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Great article on carrying backups at gigs

I've always harped on this. I don't get it when guys only bring 1 guitar or 1 amp to a gig. I've only seen it a handful of times, but in 2 cases the guy broke a string. So there he is, his band playing away, and he's putting a new string on. Ridiculous. Carry a backup guitar! It's not that hard. I always have 3-6 guitars with me, both to cover different sounds and tunings, but also to have a spare for everything. Anyhow, here's the article from Guitar World's online magazine. Very well written.

http://www.guitarworld.com/two-amps-four-guitars-stage-or-studio-guitarists-need-be-prepared-anything
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Re: Great article on carrying backups at gigs

7/17/2011 12:40 AM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

I always carry two guitars and two amps since I run stereo. If one fails, mono it is. If I break a string the backup guitar comes into play. I have carried three guitars but on rare occasions and depending on the gig.

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Re: Great article on carrying backups at gigs

7/17/2011 3:03 AM

Warren Hunt (5730) wrote:

Good article bro. I fully agree with it and you about taking backups. I used to take 2 amps and 3 guitars with me, using 1 as a backup and the other for alt tunings, mainly dropped. Extra cables and batteries etc.

Never trust club/venue gear to be 100% reliable.

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Re: Great article on carrying backups at gigs

7/17/2011 9:45 AM

Danny Danzi (2052) wrote:

I've read quite a few of these over the years yet they all seem to forget something super important all the time. They name the basic stuff that everyone should bring as back ups....extra guitars, strings, batteries, amps etc...but what about those of us who have rack processors?

Ever turn on your rack and all your presets you spent years on are gone? To me, one of the most important back ups to bring is a midi rig that can blow all your patches back in. That little 3 volt battery that keeps your patches in memory always seems to die at the worst time. Any of you ever think of that? Imagine turning your stuff on and you see the factory stuff only and all your work is gone!

I have two types of back up depending on the rig I use. For my big touring rig, I use an old Alesis Data Disk unit. All my rack presets are sent to it. If I have a problem, I press the send button and that rack is back to my specs. Most times, when your 3 volt battery dies, any patches you load back will stay there unless you power down. So you should be able to make it through a gig.

For my little rig, I use an Yamaha MDF2. Same as the Alesis, but smaller. This way I always have my patches with me. Most of you guys probably use amps and pedals, so maybe this isn't important to you...but my sound comes from my pre-amp so this is super important to me. I not only bring the mack up unit, but an extra disk as a back up to my back up. I bring a tool box that has just about anything you can think of for guitars in it.

You ust never know when you'll be faced with a failure...it's always good to be prepared, that's for sure. So if you use racks or anything that stores patches, you definitely want to get something that will back them up. Most times, that little battery will last anywhere from 7-10 years...sometimes longer, sometimes shorter...you just never know. I know how long I've spent creating my patches...I seriously think I'd kill myself if they were all lost without any back up considering all the time I've put into my tones. So keep this in mind. :)

-Danny

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Re: Great article on carrying backups at gigs

7/17/2011 3:59 PM

Warren Hunt (5730) wrote:

Danny you bring up a really good point. I have not used rack gear in probably 15 - 20 years, but can remember the hours and hours I spent programming my units. I never bothered to back them up and never thought about the loss of the patches. Big oversight looking back now.




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Re: Great article on carrying backups at gigs

7/19/2011 1:18 AM

Dan Klotz (395) wrote:

I agree, great article. I always carry 2 guitars, but I don't always have room for 2 amps. My other 'amp' is just a desktop Pod. I have had my amp go down, and I just ran my pedal board into the POD (set a for clean Fender type amp) That way, my tones stayed somewhat consistant and I don't have to lug around another amp.

..and I never leave gear in the car if I can help it. Sooner or later, someone will steal it. If I do have to leave gear in the car, I cover it up with a blanket. Hopefully it just looks like I have a messy car:-)...and no musician stickers on it either.

I also like what he said about being on time. Big pet peeve of mine.

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Re: Great article on carrying backups at gigs

7/21/2011 12:38 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Very good points, Danny. You just never know when the crap will hit the fan. ESPECIALLY with gear! And it's usually the minute you're about ready to start the gig!

I never used Rack Mount gear at a gig....Way too complicated for me. LOL Yeah, I have some rackmount gear here at home, but, it stays in the house.

Give me my basic pedalboard (2-3 pedals on it), a couple extra 9v batteries, and I'm good. HAHAHA

I was NEVER an electronics guy, I guess it scares me. That whole preset stuff, patches, buttons...I have no patience for that stuff. never did... But, I'm man enough to admit it! :) hehe

Chris