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The Bass Shack – Gilligan’s Island Gig Essentials

The Bass Shack with Eric Parsons

The Bass Shack – Gilligan’s Island Gig Essentials

This month I thought it would be fun to talk about those extra items that I try to bring to every gig, particularly those gigs that are in remote locations where you can’t readily run back home, or to a department store or even a 7 Eleven.  Now, to be clear, I’m not talking about your bass, your amp, pedals, or cables.  Those things are all no-brainers.  I’m talking about those all-important accessories that can save you when things don’t go according to plan.  The list is adjusted over time with each new experience. Once, when playing outdoors in spring, I couldn’t stop sneezing – so I now include allergy medicine when I play outdoor spring gigs.

Here’s what I now bring:

Equipment Related

  • Extra strap
  • Extra power cord
  • Extra guitar cords
  • Extra bass or bass strings
  • A D.I. or pedal preamp to go direct if my amp dies
  • Batteries
  • Tuner
  • Multi-tool
  • Fuses
  • Small Flashlight
  • Gaffer tape
  • Outlet tester

Personal Items

  • Aspirin
  • Band-Aids
  • Sunscreen
  • Ear plugs
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Protein bar or some other emergency snacks
  • Cough drops or gum
  • Allergy medicine (only outdoors in spring)
  • Water or iced tea
  • A drink holder on my microphone stand
  • Pen and paper
  • Nail clippers
  • Cell phone with GPS
  • A light jacket for late hour load-outs
  • A sense of humor!

Did I forget anything?  Let me know if you have other “Must Have  items that make your gigs go smoother.

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