherwise we'd have either lost out security deposit and/or had to pay for another hour of time.
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Haven't we done this thread already, its a good threat though cos people change what they put in their bag all the time when something new breaks.

I have:

screwdriver

9v batteries

spare cable

grolsh rubber bottle bits for when your strap lock breaks

spare strap, don't say it'll never happen cos it has

duck tape, two rolls

sweat band to stop rubbing

Marker pen to write your name on new stuff

spare picks

spare t-shirt cos it gets really sweaty

and in my second case spare bass.

I used to know a guy that carried a soldering iron around with him with some solder, thats a bit much.

nic

"i must've wrote 30 songs the first weekend i met my true love ... then she died and i got stuck with this b****" - Father of the Pride
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Originally posted by matt C:

Why a garbage bag? I'm not sure, but it makes me feel safe.
A while back I scheduled some rec center time for a multi-band concert. At the end of the night the place was fithy from the people who came. the garbage bags I had were handed out to band members and we cleaned the place in about 10 minutes (there wasonly one trash can in the whole place). Otherwise we'd have either lost out security deposit and/or had to pay for another hour of time.
You see, I KNEW there was a reason!
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Parametric EQ...note to self...buy a whole other pedal board for bass effects...

 

Anyway...power strips, earplugs, spare cables, strings, extension cord, statue of Floyd Pepper (The greatest bass player of all time) tuner, polish/cloth, and picks...lots of picks...

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I bought an American Tourister flight bag (airline carry-one bag) which is made of very tuff nylon reinforced canvas has has little zippered pockets, boh inside and out, and a big center compartment.

 

In there I can carry:

folding guitar stands (3 of 'em)

small pedal board with two Digitech FS300's for controlling my looper functions

extra 9v batteries (I buy the big mega pack at costco, and always keep one box in the bag!

Set of various sized screwdrivers and Allen wrenches

A spare DI (sometimes two; Fishman Platinum Pro Bass and Baggs ParaAcocoustic DI)

Backup preamp (Raven Labs PMB1)

extra strap

back up cables (all Monster Cable:21 ft, 12 ft, 1m, 3m, and 6" patch cables..quite a few of them to replace any cable which might go out...this has yet to happen to me, but I have saved other folks butts by having backups!)

spare fuses

MIDI thru box

spare speaker cable (ya never know...)

a little MidiMan line Mixer (it has come in handy)

cable ties

Leatherman tool

two flashlights

duct tape

tuner and a backup tuner

headphones

strings

ground lifts

extra surge protector/power strip (isobar)

 

In another briefcase I carry

business cards

a few copies of my CD

whatever charts (if any) are required for the gig

pens (sharpies, pencils, ballpoints)

blank paper

staff paper (have you ever needed to make a chart out on the gig?)

...a a credit card who's only use is for emergencies (hmmmm... does a GAS attack count?)

 

Max

...it's not the arrow, it's the Indian.
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I carry a crate. It's black and square... does that count... sure, it serves the same purpose as a bag...

 

I carry: (in no particular order)

 

3 Instrument cables

mic

mic cable

4 track recorder

headphones

Metronome

tuner

cloth

duct tape

ear plugs

batteries

and anything else assorted that I might need for a gig

www.geocities.com/nk_bass/enter.html

 

Still working on it...

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