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    Last night I had my first full-on gig in about 8 weeks. I've played a couple of other shows where I used a house PA, but this was the first one where I had to haul all my stuff out. It always makes me a bit nervous when I haven't played in a while - usually about forgetting something or some of my equipment not working.

    All day long yesterday I kept thinking to myself "maybe you should take two guitars to tonight's gig."  I rarely take a backup guitar to a gig. The only time I typically do is if I've had some kind of work done on my guitar and want the other there just in case. Anyway, I had just played a small house PA gig the night before, and my guitar was fine. I only went with one.

    I get everything set up and start getting my sound dialed in before I start. Things sound good. Then, all of a sudden, it sounds like I've switched on some type of distortion pedal. I was getting a dirty blues-type distortion on my acoustic? I know my preamp will distort when the battery gets low, so I bypass that going straight to the board - still there. The guitar is howling with feedback through the monitor. I'm starting to panic - I'm supposed to start playing right about now. I try a different channel - still happening. I tweak knobs, volumes, etc. Still happening. Right about now I start thinking. . ."Why didn't you listen to that little voice? It tried to tell you to bring a backup."

    Finally I grabbed a different guitar cable and went straight into the board. Clean sound, so I didn't temp fate and just went with it. Wound up starting about 10 minutes late, and I'm pouring sweat from panic.

    I guess it was ultimately the cable, but I'm not sure it wasn't something inside the guitar that corrected itself? It's a very nice EWI cable and only a few months old. I'd be hard pressed to think it went bad. If I'd have had more time and another guitar, I could have possibly pinpointed what was wrong. I guess I'll break out the PA later on and do some experiments to see what's up.

    The gig turned out awesome. One of the best night's I've ever had in that venue!



  • #2

    redundant systems are necessary for exactly that reason...I wouldn't ever go to a paying gig without back-up for everything [except the PA and vocalizer] guitar/cables/mic/tuner...why risk it for one more trip to the car?


    The voices in my head lie all the time so I don't listen to them anymore...

    "We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties due to reality fluctuations. The elves are working tirelessly to patch the correct version of reality. Activities here have been temporarily disabled since the fundamentals of mathematics, physics and reason may be incomprehensible during this indeterminate period of instability. Normal service will be restored once we are certain as to what 'normal' is."

    Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally used up and worn out, shouting '...man, what a ride!'
    "The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively" ~Bob Marley


    • Potts
      Potts commented
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      LOL... bring one guitar. I noticed last night that I don't even have a back-up mic cable. That would suck.

  • #3
    good story good reminders for all of us I bring spare stuff but I don't haul it in every time, I leave it in the car
    ....lots of pedals and related stuff spring '17